New Report Outlines High School Framework for 21st Century Learning
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has just issued a national report, “Results That Matter: 21st Century Skills and High School Reform” (http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/documents/P21_report.pdf), outlining a compelling framework for 21st century learning that focuses on the results which matter for today’s high school graduates. According to the report, creating high schools that truly will improve learning, achievement, and competencies demand a clear understanding of the knowledge, skills and attributes that are increasingly important for every high school student today. The report outlines the following opportunities for working collaboratively with high school reform advocates to improve high schools: a vision for 21st century learning, a set of principles that are critical to high school redesign, and next steps for taking action.
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Adobe Announces Education Leader Program
Adobe Systems Inc. has announced the Adobe Education Leader program, combining the best of the Adobe Master Teacher and the former Macromedia Education Leader programs, to cultivate education technology innovations by providing educators with resources such as education software, free curriculum, training, and a forum to share best practices. The program includes a diverse group of individuals from classroom teachers, technology coordinators, and IT directors to school-, district- and state-level administrators. More than 100 educators from 32 states, Canada and the UK were selected to act as advocates, mentors, and trainers, and share their expertise and enthusiasm with fellow educators. These educators will develop standards-based curricula and educational resources that are used worldwide in the areas of 21st century digital communication skills, eLearning, professional development, and administrative computing.
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TrueNorthLogic to Support California's Technology Integration Planning System
TrueNorthLogic has again contracted with the California Department of Education (CDE) to provide the technology framework for supporting, training, and maintaining its EdTechProfile (www.edtechprofile.org) site, one of the four CDE State Education Technology Service (SETS) projects. By managing EdTechProfile for the CDE, TrueNorthLogic is responsible for providing a non-proprietary and vendor-neutral solution to support a statewide education program that is available to more than 750,000 users in more than 14,000 schools and 1,400 districts. EdTechProfile is funded by the California Education Technology Office as a service to every California educator and administrator. With no cost to the local educational agencies, students, teachers, and administrators can utilize the system to access a suite of assessments and surveys developed to assess student, teacher, and administrator technology proficiency. In turn, a variety of data reporting tools and dashboards help create and measure district technology plans.
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PowerMediaPlus.com Wins Award for Best Multi-Subject Web Site
CLEARVUE & SVE’s media-on-demand system, PowerMediaPlus.com, recently received the Best Multi-Subject Web site award for K-12 at the 2005-06 Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES). Featuring 2,800 full-length videos, 20,000 core concept clips, 4,300 audio files, 25,000 still images, and 5,000 print resources, PowerMediaPlus.com is the only digital delivery system in the industry to offer all media types. The site's new "Curriculum at Your Command" environment provides users with lesson plan, assignment, and quiz building tools, as well as a databank of 15,000 quiz questions and 1,000 pre-made quizzes to integrate media into daily lessons. Content also can be streamed over the Internet or retrieved from local servers with user access from home or school.
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Generation YES Announces 10th Anniversary Contest
To celebrate a decade of technology improvement through student empowerment, 10 Generation YES licenses will be awarded to schools in order to implement student technology programs for the 2006-07 school year. Winning schools will demonstrate a commitment to improving technology integration schoolwide, either through students providing tech support, student-to-student technology literacy mentoring, or students teaching teachers technology. The winners will be announced in July at the National Educational Computing Conference in San Diego, CA. The deadline for applications is June 9, 2006. For more information, visit http://genyes.com/about/contest.php