A LT E C NEWSLETTER A Monthly Newsletter December 2006 New Grants Database New Technology in 2007 ALTEC PD Services FREE Online Resources ceived in each of the past 10 years, the New Grants Database will be funding agency, program source, and a description and purpose of each pro- Beneﬁcial to Schools gram. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 requires the Entities seeking to apply for an award Office of Management and Budget would then have a better insight into (OMB) to provide a free online the past recipients of an award, the searchable database with information types of projects that have been suc- about entities receiving federal grants cessful, and will be better able to de- and contracts. Currently the public can termine whether or not a specific pro- go to the Federal Procurement Data ject is right for them. This will be espe- System (FPDS) for information about cially beneficial to those who are just who is receiving federal contracts, but getting started with grant writing and the information is not easily accessible. need a better idea of the types of fed- The Census Bureau also provides in- eral programs that are available. formation about grants and financial assistance through the Federal Assis- This new Web site will provide informa- tance Awards Data System (FAADS) tion about recipients of federal funds but the system is not searchable. within 30 days of the award. Timely and accurate information about federal A new Web site will provide a single contracts and financial assistance point of reference that will allow grant awarded for 2006 and 2007 will be seekers access to information they available by January 2007. Informa- need to contact past recipients of tion about block grants, formula awards to discuss the application proc- grants, and project grants will be avail- ess, successful strategies, and ask spe- able by October 1, 2007. Information cific questions. Schools, districts, and for past fiscal years is to be provided the general public will have access to by January 2009. The web address for information about federal fund recipi- this new Web site has not yet been de- ents such as: the name of the entity, termined. the amount of federal funds it has re- INNOVATION H A R D W A R E S O F T W A R E Are you interested in what’s new and improved for schools for 2007? Here is a sneak peek at some of the hardware and software available to you. SOFTWARE well as customizable icons to use Microsoft Student 2007 Microsoft Office 2007 for PC when plotting. The software was $63 Single User License $65 Single User License created by the Technical Educa- Microsoft Student provides Microsoft Office 2007 has been tion Research Center (TERC), a homework help in Math, Re- redesigned with a new user inter- leading educational research and search, Foreign Language, and face that makes it easier to create development lab committed to creating reports, papers, and great documents, spreadsheets, improving science and math in presentations. It’s like having a presentations, and databases. teaching and learning, and is be- personal homework tutor for your Users will no longer have to ing published by Inspiration. Visit kids. The software includes a full spend time looking for the right http://www.inspiration.com to version of Encarta Premium 2007 tool bars and menus to perform download a free trial of this new Encyclopedia software as well as tasks. The toolbars and menus software. user-friendly tools to create have now been replaced with the graphs, diagrams, and step-by- “Ribbon.” The Ribbon appears at step help to solve math problems. Inspiration 8.0 the top of the application you are Visit the Web site, $53 Single User License using and contains a series of http://www.microsoft.com/studen The latest version of Inspiration tabs that groups commands to- t/tourLanding.mspx, for a tour of has new and enhanced capabili- gether for activities such as in- this software. ties including: keyword symbol serting pictures, page layout, and searches, video and sound inte- mailings. You no longer have to Atomic Learning gration, 65 templates, enhanced go to a drop down menu for each $79.99 Single User, $750 School export and transfer, drag and command. You can now click on License (600 Users) drop, a dictionary, thesaurus, and the appropriate section on the Atomic Learning is a subscription- spell checker. And for the first “Ribbon” and have all of the based online database of software time, Inspiration Web Resources commands you need right at your tutorials for educators, parents, are available; students can now fingertips. For a complete list of and students of all ages. A one- download 60 new templates and new features and to test drive year subscription gives you unlim- over one million symbols. Teach- Office 2007 visit ited access to a database of more ers have access to more than 50 http://office.microsoft.com. than 8,000 software tutorials. curriculum templates and online Individual and all-school subscrip- training videos on the most com- Inspire Data tions are available at affordable monly used Inspiration features. $64 Single User License prices. Its Spanish version tutori- If you order 20 licenses of Inspi- The newest product from Inspira- als have allowed even more par- ration 8.0 in December, you will tion allows students to build da- ents, students, and educators to receive a 25 percent discount on tabases and explore and analyze increase their technology skills. Inspiration’s other great products, data using visual learning tools The tutorials consist of a series of including: Kidspiration 2.1 and with multiple plot types such as more than 1,700 one- to three- the new InspireData! Visit venn, stack, pie, and axis plots. minute videos. Atomic Learning is http://www.inspiration.com for The Slideshow feature allows stu- currently used in over 1,500 complete details and to download dents to present their findings school districts in all 50 states a free trial. and conclusions in a live se- and many foreign countries. Visit quence. More than 50 curriculum- http://www.atomiclearning.com based databases are available, as for complete details. BrainPOP is now in Spanish OTHER NEW EQUIPMENT Several Pricing Options Available Palm TX $299 BrainPOP is an award-winning online educational The new Palm TX is packed full of