Weekly Roundup for March 2, 2012

Read Across America Day is today, March 2.

Jess Tonn>   Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! Happy Read Across America Day! Click here to find out how folks in your community are celebrating their love of reading. And if you miss today’s celebration, have no fear—World Read Aloud Day is March 7 and Children’s Book Week is May 7-13.

>   Here’s a bit of news that would bum out the creator of the Lorax: Nature and animals are disappearing from children’s books.

>   John Merrow reported on the depressing number of kids who are digital media consumers, rather than creators, in his blog today. “Only about ONE percent of young people are using today’s technologies to create; NINE percent are curating, collecting and critiquing, while NINETY percent are consuming.” The good news: He’s got some ideas for how we can reverse that trend. So do we.

>   The Afterschool Alliance has launched a new blog series on digital learning and STEM exploration. We’re looking forward to future posts, especially those inspired by Wednesday’s #techafter3 chat.

>   Congrats to our friends MOUSE, the Asia Society and PASA for winning the Badges for Lifelong Learning competition! Can’t wait to see your badges in action and report about them on this blog.

>   As we celebrate the power of educational technology, a new report from the Pew Interest & American Life Project reminds us that too much technology can have negative consequences. Ever heard of “fast-twitch wiring”?

>   The Center for Public Education released a report on the “highly decentralized, unregulated, and under-researched” world of credit recovery programs. One educator profiled in the report describes the programs as “summer school offered after school.”

>   Arts advocacy groups report that an increase in arts programming has led to a rise in test scores at three Chicago schools, noting that “as it relates to the expanded school day, the need for the arts is critical.”

>   This thought-proving piece about the rise in arrests in New York City schools by Richard Buery of The Children’s Aid Society reminds us that “life doesn’t stop at the classroom door.”

Featured Friday Funding Opportunity:

World of Children Award
This award recognizes individuals who make a difference in the lives of children across the globe, regardless of political, religious or geographical boundaries. The three award areas are: social, education or humanitarian services; health, medicine or the sciences; and youth who are making difference in the lives of other children.

Deadline: April 1

And now for something completely different:

What would the story of the Three Little Pigs look like if covered by the media today? Find out in this brilliant ad from the Guardian: