5 September 2013 Volume 7, Number 3

The Center for Advances Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) will lead off with its first Works in Progress meeting this Friday and all students and faculty are welcome to attend. At this session eleven speakers  will provide a lightening round overview of the research they are conducting.

DATE: September 6, 2013
TIME: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
LOCATION: 2200 Old Ivy Way, Conference Room (free parking!)


The Center for Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness (CEPWC) announces the Fall 2013 Education Policy Seminar Series. Seminars are free and rotate between Bavaro Hall and Garrett Hall on-Grounds from September through November.  This is a great opportunity for students to interact with experts in the area of education policy. The first seminar is next Wednesday September 11th from 12-1:15 in the Commons (Rm. 206) in Garrett Hall with Dr. David Kirp, a Professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, discussing “Tortoise Beats Hare: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools.”


This year’s new students must be REAL coffee connoisseurs because one of the most frequent, non-academic questions the CLIC librarians have been asked since the semester began is “Where can I find a ‘good’ cup of coffee?”  In an effort to help all of you coffee drinkers who don’t want your coffee from a vending machine, the CLIC Librarians have complied a list of on-Grounds coffee café locations close to your classes.  The name of each location is linked to information about the café and the second link takes you to an online map showing the building’s location.  May you never suffer from “good coffee” withdrawal.

On-Grounds coffee cafes
Alderman Library Café  see  #1 (D2) on this map
Rice Hall Café (aka Einstein Bro’s Bagels) see #58 (B5) on this map
Wilsdorf Hall Café see #48 (B4)on this map
Clark Hall Café see #11 (D4) on this map
University Bookstore Café see #37 (B2) on this map
McLeod Café see #19 (C4) on this map
Starbucks Café see #41 (A3 South Lawn Commons) on this map

Close to Grounds coffee cafes
Para Located at 19 Elliewood Avenue (on the Corner) Shenandoah Joe coffee and Albemarle Bakery treats are served.

Shark Mountain Located at 621 Nash Drive, between the Law School and Darden School on North Grounds. Free parking, homemade treats, and classic café drinks.


Do you need a flip camera for a project?  The Digital Media Lab (DML) located on the 3rd floor of Clemons Library has flip cameras that can be checked out for 24 hours. In addition to the flip cameras, the DML also has the following equipment available for a 24 check out: Canon Vixia cameras, tripods, and Marantz recorders. Equipment available for 3 hour checkout includes: card readers, USB mikes, display adapters, and headphones.

Recently remodeled, the Robertson Media Center and Digital Media Lab (DML) now hosts a new set of technologies and resources to support the creation of new forms of scholarship, enhance the undergraduate experience, and allow faculty, staff, and students opportunities to explore emerging media technologies. The DML is open from 10 am until 10 pm.  Stop by the third floor of Clemons Library or call the DML at 434-924-7286 for more information about their services.


TOPIC:  3D Modeling
DATE: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
TIME: 2pm – 3:30pm
LOCATION: Alderman Library, Room 421 (Electronic Classroom)
DESCRIPTION:  In this workshop, the instructors will help participants get acquainted with tools and techniques for 3D modeling objects and spaces. They will primarily focus on photogrammetry as an approach for modeling. Though not required, participants should bring a laptop, a digital camera of some kind (a camera on a smartphone should be fine, but bring a fancy DSLR if you want), cords or other paraphernalia for transferring pictures from a camera to a computer, and any objects they might want to use to create a model. This will be an open workshop in terms of structure. The instructors will go through basic camera usage, and strategies for taking pictures for 3D modeling. They will also cover a couple of different software options for creating and modifying your models. Instructors: Jeremy Boggs and Wayne Graham


teacher-direct-logoBACK FROM SUMMER HIATUS
During the school year TeacherDirect  provides weekly email alerts from the Virginia Department of Education that inform Virginia educators of the latest SOL resources and SOL-related professional development opportunities.   Subscribe today.


