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5 Tips for
Grant Writing
                                                                                                                                       Education Grants
by the Tech&Learning                                                                                                                                      2010–2011 Deadlines
Grant Guru Gary Carnow
Be careful with the use of appendices.
Some proposal writers try to use the                   July 2010 Deadlines                                     August 2010 Deadlines                  September 2010 Deadlines                        October 2010 Deadlines                  November 2010 Deadlines                    December 2010 Deadlines
appendix to place information that
should have been included in the body                                       1     2      3                1      2   3     4     5    6     7                          1     2    3    4                                      1       2              1    2     3    4     5    6                         1     2    3     4
of the proposal. The appendix should
not be used to get around any page                 4    5     6      7     8      9     10                8      9   10   11     12   13    14        5     6     7    8     9   10    11         3     4      5    6    7    8       9       7      8    9    10    11   12    13       5     6     7    8     9    10   11
limitations stated in the RFP.
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In general, the appendix might include:
résumés of key personnel that will              18     19    20     21     22    23     24                22    23   24   25    26    27   28        19     20   21    22   23   24    25       17      18     19   20   21   22   23         21    22    23   24    25   26    27      19     20   21   22    23   24    25
implement the grant; endorsements                                                                                                                                                               24
and letters of support; verifications;           25     26     27    28     29    30     31                29    30   31                              26     27   28    29   30                  31      25    26    27   28   29   30         28    29    30                            26     27   28   29    30    31
assurances; and diagrams or illustrations.
It is not uncommon to supply
documentation of your non-profit status.        1   The National High School                          1     American Honda Foundation Grant          15    Ezra Jack Keats Foundation              1   Toshiba Small Grants Program            1    American Honda Foundation Grant       1   • Pitsco/Hearlihy/FTE Grant
Some proposals will ask for you a list of          Journalism Teacher of the Year                                    Mini-Grants                                 (for K–5)                                         • Greer/FTE Grant
collaborating partners.                            Program, sponsored by Dow                               america/                                                                america/                                  • Program Excellence Award,
                                                   Jones Newspaper Fund Inc.                                                                              (Click on Programs)                                                                      The International Reading                   sponsored by ITEEA and NASSP
Do not put new information in the                                               Toshiba Large Grants                                                                 15    Shell Science Teaching Award                                                           • Teacher Excellence Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Association Ronald W. Mitchell
                                                   uploads/2010DJNFtoyform.pdf                             (Grades 6–12, more than $5,000)                                                                                                                                         
appendix. Your grant application must
                                                                                                                                                    30    Captain Planet Foundation Grants                                                         Convention Travel Grant
stand on its own. Any information in the                                                                                                                            NEA Foundation Sponsored Grants                               • World Book Information
appendix should further verify or back-            Ongoing                                                                                                Northrop Grumman Corp.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Student Achievement Grants                                                             Literacy Goal Award
up the text of your application.          connects                               Ongoing                                                                                    • Learning & Leadership Grants        10     The International Reading                 • 3M Professional
                                                                                                                                                          awards grants that address                                          Association Regie Routman
                                                   teachers who have approved                              Toshiba America Foundation                                                                                                                                                          Development Grant
                                                                                                                                                          education-related initiatives that                                                       Teacher Recognition Grant*
                                                   funding requests that meet                              accepts Grade 6–12 applications                                                                                                                                         
Grant Forms                                        eligibility requirements with                           for $5,000 or less on a rolling basis.
                                                                                                                                                          promote the advancement of            16    Lowe’s Toolbox for Education*      
                                                                                                                                                          science, technology, engineering                                                              Association for Library Service
                                                   willing donors.                               
The forms that are part of the RFP       
                                                                                                                                                          and math on a national level.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Scholastic Library Publishing         15     The International Reading Awards          to Children (ALSC) Awards
guidelines will often serve as an outline                                                                                                                                                                         • Eleanor M. Johnson Elementary           • BWI Summer Reading
                                                                                                           Digital Wish is dedicated to                                                               National Library Week Grant*
                                                                                                                                                          (Click on Corporate Responsibility,                                                        Teacher Award                             Program Grant
for your grant narrative. Most RFPs                The Stuart Foundation’s focus                           helping schools gain technology                                                  
                                                                                                                                                          then Corporate Citizenship)                                                              • IRA Award for Technology                • Penguin Young Readers
will also include a procedure for the              on eductation includes informed                         access across all subject areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Reading                               Group Award
application submission. These directions           public policy, exemplary districts                      with grants awarded every month.
                                                                                                                                                          Ongoing                                                                                  • Nila Banton Smith Award                 • Maureen Hayes
will guide you and help you plan ahead.            and systems of schools, dynamic               
                                                                                                                                                          NSPIRES is the NASA Solicitation                                                                            Author/Illustrator Award
                                                   leadership, excellent teaching and                      digitalwish/grant_awards
Additionally, the RFP will describe                                                                                                                       and Proposal Integrated Review                                                                                                     • Bookapalooza Program
                                                   engaged youth. Grants are made                                                                                                                                                           20     Environmental Excellence Awards*
formatting issues. Follow all directions                                                                                                                  and Evaluation System.                                                                                                             • Distinguished Service Award
                                                   to groups, not individuals.                             The Wells Fargo Foundation
carefully. Many applications have                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                         supports many k-12 initiatives
additional components, usually a set of                                                                    in specific states the company                                                                                                    30     NSTA Awards                               National Schools of Character
forms and assurances. It is imperative             Beyond Words: The Dollar                                serves.                                        Verizon Foundation Grants                                                                • Sylvia Shugrue Award for                Program, sponsored by the
that you read all of the directions (several       General School Library Relief                                                                                        Elementary School Teachers              Character Education*
times) so that you can get going on these          Program, administered by the                                                                                                                                                                    • Robert H. Carleton Award for  
                                                   American Association of School                                                                         Do Something Grants for                                                                    National Leadership in the Field
additional pieces.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      15   The Charles A. and Anne
                                                   Librarians (AASL), is sponsoring a                                                                     Community Building, Health                                                                 of Science Education
                                                   school library disaster relief fund                                                                    and the Environment                                                                                                                Morrow Lindbergh Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Biotechnology Explorer Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lindbergh Award
Scoring Criteria, Rubrics and                      for public school libraries in the                                                                                                                                                              • Maitland P. Simmons Memorial
                                                   states served by Dollar General.                                                                                                                                                                  Award for New Teachers
the Writing Process                                                                                                        Intel Community Grants
                                                                                                                                                          (awarded quarterly in geographies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Distinguished Teaching Awards      31   Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Scoring criteria are often included in the                                                                                                                                                                                                         • The Delta Education/Frey-     
grant request for proposals. The scoring                                                                                                                  where Intel has a presence)                                                                Neo/CPO Science Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for Excellence in Inquiry-based
criteria is often further described in a
                                                                                                                                                          grant.htm                                                                                  Science Teaching
scoring rubric. The rubric may further
break down the criteria and provide the                                                                                                                                                                                                  
grant readers a score range on which to        *2010 deadline. Please check Web site for 2011 deadline.
judge this element.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sponsored by
Under each category in the rubric, a                                                                                           Connect teachers, students and technology for success
statement is provided as an example.
This detailed rubric is both good and bad                                                                                      Transform learning                                                            Dell’s Connected Classroom
for the grant seeker. On the good side,                                                                                        Our students are growing up in the digital age. Education in the              Technology and instruction can enable students to express
the grant funder is telling you exactly                                                                                        21st century needs a technology strategy that enables teachers                themselves creatively, problem-solve, and collaborate in the
what you need to do. What is bad is that                                                                                       to engage students in new ways and to connect them with the                   classroom and around the world. Teachers are empowered with
you may be tempted to simply write                                                                                             resources they need to succeed.                                               the latest tools and professional skills necessary to create a rich,
the “Makes a Strong Case” statement                                                                                                                                                                          interactive learning environment with Dell’s Connected Classroom                Every student should be able
without really describing what you                                                                                                                                                                           powered by Intel processors.                                                    to reach his or her full potential.
plan to do. Be careful not to fall into                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Learn more at
this trap. For example, stating that the
5 Tips for
Grant Writing
                                                                                                                                       Education Grants
by the Tech&Learning                                                                                                                                         2010–2011 Deadlines
Grant Guru Gary Carnow
narrative describes a comprehensive
action plan to share successful
                                                    January 2011 Deadlines                                February 2011 Deadlines                            March 2011 Deadlines                        April 2011 Deadlines                         May 2011 Deadlines                      June 2011 Deadlines
program implementation strategies
and outcomes with stakeholders at the
conclusion of the program does not                                                      1                             1     2     3    4      5                      1    2     3    4     5                                     1   2           1     2    3     4    5    6     7                        1    2     3       4
tell the grant reader how you plan to
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do this. It does not say how parents,
community members, and school                   9     10     11    12     13    14     15                13     14   15    16     17   18     19        13     14   15    16   17    18   19       10     11     12   13   14   15   16         15    16    17   18   19    20   21      12     13   14   15    16   17       18
districts will actually be able to share in
the lessons learned.                           16     17     18    19     20    21     22                20     21   22    23    24    25     26        20     21   22    23   24    25   26       17     18     19   20   21   22   23         22    23    24   25   26    27   28      19    20    21   22    23   24       25
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Grant Budget
The criteria for a budget might be
scored on a three-point scale or a five-       15    Olympus America/Tool Factory                         1    American Honda Foundation                 1    National Endowment for the          23     Lemelson-MIT Program’s                   1   American Honda Foundation            1   Parent Group of the Year Contest*
point scale. Here is an example of a                Podcasting Contest*                                       Grant                                          Humanities’ Summer Seminar &               InvenTeam Grants*                            Grant                          
three-point scale:                                                                        Institute Programs*                                  The International Reading
  1 The proposal’s budget is vague and/             olympus_contest/                                          america/                                                                                                          america/                                 Association Travel Grants for
    or inappropriate for the project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 30     30 Gloria Barron Prize for
                                                    The International Reading                                 NEA Foundation Sponsored                                                                                                           3                                            Educators
                                                    Association Teacher as                                    Grants
                                                                                                                                                      15     • ISTE Outstanding Young                   Young Heroes                                 Sanford N. McDonnell Award
  2 The proposal provides a budget                                                                                                                             Educator Award*                                          for Lifetime Achievement in
    that is appropriate in type and                 Researcher Grants*                                        • Student Achievement Grants                                                                                                           Character Education*                     NEA Foundation Sponsored Grants
                                                                                                                                                             • Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for
    amount, but is lacking sufficient                                                • Learning & Leadership Grants                                                            ING Unsung Heroes Awards*                                  • Student Achievement Grants
                                                                                                                                                               Excellence in Technology-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Learning & Leadership Grants
    detail.                                   18    Toyota TAPESTRY Grants*                                                                                    Based Pre-K-2 Education*
  3 The proposal provides a clearly                                                                           Toshiba Large Grants                           • Outstanding Teacher/Leader                                                      15    Olympus America/Tool Factory   
                                                                                                                                                                     Northrop Grumman Corp.                       Podcasting Contest*
    articulated and itemized budget                                                                           (Grades 6–12, more than                          Awards*                                                                                                                        NWA’s Sol Hirsch Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                        awards grants that address         
                                                                                                              $5,000)                                        • Sylvia Charp Award for District                                                                                                Fund Grants
    that is appropriate in both type                                                                                                                                                                    education-related initiatives that           contest/
                                                                                                                                 Innovation in Technology*                                                                                            
    and amount.                                                                                                                                                                                         promote the advancement of
                                                                                                         2    Toshiba and the National                                                                  science, technology, engineering       21    Dollar General Grants                    solhirsch.php
                                                                                                              Science Teachers Association’s          31     ISTE Awards                                and math on a national level.                • Back to School Literacy Grants*
Editing is Everything                                                                                         ExploraVision competition*                     • Public Policy Advocate of the                        • Youth Literacy Grants*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gale/Library Media Connection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TEAMS Award
A common saying among writers is that                                                                                           Year Award*                              (Click on Corporate Responsibility,
                                                                                                                                                             • SIG Media Specialist Technology          then Corporate Citizenship)
writing is rewriting. There is no good
                                                                                                    12        Lowe’s Toolbox for Education*                    Innovation Award*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               30    Target Local Store Grants                Invent America! Student Contest
writing, only good rewriting. Great                                                                                                                                                                                    
writers do this instinctively. The rest of                                                                                                                                                                                                           (Community link)
us have to practice.                                                                                17        Intel Schools of Distinction*                  ISTE/SIGOL Online Learning Award*                                                                                           30   Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Planning ahead will give you the                                                                              schoolsofdistinction                           Captain Planet Foundation Grants
opportunity to rewrite. Wait two days                                                                                                              
to begin the editing process. Going at
                                                                                                    24        Toyota Family Literacy Teacher
                                                                                                              of the Year*                                   The Tech Awards program
it with a clear mind will help you find                                                                                     
what in your proposal works and what
doesn’t. As you begin to edit, remember
that this is the time to cut, not add. Most
of us are too wordy in our writing. Use
this time to get to the heart of what you
are trying to say. Avoid prepositional
phrases, and keep the language simple.
Clutter is really the enemy. Why use
assistance instead of help? Or why not
try many instead of numerous or use
                                              *2010 deadline. Please check Web site for 2011 deadline.
do instead of implement? Cutting and
simplifying will give your writing an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sponsored by
economy and a tone that is sharp and
focused. Show no mercy.
                                                                                                                                Empowering teachers for 21st century teaching
                                                                                                                                Engage today’s digital learner                                                 New opportunities for educators
After you have simplified, spell-checked,                                                                                        Students aren’t the only ones learning in the digital age. Once                Educators can integrate technology with their lesson plans to improve
and generally cleaned up the final look,
                                                                                                                                teachers know how to seamlessly integrate these technologies into              educational outcomes with the help of Dell’s Professional Learning
share the document with colleagues
                                                                                                                                their curriculum, instruction and student learning will be boundless.          services. By starting with a comprehensive needs assessment and
and ask for their insights and reactions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               defined outcomes, your school or district gets a unique, professional           Enhance education for the
Particularly ask for their comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                               learning program to help your teachers and administrators confidently           connected generation.
about clarity and content.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               integrate technology into teaching and learning.                               Learn more at
For more information from the Grant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ProfessionalLearning.
Guru, go to
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                                                                                                                     Document Camera—
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                                                                                                                     Teachers at these schools say document
 DON’T ASSUME; ASSESS                                                                                                cameras change the way they teach. Learn
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                                               win a full year of Practice Path for the    presenter’s life easier.
                                               2010–2011 school year.                           RESOURCES: Give the audience
                                                  To register, visit www.epathknowledge.   6    something tangible that they
                                               com.                                        can take back with them or down-
                                                                                           load (e.g., digital books, CD, etc.).
                                                                                               CREATIVITY: The traditional
                                                                                           7   PowerPoint presentation is not
     T&L ASKS READERS                                                                      engaging for a 21st-century audience.
                                                                                                HUMILITY: It’s good to know
     Would you pay for Ning?                                      See more polls at
                                                                                           8    your subject, but don’t act like a
                                                                                           know-it-all. We can always learn
                                                                                           more from one another, so be open
                    4.33%                                                                  to constructive criticism and
                    None of the
                    above.                                                                 encourage teacher-students to
                                                                                           develop personal learning networks.
                                                                                                HUMOR: Nothing lightens a
     Yes, even if more
     than $20/year.                                              62.02%                    9    room more than a little humor.
                                                                                                   AVAILABILITY: Make your-
                                                                 No. I would look for
                                                                 another free resource.    10      self available for networking
                                                                                           and answering questions even after
                                                                                           the event is over.
              15.38%                                                                         —David Kapuler is the media and
              Yes, if under
              $20/year.                                                                     technology specialist at Greendale
                                                                                           (Wis.) School District. Read his blog

