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In Our Feeds: Teacher pay, apps, protests, textbook-less schools

By Tyler on February 25th, 2011

Every Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a good weekend!

An interesting look at a textbook-less school in Manhattan, and how not every child is as “native” to digital technologies as we sometimes assume. (Gotham Schools)

Great study about how being connected online is helping young people become more engaged citizens, and the criticality of media literacy (ReadWriteWeb)

Is it ok that kids play with the iPad/apps all day if they teach creative thinking and other skills? (NYTimes.com)

How the (reductive) images of teachers in popular culture (especially literature) are being confounded by the protests in Wisconsin. (Forbes “Booked” blog)

An interesting theory on how teachers should be paid is circulating on Facebook. (The Answer Sheet — Washington Post)

(Photo credit: Flickr photo by scobleizer)


Oscar winners, they’re readers like us!

By Amanda on February 25th, 2011

The Academy Awards are often described as “Hollywood’s Biggest Night,” and for good reason. The glitz, the glamour, the golden statues! And Oscar winners tend to have certain things in common: dedication to their craft, audience support,more… full post


Some Things Never Translate: A “My Bookprint” post

By Kristen on February 24th, 2011

Much like my fellow OOMers, I also had a difficult time putting together my Bookprint. At first, there were too many great titles that I wanted to include. Then after I selected five, I started picking them apart and finding faults: “This book isn’tmore… full post


Which 5 books influenced Lisa Simpson? Our guess…

By Ivy on February 24th, 2011

Fact: this isn’t the first time we’ve blogged about The Simpsons on OOM. This time, I’m singling out eight-year-old Lisa, who is the obvious misfit of the family. I mean, if you were to be associated with one character in The Simpsons, wouldn’tmore… full post


Calling all Pilkey fans…it’s a BIG cover reveal (with video!)

By Guest Blogger on February 24th, 2011

Tracy van Straaten, our VP of Trade Publicity, stopped by OOM to reveal some amazing news…take it away, Tracy! Something exciting happened last night, and Dav Pilkey fans, this one’s for you: the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling novelmore… full post


Warp Speed Ahead with Lisa Yee!

By Michael on February 23rd, 2011

We’ve talked about bullying here on OOM before. It’s a subject that no parent, teacher or student wants to have to deal with but from my experience in The Scholastic Store, they almost certainly will! I have parents and teachers ask formore… full post


To teachers who want to blog: “Be smart. Be respectful. Be human.”

By Tyler on February 22nd, 2011

You might have read the news about the high school English teacher whose controversial blog post about her students got her suspended from her job. Apparently she was surprised when people in the school community discovered the post in which shemore… full post


A baby “book” shower for Jacob

By Ivy on February 22nd, 2011

This morning at 9:15 a.m., our colleague Sara gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Jacob Max Toborowsky,  measuring 19 inches and weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz.! At Sara’s send-off last Friday, we threw her a baby shower the Scholastic way: a baby bookmore… full post


Happy President’s Day

By Dante on February 21st, 2011

Today we celebrate George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and all the other Presidents who have led the United States. And for a fun way to experience how tough a  job the President has, take the Scholastic News Online 7 Hat Challenge! The  game ismore… full post


In Our Feeds: Watson, Longreads, Kindle page numbers

By Tyler on February 18th, 2011

Every Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Enjoy! Georgia school consider a shift to digital. Forward-thinking or jumping the gun? (School Librarymore… full post