MERIT Workshop Schedule Spring 2015

by Jim Jonas 22. January 2015 14:55

MERIT will be offering a variety of drop-in workshops during the spring semester.  Our workshops are designed to support teaching and learning with technology, with a focus on the needs of School of Education students, faculty, and staff.  Sessions are open to the greater UW campus and community as well.  No registration is required, so please stop by!

Full list of workshops and descriptions available here (link). 

Topics this semester include:
    •    Creating Teacher Observation Videos
    •    Managing your Citations with Zotero
    •    Act 31 Resources
    •    Google Apps for the Classroom
    •    Teaching Outside the Box: Building Makerspaces to Support Teaching, Research and Community Building
    •    Teaching with Primary Resources
    •    Interactive Whiteboards
    •    Personal Privacy in the Digital Age
    •    Designing and Printing Posters with PowerPoint
    •    Free Education Apps for iPad
    •    Concept Map Tools to Support Teaching and Learning


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Teaching Trends - New Titles in the Collection

by Vince Jenkins 22. January 2015 14:04

Teaching Today and In the Future


Math is a Verb: Activities and Lessons from Cultures Around the World, by Jim Barta, Ron Eglash, and Cathy Barkley.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., 2014

Mathematics -- Social aspects.

PROF GN 476.15 B37 2014

Teaching Grammar & Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century, by Marion Terry.
Oxford University Press, 2014

English language -- Grammar -- Study and teaching
English language -- Punctuation -- Study and teaching

PROF LB 1576 T48 2014


Preparing for the Classroom: What Teachers Really Think About Teacher Education, by Kevin O. Mason.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

Teachers -- Training of -- United States.
Teachers -- Attitudes.

PROF LB 1707 M27 2014

Leading Schools in an Era of Declining Resources, by J. Howard Johnston and Ronald Williamson.
Routledge, 2014

Educational leadership -- United States.
Education -- United States -- Finance.

PROF LB 2805 J638 2014


#EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education, by Grant Lichtman.
Jossey-Bass, 2014

School improvement programs.

PROF LB 2822.8 L54 2014

Queer Teachers, Identity and Performativity, edited by Anne Harris and Emily M. Gray.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Series: Palgrave studies in gender and education

Gay teachers.
Lesbian teachers.
Sexual minorities -- Identity.

PROF LB 2844.1 G39 Q43 2014

The Handbook for School Safety and Security: Best Practices and Procedures, edited by Lawrence J. Fennelly and Marianna A. Perry.
Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014

Schools -- Safety measures -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Schools -- Security measures -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
School violence -- Prevention -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

PROF LB 2864.5 H36 2014


The Risk of School Rampage: Assessing and Preventing Threats of School Violence, by Eric Madfis.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

School violence -- Prevention.
School shootings -- Prevention.

PROF LB 3013.3 M244 2014

Catastrophic School Violence: A New Approach to Prevention, by Jared M. Scherz and Donna Scherz.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

School violence -- United States -- Prevention.

PROF LB 3013.32 S318 2014

Qualities of Education in a Globalised World, edited by Diane Brook Napier.

Sense Publishers, 2014

Educational tests and measurements.
Education and state.

PROF LB 3051 Q35 2014


Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning, by Prakash Nair.
Harvard Education Press, 2014

School buildings -- Design and construction.
School facilities -- Design and construction.

PROF LB 3205 N35 2014


The Socially Just School: Making Space for Youth to Speak Back, by John Smyth, Barry Down, and Peter McInerney.
Springer, 2014
Series: Explorations of educational purpose

Educational sociology.
Education -- Philosophy.

PROF LC 189 S58 2014

The Importance of Teaching Social Issues: Our Pedagogical Creeds, edited by Samuel Totten.
Routledge, 2015

Social justice -- Study and teaching
Social problems -- Study and teaching
Critical pedagogy

PROF LC 192.2 I47 2015


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Mediaspace - A New Video Resource for Instruction

by Catherine Stephens 20. January 2015 11:17

Looking for a campus resource that allows faculty, staff or students to upload video segments for instructional use?  Check out UW Madison's new Mediaspace, a Kaltura video service designed for class use.  

Mediaspace brings the ability to upload video segments and share with students via Learn@UW (Desire2Learn or Moodle). 

The campus service is integrated with Learn@UW tools or can be accessed by logging into Mediaspace with your NetID.

