| FREE SPSS ACCESS
ITC is exploring tools to provide the UVa community with a way to access specialized software programs
using the Internet.
They are currently testing virtual access through the Hive
The Hive uses a method called VMWare to stream the software you need to you, on your own computer, regardless of your actual location, for free! This means:
- No need to purchase expensive software licenses, and
- No need to go somewhere and wait to use a public computer with a certain application on it.
Join the Hive pilot to try out this cutting-edge technology and share your experiences to help shape the future of computing at UVa! The Hive pilot will be ending on May 28, 2010.
At the AERA/NCME conference there will be two training sessions on the use of NAEP data in your own research. Full details about each training session are below. Register in advance when you register online for the conference. If space remains in a session, you may register when you arrive at the conference.
*** Thursday, April 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
Beyond NDE: Understanding and Working with National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Restricted-Use Data NCME Training Session. Fee: $80 The purpose of this class is to provide researchers interested in more advanced NAEP data analysis with the practical knowledge and tools needed to work with NAEP restricted-use data. This class covers various topics related to restricted-use data analysis, from how to obtain a restricted-use data license to writing NAEP data analysis results, as well as NAEP complex sampling and psychometric design. Participants will learn necessary tools to work with NAEP restricted-use data. Participants need to bring their own laptop computer.
Intended Audience: Advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities and researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from state and local education agencies and professional associations.
*** Saturday, May 1, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
Using NAEP Data on the Web for Educational Policy Research AERA Training Course PDC17 $85
This course is for researchers interested in NAEP data and focuses on using the NAEP Data Explorer web tool to examine the wealth of assessment data collected since 1973. The course provides hands-on learning and active participation. You will be guided through an examination of the data, with emphases on 1) the relationships between student performance and teacher and school characteristics and 2) using NAEP data to augment or confirm other educational research findings. You will also have the opportunity to work independently according to your own interests. This course focuses on the 2009 math and reading assessments and the most recent assessments of science and writing. You must bring a laptop computer with a wireless Internet card.
NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences.
SEARCH 3 DATABASES
Search PsycINFO, Education Research Complete, and ERIC simultaneously. Enter your search terms and when the citations appear, click on the title and the full text will display! Another new feature is once you pull up the article, look at the left column and you will see links to the Table of Contents for the entire journal issue and links to the illustrations such as charts within each article. Watch this 30 second video to see the new features:
-Hyperlinked access to full text issues contents
-Hyperlinks to all illustrations in an article.
GRADS, RENEW YOUR BOOKS
Graduate students, renew the books you have checked out. Currently, they are due in May. When you renew, the new due date will be 5/11/2011.
John Almarode works with students in EDLF 7100 exploring the possible connections between neuroscience and education. Although this connection between the two disciplines is often unclear, there are some starting points about how our brains learn that are vital for future teachers to keep in mind. This class challenged some of the most strongly held myths and replaced those beliefs with valid and useful information in a fun, engaging, and exciting way. The best way to learn is to experience something rather than simply be told about it. That is exactly what happened here! You can read this ebook, Brain Rules by John Medina about brain-based learning.
EXPO IN CLIC
On Friday, March 19, 2010, 15 organizations and school systems attended and conducted over 78 interviews with Curry students, including:
Alexandria City Schools, Anne Arundel Co. MD Public Schools, Arlington VA Public Schools, CentroNia/DC Bilingual Charter, Chesapeake VA Public Schools, Falls Church City VA Public Schools, Fredericksburg City VA Schools, Hanover Co. VA Public Schools, Howard Co. MD Public Schools, Imagine Charter Schools, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), DC, Prince William Co. VA Public Schools, Spotsylvania Co. VA Public Schools, Stafford Co. VA Public Schools, Virginia Beach VA Public Schools.
According to Hilary Kerner, Director, Education Career Services, commented, "The event was a success, and our students and recruiters were very appreciative that we hosted this event for them. It was especially vital due to the challenging economy and job search conditions for our students."
HOW TO GET FUNDING FOR RESEARCH: WEBINARS
The National Center for Special Education Research and the National Center for Education Research within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a series of eight free webinars related to research funding opportunities in April 2010. All webinars will be archived on the IES site.
For more information regarding webinar topics, dates, and registration process, please browse here:
For more information on research funding opportunities at IES, please browse here:
In this very clearly and accessibly written article about the Google Book Settlement, the author focuses not on the legal minutiae but on the implications for readers, bookstores, and libraries. You’re unlikely to agree with everything she says, but it will make you think about the new options coming for us.
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