CoSN Fast Forwards to the Year 2010 in New Report
In a report released last week, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) identifies the technologies that have the potential to reshape education by 2010, and explores how technology decision-makers need to plan ahead. Digital Learning Spaces 2010 demonstrates how technology can be used to customize learning environments for children, enhancing their educational experiences. The report is the latest in a series of reports by CoSN that are designed to promote and support the use of new technologies in K-12 education. The report will be formally released today via a webcast, the first of CoSN's 2005-2006 Internet & Education Webcast Series.
The report begins with three examples of the digital classrooms we could see in 2010, the technologies that would make them possible, and the ways they will maximize student learning. All the examples—an integrated math/science class, a fifth-grade elementary school class, and two virtual student learning experiences—demonstrate the learning capabilities schools can provide in five years if they begin implementing these technologies now.
For the full story, visit http://www.cosn.org/about/press/092705.cfm
Target Awards More Than $14.7M to Schools Nationwide
In its second check donation of 2005, the Target Take Charge of Education program awarded more than $14.7 million to schools nationwide. Take Charge of Education dollars are donated to schools twice each year, and schools can use the funds for anything they need — from technology, to books and school supplies, to grants.
With the Take Charge of Education school fundraising program, families, teachers, and members of the community can designate any eligible K-12 school throughout the country to receive an amount equal to 1 percent of their REDcard (Target Visa and Target Card) purchases made at Target and Target.com. Target also donates 0.5 percent of all Target Visa purchases made everywhere Visa credit cards are accepted.
Cardholders and school representatives can visit http://www.Target.com/tcoe, the in-store kiosk, or call 800-316-6142 to enroll, change a school designation, or check school payout totals.
For the full story, visit http://www.targetcorp.com/targetcorp_group/investor-relations/ir_news.jhtml
National Education Summit Announces Guest Speakers
The 2005 National Education Summit on Leadership, Learning, and Technology for the 21st Century has announced this year's lineup of speakers:
• Dr. Terry Crane, formerly with AOL
• Dr. Dick Fairley, Department of Education (retired), noted education expert
• Gov. Mitt Romney (MA)
• Dr. Irving Hamer, education specialist
• Keith Kruger, CoSN
• Alan November, leader in technology education
• Dr. Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan
• Cathie Norris, University of North Texas
• Dr. Helen Soule, executive director of Cable in the Classroom
• David Thornburg, award-winning futurist, author, and consultant
Hosted by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Education Commission of the States, and CELT Corp., the summit will take place in Cape Cod, MA, from Oct. 6-8. For more information on the invitational event, visit http://www.celtcorp.com/2nd_level.jsp?content=2005%20Summit%20Main%20Page
Adam Equipment Extends ‘Bonus Balance Program' Through End of the Year
Adam Equipment (http://www.adamequipment.com/education), a world-class manufacturer of mass measurement equipment, is extending its promotion for educators to receive an extra balance with every class set of six balances that is purchased through the end of the school year. This special offer — for teachers only — is available for Adam's two most popular classroom balances: the AQT compact and the ACBplus portable. The value of the free balance ranges from $99 to $480, depending on the model and capacity that is ordered.
The Bonus Balance Program is available exclusively for educational institutions. Educators must purchase six units of the same model at one time by Dec. 31, 2005, to qualify. To receive the Bonus Balance, teachers should reference Promotional Code EDPR05 on their purchase order. Visit http://www.adamequipment.com/ed for complete details.
Innovations 2006 Relocated to Atlanta
The League for Innovation in the Community College has announced that due to the extreme devastation Hurricane Katrina has caused in New Orleans, it will relocate the Innovations 2006 conference to the Hilton Atlanta.
In a release, the organization said: “Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to our friends and colleagues in the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, as well as all of the residents of Louisiana and the surrounding states who were affected, as they continue to recover from this catastrophic hurricane.”
For more information on this event, which will still take place from March 19-22, 2006, visit http://www.league.org/i2006/index.html