May 17, 2006

T.H.E. Newsletter: May 17, 2006
May 17, 2006
  • NYC School Cell Phone Ban Causes Uproar
    From The Boston Globe

    A ban on cell phones in the nation's biggest school system is creating an uproar among parents and students alike, with teenagers smuggling their phones inside their lunches and under their clothes, and grown-ups insisting they need to stay in touch with their children in case of another crisis like Sept. 11.

    Parents have written angry letters and e-mails, staged rallies and news conferences, and threatened to sue. Some city council members are introducing legislation on their behalf.

    But Mayor Michael Bloomberg and schools Chancellor Joel Klein have staunchly refused to drop the ban. They insist cell phones are a distraction and are used to cheat, take inappropriate photos in bathrooms, and organize gang rendezvous. They are also a top stolen item.

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  • Milwaukee District First to Adopt New Curriculum for High School Freshmen

    As part of its ongoing commitment to creating a strong, supportive community for its high school freshmen, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District (WI) chose Success Highways, a new curriculum program from ScholarCentric that enhances the student experience. The district, which serves about 9,000 students, is the first in the country to purchase the Success Highways curriculum. More than 800 freshmen at Nathan Hale and Central High Schools have experienced the curriculum in a pilot program during the 2005-06 school year, and administrators are looking forward to greater implementation during the next school year. The program is administered by the district’s Pupil Services staff of counselors and social workers who work closely with classroom teachers to implement the curriculum.

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  • Questionmark Offers Podcasts With Assessment Professionals

    Questionmark has added podcasts featuring interviews with learning and education professionals to its Web site. In the podcasts, current users of the Questionmark Perception assessment management system tell about their use of online surveys, quizzes, tests, and exams, while industry leaders share their insights about best practices in relation to assessment. Listeners can subscribe to and download the podcasts at no charge.

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  • Benedum Foundation Helps Fund Math Curricula for 18 West Virginia Schools

    Carnegie Learning recently announced that 18 West Virginia schools will implement its algebra I curriculum thanks to $165,000 in funding from the Benedum Foundation. The five-year purchase includes the full Cognitive Tutor curriculum integrating interactive software sessions, textbooks, and student-centered classroom instruction. It is also supported by an ongoing professional development program. This adoption is the third in a multiphased initiative by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Benedum Foundation to address the need to improve high school math scores across the state. Phases I and II purchased Carnegie Learning’s algebra I program for 15 schools over the past four years. The Benedum Foundation gives nearly two-thirds of its grant money annually to West Virginia.

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  • Some Publishers of Scholarly Journals Dislike Bill to Require Online Access to Articles
    From The New York Times

    Scholarly publishing has never been a big business. But it could take a financial hit if a proposed federal law is enacted, opening taxpayer-financed research to the public, according to some critics in academic institutions.

    The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, proposed earlier this month by Senators Joseph I. Lieberman and John Cornyn, would require 11 government agencies to publish online any articles that contained research financed with federal grants. If enacted, the measure would require that the articles be accessible online without charge within six months of their initial publication in a scholarly journal.

    But some members of the scholarly publishing industry are wary of the legislation because it could weaken the connection between the journals and their readers, resulting in a lose of subscribers and ad revenue if articles were available online.

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Video4Networks Inc. has released its Pay-Per-Minute Internet Video Services, putting streaming video content in the hands of many more users. The company's new offering allows any user to manage, serve, and track their multimedia and streaming video content using the Internet. Monthly subscriptions include a package of minutes that customers can purchase and use for streaming video every month--similar to a cell-phone plan. The portal customers use to interact with the service is completely self-serving, secure, and Web-based. There is no need to purchase or install special software and there are no long-term commitments. Customers establish their account online and start using the service from their browser. Pricing varies.

Pearson Knowledge Technologies and Pearson Prentice Hall have bundled two powerful literacy tools: Prentice Hall's Literacy Skill Builder Series workbooks for sixth- through eighth-grade students reading below grade level, and WriteToLearn, a Web-based learning tool that helps students develop writing and reading comprehension skills. The package is geared toward students who are taking summer school classes to improve literacy skills. It includes comprehensive materials for teachers, such as a pacing guide for lesson planning, activity ideas, teaching strategies for difficult concepts, and suggestions for integrating WriteToLearn into lessons. Teachers can assess student progress through pre- and post-testing to closely monitor student progress, as well as through the WriteToLearn teacher interface, which allows teachers to easily assess students' writing progress individually or as a class.
Melody Memory Game offers a free educational music-matching game for students and educators. There are nine levels of difficulty, and the melodies are randomly selected from a set of more than 100 songs. Additional melodies are being added on a regular basis.
This kid-friendly, interactive site is loaded with stories, pictures, contests, entertaining games, and other opportunities for learning.

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Call for Papers!!!

THE Journal is currently looking for the following types of articles as we prepare for our 2006 issues:

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

  • 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 potential article, or questions about the above topics, please e-mail [email protected]

THE Institute and AOL @ SCHOOL Offer New Online Course for Educators
“Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web,” is a new online course for educators interested in using the World Wide Web in teaching and learning. Designed for elementary and secondary school teachers, the course provides tools for educators to integrate technology into their curricula to improve student achievement and meet NCLB requirements. The cost is $79 per person; course moderation and graduate credit are additional options. “Internet Literacy – Making the Most of the Web," is designed to be useful both for educators new to using technology in teaching and learning and for tech-savvy veterans.
For complete course details and to register, go to

Four Integrating Technology Courses from T.H.E. Institute
T.H.E. Institute is offering four online professional development courses to help educators comply with NCLB requirements and use technology more successfully in the classroom. The cost is $149 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. In addition, special pricing is available for educators in districts 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

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