program that provides curriculum-based content features at an affordable price. It about science, math, English, social studies, health, has a large 320x480 screen, built and technology for grades 3-12. This online data- in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technol- base contains more than 500 animated movies ogy, you can view, edit, and cre- complete with quizzes, comic strips, and printable ate Word Excel, and PowerPoint worksheets that are written in a style that truly en- files. You can also store MP3 files, gages kids. BrainPOP currently has over 3.5 million digital photos, and video clips. subscribers. Educators can try BrainPOP free for 14 This month if you order a Palm days or subscribe using one of the many affordable TX you get a free wireless key- options available. Visit http://www.brainpop.com to board and free shipping with your purchase. Visit find the option that is right for you. http://www.palm.com/us/ to choose the handheld computer that is right for you. HARDWARE MacBook replaces iBook in wireless labs AFFORDABLE PROJECTORS $1099 and up Epson Powerlite S4 $675 The new affordable MacBook is powered with the This SVGA projector weighs 5.7lbs and emits 1800 latest Intel Core 2 dual processor, built in iSight ANSI lumens. camera, iLife 06, 13-inch glossy widescreen display, built in Bluetooth and Airport Extreme, and dual Epson PowerLite 82c $787 display support. Options include up to 2GB of mem- This micro-portable XGA LCD projector weighs 5.9 ory, 200GB hard drive and a 6x double layer burn- pounds and emits 2,000 ANSI lumens. ing SuperDrive that lets you burn DVDs faster! See all of this and more at http://www.apple.com/macbook/macbook.html Federal agencies totaling more than $400 bil- FREE Online lion in Federal grants. Organizations can read about these programs and apply for them on- Resources line. Since it’s inception in 2003, Grants.gov has processed over 90,000 grant applications SMART Educator Resources and currently has more than 52,000 organiza- http://education.smarttech.com/ste/en-US/Ed tion representatives registered. Visit +Resource/ http://www.grants.gov to locate a grant pro- Visit SMART Educator Resources for free les- ject that is right for you! son activities, online professional develop- ment, and software. Also learn about the wide Teacher Tacklebox range of software accredited for use with your http://4teachers.org/intech/lessons/ SMART products as well as free online tools to Visit this site and put in your specific subject, enhance learning in your classroom. Find soft- theme, and topic and you’ll be connected with ware suggestions for Math, Science, History, free online lessons, ThinkQuests, and Health, Foreign Language, English, Art and WebQuests that are readily available to use in Design and more! your classroom. The staff at Teacher Tacklebox has searched the Web to find hundreds of BrainPOP Jr.: A new product for K-3 valuable resources to enhance learning in your http://www.brainpopjr.com classroom. Now educators and students in grades K-3 can enjoy the same high quality educational ani- mated movies, comic strips, and printable Web Worksheet Wizard worksheets from BrainPOP. New from the http://wizard.4teachers.org/ makers of BrainPOP, is BrainPOP Junior, de- Are you interested in creating an online work- signed for students in grades K-3! Try it for sheet but don’t know where to begin? Web free online; also available with closed caption- Worksheet Wizard makes it easy: If you can ing. type, you can create an online worksheet. Create a Web page complete with graphics and Grants.gov links in a snap, just by following the simple Grants.gov is an award-winning free Web site instructions. You can also search for work- that lists over 1,000 grant programs from 26 sheets by keyword and modify an existing worksheet to meet your needs. If you have an existing or proposed project, ALTEC can develop and host your web ALTEC Provides site, support your online community with discussion boards, set up your video con- Ser vices to ference, or custom-design a software application to meet your needs. Propose stronger projects and programs using ALTEC’s over 15 years of expertise in educa- Support Your tional technology, special needs, professional development, and evaluation. Please call us at 785 864 0699 to set up a free consultation. We can assist you with all of Existing Projects your technology needs. Conference Calendar ALTEC Professional Texas Computer Educa- Development METC 2007: 21st Century tion Association (TCEA) Classroom 2007 Date: February 26-28, 2007 Into the Next Dimension Location: St. Louis, MO Date: February 5-9, 2007 Conference Fee: $349 Pre- Location: Austin Convention registration $499 at the door Center, Austin, Texas Web site: Conference Fee: $125 http://www.csd.org/metc2007 Web site: .htm http://www.tcea2007.org/ International Technology Mid-America Association Education Assocation for Computers in Educa- (ITEA) tion (MACE) Date: March 15-17, 2007 Listed below are the online Date: March 1-2, 2007 Location: Alumni Center, Location: San Antonio, TX and onsite sessions we cur- Conference Fee: $240-$390 Kansas State University, Web site: rently offer: Manhattan http://www.iteaconnect.org/ Conference Fee: $125 Conference/ ONSITE SESSIONS Web site: http://www.mace-ks.org/ma An LCD Projector in the Classroom ceconference.htm An Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom The Power of Video-based Learning Math Illustated: Using Geometer’s Sketchpad Advanced Microsoft Office Creative Thinking Skills Using Handhelds CONTACT US Strategic Technology Planning Technology Integration Academy Podcasting: Educational Applications If you have questions or comments please feel free to Custom Staff Inservice Days contact us. ALTEC is located at: ONLINE SESSIONS Online Project Based Learning 1122 West Campus Rd. Online Inspiration, Kidspiration, Kidpix Suite 239 Online Interactive Whiteboard Intensive Online Annenberg Math Resources Lawrence, KS 66045 Online Microsoft Access Phone: 785 864 0699 Fax: 785 864 0704 Please visit the ALTEC Professional Development Web site at http://pd.altec.org for complete details. An ALTEC representative will be happy to assist you with pricing, registration, and custom training options.
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