The Brookings Institution has as its mission promoting, conducting, and fostering research “in the broad fields of economics, government administration and the political and social sciences.” The Brookings Institution conducts its research into a dozen different thematic policy areas, including technology, metropolitan affairs, and education.
The education section of its website provides journalists, scholars, and others with
quick access to research into the world of education. Visitors can explore topics of interest via thematic headings, including school choice, K-12 education, global education, and community colleges. Within each area, visitors will find updates from a range of media outlets and a Recent Activity area. Here users can look through commentary, research, and events sponsored and facilitated by Brookings experts and affiliates. Users can use the See More Research From area to look at work done on these subjects by other Brookings staff and research centers affiliated with Brookings. Finally, visitors can also sign up for email alerts or the site’s RSS feed.


Cover of the Summeer 2013 issue of Digital DirectionsDID YOU MISS THIS OVER THE SUMMER?
The publishers of Education Week also produce the publication Digital Directions.  Digital Directions is published three times a year.  The Summer 2013 Issue came out in June and the next issue will be available in October.

The Summer 2013 issue covered important educational technology lessons, including: how educators are developing creative ways to teach computer coding through gaming, steps for picking the right learning management system, how mobile “crowdsourcing” is helping school districts solve problems, the benefits of ‘flipped’ professional development that integrates video, and the best approaches for using technology with elementary school students. The issue also included updates on the latest news developments in the world of educational technology.


Orginal cover for the Cat in the Hat.DR. SEUSS GOES DIGITAL
Random House Children’s Books, publisher of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s children’s books,  announced that on Tuesday, September 24, fifteen of Dr. Seuss’ classics will make their debut as ebooks, with other titles to be released at later dates.  Among the first books are many enduring and widely read favorites including The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and Green Eggs and Ham.

Each of the forthcoming ebooks will preserve Dr. Seuss’s original layouts and the beloved illustrations from their print editions. They also will be published simultaneously as Read & Listen editions that feature brand-new audio recordings of the full text.



HOOS YOUR  Data spelled out in lights
Throughout the semester, we will be highlighting information about finding, organizing, analyzing, managing, displaying, and preserving  research data. See this week’s featured data information below.


Michele_Claibourn_small_colorMEET YOUR DATA CONSULTANTS
This is one of a continuing series of introductions to the people providing the Library’s data services to the University community.

Michele Claibourn is the Head of the StatLab. She is also serves as the Lead with the Library’s Research Data Services.  Michele  provides advice and training in data analysis and statistical methods to University of Virginia researchers through individual consulting, workshops and short courses, and online tutorials.  You can contact Michele at statlab@virginia.edu or call her at 434-924-DATA.


The University of Virginia Library has a growing suite of Research Data Services to benefit faculty and student researchers throughout the UVa community. This fall, RDS consultants are hosting weekly Data Services Open Office Hours in Bavaro Hall and StatLab Open Office Hours in Alderman Library. Drop by for a consultation or just to introduce yourself!


The Open Office Hours In Bavaro Hall 306 (the Curry Library and Innovation Commons) are:

  •  Mondays, 1-3: Statistical consulting  — StatLab staff  will consult with you  to provide advice and training on data analysis and the use of statistical software (for more, see http://statlab.library.virginia.edu/statistical-consulting/)
  • Tuesdays, 1-3: Metadata management — Metadata services staff will consult with you on issues related to information organization, including arranging data, describing data, and choosing metadata scheme or developing controlled vocabularies. If you’re planning a new collection or preparing to archive a collection, metadata management can help.
  • Wednesdays, 1-4: Research computing support — Research computing staff supports the licensing, distribution and use of research-related software (e.g., statistical (think SPSS and NVIVO) and mathematical software, click here for more information about Research Computing Support.
  • Thursdays, 2-4: Data management consulting — The data management consultants will help  you develop data management plans, provide guidance on data workflows for research projects (e.g., file formatting and organization, security and storage), and advise on data sharing and archiving (e.g., data policies, data documentation)

