Current Connections F2019

Throughout the semester, we will engage in many small group discussions, essay writing and a variety other types of learning experiences.  While I will lead many discussions, so you will have opportunities to design and lead discussions as well. One of these regular discussions will focus on connections between current events in the field of education and the foundational topics and issues we are reading about and discussing in class.

The ED253 class is divided into four (4) learning communities responsible for engaging the whole class in overviews and discussions of current connections to foundational topics and issues in the field of education. On three (3) occasions across the semester, your LC will take on this responsibility. Your LC will have about thirty minutes (~30 minutes) to discuss the work you are doing in this area. The schedule for these discussions can be found under the Calendar tab of the ED253 course website.

Assignment dates vary by learning community.  However, Current Connection BlogPosts are due at midnight on the Tuesday following classroom discussions.

Essay & Discussion Procedures

Write a brief essay to synthesize the week’s assigned reading with your selection of a recently published (within the past two years) newspaper or magazine article. (Approximately 500 words not including the citation of the news article).

  1. Based on in-class learning experiences and engagement with the reading assigned for the week, research and identify a related article published in a credible news source within the past two years. To do this, consider using the databases listed below.
  2. During the designated class period, each LC member will have approximately five (~5) minutes to:
    • Discuss their current event article, and
    • Explain the relationship of the article to the assigned reading, and
    • Encourage a brief discussion.
  3. Following class discussion of the recently published articles, each LC member writes a brief essay synthesizing this week’s assigned reading with the recently published (within the past two years) newspaper or magazine article that they selected.
  4. (Approximately 500 words, not including the citation of the news article).

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Provides full text for 245 regional U.S. newspapers, eighteen international newspapers, six newswires, and nine newspaper columns, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Los Angeles Times (for a total of 194 full text newspapers and other sources).

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Alternative Name(s) & Keywords: LexisNexis Academic
Nexis Uni is the new version of LexisNexis Academic. It simplifies the search strategy for a broad array of content:
· print and online journals, television and radio broadcasts, newswires and blogs
· local, regional, national, and international newspapers with deep archives
· extensive legal sources for federal and state cases and statutes, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790
· business information on more than 80 million U.S. and international companies and more than 75 million executives
Students can save searches to re-run in the future, create alerts on topics, bookmark documents, and create folders online for sharing.