IBM Launches ‘Transition to Teaching' Program
IBM announced last week that it will help address the critical shortage of math and science teachers by helping some of its most experienced employees become fully accredited teachers in their local communities upon electing to leave the company.
The IBM Transition to Teaching program will begin as a pilot with as many as 100 US employees in various geographic areas participating across the country and, if successful, will expand significantly and engage other companies, too. Each employee will be able to participate in both online course work and more traditional courses, participate in online mentoring while remaining at the company, as well as student teach for up to three months in order to meet state certification requirements and prepare them with quality experiences.
IBM will reimburse participants up to $15,000 for tuition and stipends while they student teach, as well as provide online mentoring and other support services in conjunction with partner colleges, universities, and school districts.
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UC Berkeley Launches Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology
The UC Berkeley's College of Engineering has announced the launch of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (CET), a new academic program and industry partnership that will educate the next generation of technical leaders on entrepreneurship in a changing, global economy. As part of a hands-on approach to educating engineers and scientists, leading investment firms and Bay Area business executives have joined the CET as advisors, sponsors and instructors, providing a network to support Berkeley students, faculty, and staff with the creation of start-up ventures, the efficient transfer of technology to corporate partners, and product commercialization based on UC Berkeley research.
The new, multidisciplinary program will prepare technology students for leadership in a changing global economy. The CET emphasizes going beyond traditional engineering skills to include an understanding of business issues, such as knowing how to recognize opportunities, assess viability, and work independently in international teams.
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Pearson School Systems Announces SIF 1.5 Certification
In keeping with its strategy to deliver flexible, interoperable student information solutions, Pearson School Systems announced the certification by the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Association of SASI and Centerpoint for the SIF Application Standard Version 1.5. With the availability of the SIF 1.5 Agent for SASI and Centerpoint, Pearson School Systems offers the most popular and comprehensive school administrative systems to comply with the recently launched SIF 1.5 Compliance Program.
One of the key components of SASI and Centerpoint's SIF 1.5 support is the StudentLocator object, created to fulfill the demands of the No Child Left Behind Act. The need to track the progress of students even when a child transfers from one school district to another has driven states to deploy state ID infrastructures. StudentLocator captures the basic data needs of most states, while leveraging the SIF 1.5 infrastructure extensibility to accommodate any state-specific requirements, including local-to-state automated vertical reporting.
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Discovery Education, APT Provide Free Digital Library to All Alabama Schools
Discovery Education and Alabama Public Television (APT) have joined forces to energize education in Alabama classrooms. Discovery Education's award-winning unitedstreaming service is the new powerhouse for APTPLUS—Alabama Public Television's online digital resource library. APTPLUS is available at no cost to every K-12 public, private, and church school, as well as homeschoolers, in Alabama. It is also free to schools of education at every college and university statewide.
By licensing unitedstreaming for every K-12 school in the state and adding original productions from its vast educational collection, APT is providing educators with a customized digital video package that is specifically correlated to Alabama's educational standards. In addition to more than 4,500 video programs chaptered into content-specific video clips that can be streamed or downloaded directly into the classroom, either via the Internet or through locally hosted video servers, educators have access to more than 20,000 digital images, an interactive quiz creator, pre-produced classroom activities, teachers' guides, and other supplemental materials that make unitedstreaming the leading digital video-based learning resource for schools.
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Last Call for 2006 Codie Nominations
The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is accepting nominations for the 2006 Codie Awards through Oct. 14, 2005. The 21st annual peer-reviewed awards program will recognize the software and information industry's premiere products and services at an awards gala that will be held next spring in San Francisco, CA. Last year's awards drew 1,000 product submissions from 76 software, content, and education technology categories. To make a nomination, or view a list of past winners, visit http://www.siia.net/codies