Kaltura includes the ability to create channels of video content that can be shared with campus colleagues.  As you upload video, you can add tag video to allow you to search for video stored in your Mediaspace.  Users will also find a simple way to turn on your webcam and create a quick webcast for class. 

Mediaspace brings the ability to share copyrighted works with a class behind a NetID password.  For additional information about copyright for digital media assignments, consult the library's research guide. For more information about Kaltura, check out the tutorials posted at and find help articles about the service shared in the Knowledge Base.   For additional help, please contact Catherine Stephens at MERIT, or arrange a consultation with the Digital Media Center.

Note - the School of Education will continue to utilize YouTube to share outreach and program related video intended for a wide audience.  To learn more about the SoE Youtube channel, contact Ashley Voss at SoE External Relations or Clark Thompson at MERIT.


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Charting a New Course with Unizen

by Catherine Stephens 20. January 2015 11:12

Campus IT leaders and Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning are charting a new course in the exploration of learning management systems at UW Madison.

UW Madison has joined Unizen along with other higher education universities and stepping forward to evaluate an open and flexible learning management system for future use.     

Campus advisory groups connected with Unizen progress include the ITC (Information Technology Committee) and TLT-Mag (Teaching and Learning Advisory Group). At MERIT, Catherine Stephens and Linda Endlich have joined a campus group to evaluate Canvas, an open source learning management system that comes with Unizen.

For more information, follow blog posts from Bruce Maas, UW Madison's CIO.  Faculty and staff may also contact Catherine Stephens for additional information.


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New Instructional Sessions Popping up at MERIT

by Jim Jonas 5. December 2014 15:03

The MERIT Instructional Team is pleased to share new topics developed and offered over the Fall 2014 semester.

In conjunction with C&I 369 Teaching Language Arts, MERIT created a series of classroom sessions focused on support for creating projects across three digital different media:  podcasts, digital stories, and info graphics. Students learned about new digital tools to support each media:  Audacity for Podcasting, WeVideo for digital storytelling, and Piktochart and Adobe Color to create Infographics.

MERIT staff also offered a new workshop "Personal Privacy in the Digital Age" focused on digital surveillance and how you can protect your privacy while also benefiting from openness.

MERIT library staff are pleased to offer course related instruction to SoE classes.  Please feel free to contact staff and request a session by filing out our instructional request form.

Please contact MERIT with questions about course related instruction.  We look forward to working with you.


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New Materials Focused on Diversity

by Vince Jenkins 5. December 2014 11:16

Fiction and Non-Fiction for Young Readers


Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood, by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
Albert Whitman & Company, 2014
Summary:  Rhyming text celebrates the Harlem neighborhood that successful African Americans first called home during the 1920s. Includes brief biographies of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis; artists Aaron Douglas and Faith Ringgold; entertainers Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers; writer Zora Neale Hurston; civil rights leader W. E. B. DuBois; and lawyer Thurgood Marshall.
PreK-12: PZ 3 .W3795 Sug 2014

A Dance like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream, by Kristy Dempsey; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
Philomel Books, 2014
Summary:  A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.
PreK-12:  PZ 3 .D41136 Dan 2014

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird, by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014
Summary:  American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.
PreK-12:  PZ 3 .C7887 Fir 2014



Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Ssomething from Eeverything,  by Ashley Bryan ; photographs by Ken Hannon.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014
Summary:  Introduces puppets created out of found objects by describing each with a poem.  
PreK-12:  PZ 8.3 .B87 Asp 2014



The Cosmo-Biography of Sun Ra: the Sound of Joy is Enlightening, by Chris Raschka.
First edition
Candlewick Press, 2014
Summary:  A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.
PreK-12:  ML 3930 .S983 R37 2014

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, words by Patricia Hruby Powell; pictures by Christian Robinson.
Chronicle Books, 2014
Summary:  A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
PreK-12:  GV 1785 .B3 P68 2014

The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement, by  Teri Kanefield.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, ‡c 2014.
Summary:  Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement.
PreK-12:  E 185.97 .J59 K35 2014

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, by Susan Goldman Rubin.
Holiday House, 2014
First edition
Summary:   An account of the civil rights crusade in Mississippi 50 years ago that brought on shocking violence and the beginning of a new political order.
PreK-12:  E 185.93 .M6 R83 2014



The Freedom Summer Murders, by Don Mitchell.
Scholastic Press, 2014
First edition
Summary:    Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, traces the events surrounding the KKK lynching of three young civil rights activists who were trying to register African Americans for the vote.
PreK-12:  E 185.93 .M6 M58 2014


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