10     |   TECH & LEARNING
news                           trends
Your principal has drafted you to create a school-based technology
plan. Now what? Try these tech-planning tips:
    Establish a committee with stakehold-         Develop a short-term goal. Ask your
1   ers of varying interests. Make sure to   4    committee: “In five months, what one
include a special-education teacher, an      goal do we wish to accomplish?”
ELL teacher, a math teacher, a science            Develop activities that will enable
teacher, and an administrator, as well as    5    you to achieve the short-term goal.
teachers of other subjects and interests.    Create a mini timeline of when these
    Conduct a hardware and instruc-          activities must be carried out.
2   tional-needs inventory. The hard-             Grants. These include funds avail-
ware inventory catalogs equipment age,       6     able from local politicians, private
functionality, and condition. The instruc-   foundations, donations, and the public.
tional-needs inventory will determine              Repair and repurpose technology.
the instructional focus of the computer      7     Older computers can often be
hardware.                                    nursed back to health by being reim-
     Develop a long-term plan. Ask your      aged. If a machine is beyond repair, use
3    committee: “In five years, what         it for spare parts.
three technological milestones do we               Be wary of purchasing the newest       have hardware problems and a limited
wish to achieve?”                            8     tech toy. Brand-new products can       number of applications and can involve
                                                                                          prohibitive costs. Consider waiting for
                                                                                          the second version and beyond before
                                                                                          investing in what will then be tried and
                                                                                          tested tech.
                                                                                                Research software solutions. The
                                                                                          9     best way to determine the effec-
                                                                                          tiveness of a program is to test the soft-
                                                                                          ware, so request trial versions, demos,
                                                                                          and white papers documenting prod-
                                                                                          ucts’ effectiveness.
                                                                                                    Avoid drive-by PD. All too often,
                                                                                          10        schools will conduct just one ses-
                                                                                          sion of professional development. This is a
                                                                                          recipe for failure, as several sessions are
                                                                                          needed to see a cohesive improvement.
                                                                                          Additionally, follow-up workshops are
                                                                                          critical. It is also important to offer a menu
                                                                                          of workshops, as the needs of adults
                                                                                          learning to use technology vary greatly.
                                                                                                          —Jacob Gutnicki writes for the
                                                                                           Innovative Educator blog (http://the inno-
                                                                                   and serves
                                                                                           as a Children First Network director in the
                                                                                             areas of accountability, data, grants, and
                                                                                                 IT supporting New York City schools.

                                                                                          12   |   TECH & LEARNING
news                           trends
MEETING OF THE MINDS                                                                          Top Tweets
Highlights from Chicago Tech Forum’s superintendent lunch
At the recent Tech Forum in Chicago,         security option is to teach them to use            from Chicago
seven area superintendents* gathered for
an invitation-only luncheon to share their
                                             the Internet safely and to have an
                                             acceptable-use policy that includes
                                                                                                 Tech Forum
struggles and rewards in the pursuit of      social networking.
implementing tech at their schools. Some        ■ Content: Most superintendents are           @RyanPete
of the conversation highlights were:         looking for flexible content from vendors        Learn about social networking in k-12 @
   ■ Feedback on one-to-one: There           that can meet their specific needs rather
was no consensus on which hardware           than turnkey packages.
device would work best for a one-to-one         ■ Professional development: The
program, but many liked a combination        superintendent from Avoca said that the          Open Source Desktop RSS reader for Mac.
of laptops and tablets for teachers and      district makes technology a priority and Don’t need a Google
                                                                                              account to use this!
netbooks for students.                       that it is no longer acceptable to think of
   ■ Several superintendents felt that       PD as an add-on program. His school              @mswanson
students eventually would bring in their     makes training mandatory for all teachers.
own, varied devices (smartphones, lap-                                                        Open source we use: tux paint, open office,
                                                                                              open office 4 kids, tux math.
tops, netbooks, etc.) and that current       For more resources from Tech Forum,
one-to-one programs open doors for           visit               @kathysand
teachers to begin teaching in a one-to-      techforum.
                                                                                              Action must happen first before you can
one environment. Most believed that
                                                                                              change beliefs. In too many districts, lack of
cloud-based content would be the ideal                                                        action leads to a vacuum of vision.
                                             *Steve Griesbach (Gower School District 62)
choice in this scenario.                     Steve Baule (CUSD 201)
   ■ Network security: There was dis-        Tom Leonard (Barrington 220 CUSD)
agreement on whether to filter Web           Mike Riggle (Glenbrook High Schools)             Ask yourself, how can I change what I am
content, but most superintendents felt       Nanciann Gatta (Niles Township)                  doing 2 make positive change? Start small,
that students know how to get around         Joe Porto (Avoca School District 37)             take action, change behaviors, & take risks.
most Internet filters and that the better    Kelly Kalinich (Kenilworth School District 38)
                                                                                              mobile devices, by 2011 50% of student com-
                                                                                              puters will be mobile. (American Digital
  PD KEY TO STEM FUNDING                                                                      School, the Hayes Foundation)

  From the 2010 Survey of                             4. Most STEM leaders thought            @nharm
  science and STEM leaders                            that simulation software
                                                                                              Mandatory tech PD for every teacher— no
  conducted by IESD, Inc., in                         should be used in conjunction
                                                                                              option out anymore. Targeted & focus tech
  collaboration with STEM mar-                        with hands-on activities                PD w/ focus on content & student outcomes
  ket expert Daylene Long:                            rather than instead of such
  1. Professional development                         activities.                             @kathysand
  (PD) was a funding priority for most       5. A majority of STEM educators                  Administrator panel Put right tools in the
  STEM leaders and was perceived cur-        thought it was somewhat or very                  right place at the right time. Go to meetings
  rently to be insufficient.                 unlikely that eBook readers would be             and not talk tech, talk education
  2. A majority of respondents project-      widely adopted in the next five years.
  ed an increase in technology-deliv-
  ered STEM PD and a decrease in face-       The full report may be found here:               The roundtable on handhelds alone made this
  to-face STEM PD.                           www.selling              day worth the drive (lunch was awesome too)
  3. STEM leaders wanted technology tools    ucts/education-market-research-
                                                                                              Learn more by following the new Tech
  that would support hands-on science.       stem-education                                     Forum Twitter feed @tltechforum.

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                                                                     A DV E R TO R I A L

         21st Century Educators
   A Professional Development Plan to Help Your Teachers Learn the Skills
                       Phase 4 of 4: Analyze progress

Students need 21st century skills to succeed
and compete in today’s global workplace. In
order for teachers to help their students learn
these skills, they need a solid understanding of
the skills themselves and the ability to inte-
grate them into their classrooms.
   The four phases of a professional develop-
ment solution for 21st century teachers are to
provide tech training and how-to support,
understand gaps in the training, develop skills,
and analyze progress. This series of guides
addresses the four phases.

