October 26, 2005

T.H.E. Newsletter: October 26, 2005
October 26, 2005
  • Atomic Learning Releases Free Tutorials for TI-84 Plus Calculators

    Atomic Learning has expanded its scope of offerings to include tutorials for Texas Instrument's TI-84 Plus graphing calculators. The development of TI-84 plus tutorials is consistent with Atomic Learning's commitment to provide training on software and technologies that are used to enhance and improve the educational process. Teachers and students can access this initial series of free tutorials through the Atomic Learning Web site at http://www.atomiclearning.com/TI_84.

  • Build IT Program to Strengthen Technology Fluency in Middle School Girls

    SRI International and Girls Incorporated of Alameda County (Girls Inc.) have announced an $875,195 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program (http://www.nsf.gov). The Build IT grant supports IT fluency and knowledge of IT careers through problem-based design curricula in after-school and summer programs for middle school girls in typically underserved communities. Additionally, program participants will collaborate as design partners with IT professionals and graduate students in the software engineering process.

    For the full story, visit http://ctl.sri.com/projects/displayProject.jsp?Nick=buildit

  • Inspiration Software, Great Source Develop Resources for Using Graphic Organizers to Improve Student Reading Comprehension

    Inspiration Software and Great Source Education Group, a division of Houghton Mifflin Co., have announced a collaboration that combines Inspiration, the leading visual learning software, with Great Source's premier reading comprehension materials — providing teachers with powerful tools for using graphic organizers to improve reading comprehension. Developed by the two companies, the new Reader's Handbook Integration Guide for Inspiration provides lesson plans and activity ideas using Inspiration graphic organizers to support the learning strategies found in Great Source's Reader's Handbook: A Guide for Reading and Learning, Grades 6-8. In addition to classroom strategies, the guide includes a CD-ROM with 36 Inspiration templates that align to each of the handbook's core reading tools. The Reader's Handbook Integration Guide will be available Nov. 4 for $34.95; the Reader's Handbook Integration Guide Bundle, which includes the guide and a single Inspiration license, will be available for $94.95. For more information or to purchase, visit www.inspiration.com/gs or www.greatsource.com/inspiration.

    For the full story, visit

  • TrueNorthLogic to Provide Arizona's Statewide Teacher P.D. Management System

    In collaboration with TrueNorthLogic, a leader in teacher professional development management systems, the Arizona School Services through Education Technology (ASSET), a department of KAET Public Television at Arizona State University, has successfully completed the integration of its ASSET Education Portal with the Integrated Database for Enhancing Arizona's Learning (IDEAL) — enabling a statewide teacher professional development management system. The IDEAL system is a sweeping initiative sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education to improve the educational environment for Arizona students, teachers, and administrators. The infrastructure and architecture of ASSET's Education Portal, which is the first production component of IDEAL, is based on the TrueAchieve solution suite from TrueNorthLogic.

    For the full story, visit

Class.com (http://www.class.com) has announced the release of English 9, a comprehensive sequence created to cover essential standards of grammar, writing, speech, reading strategies, literature, and research at the ninth grade level. “Our new English 9 course gives schools the opportunity to provide an engaging and rigorous Language Arts curriculum to teachers in credit recovery, alternative ed, and virtual school programs. Using Class.com's English courses, teachers can more easily individualize instruction and reach nontraditional learners in new ways” said Class.com CEO Katherine Endacott. “We're pleased to extend our offerings with this new course, and look forward to our upcoming English 10, 11, and 12 as well.” The two semester-length courses include a wide variety of self-directed and teacher-guided activities, works of literature, computer-graded quizzes, writing assignments and projects, plus collaborative exercises. The courseware is designed so that students can start at the beginning or be placed within the course at the appropriate level. Course summaries and outlines for each semester of English 9 are available at http://www.class.com/english.asp.

New science fair project kits are available from Science Fair Projects, with free step-by-step e-Book offered with purchase. A wide range of new science kits that can be turned into interesting and potentially award-winning science fair projects is now being offered through the Web site www.super-science-fair-projects.com. Students from kindergarten through college will be able to find kits appropriate to their interests and abilities. One kit for building a model alternative energy house offers 70 experiments in electricity, energy conservation, magnetism and physics for students age 12 and up. There are also kits for building cars, robots, and windmills and designing experiments around them. In addition, students can use Young Scientist Club sets to experiment with rocks and fossils, electromagnets, water, light, air, capillary action, acids and bases, liquids and gases, magnets, and the structures of the human body. Super Science Fair Projects Step-By-Step for a Winning Edge—a $14.95 value—is free with the purchase of any kit. In addition to offering a process for finding and completing a science fair project, the instantly downloadable book provides access to helpful Internet resources.


AOL has partnered with Quest Network's Blue Zones to create an interactive expedition to teach kids about living a healthier lifestyle. Using exclusive live-to-tape daily video segments from the “blue zone” in Okinawa, Japan, from Oct. 31-Nov. 11, 2005, kids will determine each day through online voting what should be explored the next day. The site will also provide important information on the topic of eating and living a healthier life with links to standards-driven lesson plans, the Blue Zones Challenge, and much more.

The Veterans History Project is a project of the Library of Congress aimed at collecting oral history interviews, memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs, and other original materials from veterans of World Wars I and II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present).

For a complete listing of up-to-date conference information, visit T.H.E. Conference Calendar, T.H.E. Journal 's comprehensive conference database, at: http://www.theconferencecalendar.com

Call for Papers!!!
Please take a second to look at some of the topics we'll be covering in our fall issues:

  • School Perspectives —discuss a specific topic, trend, or concern about education technology.

  • Kids on Technology —any tech-savvy student who can write about how technology is being used in your school.

  • Wishlist/Shortlist —a simple list of the technology (e.g., wireless, laptops, etc.) you're looking at to solve a challenge in your school/district, and an accompanying “shortlist” of vendors you're looking at to solve those challenges.

If you have a good story that is related to any of the above topics, please e-mail an abstract to mailto:[email protected]

T.H.E. Offers Educators Individual netTrekker Subscriptions
T.H.E. Journal has announced an exclusive partnership with Thinkronize, developers of netTrekker, the trusted search engine for schools, which allows educators worldwide to purchase individual (single-user) subscriptions to netTrekker, which previously was available only on a site license basis to schools and districts. With this initiative, T.H.E. and Thinkronize have combined to better serve their customer's needs by personalizing the way educators use the Internet. Educators can purchase individual subscriptions for netTrekker through the T.H.E. Journal's Web site at http://www.thejournal.com/netTrekker. The suggested list price for a one-year subscription is $49.95.

Four New Integrating Technology Courses From T.H.E. Institute
T.H.E. Institute is offering four new online professional development courses to help educators comply with NCLB requirements and use technology more successfully in the classroom. The cost is $209 per course, which includes a $10 per person per course administration fee for documentation of clock hours and a certificate of completion. Course moderation and graduate credit are additional options; volume discounts are available. Anyone who enrolls in a course will receive individual access to the netTrekker site, as well as free individual access to United Learning's unitedstreaming site. For extra value, with registration for one of the above courses, participants will have access to an additional five courses - all five for only $100 - plus a $10 per person per course administration fee. In addition, special pricing is available for educators in district that have purchased Glencoe/McGraw-Hill's TechCONNECT.

Integrating Technology in the Classroom Courses: Social Studies - Available Now; Science - Available Now; English/Language Arts- Available Now; Mathematics - Available Now

For more information, log on to http://www.thejournal.com/institute/IntegratingTech.cfm

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