The Open Office Hours in the StatLab  ( Alderman Library, room 523) are:

  • Tuesdays through Fridays, 1-3 pm  — Statistical consultants will be available to talk with you about your data analytic challenges



A wordle consisting of words related to data management, preservation, and curation.DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
TOPIC:  Best Practices in Collecting Data: Life Sciences and Social Sciences Focus
DATE: Thursday, September 12, 2013
TIME: 9 am – 10 am
LOCATION:  Bavaro Hall room 306, The CLIC
DESCRIPTION:  This workshop will focus on best practices for collecting and organizing data. It is increasingly important to store and document research data in ways that facilitate their effective retrieval and interpretation in the future. These best practices and tips will benefit you, the data collector, as well as improve prospects for the long-term preservation and re-use of data by others.
Presenters: Andrew Sallans and Andrea Denton


National Center for Education Statistics logo DATASETS NOW AVAILABLE
U.S. versions of the public-use and restricted-use datasets for the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) are now available. These data also include additional U.S.-specific information that is not included in the International Database.

The TIMSS U.S. national public-use data files do not include international variables for countries other than the United States, nor do they include data for those U.S. states that participated independently in TIMSS 2011. Data for these states (Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and North Carolina) are only available on the TIMSS restricted-use data files.

The TIMSS restricted-use data files can be obtained by those who apply for and receive a restricted-use license through National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). For details on how to do this, go to http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/licenses.asp.


As a part of the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population and offers researchers, educators, and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States.  It recently released two reports.

The first report presents findings from the Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012 (NHES:2012).  The Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey collected data on children enrolled in public or private school for kindergarten through 12th grade or homeschooled for these grades. The survey collected information about various aspects of parent involvement in education, such as help with homework, family activities, and parent involvement at school. For homeschooled students, the survey asks questions related to the student’s homeschooling experiences, the sources of the curriculum, and the reasons for homeschooling.

The second report presents findings from the Early Childhood Program Participation Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012 (NHES:2012). The Early Childhood Program Participation Survey collected data on children’s participation in relative care, nonrelative care, and center-based care arrangements. It also collected information from parents about the main reason for choosing care, what factors were important to parents when choosing a care arrangement, and parents’ participation in various learning activities with their children.

For more information on the NHES, visit nces.ed.gov/nhes.


Cover of the report, Synthesis of IES Research on Early Intervention and Early Childhood EducationIES RESEARCH SYNTHESIS REPORT
The Institute of Education Sciences recently released a research synthesis report focusing on early intervention and early childhood education. The report, Synthesis of IES Research on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education, describes what has been learned from research grants on early intervention and early childhood education that were funded by the Institute’s National Center for Education Research and National Center for Special Education Research, and published in peer-reviewed outlets through June 2010. This synthesis describes contributions to the knowledge base produced by IES-funded research.

computationDO YOU NEED:
•    Faster computation
•    Secure data-sharing with local & remote colleagues

If so, consider the Cross Campus Grid (XCG).   The XCG is ideally suited to run applications that need to be executed thousands of times, or jobs that are too large to run on your current system.  Jobs on the XCG are distributed to processors throughout the Grid and are executed concurrently.  Your results run tens to hundreds of times faster. The XCG has access to approximately 1700 cores and can run jobs compiled statically in C/C++, Fortran, or Matlab. It can also run small parallel jobs that use the MPI (Message passing Interface) libraries.
If you are interested in using the computational and storage capabilities of the XCG, please visit the XCG website: http://genesis2.virginia.edu/wiki/  or email UVACSE

This newsletter is produced by the CLIC librarians, Kay Buchanan and Carole Lohman.

The newsletter is intended to support  faculty and students at the Curry School of Education who are engaged in scientifically based research, evaluation, and teaching by keeping them up-to-date on scholarly resources, trends, and opportunities so they can make a positive impact on education.


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