Learning never ends. The goal for all of us —
teachers, students, and administrators — is
called lifelong learning, a process to improve
ourselves and keep pace as new ideas, goals,
and processes emerge. We ask how we know
when we’ve achieved our current goals.
     With all the strategies in place, the final ele-
ment for success in a professional development
program is to monitor progress. By using a per-
sonalized learning path, you can engage teach-
ers in their own learning process productively
and meaningfully to optimize learning potential
and success. By checking Improvement regular-
ly, you can make adjustments to the training as
needed and provide support. By engaging
teachers in this process, you can help them             ■ Assigned Training                                 with 24/7 access to Atomic Learning’s short
internalize the goals and ensure success.                   Teachers can see a summary list of the train-   tutorials that use a show-and-tell approach to
                                                        ing assigned along with the due date and            answering specific ‘how do I do that?’ questions
PROCESS: STEPS TO SUCCESS                               progress record.                                    about the most-used technology resources and
Following these four steps will finalize the process:   ■ ePortfolio
                                                                                                            applications, including assistive technology.
1) Compare pre- and post-assessment results to              Teachers can keep a record of their accom-
    determine overall progress.                         plishments and experiences as they progress.
2) Use progress reporting to evaluate comple-           They can upload documents and images to a           RESULT: IMPACTING STUDENT
    tion of prescribed training.                        central location and track completed PD proj-       ACHIEVEMENT
3) Employ an online portfolio so teachers can           ects and store custom projects.                     A successful 21st century skills professional
    demonstrate mastery of skills and classroom         ■ Recommended Training                              development program will empower educa-
    integration plans.                                      You can recommend specific training for         tors with the knowledge, training and
4) Provide individual access to personal                teachers to follow.                                 resources needed to integrate these skills
    progress reports and prescribed training                                                                into the classroom and ultimately impact stu-
    progress.                                           INTEGRAL: PROVIDE SUPPORT
                                                                                                            dent achievement.
                                                        Throughout any professional development pro-
TECHNIQUE: MY TRAINING                                  gram, participants have questions as they learn
Participants can view their Favorites, Assigned         new 21st century skills and how to use 21st cen-
Training, Assessments, ePortfolios, as well as          tury technology. It is important to have              LEARN MORE
your Recommended Training.                              resources in place to answer these questions in
■ Favorites                                             a timely manner.
    Teachers can click on the star next to a tuto-          These include continuous progress tracking        progress for more information.
rial to make it one of their Favorites.                 and assessment and tech integration support

                                                                                                                      TECH & LEARNING                |   15
news                          trends
Math scores rise with use of                                    Textbook deathwatch
                                                                CHALLENGE: In light of
interactive programs                                            extreme budget cuts,
CHALLENGE:         Like                                         California introduced a
many school districts                                           free digital textbook ini-
across the country,                                             tiative.
Raytown         School                                          SOLUTION: CK–12 (http:/   /
District, near Kansas                                 , a key sup-
City, Missouri, was                                             porter of the first phase
experiencing a down-                                            of California’s initiative,
ward trend on state                                             now has nine books list-
math assessment-test                                            ed with the state. All five digital textbooks submitted by the
scores as students progressed to higher grade levels.           CK–12 Foundation have met 100 percent of the California
SOLUTION: In 2006, the district expanded its use of Carnegie    content standards. As the foundation expands the reach of
Learning Math Programs as part of its school-improvement        its free open-source content across the nation, it has been
effort, which is aimed at demonstrating AYP objectives.         working to align FlexBook content with the standards of
                                                                many of the 50 states.

Going mobile                                                    Preventing plagiarism, creating
City Schools in Ohio
                                                                good writers
were trying to level the                                        CHALLENGE: The Millard Public Schools are home to
playing field in terms of                                       Nebraska’s first International Baccalaureate curriculum. As
technology for all stu-                                         part of this curriculum, they had to ensure that material turned
dents and educators so                                          in was the students’ original work.
that all students would                                         SOLUTION: The district began using Turnitin software, a serv-
have Internet access,                                           ice that determines the originality of texts by comparing them
word processing-capa-                                           with an internal database and Net-wide searches. This led
bilities,   and     many                                        Millard to implement the same company’s WriteCycle to help
GoKnow applications.                                            students learn to paraphrase and cite sources. “Collaborative
The schools also wanted                                         writing, supported by WriteCycle, gives them new motiva-
to expand their mobile-                                         tion,” librarian Donna Helvering says. “Scores on standardized
learning project.                                               tests confirm how well our students are doing.”
SOLUTION: Every third-
to sixth-grade student in
the school district uses a
smartphone for their mobile projects in every subject. After
the students complete an assignment on their smartphones,
they are able to sync their work so the teacher can grade it.
Next year the district will have more than 900 mobile learn-
ing devices and will expand the program to include seventh
grade. At some point in the future, the school hopes to have
a mobile-learning device in the hand of every student from
third grade through 12th.

16   |   TECH & LEARNING
news                          trends
     Projector reviews for education                                Guidelines for educational technology                                                research
has    released      The
Classroom Projector                                               The Software & Information Industry Association released a
Report, a free report                                             new report: “Conducting and Reporting Product Evaluation
that examines digital                                             Research: Guidelines and Considerations for Educational
projectors for the K-12                                           Technology Publishers and Developers.” Available for free
education        market.                                          online, the Guidelines provide best practices for publishers and
Comparing more than                                               developers of educational software and other instructional
60 projectors, the                                                technologies. To read the Guidelines, visit
report offers reviews,                                            sentations/education.
discussion of classroom
defining features, and extensive full feature-benefit compari-      Photo contest:
son chart. To read the full report, visit www.projectorreviews.     Where’s the Bear?
com/classroom-projector/index.php                                 The International Society for Technology in
                                                                  Education is kicking off its 2010 conference
     HP buys Palm                                                 season with a “Where’s the Bear?” contest
On April 28th, 2010, HP announced that they would buy Palm,       featuring the Colorado Convention
the maker of webOS and the Pre/Pre+ and Pixi/Pixi+ smart-         Center’s mascot, I See What You Mean,
phones. HP is planning on keeping webOS and most of Palm’s        designed by Denver artist Lawrence
team and running them as separate business units. They are        Argent. The winner from each category
planning to scale webOS across multiple platforms, and in         will receive his or her choice of an iPod
interviews have discussed a webOS-powered tablet and slate.       Touch or digital camera. Submit photos by
This could be good news for education, since Palm’s webOS is      June 15, 2010, to be eligible for Round 1 of the
easy to develop apps for, has a solid Web browser, supports       contest. For contest details or to view entries,
Flash, supports 3D graphics, and already has thousands of         visit
apps (many a good fit for education).
                                                                    Survey: Estimated 275,000 education
                                                                    jobs at risk
          Sites We Like:                                          School administrators across the nation are faced with the
                                                                  possibility of eliminating an unprecedented number of                                        teaching jobs for the 2010-11 school year, according to a
 newtop100speeches.htm                                            new snapshot survey of school superintendents released
                                                                  by the American Association of School Administrators. The
                                                                  new study finds that 82 percent of districts will cut or elim-
                                                                  inate 27,516 education jobs in 2010-11 and 53 percent will
                                     American Rhetoric            freeze hiring. Download the one-page survey report at
                                     brings together tran-
                                     scriptions of what are
                                     judged to be the 100           Virtual travel focuses on energy use
                                     most important               General Motors Education uses Google Earth to allow stu-
                                     speeches of the 20th         dents and teachers to travel the world and discover the types
                                     and 21st centuries.          of energy people use to fuel their cars, homes, and electron-
                                                                  ics. Includes lesson plans by grades and a blog for teachers,
                                                                  “Teach Green.”

18    |   TECH & LEARNING
news                            trends
A sampling of the latest iPad apps for education
      123 COLOR HD TALKING COLORING BOOK                                  TOPYX
(HTTP://123COLORAPP.COM) This talking                                (WWW.INTERACTYX.COM/MLEARNING)                 TOPYX,       the
coloring book teaches numbers and letters                            eLearning 2.0 solution with integrated social LMS technology,
in several languages including English,                              is now available on iPad, increasing the LMS functionality with
Spanish, French, and German. 123 Color                               integrated social learning and e-commerce tools into one
and 123 Color HD are companion apps to                               Software as a Service (SaaS) application.
developer Steve Glinberg’s math learning
game, KidCalc 7-in-1 Math fun, and geogra-                                TOUCHRETOUCH FOR IPAD
phy coloring book, 123 World HD.                                     (WWW.IPHOTOMANIA.COM/APPLICATIONS.HTML) Adva-
                                                                     Soft released the new photo editing software app for iPhone,
      BUGME!                                                         iPod touch, and iPad users. The photo editing software prom-
(WWW.BUGME.NET) Electric Pocket Limited announced new                ises special algorithms for its image background recovery
features to its BugMe! sticky-note app for iPad. The latest iPad     application. TouchRetouch gives users the ability to remove
version enables users to set alarms that are triggered by push       objects from freshly captured or saved photographs.
notification. BugMe! now also lets users jot notes on pictures and
offers “flexible note positioning,” which allows users to drag and        THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED 3D
drop notes anywhere they choose or organize them in clusters.        (WWW.SEEHERESTUDIOS.COM) Independently produced by
                                                                     a new small company, 3D Storybook—The Wrong Side of the
      CRESTRON IPAD APP                                              Bed 3D! features award-
(WWW.ITUNES.COM/APPS) This new app enables full access               winning graphics. See Here
to your Crestron control and presentation system via Wi-Fi and       Studios has ramped up
3G. The Crestron Mobile Pro™ G iPad app comes pre-loaded             production for more 3D
with a standard graphic template and supports user-defined           children’s e-books and
interfaces as well.                                                  interactive     educational
                                                                     apps. Upcoming apps by
      HELLO-HELLO SPANISH                                            See Here Studios will
(WWW.HELLO-HELLO.COM) The company                                    include options for viewing
has announced the launch of its iPad app,                            the storyline and educational content in either standard 2D or
which features Hello-Hello’s complete                                enhanced 3D.
Spanish course. Hello-Hello Spanish includes
30 conversational lessons and hundreds of                                 WYSE POCKETCLOUD APP FOR IPAD
flash cards that display words and sentences                         (WWW.ITUNES.COM/APP
with which to practice vocabulary. At least                          STORE) PocketCloud’s fea-
four more languages will be added by the end of June.                tures include iPad native
                                                                     full-resolution    support,
      THE ORCHESTRA                                                  enhanced Multi-Touch inter-
(WWW.XHUMANS.COM)           iPad   developer     xhumans             face for iPad, custom key-
announced that it will donate 1,000 copies of its applica-           board with function and
tion The Orchestra to music educators across the United              shortcut keys, and Pocket-
States. xhumans has partnered with several instrument                Cloud Windows Com-
makers, music teachers, and nonprofit classical-music                panion (now supports 64-
groups on this initiative.                                           bit operating).

20   |   TECH & LEARNING
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                                                                        • A way to teach students about safe and appropriate
web filter.                                                               online communication
                                                                        • Closed messaging to communicate with students, and
                                                                                                                                                     Archive and report on communications,
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By Sascha Zuger
Sandy Brimhall smiles as she recalls her early days as
special education director in rural Show Low School District
in Arizona. Her new district had elevated special education
rates, and she turned to tracking data to find out why.
    “A high number of our SpEd students had high IQs but
were nonreaders,” she says. “Without a consistent K–12
reading program, if students had not developed the necessary
foundational skills to be strong readers by third grade, the
chances were slim that they would have another opportunity.”
    Assessment tech found in Fast ForWord, as well as Study
Island, Reading Assistant, APAX, and AR within Brimhall’s
Response to Intervention program, measured cognitive
skills like memory, attention, processing rate, and sequenc-
ing. Data reports from three- to six-month sessions in Fast
ForWord informed placement.
    Brimhall discovered that many students placed in SpEd
were really just delayed rather than truly disabled. Pinpointing
the moment when a particular student faltered, or a specific
building block of phonic awareness they lacked, proved crucial
for teachers in understanding students. Tactile tech, like inter-
active whiteboards and acoustically modified tech tools, which
train the ear to hear, helped kids struggling with visual per-      general-education teacher is responsible for all levels of
ception and auditory development. Mispronunciations flagged         learners in the classroom,” Brimhall says. “Teachers armed
in real time as a student spoke into a Reading Assistant micro-     with assessment-product data which determine and pre-
phone tied together the visual and hearing aspects for kids         cisely define disabilities use interactive whiteboards, stu-
who had never made that vital connection.                           dent-response systems, document cameras, laptop com-
    Fifty-five percent of the SpEd students have been exited        puters, and mobile computer labs to differentiate their
within the past five years, and there are concrete data back-       instruction according to each child’s learning style within a
ing up those decisions and protecting the school from law-          single classroom. The assessment reports teachers receive
suits, rather than parents having to accept a teacher’s sub-        are specific about students’ needs.”
jective opinion of their child’s progress. Increased efficiency        Although Brimhall’s original goal was to address strug-
of speech and psychological evaluations, and reduced stu-           gling readers, the general student population has benefited
dent need, saved additional district funds.                         from higher state-test scores and more successful student
    “We are a full-inclusion school, which means that the           job placement. Most noted was the change in behavior.

24   |   TECH & LEARNING                                                                      SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

   “Many students would rather be a ‘bad’ kid than a ‘dumb’       tial days of using the data-analysis tool TestWiz, it was
kid,” Brimhall says. “We’ve seen significant drops in stu-        determined that certain math concepts on the state assess-
dents using avoidance behaviors to get out of class. The          ments, such as vertex-edge graphs, were not included in
teachers have better-prepared learners: 19 percent fewer          the local assessments.
incident referrals means that all students are able to focus         Once the problem was recognized, an adjustment of the
and engage.”                                                      curriculum sequence made a huge difference in perform-
                                                                  ance. Linear equations had been taught, but students were
Carol Gibbs, principal of North Elementary School in Des          missing many of those questions; another adjustment, this
Plaines, Illinois, can relate. After implementing a Positive      time of the recommended instruction time, again showed
Behavioral Interventions & Support program to address             improved scores.
severe behavior problems and seeing the number of discipline         “We needed assessment data beyond MCAS
referrals reduced by more than 80 percent as a result, school     [Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System] to
officials noted that many of the students who displayed behav-    help drive instruction and identify students at risk,”
ior problems also struggled academically. They approached         Backman says. “MCAS tests only in grades three through
RtI as they did the PBIS: between 80 percent and 90 percent of    eight and grade 10, and the results are not available until
students received universal interventions, 5 percent to 10 per-   mid-October. We wanted a way to make data-driven deci-
cent received individual and group interventions, and 1 percent   sions starting on the first day of school.”
to 5 percent received intensive individual interventions.            Through the use of TestWiz to align local assessments
   “RtI, in practice, starts with solid, flexible, robust core    with state standards and to shift access to detailed test data
instruction and a good data-man-                                                            from the district level into the hands
agement system,” Gibbs says. She                                                            of building principals and assistant
notes the importance of researching
assessment-tech programs for more
                                            RtI, in practice, starts with                   principals, assessments can be
                                                                                            administered frequently, and the
than just the bells and whistles: to        solid, flexible, robust core                    results are available online within a
find the right fit. “This is critical,”
Gibbs says. “The trick is to pick prod-
                                              instruction and a good                        single day. Students are also moti-
                                                                                            vated by the immediate feedback on
ucts that align with core instruction.      data-management system.                         comprehensive assessments.
Lexia meshes so nicely to systemati-
cally address the five big areas of        The trick is to pick products                       “At the beginning of the school
                                                                                            year, students are given their item
reading across all grades, provides
performance data and the ability to
                                                that align with core                        analysis, which they use to set aca-
                                                                                            demic goals for themselves,”
pre- and post-test individual student                instruction.                           Backman says. “This creates more
skills, and ties together many of the                                                       ownership of the learning process
key programs and tools we already used.                           on the part of the student.
   “We are in a high-poverty and culturally diverse environ-         “Because TestWiz is Web-based, teachers can access
ment,” she says. “We began the school year with 75 percent        assessment data for their students anywhere they have an
of kindergartners unable to recognize or name a single let-       Internet connection,” she says. “Our district currently edu-
ter of the alphabet. Lexia and Reading Plus together is like      cates 8,412 students from pre-K through 12 with more than
the whole enchilada of reading. Students targeted for lack of     700 classroom teachers; ease of data collection is essential.
pre-reading education, phonics skills, and awareness could        With the ability to print plain paper answer sheets and score
build the capacity to move up through the reading program.        them on a standard printer-scanner, this system eliminates
By aligning our goals, efforts, and resources and using the       the need to purchase expensive answer sheets and scanners.
program’s progress monitoring, we brought every child into        Teachers find the process extremely easy and efficient, and
our ‘green’ [on-level] group academically.                        their scores and analysis reports are available immediately.”
   “While I firmly believe that instruction should drive core        How and where the programs will be used determine
and intervention programs,” she says, “selecting programs         whether a solely Web-based option or one that must be
that work well together and serve the school’s instructional      installed in an existing network is chosen.
goals can have a dramatic impact on student performance.”            “Now that we are using a Web-based program, we have
                                                                  eliminated the impact on our network and tech support
Karen Backman, math coordinator at Plymouth (Mass.)               staff,” Backman says. “We were using expensive scanners
Public Schools, knows only too well the importance of             that constantly needed repair and maintenance, which was
making sure that everyone is on the same page. In the ini-        time-consuming and costly.”

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Access to tech support is another financial consideration,
suggests Christine Zapata, coordinator of student support
teams for Round Rock, Texas, which purchased AIMSweb,
a data-management system, as part of its implementation
of RtI. “When purchasing assessment technology, a school
                                                                  RTI RESOURCES
                                                                  • American Education Corporation
system should also take a look at how much training and
technical support are included with the purchase,” Zapata          (
says. “Be wary of additional costs later on, such as renewal      • Autoskill (
fees and additional licenses.
                                                                  • Carnegie Learning (
   “Plans for training and building sustainability should take
into account that adult learners are as individual as the stu-    • Compass Learning (
dents in our classrooms,” she says. “Providing a onetime          • CTB/McGraw Hill (
training is less effective than providing initial training fol-
lowed by coaching sessions.                                       • Curriculum Associates
   “In education, we want teachers spending time on                (
instruction. Technology steps in and does the dirty work by       • Discovery Discovery Education Assessment
scoring, graphing, and sometimes even adjusting instruc-           (
tion in seconds. Many programs have the ability to analyze         assessment/)

                                                                  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (

        When purchasing assessment                                • Imagination Station (

 technology, a school system should also                          • Kaplan, Reading and Math Empowerment
   take a look at how much training and                           • Lexia (
  technical support are included with the                         • Macmillan/McGraw-Hill (
   purchase. Be wary of additional costs                          • MindPlay RAPS (
     later on, such as renewal fees and                           • OnCourse Systems (

             additional licenses.                                 • Pearson Assessment

student performance in real time and automatically modify         • Pinnacle by GlobalScholar (
instruction by targeting skills a student is struggling with,
                                                                  • PLATO Courses (
raising the level of difficulty while the student is using the
software, and meanwhile generating detailed reports for           • Princeton Review (
assessment. While these things are taking place via tech-         • Recorded Books, Plugged-in to Reading
nology, teachers are able to work with smaller groups of           (
students. A teacher has only one set of hands; technology
has no such limitations.                                          • Scholastic Read 180 (
   “Why do so many children enjoy playing electronic games        • Schoolnet (
on X-Box, PlayStation, and Nintendo?” she asks. “They are
                                                                  • Scientific Learning, Fast ForWord
presented with high-quality graphics and sound and
rewarded when they master a level, and they receive imme-
diate feedback. Many good education software programs             • SRA/McGraw-Hill (
have these same features. That they are learning and being
                                                                  • Steck Vaughn/Renaissance Learning
assessed at the same time is a bonus.”
   Whether instructors face the challenge of teaching effi-
ciently and effectively, have to define student needs and         • Summit Interactive, GraspMath Interactive Video
placement, or must spend more time correcting behavior             Tutor (
than teaching, assessment tech can be a useful guide to           • Voyager (
finding success.

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               WHO’S WHO IN ED TECH:
               PART TWO, THE PRESENT
                                                     A DV E R TO R I A L

Clarksville Students Excel with A+®
The Clarksville Montgomery County                                                     summative. Our purpose is to evaluate
School System (CMCSS) in Tennessee                                                    mastery. Assessments are made after
has been using the A+nyWhere Learning                                                 each module and upon completion of
System® (A+LS™) courseware from                                                       each content package. In ACT and GED
American Education Corporation since                                                  prep, we make more use of pre-assess-
2003. CMCSS uses A+LS in its               allows them to move from place to          ments to establish what the student
Alternative School, Virtual School,        place and also lets them continue learn-   already knows and to build on that, and
Credit     Recovery,     and     Summer    ing,” explains Sucharski. Since many       to focus on what the student doesn’t
Intervention programs, and also for        students may start a grade in one          know.”
ACT and GED preparation.                   school and finish in another, ongoing,        For Sucharski, the bottom line is the
    The primary challenge to education     accurate assessments with results that     success of individual students. But indi-
in CMCSS is unmistakable. “We’re a dis-    can be compared between schools is         vidual student success often depends on
trict with more than 45 percent pover-     critical—both to maintain state stan-      solving district-wide problems in educa-
ty,” says Dr. Kimi Sucharski, accounta-    dards and to give teachers a quick         tional management. “In our Alternative
bility supervisor, K-12 at-risk programs   understanding of each student’s            School program alone,” says Sucharski,
supervisor, for CMCSS. “In some            strengths and weaknesses. “After exten-    “we have six high schools and seven
schools, poverty approaches 90 per-        sive research, A+LS was selected           middle schools. So we have the potential
cent.” Along with poverty is mobility,     because it includes a study component,     for 13 or 14 curriculums. Imagine being
with its disruptive effect on learning.    pre- and post-assessments, and can be      the teacher in the classroom who has to
“We have schools with more than 70         realigned to meet our specific needs.”     address that. To streamline the process
percent turnover,” says Sucharski. “In         “We use the A+LS assessments differ-   and ensure curriculum continuity, we
some grade levels, it’s 90 percent.”       ently in different programs,” says         decided to standardize on A+LS.”
    “We wanted to provide our kids with    Sucharski. “For example, in Credit            The results of Sucharski’s strategies
access to one flexible curriculum that     Recovery, our assessments are mainly       are well documented. “For instance,”
                                                                                           says Sucharski, “100 percent of the
                                                                                           students coming to our Virtual
                                                                                           High Schools were identified as
                                                                                           being unable to graduate on time in
                                                                                           their traditional high school pro-
                                                                                           grams. In the last two years, 90 per-
                                                                                           cent of Virtual School students
                                                                                           graduated high school on time with
                                                                                           regular diplomas—that’s a huge
                                                                                           percentage.” And in the CMCSS
                                                                                           Credit Recovery Program, 93 per-
                                                                                           cent of more than 200 students
                                                                                           recovered their credits.
                                                                                              Sucharski values not only the
                                                                                           A+LS courseware but also the com-
                                                                                           pany that stands behind it. “When
                                                                                           you have 400 kids signing on to
                                                                                           technology,” says Sucharski, “it has
                                                                                           to work perfectly. The American
                                                                                           Education Corporation has always
                                                                                           been responsive. All our phone
                                                                                           calls and emails are answered
                                                                                           promptly. They’ve always resolved
                                                                                           even our most difficult problems.
                                                                                           They work closely with us—that’s a
                                                                                           big plus.”

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The Tech & Learning
          By Matt Bolch

          continues to compile a compendium of the most influential people affecting the
          advancement of technology in education. Our second group of honorees is
          plucked from the present: today’s leaders who are changing the
          landscape of edtech through innovation and vision.

                                              LOOKING FOR LINDA? Linda Roberts was honored in our
                                                 March Issue along with 29 of her colleagues. Read it
                                                online here:

                                                        Arne Duncan
                                                        Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, spent more than seven years
                                                        as CEO of Chicago Public Schools and as such is the longest-serving
                                                        big-city superintendent in the country. During his confirmation hearings,
                                                        he called education “the civil rights issue of our generation.” His father
                                                        was a professor at the University of Chicago, and his mother runs an
                                                        independent early-learning center on Chicago’s South Side. Under
                                                        Duncan’s leadership, the city district had record gains in elementary
                                                        reading and math standards. Gains in ACT scores among high schoolers
                                                        were triple those achieved nationally.

                                                            Nancy Knowlton
                                                            Nancy Knowlton is president,
                                                            co–chief executive officer, and
Karen Cator                                                 cofounder of SMART, which intro-
Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational
                                                            duced its interactive whiteboard
Technology at the U.S. Department of Education,
has long advocated for students. She previously             in 1991. Since then, the Canadian
directed leadership and advocacy efforts in                 company has sold more than 1.5
education at Apple, where she focused on the                million whiteboards in the educa-
intersection of education policy and research,              tion, business, and government
emerging technologies, and the real conditions
                                                            sectors and has a nearly 48 per-
faced by teachers, students, and administrators.
Prior to joining Apple in 1997, Cator served in the         cent share worldwide. Knowlton,
public-education sector, leading the planning and           who is responsible for the com-
implementing of technology in Alaska. She was               pany’s day-to-day direction, has
also special assistant for telecommunications for           spoken widely on 21st-century education. In 2002, she was on an
that state’s lieutenant governor. She is a past chair
                                                            independent commission that reviewed the province of Alberta’s
of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has
served on the board of the Software & Information           system of basic education. She and cofounder David Martin won the
Industry Association’s education division.                  1999 Prairies Region Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award and
                                                            a Manning Innovation award in 2002.

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100@30: Present                                                    ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAY BEVENOUR

                                          Mitchel Resnick
                                          Anybody who likes building robots with a LEGO MindStorms kit can thank
                                          Mitchel Resnick. The LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and
                                          head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Laboratory
                                          investigates how new technologies can help people create. One offshoot
                                          of that research has been the development of a “programmable brick”
                                          that formed the basis of the LEGO MindStorms robotics kit. Another is
                                          Scratch, an online community where children can program and share
                                          interactive stories, games, and animations. He cofounded the Computer
                                          Clubhouse, a global network of after-school centers where disadvan-
                                          taged youth use new technologies to express themselves creatively.

                                                               Michael Milken
 Dean Kamen                                                    Every teacher should know who Michael Milken is. The
                                                               financier and philanthropist has supported educators
 Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and
                                                               since 1985 through the Milken Educator award, the largest
 Recognition of Science and Technology), an inter-             teacher-recognition program in the United States. The
 national robotics competition that attracted more             organization has awarded $60 million to more than 2,400
 than 137,000 children from 42 countries as con-               K–12 teachers and principals, each of whom received
 testants in 2009. The purpose of FIRST is to                  $25,000 and an opportunity to participate in an annual
                                                               professional-development conference. Milken and his
 inspire children, especially girls and minorities,
                                                               brother Lowell established the Milken Family Foundation
 to pursue careers in science and mathematics.                 in 1982, but Michael has been generous since at least
 Kamen, a prolific inventor (more than 440                     1972, when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. In
 patents) and a member of the National Inventor                addition to medical research and education, the founda-
 Hall of Fame, is best known for his invention of              tion addresses inner-city problems and seeks to aid fami-
                                                               lies of children with cancer and youth programs.
 the Segway Human Transporter. The president of
 DEKA Research & Development Corp., he is
 working on a water-purification system to solve
 the world shortage of drinkable water.

 Douglas E. Van Houweling
 Douglas E. Van Houweling led a statewide computing network in
 Michigan in 1987 that was tasked with helping run the National
 Science Foundation Network, a backbone of the early Internet. Van
 Houweling is a professor in the School of Information at the University
 of Michigan and founding president and CEO of Internet2, an advanced
 networking consortium led by the research and education community.
 He was a member of the National Academies Panel on the Impact of
 IT on the Future of the Research University. Van Houweling received
 the EDUCAUSE 2002 Excellence in Leadership Award.

                                                                                       TECH & LEARNING             |   35
The Tech & Learning 100@30

                                                    Chris Dede
                                                    Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at the
                                                    Harvard Graduate School of Education, researches how people learn in the
                                                    wake of emerging technologies. His teaching models the use of information
                                                    technology to distribute and orchestrate learning across space, time, and
                                                    many interactive media. His research spans emerging technologies for
                                                    learning, infusing technology into large-scale educational-improvement ini-
                                                    tiatives, policy formulation and analysis, and leadership in educational inno-
                                                    vation. He currently conducts funded studies in developing and assessing
                                                    learning environments based on modeling and visualization, online teacher
                                                    professional development, wireless mobile devices for ubiquitous comput-
                                                    ing, and multiuser virtual environments.

Roberto J. Rodriguez
Roberto J. Rodríguez has worked closely on education issues for most of his
political career. He currently serves on the White House Domestic Policy
Council as special assistant to President Obama for education. Previously,
Rodríguez was chief education counsel to the late Senator Edward M.
Kennedy, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP)
Committee. He led policy development and strategy for legislation that
addressed early-childhood education, elementary and secondary education,
higher education, and adult education. Earlier he had worked with the HELP
Committee on the No Child Left Behind Act.

                                                     Chris Lehmann
                                                     Chris Lehmann is founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a
                                                     progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia. Lehmann
                                                     returned to his native city after nine years as an English teacher and tech-
                                                     nology coordinator at New York’s Beacon School, known for its integration
                                                     of technology. While there, he was honored by the youth-development
                                                     organization MOUSE as a Champion of Technology and by the National
                                                     School Board Association in 2006 as one of “20 to Watch” among American
                                                     educators. He is the author of the education blog Practical Theory

Jaime Carbonell
Jaime Carbonell’s research areas include artificial intelligence and language technologies, such as machine translation, machine
learning, and computational biology, and usually combine theory, experimentation, and system building. He directs the Language
Technologies Institute and is the Allen Newell Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Active learning, another
of Carbonell’s research areas, seeks to identify the fewest possible labeled training instances necessary to grasp a concept. According
to his Web site, he is particularly interested in ensemble-based active learning, in active learning for highly skewed class distributions,
and in differential labeling cost models.

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Joyce Valenza                                                                    Gary Stager
                                                                                 Gary Stager believes in the power of
Joyce Valenza, teacher-librarian at                                              the computer for learning and self-
Springfield Township High School,                                                expression. For nearly 30 years, he
Erdenheim, Pennsylvania, has been                                                has educated and spoken about edu-
modeling evolving tech-integrated                                                cation. Professional development in
practice for more than 30 years.                                                 the world’s first laptop schools and
                                                                                 designing online graduate school pro-
Valenza created her first virtual                                                grams are among his accomplish-
library in 1996. A mentor and leader                                             ments. Stager is a collaborator in the
in edtech and information fluency,                                               MIT Media Lab’s Future of Learning
she has taught at the graduate level                                             Group and a member of the One
and publishes books and videos                                                   Laptop Per Child Foundation’s
                                                                                 Learning Team. He is a visiting profes-
about information skills. She writes                                             sor at Pepperdine University, an asso-
the NeverEndingSearch blog for School Library Journal as well as regular         ciate of the Thornburg Center for
features for edtech and library journals. Valenza is an American Memory          Professional Development, and exec-
Fellow and a Milken Educator. She has won awards for her library program,        utive director of the Constructivist
Web sites, videos, and blogs. She recently founded the TL Virtual Café,          Consortium.
TeacherLibrarianNing, and the AASL Geek Squad.
                                                                                 David Warlick
                                                                                 David Warlick operates Landmarks
                                                                                 for Schools, a Web site dedicated to
                                                                                 helping teachers and students “find
Mark Bauerlein                                                                   information and tools designed to help
                                                                                 us redefine literacy for the 21st cen-
Emory University professor Mark Bauerlein turned heads with his 2008 book
                                                                                 tury.” It is the most visible method of
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans            outreach of the Landmark Project, the
and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30. In it he posits     consulting and innovations company
that the proliferation of technology causes precipitous drops in general         Warlick founded. His attribution tool,
knowledge and reading in general. As he told an interviewer for The Hub,         Citation Machine, has 500,000 hits a
                                                                                 day, and his classroom blogging ser-
Emory’s quarterly magazine, “You can quote me on this: You guys don’t know
                                                                                 vice has more than 200,000 users.
anything.” Bauerlein has taught at Emory since 1989 except for a break           Previously, Warlick was a classroom
between 2003 and 2005, when he directed the office of research and analysis      teacher, district administrator, and
at the National Endowment for the Arts.                                          staff consultant with the North
                                                                                 Carolina State Department of Public
                                                                                 Instruction. He has written three
                                                                                 books on instructional technology and
                                                                                 21st-century literacy and has spoken
                                                                                 widely on education.
James Paul Gee
After pioneering new literacy studies                                            Andrea diSessa
with his 1990 book Sociolinguistics                                              Andrea diSessa is director of the Boxer
and Literacies, in his more recent                                               Computer Environment Project at the
                                                                                 University of California, Berkeley,
works professor James Paul Gee
                                                                                 where he is the Corey Professor of
draws correlations between video                                                 Education in the Graduate School of
games, language, and learning.                                                   Education. As the project’s Web site
What Video Games Have to Teach Us                                                explains, “Boxer is the first example of
About Learning and Literacy, pub-                                                a ‘computational medium’ for real
                                                                                 people....Boxer is based on a literacy
lished in 2003, promotes the effec-
                                                                                 model. That is, we want computational
tive-learning principles that a good                                             media to be useful to everyone, as text
video game can impart. His 2004 fol-                                             is, except we want to extend from a
low-up, Situated Language and                                                    static and linear tradition to a new,
Learning, describes video games in terms of overall learning and literacy,       dynamic and interactive medium.”
                                                                                 DiSessa’s current work focuses on
explaining how they can aid in school reform. Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton
                                                                                 students’ ideas about “patterns of
Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at the Mary Lou Fulton College of     behavior and control” and the develop-
Education at Arizona State University.                                           ment of the concept of force.

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                                                            A DV E R TO R I A L

Teachers Use Cisco Video
Solutions To Energize Learning
“When technology meets learning, dynam-                                                          sonalization to their assignments, and
ic learning societies are formed, and great                                                      Cisco has helped our teachers turn their
things happen to students, to communi-                                                           ideas into highly effective learning tools.”
ties, and to societies,” says Michael                                                               Other districts are seeing similar
Stevenson,       vice   president,   Global                                                      excitement growing in classrooms when
Education at Cisco. “It is through these                                                         video is used. Colleen Winkler, a teacher at
societies that we see advancements in sci-                                                       Riverdale High School in Jefferson Parish
ence, business, and culture.”                                                                    says “It’s building a community of learners
   Cisco® video solutions give educators        Students can easily search for content of        that possibly would not have evolved
the ability to redefine learning experiences    interest and share their comments. The           without the technology.”
and engage, equip, and empower students.        Media Experience Engine is also enabling            Oaks Christian School worked with
At Global Technology Preparatory School         the advancement of innovative speech-to-         Cisco to introduce a multimedia solution
in East Harlem, New York, most students         text capabilities that will help future gener-   that could extend into the classroom.
arrive early to take advantage of the tech-     ations of students, including those with         Cisco Digital Media solutions, including
nology during their free time. At Jefferson     learning disabilities or English as a Second     video multicasting, digital signage, and
Parish in Louisiana, the integration of tech-   Language      (ESL)      students.     Cisco     Show and Share for both of the school’s
nology is fostering creative teaching. In       TelePresence™       systems     and    Cisco     campuses, are making information more
California, Oaks Christian School is combin-    WebEx™ web-based collaboration tools             interesting to students.
ing social video, digital signage, and IPTV     help educators use video to extend the
systems to keep students participating and      reach of education to housebound stu-            EMPOWERING SCHOOLS AND
well informed.                                  dents or remote high-definition video            DISTRICTS FOR SUCCESS
   The recently introduced Cisco Video-         classrooms.                                      Cisco’s extensive portfolio of video-enabled
Enabled Teaching and Learning Solution                                                           solutions for education enables teachers to
represents a new milestone for collabora-       IMPROVING STUDENT OUTCOMES                       engage students today while preparing
tive learning environments. “The technolo-      “This generation is all about personalizing      them for the future. By better aligning the
gy lets teachers and students access video      themselves, and you can see it in their web      learning environment to the way students
content across the network, creating highly     pages, their Facebook profiles, and every-       learn, schools motivate lifelong learning
secure video communities where ideas and        thing they do,” says Chrystina Russell, prin-    and reach new learners outside of the tradi-
expertise can be shared–while increasing        cipal of Global Tech. “Video brings that per-    tional classroom walls.
major administrative, operational, and ener-
gy efficiencies,” says Frank Florence, senior     ■ For more information about Cisco innovations for education,
director, Industry Solutions and Marketing          visit:
at Cisco. Combined with Cisco’s existing
portfolio of video-based solutions, the new       ■ Download a free trial of Show                                  and       Share       at:
solution helps inspire students within tradi-
tional classrooms and reaches out to
include remote and virtual classrooms.            ■ Or attend the Virtual Forum for Education Leaders at:
   The solution includes a broad range of 
products: Cisco Show and Share provides
anytime, anywhere viewing of video                ■ You can also join us in person, at ISTE, Colorado Convention
instruction or content on any device.               Center in Denver, June 27–30, Booth #2032.

40    |   TECH & LEARNING
The Tech & Learning 100@30
Linda Darling-                              Gina Bianchini
                                            Until March, Gina Bianchini was CEO
Linda Darling-Hammond launched the
Education Leadership Institute and          of Ning, the social-networking plat-
School Design Network at Stanford           form she founded with Marc
University, where she is Charles E.         Andreessen. Published reports indi-
Ducommun Professor of Education. She        cate that Bianchini left after more
is a former president of the American
Educational Research Association and
                                            than five years to pursue other
member of the National Academy of           opportunities. Those include being
Education. Darling-Hammond was exec-        entrepreneur in residence at
utive director of the National Commission   Andreessen Horowitz, the venture
on Teaching and America’s Future when
                                            capital firm that Andreessen
it released the landmark 1996 report
“What Matters Most: Teaching for            cofounded. A successful entrepre-
America’s Future.” The report brought       neur, she previously founded and
about changes in the policies affecting     served as chief marketing officer at
teaching and teacher education and was      Harmonic Communications. She also
named among the reports that influ-
                                            directed business development and investor relations at CKS Group and was a
enced education the most.
                                            financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Henry Jenkins
Henry Jenkins, Provost’s Professor of
Communication, Journalism and
Cinematic Arts at the University of
                                                                                Jomo W. Mutegi
Southern California, has recently                                              Jomo W. Mutegi is executive director of
focused his research on media conver-                                          Sankoré Institute, a nonprofit science and
gence. Before arriving at USC in the                                           education research organization. Sankoré
fall of 2009, he spent a decade direct-                                        seeks to develop the intellectual infrastructure
ing the MIT Comparative Media Studies
                                                                               in African and African-American communi-
Program and as the Peter de Florez
Professor of Humanities. While at MIT,                                         ties through its focus on science, technology,
he was one of the principal investigators                                      engineering, and mathematics. The institute
for the Education Arcade, a consortium                                         concentrates on research and development,
of educators and business leaders who                                          education, and application and policy.
advocated educational uses for com-
                                                                               Mutegi’s research explores the worldview of
puter and video games. His recent
research argues that understanding                                             students and student-teacher interaction as
the relationships among media should                                           factors that determine future career choice.
be based on how individuals interact        He received the Outstanding Junior Scholar award and, in 2003, the United States
with and combine them.                      Early Career Researcher award.
G. Wayne Clough
G. Wayne Clough began his tenure as
the twelfth secretary of the Smith-         Neeru Khosla
sonian Institution in 2008 after leading    Neeru Khosla wants to reduce the high
the Georgia Institute of Technology for
                                            cost of textbook materials, one of the rea-
14 years. The Georgia Tech alumnus, a
civil engineer by training and the first    sons that in 2006 she cofounded the CK-12
alum to lead the college, oversaw more      Foundation, where she is executive direc-
than $1 billion in new construction         tor. The nonprofit CK-12 focuses on the
during a push to increase the school’s      K–12 market across the world through its
enrollment and prestige. Among
                                            open-content Web-based collaborative
Clough’s goals at the Smithsonian are to
digitize many of the institution’s 137      model, called FlexBook. The aim of
million objects and to beef up its K–12     FlexBook is to provide good core content
educational programming to link             and an adaptive environment for learning.
methods of informal education to its        Khosla is a founding member of the K–12
formal education system. He was
appointed to the National Science Board
                                            Initiative of the D-School (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) at Stanford
in 2004.                                    University and a member of the committee to expand the program.

          42    |   TECH & LEARNING
Clayton M. Christensen
Clayton M. Christensen developed the concept of disruptive innova-
tion, a framework that describes how a product or service develops in
a simple form at the bottom of a market and can then displace estab-
lished competitors as it moves upmarket. His 1997 book The
Innovator’s Dilemma explains the concept, which he is now applying to
promote solutions in the education and health-care sectors through
the Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank he cofounded. He is also
the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at
Harvard Business School.

Michael Horn
With Clayton M. Christensen,               Amy Bruckman
Michael Horn founded the                   Amy Bruckman studies the “constructionist” philosophy of education as it relates
Innosight Institute, a nonprofit           to the design of online communities. According to her Web site, the associate pro-
                                           fessor at the College of Computing at Georgia Tech believes that the “Internet has
think     tank    that    applies          a unique potential to make constructionist learning scalable and sustainable in
Christensen’s theories of dis-             real-world settings, because it makes it easy to provide social support for learn-
ruptive innovation to social               ing and teaching. In electronic-learning communities, participants can help moti-
problems such as education and             vate and support one another’s activities.” Bruckman, a member of the universi-
health care. Horn is the organi-           ty’s Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center, currently studies wikis as con-
                                           structionist-learning environments.
zation’s executive director of
education and secretary. He                Robert Kozma
wrote Disrupting Class: How                Despite having retired from the Center for Technology in Learning, Robert
Disruptive     Innovation    Will          Kozma continues to help link technology with education reform and economic
Change the Way the World                   and social development. He is principal consultant at Kozmalone Consulting,
                                           which he founded in 2002 after retiring from SRI International’s Center for
Learns with Christensen and
                                           Technology in Learning, for which he is emeritus director and principal scien-
Curtis W. Johnson. He worked at            tist. CTL’s goal is to improve teaching and learning through innovation and
America Online during the                  inquiry, which include developing and assessing interactive-learning environ- relaunch and was once              ments. Kozma consults nationally and internationally with government, non-
employed by David Gergen, jour-            government, and commercial clients that have included the agencies the World
                                           Bank, UNESCO, and the Ford Foundation.
nalist, attorney, and adviser to
four U.S. presidents, as Gergen’s
research assistant.

Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson knows about the transformative power of creativity
and innovation. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 2003 for his contri-
butions as a writer, speaker, and leader in creativity, the arts, and edu-
cation. He was the lead author of the 1999 report “All Our Futures:
Creativity, Culture and Education” (also known as the Robinson
Report), which influenced government and corporate attitudes toward
creativity. In the late ’80s, Robinson directed the Arts in Schools
Project, a UK initiative to improve the teaching of the arts, and chaired
the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education.
He is professor emeritus at Warwick University.

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Strategies for K-12 Technology Leaders

POWER                                                                                    of

PORTALS                    An old concept becomes a beneficial reality.

by Pam Derringer

While the phrase “school portal” may sound as dated as “information
superhighway” or even “Don’t copy that floppy,” in fact the idea is finally
becoming an effective solution for schools. Many districts and states
now are taking Web sites to the next level by developing portals that
have customized content for teachers, students, and parents. The vision:
engage students with Facebook-like tools, help teachers with enriched
curriculum resources, and enlist parents as partners with real-time data
on their children’s academic progress.
   Accessible by user name and password, school portals typically give
students and parents access to assignments and grades, and some-
times standardized-test scores. They also usually include a class calen-
dar, discussion forums, and personal Facebook-like student pages.
   That’s just for starters. The latest portal buzzwords, according to
Kevin McGuire, technology director for Michigan City, Indiana, schools
and a former state tech director of the year, are personal learning plans,
social networking, and portable student portfolios, which children can
take with them when they leave.
   “It’s all about communication,” McGuire says. “Too often, parents wait
too long [to contact the school] and can’t believe that their children
won’t be graduating. We realized that nine-week report cards aren’t fre-
quent enough. And we want to give parents access to the information
to help the students succeed.” Michigan City’s portal, which has been in
the works for a number of years, already gives parents and teachers
access to standardized-test scores, grades, attendance, and discipline

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                                                         Strategies for K-12 Leaders

   records; students will receive access to            (Right) The home page of
                                                       Loomis Chaffee’s public
   all the data in the fall.
                                                       Web site, with news and
       An unusual feature of the portal is information for faculty,
   the personal learning plan, in which indi- parents, students, and
                                                       visitors. (Below) The home
   vidual students set their own goals for page of the faculty portal
   the year and work with their teachers on with resources, news, and
                                                       student directory.
   their progress during that year. “PLPs
   are a way for us to know how students
   feel about learning,” McGuire says.
   “And we’re starting to use them to
   help students stay on the path.”
   Begun in a few middle schools and
   used in an after-school remedial pro-                                                                         ing, Gathright says, parents
   gram, PLPs will ultimately be rolled out                                                                      and teachers feel that it fosters
   K–12, system-wide, and students will                                                                          a partnership between parents
   update their plans every year.                                                                                and students concerning
       A second component of Michigan                                                                            school and that it encourages
   City’s portal is the individual student                                                                       responsibility. Corpus Christi is
   portfolio, a multimedia repository that status report on homework at any time                     looking for ways to expand Web 2.0 func-
   colleges are increasingly requiring for             and is thus empowered to help their chil-     tions like networking and blogging
   admission. Currently visible only to the            dren with current assignments or prod         throughout more schools in the district
   student creators, these portable port-              them on overdue ones.                         and to encourage learning 24/7, inside
   folios should be accessible for public                  In a recent study of portal usage,        and outside the classroom.
   display by the fall, McGuire says.                  Corpus Christi was encouraged to find             Loomis Chaffee, a Connecticut coed
       The final component of the district’s that 75 percent of its teachers had imple-              boarding school, was prompted to add
   plan is secure social networking, which is mented all 12 features the district recom-             a portal to its Web site last year prima-
   intended to enable students to email one mended for driving traffic to their class                rily for administrative efficiency,
   another and ask their teachers for help in                                                        according to Cassandra Corrigan, data-
   a safe environment that can be managed                                                            base administrator. The school needed
   and monitored by the district. The net- An unusual feature of the                                 to consolidate its data so that a single
   working piece and other fine-tuning                                                               change, such as a new phone number,
                                                       portal is the personal
   should be completed next spring,                                                                  would be reflected throughout the sys-
   according to McGuire, who adds that the learning plan, in which                                   tem. From the perspective of the user,
   portal was built on Drupal, an open-                individual students set                       says Mary Forrester, Loomis Chaffee’s
   source content-management applica-                                                                Webmaster and director of public
                                                       their own goals for the
   tion, and was not a costly project.                                                               information, the school also wanted to
       Meanwhile, the Corpus Christi (Texas)           year and work with their                      create a single entry point where stu-
   ISD rolled out a school portal running on           teachers on their progress                    dents and other visitors could find
   a customized version of eChalk software                                                           whatever they needed, from daily
                                                       during that year.
   districtwide in 2008. As with Michigan                                                            updates on school activities to confer-
                             Strategies for K-12 Leaders
   City, a key Corpus Christi goal is improv-                                                        ence-room availability to class assign-
   ing communication and keeping parents pages. The study also found that 98 per-                    ments, dorm news, and email.
   informed about their children’s progress,           cent of all teachers are using the portal         Using FinalSite’s content-manage-
   according to Lyndall Gathright, the dis-            and that 79 percent of all K–12 students      ment tools and templates, the school
   trict Webmaster. The portal recently                are registered users. In addition, students   built the portal in five and a half months,
                                                                                   Strategies for K-12 Leaders
   began allowing parents to see what the sent an average of three emails apiece via                 less than half the estimated time, linked it
   teacher assigns, the due date, and a stu- the portal, and the volume was much                     to the student-information system, and
   dent’s grade for the assignment as soon             higher in the upper grades.                   went live with the teacher and student
   as they are posted. Any parent with                     Although there is no quantifiable evi-    portals last September. The parent portal
   Internet access can get an up-to-date dence that the portal has improved learn-                   had been completed the previous spring.

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                                                     Strategies for K-12 Leaders

   First-year results have been positive
and have included extended learning,
increased efficiency, and improved
                                                 The goal of the portal is to improve education two
communication. The class pages, for              ways: first, by giving teachers a united online
example, have discussion threads and             resource and community for professional
show alerts when new data are posted.
And teachers can email the class
                                                 development; and second, by providing exceptional
and/or their parents with a single click         curriculum enrichment resources.
and issue periodic progress reports
electronically. This is helpful especially
since many of the reports are quite                 This year has been one of transi-      Agency’s ambitious Project Share, a
lengthy and nearly 10 percent of the             tion, Corrigan says, and there are        new state education portal. According
parents are international.                       more enhancements ahead, but gen-         to Anita Givens, the agency’s associ-
   In addition, the portal builds a sense        erally speaking, the portal has helped    ate commissioner of standards and
of community with its daily bulletin,            teachers improve classes and foster       programs, the goal of the portal is to
dorm photos, club pages, and athletic            discussion and has increased adminis-     improve education two ways: first, by
coverage, which includes the latest              trative efficiency. And students are      giving teachers a united online
game results, directions to upcoming             becoming more familiar with portal        resource and community for profes-
away games, and updated team ros-                tools, which function the same way        sional development; and second, by
ters. And it helps the day students (45          from subject to subject.                  providing exceptional curriculum
percent of Loomis Chaffee’s 681 stu-                Finally, no discussion of school       enrichment resources through part-
dents are commuters) feel more con-              portals would be complete without         nerships with the New York Times
nected to the school community.                  mention of the Texas Education            Knowledge Network, the Smithsonian
                                                                                           Institution, and the National Aero-
                                                                                           nautics and Space Administration.
   [Kids Want In]                                                                              The New York Times network will
                                                                                           give teachers accounts of current
   There is one portion of you school population who won’t balk at the                     events dating back to 1851, and the
   idea of portals: your students. A recent survey from National Speak Up                  other partnerships will take science to
                                                                                           a new level with online simulations and
   Day (, as presented by David Jakes at
                                                                                           audio and video discussions with work-
   Chicago Tech Forum 2010, confirms that when it comes to communica-                      ing scientists. Ultimately, Givens says,
   tion and collaboration online, they are all in. Here is what students sur-              the portal will link to student-informa-
                                                                                           tion systems statewide and be a
   veyed say they want:
                                                                                           resource for all individual districts,
                                                                                           starting with a few pilots in the fall and
      Social-based learning: Students want to leverage emerging communi-                   phased in over the following 18 to 24
      cations and collaboration tools to create and personalize networks of                months. Individual districts are wel-
                                                                                           come to deploy as little or as much
      experts to inform their education experience.
                                                                                           Web 2.0 functionality (student and par-
                       Strategies for K-12 Leaders                                         ent log-ins, calendars, email, etc.) as
      Untethered learning: Students envision technology-enabled learning                   they wish.
      experiences that transcend the classroom walls and are not limited by                    “Project Share will be done as a dis-
                                                                                           tributed model, from the ground up,”
      resource constraints, traditional funding streams, geography, communi-
                                                                                           Givens says. “Local school districts may
      ty assets, or even teacher knowledge or skills.                          Strategies for K-12 Leaders
                                                                                           have any number of plans for engaging
                                                                                           parents and students. But it’s not the
      Digitally-rich learning: Students see the use of relevancy-based digital             state’s job to do it. Not with 4.8 million
                                                                                           students, 1,265 school districts, and
      tools, content, and resources as a key to driving learning productivity,
                                                                                           more than 4,000 educators.”
      and not just about engaging students in learning.

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By Ellen Ullman

Teachers say that document cameras change the way they teach. Because the cameras allow
them to place any object under the lens and project it in full color onto a large screen, teachers
say, they help them manage the classroom, keep students engaged, and can lead to
increased retention. Best of all, you’ll never hear “I can’t see!” again.

              CANYONS SCHOOL                                      LOVEJOY
              DISTRICT                                            INDEPENDENT
              SANDY, UT                                           SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                                                  ALLEN, TX

 WHAT DO      AVERVISION V300AF+ ($700); V355AF ($800)            DUKANE 335 ($1,275 LIST PRICE; EDUCATION
 YOU USE?               WWW.AVERUSA.COM                           DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE), WWW.DUKANE.COM

              “When you work with small items, it’s hard for      “Some of our teachers went to a summer train-
              the whole class to see,” says Ross Rogers,          ing course and saw them in use,” says Tina
  YOUR        media tech specialist. His science and elemen-      Phillips, director of technology. “We let them
 DISTRICT     tary teachers, in particular, appreciate having     ‘earn’ the document cameras to use for instruc-
   GET        the technology for their classes. It also helps     tion. Once a handful of teachers started using
DOCUMENT      teachers handle students, Rogers explains,          them, others started requesting them as well.”
              because they are always facing them.                Today a document camera is standard equip-
                                                                  ment in every classroom.

 WHY THIS     It’s what the district chose.                       A vendor demonstrated them for Phillips, and
 BRAND?                                                           she liked the way they worked.

              “It’s sturdy. Other ones have an arm with a cam-    “It is nice and small and user-friendly.” In
              era and an arm with lights, which take up so        another district, Phillips had employed a brand
              much more room. With AVer, the lights are built     that wasn’t as easy to use. “The images are
 WHAT DO      on. Wherever you put the camera, the lights are     clear, and we are happy with the service we
 YOU LIKE     right there.” He also appreciates the fact that     get.” Last but not least, Phillips appreciates the
 ABOUT IT?    the 300 has USB and VGA cables, so he can use       “good price” and the five-year warranty.
              a laptop microphone to record, and that the
              355 has a built-in microphone. “It has so many
              uses, whichever curriculum you teach.”

   WHAT       “Honestly, I haven’t heard a negative comment,      “I haven’t heard any complaints, and we’ve had
 DON’T YOU    but if it could be wireless and operate on a bat-   few mechanical problems. We sent back only
   LIKE       tery so I could take it with my laptop, that        one or two. The bulbs are fragile and tiny, but
 ABOUT IT?    would be great. But I’d still need a projector.”    we’ve put in only two.”

              Yes, Rogers says. The third-grade teachers use      Yes. The teachers use it to correct students’
    HAS IT    it to teach cursive writing; math teachers use it   work, do math manipulatives, and flip pages of
 BEEN EASY    to work with manipulatives. One teacher uses it     books. “It’s the day-to-day stuff that is the
   TO INTE-   as a Webcam and broadcasts guest speakers           basis of teaching. Any tool they can use every
  INTO THE    wirelessly to the classroom next door. “The         day is so valuable.”
    CLASS-    teachers find new uses every day; they tell me
    ROOM?     they couldn’t teach without it.”

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             HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY                                  TOPEKA DRIVE
             PUBLIC SCHOOLS                                       ELEMENTARY
             TAMPA, FL                                            SCHOOL
                                                                  NORTHRIDGE, CA

 WHAT DO               EPSON DC-10 ($399)                         ELMO TT-02RX & CRP-22 PROJECTOR ($1640)
 YOU USE?        WWW.EPSONBRIGHTERFUTURES.COM                               WWW.ELMOUSA.COM

             “We incorporated them into our presentation          Topeka Drive is a Korean-language dual-language
 WHY DID     stations,” says Steve Newhouse, district resource    school. “When the teacher has to write a
  YOUR       teacher for 46 middle schools. “We were using        sentence on the board in Korean, it takes a long
             Epson projectors, and it was nice to take            time and the children don’t see it clearly,” says
DOCUMENT     advantage of the document cameras as well. They      Gina M. Metzelar, Korean dual-language program
CAMERAS?     seemed to be a natural with many teachers.”          representative. “The research shows that
                                                                  document cameras help kids pay more attention.”

             Epson is responsive, Newhouse says, and he           Metzelar did a lot of research and evaluated
             was happy with the way the company handled           several document cameras. “The ELMO’s
 WHY THIS    his projectors. “Epson products last, and the        features answered my needs. I knew that the
 BRAND?      company provides good service.”                      children would benefit greatly from the
                                                                  microscope attachment, from connecting to the
                                                                  Internet, and from seeing everything so clearly.”

             “It has lots of uses for all schools. The elemen-    “I love the interaction it allows. Whether
             tary teachers like it that it captures information   students are reading in Korean or English,
             from a large format, as they have big books          everyone can follow along. It has great
             with large pages. Other document cameras             highlighting features.” The ELMO has so many
 WHAT DO     don’t let them view items as large without           positives, Metzelar says, she can’t list them all.
 ABOUT IT?   having to scroll.” An additional benefit is the      “Our scores in math and in fluency in Korean
             DC-10’s portability. “Teachers love being able to    have gone up. After three months we had
             fold the camera into a small box. Some of our        already seen improvements.”
             schools are concerned about security, and it’s
             easy to put these away and lock them up.”

  WHAT       “There isn’t really anything; even the price is      “The price,” Metzelar says, laughing. She can
             responsible. Of course, it could always be less      afford only one, which is shared among four
ABOUT IT?    expensive.”                                          classes.

             “Oh, yes,” Newhouse says. “Teachers use it easily.   “Absolutely. All schools should have this
BEEN EASY    Math teachers show how to solve problems.            product. It makes teaching so much easier, and
  TO INTE-   Some writing teachers put up student writing         they are able to teach more. It expands their
   GRATE     and highlight parts of speech. Social studies        ability to teach in depth.”
 INTO THE    teachers use it to make mental maps to remem-
   ROOM?     ber locations of states and other countries.”

 Other Document Camera Providers
 ■ CANON                                ■ QOMO                                ■ SMART TECHNOLOGIES                       

 ■ LUMENS                               ■ SAMSUNG            

54   |   TECH & LEARNING


Canon has advanced and expanded its line of LCD multimedia projectors
( with two new WXGA resolution (1,280 x
800) wide-screen and four new XGA resolution (1,024 x 768) models. The
six new models share several new features, such as an improved Lamp
Lighting System; a carbon Reduction Meter to calculate and display the
amount of CO2 emissions saved by operating in Quiet Mode; an Auto
Energy Saver; and power-saving Stand-By Mode, in which overall power
consumption can be reduced to less than 1W by setting the standby mode
to Power Saving. Each projector also has several inputs for a wide variety
of computer, video, and control sources and functions.

                                                                     Featuring the Intel Atom processor and a 10.1-inch LCD monitor, the new
                                                                     classmate PC ( includes increased memory and
                                                                     storage for running education applications. The new design can change
                                                                     from a clamshell to a tablet PC, allowing students to naturally switch form
                                                                     factors as they move between activities and locations in the classroom.
                                                                     The new, convertible classmate PC features a touch screen with a user
                                                                     interface optimized for eReading applications, a water-resistant keyboard,
                                                                     a touch pad, improved
                                                                     ruggedness, and an
                                                                     optional antimicrobial
                                                                     keyboard. It also includes
                                                                     integrated wireless con-
                                                                     nectivity with Wi-Fi and
Intel Corporation has announced the Intel Reader                     provides the options of
(, which is designed to increase independence          3G, GPS, and WiMAX for
for the estimated 55 million people in the United States who         easy network and Inter-
have dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities, or vision     net connections.
problems such as low vision and blindness. The Intel Reader,
about the size of a paperback book, converts printed text to
digital text, then reads it aloud to the user. Its design com-
bines a high-resolution camera and the power of an Intel
Atom processor, so users can point, shoot, and listen to printed
text. When the Intel Reader is used with the Intel® Portable                       Hitachi America introduces the CP-X3011 3LCD projector
Capture Station, large amounts of text, such as a chapter and                      (, which offers a brightness of
an entire book, can be captured for reading later.                                 3,200 lumens and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. The CP-X3011 fea-
                                                                                   tures 16 watts of built-in audio while maintaining a low noise
                                                                                   rating of 29 dBA in eco mode. It also has a long lamp life of
                                                                                   3,000 hours in standard mode and 6,000 hours in eco
                                                                                   mode. The CP-X3011 offers Hitachi’s proprietary My Buttons
                                                                                   functionality, which enables two programmable buttons on
                                                                                   the projector to execute any command.

