Applications for the 2012 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award program are now being accepted. Sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association and Vernier Software and Technology, the program awards cash, technology, and travel funds for science teachers who demonstrate innovation in inquiry-based learning activities involving data collection.
The 2012 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is now accepting submissions. The competition calls on students in kindergarten through high school to develop environmental solutions for their schools, homes, and communities for a chance to win prizes for themselves and grants for their schools.
Up until last summer, Jackson-Steele Elementary School was in the dark ages when it came to information technology. Serving 225 students in a community where the average per capita income is about $21,000, the Hayneville, AL, school had little current technology and little IT budget to do anything about it....
- By Bridget McCrea
Vantage Learning presented a $115,200 grant late last month to a Mississippi school district to help improve students' writing skills.
A new Gates Foundation-funded pilot is testing how effective professional development can be when the algebra teacher turns to an online coach in real time for assistance with lessons and classroom management.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The MIND Research Institute has received a $250,000 grant from the Cisco Foundation to provide its visual math education program, ST Math, to 4,000 students in Arizona.
Yahoo! has partnered with donorschoose.org to launch a program, Homepages for Homerooms, designed to help fund classrooms and teachers.
Global Green USA and Pureology have launched a new competition that will award five schools with funds to implement energy and environmental upgrades on their campuses.
The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation (NAPE-EF) has received grants from two sources that will further the use of educational technology to help achieve equity for groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
- By Mike Hohenbrink
K-12 education isn't using technology effectively and isn't investing nearly enough in IT infrastructure to enable next-generation learning. That's the conclusion of a new report, "Unleashing the Potential of Technology in Education," which called for a greater financial commitment to education technology and the adoption of a holistic, "closed loop" approach to its implementation.