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Rubrics for Web Lessons Introduction How often have you attempted to grade your students' work only to find that the assessment criteria were vague and the performance behavior was overly subjective? Would you be able to justify the assessment or grade if you had to defend it? The Rubric is an authentic assessment tool which is particularly useful in assessing criteria which are complex and subjective. The National Security Archive December 9, 2014 Torture Report Finally Released Senate Intelligence Committee Summary of CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program Concludes CIA Misled Itself, Congress, the President about Lack of Effectiveness. September 28, 2014 Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, technical skills. Every month, it seems, we hear about our children’s bad test scores in math and science — and about new initiatives from companies, universities or foundations to expand STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) and deemphasize the humanities. From President Obama on down, public officials have cautioned against pursuing degrees like art history, which are seen as expensive luxuries in today’s world. Republicans want to go several steps further and defund these kinds of majors.

Best Educational Websites and Games for High-School Students About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.

The World Factbook The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. Contact Information Submit questions or comments online West Point Altas Collection About Our Atlases In 1938 the predecessors of today's Department of History at the United States Military Academy began developing a series of campaign atlases to aid in teaching cadets a course entitled, "History of the Military Art." Since then, the Department has produced over six atlases and more than one thousand maps, encompassing not only America’s wars but global conflicts as well. In keeping abreast with today's technology, the Department of History is providing these maps on the internet as part of the department's outreach program.

The world's largest reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens #Own Voices: SLJ in Conversation About Publishing Diverse Books By SLJ on April 11, 2017 Leave a Comment Tuesday, Apr. 18th, 2017, 12PM-1PM ET / 9AM-10AM PT Join Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal‘s reviews manager, for an in-depth conversation with editors and publishing insiders, Francisca Goldsmith of Library Ronin, Christopher Johns of Tuttle Publishing, Cheryl Klein of Lee & Low and Carrie Gleason of James Lorimer & Company. They’ll dig deeper into publishing diverse children’s and young adult literature with a focus on #OwnVoices titles.Register Now!

25 Epic Design Tips for Non-Designers Get your graphic design game-face on with these inspiring tips. Whether you’re a creating graphics for social media or designing an invitation for an upcoming event, the application of graphic design is vast and versatile. From font pairing and scale, to alignment and white space, the facets of the design world are complex. Let these 26 epic design tips help you through the pits and the peaks of the creative process. Click on the ‘remix this design’ link throughout the post to create your own designs. MAP The Data Sheet lists all geopolitical entities with populations of 150,000 or more and all members of the UN. These include sovereign states, dependencies, overseas departments, and some territories whose status or boundaries may be undetermined or in dispute. More developed regions, following the UN classification, comprise all of Europe and North America, plus Australia, Japan, and New Zealand. All other regions and countries are classified as less developed. The least developed countries consist of 48 countries with especially low incomes, high economic vulnerability, and poor human development indicators; 34 of these countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, 13 in Asia, and one in the Caribbean. The criteria and list of countries, as defined by the UN, can be found at

New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use When I was a kid, my father brought home from I know not where an enormous collection of National Geographic magazines spanning the years 1917 to 1985. I found, tucked in almost every issue, one of the magazine’s gorgeous maps—of the Moon, St. Petersburg, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe’s ever-shifting boundaries.

How Process Art Experiences Support Preschoolers Is your goal to encourage children’s creativity through developmentally appropriate art experiences? Review the differences between process- and product-focused art to help you get started. Characteristics of process-focused art experiences • There are no step-by-step instructions • There is no sample for children to follow • There is no right or wrong way to explore and create • The art is focused on the experience and on exploration of techniques, tools, and materials • The art is unique and original • The experience is relaxing or calming • The art is entirely the children’s own • The art experience is a child’s choice • Ideas are not readily available online What children might say “Look what I made!” “I’m going to do another!”

Slavery in America Slavery in America Slavery in America began in 1607 and continued until 1865. These links tell you more about this controversial but, for a long time, legal practice. Slavery It's hard to imagine that people did these things to each other, but different times allowed different ideals. Your About Guide to African-American History reveals the terrible tragedy of slavery. Foes of Slavery These African-Americans are famous for fighting against slavery. Here’s Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads and Why You Shouldn’t Either The post was originally published on NextShark.com If you fall within the Gen-Y era like us, chances are you’ve given a bunch of thought as to how you would raise your own children in this day and age (assuming you don’t have children already). Especially with technology, so much has changed since our childhoods in the 90s. Here’s one question: Would you introduce the technological wonder/heroin that is the iPod and iPad to your kids?

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