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Nov 5 / Veronica Bielat

What is an ebook? What is a Book App? And Why Should We Care? An Analysis of Contemporary Digital Picture Books

This article authored by Betty Sargeant and published in the latest issue [46 (4)] of Children’s Literature in Education, looks at how picture books have been affected by digitization, the impact of apps on the reading process, and how interactivity can be effectively designed to improve engagement.

Read the article here:

What is an ebook? What is a Book App? And Why Should We Care? An Analysis of Contemporary Digital Picture Books
Betty Sargeant

Sep 29 / Veronica Bielat

50 Films. A Day in the Life of an American School District

“GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute documentary of one entire day in the Pasadena Unified School District. Pasadena is a racially and economically diverse community in Southern California with 28 public school campuses. GO PUBLIC tells the story of one full day from sun up to long after sundown…Teachers, students, principals, volunteers and many others revealed their unique involvement in what makes a public school district function.”

You can watch each individual video here.  Each video is about 3-4 minutes long.

Use the Voices link at the top of the page to access a subject or category index.

You can find a link to this and other education related multimedia on the Wayne State Library’s Education Guide-Multimedia

Sep 25 / Veronica Bielat

NCES releases special study on achievement gaps

From the IES Newsflash

“The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has conducted a special study to further explore the achievement gaps between Black and White Students. Using the 2011 NAEP grade 8 mathematics data, this study showed how the public schools’ demographic make-up, in particular, the proportion of Black students in schools (also referred to “Black Student Density” in schools) relates to the achievement gap. In this study, achievement gaps were analyzed for the nation and for those states that have sufficient relevant samples.”

To view the full report when it is released, please visit School Composition and Black-White Achievement Gap.

Jun 25 / Veronica Bielat

NCES releases Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2012

NCES has released a report on Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2012

“In October 2012, approximately 2.6 million 16- through 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or alternative credential. These status dropouts accounted for 6.6 percent of the 38.8 million noninstitutionalized, civilian 16- through 24-year-olds living in the United States.”

“Among all individuals in the 16-24 year old age group, status dropout rates trended downward between 1972 and 2012, declining from 14.6 percent to 6.6 percent.”

“In 2012, 91.3 percent of 18- through 24-year-olds not enrolled in high school had received a high school diploma or alternative credential. Since 1980, the status completion rate has shown an upward trend, starting at 83.9 percent in 1980 and rising to 91.3 percent in 2012.”

Jun 5 / Veronica Bielat

New Title: The Handbook of the Study of Play

The Wayne State libraries recently added the online 2 volume Handbook of the Study of Play, published by Rowman & Littlefield in February 2015.

This handbook features entries from neuroscientists, psychologists, therapists, historians, anthropologists and other theorists and specialists on topics of policy, literacy, brain development and more.

More on the Handbook’s contents from Rowman & Littlefield here.

May 28 / Veronica Bielat

The Condition of Education 2015 Released

“Acting Commissioner Peggy G. Carr, National Center for Education Statistics, released The Condition of Education 2015. The indicators presented in The Condition of Education 2015 provides an update on the state of education in America and includes findings on the demographics of American schools, U.S. resources for schooling, and outcomes associated with education.” IES Newsflash 5/28/2015

Some findings relating to higher education include:

Thirty-four percent (34%) of young adults ages 25 to 29 had a had a bachelor’s or higher degree in 2014. 

Postsecondary enrollment was at 20 million students in the fall of 2013, including 17 million undergraduate and 3 million graduate students.

Sixty-six percent of 2013 high school completers enrolled in college the following fall: 42 percent went to 4-year institutions and 24 percent went to 2-year institutions.

In postsecondary education, 56 percent of male and 62 percent of female students who began their bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2007, and did not transfer, had completed their degree within six years. In 2013, over 1 million associate’s degrees, over 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees, and over 750,000 master’s degrees were awarded.

Click here for the full report The Condition of Education 2015

May 27 / Veronica Bielat

Scholars and Researchers: Visit Elsevier Publishing Campus

Elsevier Publishing Campus is a freely available space where scholars and researchers can access free online lectures, interactive training courses, and expert advice to support for writing a journal article or submitting a book proposal; learning how to conduct peer review for a high impact journal; understanding research and publishing ethics or writing a successful grant application. Create your free account to access these resources.

Elsevier is the publisher of several databases subscribed to by the Wayne State University library system, including ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, Knovel and ClinicalKey.

Apr 29 / Veronica Bielat

MichiganReads! Do Unto Otters

The MichiganReads! program is a statewide early and childhood literacy program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation. Each year, a picture book by a Michigan author is selected. This year’s book is Do Unto Otters written and illustrated by Laurie Keller.

Do Unto Otters is available to all Michigan residents through the Michigan Electronic Library’s funded online resource Bookflix, a MeL database. After selecting Bookflix, select the Family and Community group, then select tab 13-16 in the Family and Community group.  Reading Do Unto Otters in Bookflix is an excellent resource for pre-service early childhood and ELA teachers; look  for the programming guide that comes with the book in Bookflix, a valuable tool for lesson planning and activities.

This project is also made possible in part by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.

Find out more about the MichiganReads! program here.

Apr 17 / Veronica Bielat

Free Article Collection from Routledge on Cultural Diversity & Race in Education

To recognize the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting theme Culture, Language and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis, Routledge publishing has compiled a collection of over 100 articles based on the theme of Cultural Diversity and Race in Education, and has made them available free.

Click here to access Cultural Diversity & Race: An Article Collection

Mar 31 / Veronica Bielat

Nation’s Report Card: Vocabulary

Results from the NAEP Reading Assessment

As part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of words as used in literary and informational texts. This focus on students’ understanding of words in varied contexts highlights the importance of vocabulary in reading comprehension. Students’ performance on the vocabulary questions is analyzed separately from the reading comprehension results and reported on a separate 0–500 vocabulary scale. Vocabulary scores are available for 2009, 2011, and 2013 at grades 4 and 8, and for 2009 and 2013 at grade 12.”  View the report here.