Dallas Observer: UNT Professor Will Attempt World’s Longest History Lesson

Dallas Observer: UNT Professor Will Attempt World’s Longest History Lesson. “In a moment of serendipity, Andrew Torget and his two young children found themselves scrolling though the fabled Guinness World Records. They began looking for low-hanging fruit in hopes of adding their names to the record book, a dream deferred from Torget’s childhood. While his children had as little luck as their father did at their age, Torget is planning on making yet another attempt at global glory. This time, his intentions go far beyond either fame or novelty.”

The Dispatch: Baker civil rights collection now digitized at Columbus library

The Dispatch: Baker civil rights collection now digitized at Columbus library. “The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library (CLPL) has digitized portions of the Ezra Baker Jr. Papers housed in the Local History Department. The collection pertains to the 1972 case where three teachers — Willie James Conard, Frank Allen Yates and Baker — were terminated from their teaching jobs at Stephen D. Lee High School for violating the school’s grooming code. The violations related specifically to the wearing of sideburns and mustaches/beards.”

Georgia State University: Georgia Association of Educators records open; periodicals online

Georgia State University: Georgia Association of Educators records open; periodicals online. “The records document the merger of the Georgia Education Association and the Georgia Teachers and Education Association, which represented white and black teachers, respectively, and integration of K-12 schools around the state circa 1970. Periodicals from the collection (1930-2017) have been digitized and are available online as part of GSU Library’s Digital Collections. Scholars, students, and the general public are invited to visit Special Collections and Archives to use the collection.”

Tennessean: Tennessee Book Company revamps digital resource library for teachers through new partnership

Tennessean: Tennessee Book Company revamps digital resource library for teachers through new partnership. “A digital textbook tool that was expected to be a key resource for Tennessee teachers is seeing new life after being underused in classrooms. The Tennessee Digital Resources Library will be run by Ingram Content Group-owned Tennessee Book Company after the expectation for the content sharing resource weren’t fulfilled.”

EdSurge: ​Teachers Can Now Use IBM’s Watson to Search for Free Lesson Plans

EdSurge: ​Teachers Can Now Use IBM’s Watson to Search for Free Lesson Plans. “IBM’s famous Watson computing system—which defeated Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings in 2011—is coming to education, if not quite the classroom. As part of a new IBM philanthropic initiative, the supercomputer is helping to power a searchable database of open educational math resources designed for teachers in grades K-5.”

TheEdWire: 73% of Teachers Think Social Media and Texting is Bad for Grammar and Spelling

TheEdWire: 73% of Teachers Think Social Media and Texting is Bad for Grammar and Spelling. “According to a study released today by Dictionary.com, the leading online and mobile English-language resource, a vast majority (73%) of teachers think social media and texting are bad for grammar and spelling but half (50%) use it to better understand their students. Perhaps the online world is making both teachers and students apathetic to these skills because one-third (32%) of teachers say they see their students struggle with grammar, yet admit they care very little about it (15%) in comparison to other skills, like meaning and comprehension (64%).”

Ditch That Textbook: The Gmail survival guide for busy teachers

Ditch That Textbook: The Gmail survival guide for busy teachers. “Seems like the textbook example of educators’ use of email is to check it often, respond whenever and spend lots of time doing repetitive email tasks. If your inbox owns you, it drags you back in time after time without feeling like you’ve accomplished much of anything when you’re done. But if you can tame your email and have it work for you, you have more time for the things that matter most — professionally and personally.”