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The Nature of Problem Solving Using Research to Inspire 21st Century Learning

OECD – The Nature of Problem Solving Using Research to Inspire 21st Century Learning, 11 April 2017. DOI:10.1787/9789264273955-en

“Solving non-routine problems is a key competence in a world full of changes, uncertainty and surprise where we strive to achieve so many ambitious goals. But the world is also full of solutions because of the extraordinary competences of humans who search for and find them. We must explore the world around us in a thoughtful way, acquire knowledge about unknown situations efficiently, and apply new and existing knowledge creatively. The Nature of Problem Solving presents the background and the main ideas behind the development of the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving, as well as results from research collaborations that originated within the group of experts who guided the development of this assessment. It illustrates the past, present and future of problem-solving research and how this research is helping educators prepare students to navigate an increasingly uncertain, volatile and ambiguous world.

Highest Paid CEOs at America’s 100 Largest Companies

24/7 Wall St:  “Already making hundreds of times what most Americans earn in a year, CEOs at top U.S. corporations received a pay raise in 2016. The average executive officer at one of the nation’s 100 largest public companies brought in $16.6 million last year compared to $15.5 million in 2015. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed… Continue Reading

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer Launches USAFacts – vast searchable database of govdocs

Wired: “Government data is available, but it’s not exactly accessible. A new project from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Seattle design studio Artefact aims to change that. Called USAFacts, it’s an ambitious, $10 million effort to present government data in a way that’s open, non-partisan, and stupidly easy to understand. The website, launching today,… Continue Reading

First Review of New Google Earth

Google Earth Blog: “Google has released a new version of Google Earth today that has been re-designed for a new generation of 3D mapping applications. This first release is not a program you have to download and install on desktop OSes (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebook). It is a web application that loads in your browser.… Continue Reading

The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world

The rise of reading analytics and the emerging calculus of reader privacy in the digital world, Clifford Lynch. First Monday April 2017 Volume 22, Number 4. “This paper studies emerging technologies for tracking reading behaviors (“reading analytics”) and their implications for reader privacy, attempting to place them in a historical context. It discusses what data… Continue Reading

OCLC Report – The Realities of Research Data Management

The Realities of Research Data Management Part One: A Tour of the Research Data Management (RDM) Service Space. Rebecca Bryant, Senior Program Officer; Brian Lavoie, Research Scientist; Constance Malpas, Strategic Intelligence Manager & Research Scientist. “Research data is fundamental to scholarly inquiry, providing the raw material for empirical investigation and inference. The scale of research… Continue Reading

Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American

Executive Order April 18, 2017: “Section 1.  Definitions.  As used in this order: (a)  “Buy American Laws” means all statutes, regulations, rules, and Executive Orders relating to Federal procurement or Federal grants including those that refer to “Buy America” or “Buy American”  that require, or provide a preference for, the purchase or acquisition of goods,… Continue Reading

Killing Privacy Is Fine Because “Nobody’s Got To Use The Internet,” House Rep Says

WaPo via Consumerist: “From a distance, it can often be easy to criticize Congress as being out of touch, no matter what members are actually doing or what policies they’re proposing. But every once in a while, you get a response so staggeringly clueless you wonder if a lawmaker is living on the same planet… Continue Reading