Teachers often mention to me how difficult they believe it is to keep up-to-date with current quality research and information. Of course, it isn’t – but only if you have developed a robust strategy for accessing and managing an information flow relevant to your own professional management and learning needs.
Even before all the amazing tools at our fingertips today, I was able to stay ‘in touch’ thanks to the amazing Scout Report. Back in the pre-RSS days, this report provided me with material I could easily share with school staff in my own edited weekly newsletter. I still subscribe to the scout report, and occasionally snag a piece of information to share.
What is the Scout Report?
The Scout Report is the flagship publication of the Internet Scout Research Group. Published every Friday both on the Web and by email subscription, it provides a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable STEM and humanities resources on the Internet. A team of librarians and subject matter experts selects, researches, and annotates each resource.
Published continuously since 1994, the Scout Report is one of the Internet’s oldest and most respected publications. Organizations are encouraged to link to the Scout Report from their own Web pages, or to receive the HTML version of the Report each week via email for local posting at their sites. Organizations or individuals may also use the sharing options after each annotated resource to email the resource or share it via social media.
The editors of the Scout Report take great pride in finding and sharing the best free Web-based resources we can find.
Each week, the Scout Report’s editors select and annotate approximately eight websites or online resources in each of two categories: Research & Education, and General Interest. Websites in Research & Education tend to focus more heavily on STEM subjects, while those in General Interest span a range of arts, humanities, and curiosities.
The Scout Report
Visit the Internet Scout at https://scout.wisc.edu/ and find out about all the projects and publications.
For the current issue of the Scout Report visit https://scout.wisc.edu/report/current
The Scout Report Archives collects and catalogs each annotated resource featured in the weekly Scout Report and special issues. Users may find resources of particular interest to them using a keyword search, an advanced search, or by browsing by Library of Congress subject headings.
Past issues of the Scout Report are also available for users to browse at their leisure. These past issues are available chronologically by date.
This issue is located https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2014/1212The email version provides the linked summary followed by annotations.
You should consider signing up, if you haven’t already done so!