July 12, 2006

T.H.E. Newsletter: July 12, 2006
July 12, 2006
  • HP Awards More Than $2 Million to 25 Schools in US, Canada

    HP has awarded 25 schools in the United States and Canada a total of more than $2 million in mobile technology, cash, and professional development. Part of the company’s 2006 HP Technology for Teaching grant program, these “leadership” grants were presented to 15 K-12 public schools and 10 two- and four-year colleges and universities. These schools received grants in 2004-2005 and were invited to apply for additional investment support. Recipients were selected for reinvestment based on their success integrating HP technology into their classroom curriculum, demonstration of positive results on student achievement, and innovative plans to expand their programs to have a broader impact on student success. The HP Technology for Teaching program is designed to transform teaching and improve student achievement through innovative uses of technology in the classroom. Many of the grant recipients’ projects have a focus on science, math, and engineering at schools that serve low-income students.

    For the full story and to view a list of grant recipients, click here

  • ENA Unveils A Road Map to Transform Schools Into 21 st Century Learning Environments

    A dynamic new K-12 model called “networked education” provides personalized, equitable, relevant, and cost-effective 21st century education opportunities for all children, according to a new white paper authored by Education Networks of America (ENA) and Infotech Strategies. Networked for Learning: Enabling 21st Century Student Success addresses how today’s students must master skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and innovation to succeed in the competitive global marketplace—and how networked education is a road map to enabling 21st century learning outcomes. The white paper identifies three basic components to networked education: 1) networked education communities, 2) networked education tools, and 3) Education-Managed Internet Service Provider (Ed-MISP). According to the white paper, there are now more powerful ways to connect people in schools to each other and to the “outside” world. In a networked education community, the “people network”—students, teachers, administrators, and parents—becomes a connected set of valuable resources. Together they accomplish goals that would be impossible through individual efforts.

    The full white paper, which offers education stakeholders a comprehensive checklist for identifying the necessary components and functions of networked education, is available here.

    For the full story, click here

  • Scantron, Thinkronize Partner to Create Complete Formative Instruction Solution

    Blazing a new trail in formative instruction, Scantron and Thinkronize Inc. have announced a new partnership to provide educators with a clear and direct link from assessment and diagnosis to prescriptive action. Through this partnership, Scantron will integrate its Web-based diagnostic and formative assessment solutions with the netTrekker d.i. Internet search engine—providing a complete solution for formative instruction. As a result, K-12 schools and districts that employ Scantron’s Performance Series or Achievement Series solutions will be able to instantly link to standards-based online resources using netTrekker d.i. and match those resources to student learning needs at the individual, classroom, and school levels.

    For the full story, click here

  • SIIA Releases Report on Education Channel Partners

    The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recently released the Education Channel Partners Report. The report, co-published with the Peak Group and Pat Walkington Education Sales and Marketing, provides an extensive overview on selling and marketing education technology products to the K-12 and postsecondary markets. The report has two sections to help education publishers create an effective, customized channel network: The Channel Guide, which provides a “blueprint” for developing a strong sales channel strategy and an effective sales partner program, and the extensive Profile Directory, which analyzes and profiles 200 leading value-added resellers, education dealers, direct mail firms, online resellers, distributors, e-procurement companies, and customer contact centers/telemarketers that focus on US education institutions.

    SIIA’s Education Channel Report is available to SIIA members at no charge for the Channel Guide and at a substantial discount for the Reseller Profile Directory. The full report (guide and directory) is also for sale to non-members through the association’s online bookstore or by contacting SIIA directly at (202) 789-4442.

    For the full story, click here

  • Marilyn Saucedo Named Principal of Beaumont High School

    The Beaumont Unified School District (CA) has named Marilyn Saucedo the new principal of Beaumont High School. This comes just in time for her to open the brand new, state-of-the-art high school campus this August. Saucedo is an experienced administrator who comes from the Riverside Unified School District, where she served in a variety of positions over the last 17 years, including assistant principal, testing coordinator, categorical program coordinator, and teacher of Spanish and English language development.

    Share Your Success
    Whether your district just appointed a new superintendent or your school finally hired that new tech coordinator, we want to know! Please share your staff and faculty successes with us by sending the person's name; title; school, district, and location information; any relevant educational and occupational background; and a high-resolution color image of the person to cwerner@101com.com

Inspiration Software has just launched InspireData, a new tool to visualize, investigate, and understand data. The tool lets students in grades 4-12 apply the proven strategies of visual learning to data analysis in science, mathematics, and social studies to develop deeper content knowledge, build stronger critical-thinking skills, and develop data literacy. The product supports data visualization with integrated table and plot views so students move instantly from data collection to data analysis, seeing the meaning of data and strengthening their analytical skills. InspireData also comes with resources to help teachers quickly and easily integrate visual learning into instruction, including an accompanying "Classroom Projects" book with subject-specific lesson plans and more than 50 curriculum-based databases. Educators can now download a free, fully functional 30-day trial copy of InspireData here. Pricing: Single copies of InspireData are $79, but Inspiration is offering a $10 rebate for all single-license US purchases through the end of the year. And until June 30, 2007, schools or districts that currently own five or more licenses of Inspiration can save 10 percent on InspireData volume license orders of 20 or more at a time.

Promethean has just released Activwand, a new device designed specifically to engage special needs and primary education students. The Activwand complements Promethean’s Activpen as another means to interact with the Promethean Activboard. Because the 21-inch Activwand makes it easier for special needs students and primary learners to reach and touch the Activboard interactive whiteboard, it enhances pupil engagement with the lesson and develops motor skills. The battery-powered Activwand is available immediately. Contact the company for pricing.

Connect And Join, a family support and education services publishing company, has launched this new portal, Connect with the Troops, which offers free tools that enable teachers, classrooms, and students to communicate with and express support for U.S. troops or individual soldiers, while tying patriotism into the curriculum. As part of the launch, the company is holding a nationwide scrapbook initiative to have students create the “World’s Largest Scrapbook” in support of the troops. To help teachers and students get started, free scrapbook and photo-page templates can be downloaded from the site.

MagazineLiteracy.org has teamed with Texterity.com to create the MagPower Reading demonstration project, which is an online portfolio featuring access to select children’s magazines in a digital format. The organizations are now looking for teachers and other educators to participate in the project as literacy agents, providing feedback via an online survey that will help evaluate the benefits of providing online access to children’s magazines as a literacy resource for teachers in classrooms, mentors in after-school programs, and literacy agents in community reading programs.

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!!!

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 editorial@thejournal.com

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 http://www.thejournal.com/institute/course510.cfm.

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

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

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