Crestron has announced QuickPacks (, new all-in-one
presentation solutions for classrooms. Each QuickPack features a basic
system controller with AV switching, an audio amplifier, speakers, wall
plates, mounting hardware, and cables. Just add the video projector, the
projection screen, and AV sources and the software wizard guides you
through setup, with no system design required. There are three QuickPack
systems to fit any classroom application. The QP-200 (shown) provides
connectivity to a laptop and a video source, such as a DVD player; the QP-                For more of the latest product releases,
300 adds a room PC; and the QP-400 provides connectivity for two com-
puters and two video sources.
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56    |   TECH & LEARNING

The HP All-in-One 200 ( features a traditional tower and monitor in one
sleek, integrated design. It is simple to set up and has an integrated Webcam, a built-in
wireless LAN, and HP’s MediaSmart software suite. Additional features include a 21.5-inch
diagonal high-definition LED display that is mercury free, uses less energy than previous-
generation displays, and is ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified. The All-in-One 200 is the first
desktop to include some BFR/PVC-free components.

                                                    The new Wacom DTU models’ (www.
                                           direct pen-on-
                                                    screen input is designed to make presen-
                                                    tations as proficient and interactive as pos-
                                                    sible. The 1,920 x 1,080 resolution of the
                                                    DTU-2331’s 21.5-inch wide-screen HD dis-
                                                    play matches those of modern large dis-
                                                    plays and projectors. Each model boasts
                                                    an internal USB hub, so it can connect a
                                                    flash drive, a Web camera, or another USB
                                                    device. The video pass-through feature
                                                    lets the work done on the pen display be
                                                    shared directly with a secondary display.
                                                    Both the DTU-2231 and the DTU-1631 inte-
                                                    grate into existing AV infrastructures.

     The TI-Nspire with Touchpad
     ( graphing calculator
     handheld adds new touchpad navi-
     gation and computing functions.
                                                                                                    Viewsonic ( announced
     Some of these are a streamlined
                                                                                                    that the VOT125 PC Mini —the latest in compact
     touchpad keypad that gives the
                                                                                                    and energy-efficient computing solutions. With
     handheld the feel and function of a
                                                                                                    a green-centric design, this compact and sleek
     laptop; an alphabetical keyboard at
                                                                                                    PC mini uses up to 90% less plastic and con-
     the bottom of the keypad for easier
                                                                                                    sumes up to 90% less energy than traditional
     text creation; an enhanced home
                                                                                                    tower PCs. With an Intel ULV processor and
     screen that makes it simpler to
                                                                                                    0.6L form factor specifically designed for less
     access files and applications; and
                                                                                                    power usage, less plastic and less cables, the
     extended battery life. The handheld
                                                                                                    VOT125 allows green-conscious users to reduce
     is compatible with the TI-Nspire
                                                                                                    their carbon footprint. The VOT125 PC Mini
     Navigator, the TI-Nspire Teacher
                                                                                                    ships with Windows 7.
     Software, and the TI-Nspire Student

                                                                  InFocus ( ) announced the availability of a wide range of 3D
                                                                  projectors ideal for teaching complex visual subjects. The IN100 series, the
                                                                  IN2116 and the IN3116 3D projectors, are specifically designed for educational
                                                                  environments and feature native resolutions from SVGA to WXGA, a full range
                                                                  of input and output connection options including wireless and networking, high
                                                                  brightness from 2,500 to 3,500 lumens, and long-life lamps for years of mainte-
                                                                  nance-free, reliable operation. Costing no more than a standard 2D projector,
                                                                  these projectors can switch easily between normal 2D projection and 3D.

58    |   TECH & LEARNING

Online & Software
SPECIALTY.COM/SOLUTIONS)                       The Acuity Online Community is a Web-based social-net-
This Web-based environment has added           working forum where users of Acuity InFormative
three targeted solutions to help build read-   Assessment can collaborate and exchange ideas to improve
ing skills. School Specialty’s new interven-   student achievement using CTB’s Acuity assessment solution.
tion systems’ blended-media model com-         Easily and securely accessible direct from the Acuity applica-
bines good teacher-led instruction with        tion, this online community also includes a portal of CTB-
data-driven online learning and assess-        created resources, including interactive tutorials, white papers, training materials, and videos that
ment to address                                are available to all Acuity users.
students’ reading-                             Price: free
intervention needs.                            Category: online community
Each solution pro-
vides struggling
readers with in-
depth instruction
                                               ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE 5
in the five pillars of                         (WWW.ADOBE.COM/EDUCATION/PRODUCTS/CREATIVESUITE)
reading—phonemic awareness, phonics,           This software enables students and faculty to create
comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency—        print, Web, video, audio, and mobile content more easily
coupled with writing practice. The             and incorporate it into their assignments. It lets them
Academy of READING forms the founda-           work faster, construct stories, collaborate more efficient-
tion for the new intervention systems,         ly, and visually communicate their ideas. The Creative
which are designed specifically for grades     Suite 5 lineup includes Creative Suite 5 Master Collection,
3–5, 6–8, and 9–12.                            Creative Suite 5 Design Premium, Creative Suite 5 Web Premium, Creative Suite 5 Production
Price: Contact company for pricing.            Premium, and Creative Suite 5 Design Standard. Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection includes
Category: reading                              all of Adobe’s Creative Suite tools.
                                               Price: Starts at $299.
                                               Category: presentation tools

                                               BLACKBOARD LEARN 9.1 (WWW.BLACKBOARD.COM)
                                               This release introduces features such as lesson planning and stan-
                                               dards alignment and deepens the platform’s ability to integrate
                                               collaboration tools like wikis and multimedia Web content. Release
                                               9.1 can also be enabled for interactive mobile learning opportuni-
                                               ties through Blackboard Mobile Learn, which lets students choose
                                               how they receive course notifications and updates, including by
                                               means of messages to their mobile devices.
                                               Price: Contact company for pricing.
                                               Category: online learning

                                               CENTRICITY (WWW.SCHOOLWIRES.COM)
                                               The new Centricity release allows districts to add social learning capabilities
                                               beyond Web 2.0 tools, providing students with a more relevant and engaging
                                               learning environment. In addition, Schoolwires has improved Centricity’s ability
                                               to integrate, enabling a more individualized user experience. This unifying plat-
                                               form is especially important for strengthening the home-school connection.
                                               Price: Contact company for pricing.
                                               Category: Web tools

                                               CLASSMATE WITH NOCTI (WWW.CLASSLINK.COM)
                                               ClassLink has added NOCTI assessment data to the ClassLink ClassMate
                                               solution. This collaboration lets ClassMate users import and analyze student
                                               NOCTI scores and create many different individualized and summary
                                               reports. With the new NOCTI score module, CTE schools can now import
                                               NOCTI assessment data for even more detail. Reports can be created at the student, class, or
                                               school detail. Pie charts, bar graphs, and tables can be made to visually analyze student scores
                                               in both the written and the performance components of the test.
                                               Price: Contact company for pricing.
                                               Category: assessment

                                               60    |   TECH & LEARNING

COREL PAINT IT!                                                             EXPLORE THE BLUE
(WWW.COREL.COM/PAINTIT)                                                     (WWW.EXPLORETHEBLUE.DISCOVERYEDUCATION.COM)
This software features a variety of brushes and                             Explore the Blue is an online initiative encouraging youth
preset painting styles so users can add painted                             participation in on-the-water activities and aquatic-con-
effects to their photos. Both Windows and Mac                               servation efforts. It uses hands-on resources to engage
users can do this in as little as three mouse clicks.                       students in a dialogue about the importance of outdoor
With either a mouse or a tablet, they can use                               recreational activities, such as boating and fishing, and
Corel Paint it! to create a work of art from scratch.                       the value of clean and healthy natural resources.
Price: $39.99                                                               Price: free
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EARLY WORLD OF LEARNING                                                     INSPIRATION TRAINING VIDEOS
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This new online resource helps young                                        Inspiration Software has announced that
learners build vocabulary, compre-                                          more than 70 training videos are now
hension, phonics, and reading fluency.                                      available to teachers who have pur-
Among the literacy-building features                                        chased volume licenses for the newest
included are story narration by human                                       version of the Inspiration 9. The library of
readers of both sexes and various eth-                                      online videos, developed in collaboration
nicities; word-by-word highlighting;                                        with Atomic Learning, provides teachers
educational interactive games for                                           with training tools for learning to use all
reinforcing comprehension; and print-                                       the visual learning software’s capabilities at their own pace. Beginning
able activities in English or Spanish for use in the classroom or to take   with a series of overview videos that introduce the use of both visual
home. Additionally, each area of Early World of Learning includes a         learning in the classroom and the tools in Inspiration, these short online
comprehensive Education Center.                                             tutorials provide step-by-step instructions for using the software.
Price: Annual subscriptions to Early World of Learning start at $199        Price: Contact company for pricing.
Category: reading, literacy                                                 Category: professional development

KURZWEIL 3000 VERSION 12                                                   slides that students, each
                                                                           with their own computer
                                                                           mouse, can answer on a
(WWW.KURZWEILEDU.COM)                                                      shared screen. Mouse Mis-
Students with learning disabili-                                           chief also gives teachers the
ties; those who are cognitively                                            option of having students
able but who don’t read well                                               answer questions individually
enough to learn from grade-                                                or as part of a team.
level content; and second-lan-                                             Price: free
guage learners are among the                                               Category: presentation tools
many populations that benefit
from the use of Kurzweil 3000.
Version 12 for Windows features
expanded writing support,
                                                                           NES PRACTICE
including text translation on the                                          (WWW.PEARSON.COM)
fly with Google Translate; the ability to read MathML through a partner-   Pearson’s series of online
ship with Design Science; expanded eContent support through Internet       interactive practice tests for
Explorer; additional digital file support for PDF, Daisy 2, Daisy 3, and   the NES (National Evaluation
NIMAS; a Picture Dictionary containing 1,300+ images and supporting        Series) educator certification
English and Spanish; audible pronunciations for more than 64,000           testing program is designed
words from the American Heritage Dictionary; and a comprehensive set       to help states ensure that the
of brainstorming and outline-writing templates.                            educators they certify are prepared to teach effectively in 21st-century
Price: Contact company for pricing.                                        classrooms. NES tests provide states with comprehensive exams
Category: special needs                                                    aligned to professionally accepted national learning standards and cov-
                                                                           ering areas such as essential academic skills, professional knowledge,

MICROSOFT MOUSE MISCHIEF                                                   reading instruction, and commonly taught elementary, middle, and sec-
                                                                           ondary grade-level subjects. Each NES Practice allows candidates to
                                                                           take a full-length practice test online, simulating the experience of tak-
(WWW.MICROSOFT.COM/MULTIPOINT/MOUSE-MISCHIEF)                              ing an NES test.
The product integrates with PowerPoint 2010 and 2007, allowing             Price: $17.50 per test
teachers to create multiple-choice, matching, and drawing question         Category: professional development

NUANCE SPEAK & SEE                                                          e-audiobooks. The One-Click Audio
                                                                            Academic Collection has more than
                                                                            800 downloadable titles, including
(WWW.NUANCE.COM)                                                            320 that are iPod compatible. Each
The Nuance Speak & See suite combines                                       month, seven new titles are added
speech recognition, a screen reader and                                     to the collection, and an additional
a magnifier, a reading and writing tool-                                    130 titles are available for individual
bar, and a language learning assistant. It                                  purchase.
allows students with learning difficulties                                  Price: annual subscription starts at $600.
to grasp the relationship between the                                       Category: reading, audiobooks
spoken and the written word through a
combination of speech recognition and
text-to-speech. Students who have other physical challenges or who          RECORDED BOOKS K-12/TRANSPARENT
generally struggle with using a keyboard and a mouse can take
advantage of Speak & See to view their screens more clearly and nav-
igate their PCs quickly and easily. Speak & See is also a useful solution
                                                                            LANGUAGE PREMIUM EDITION
for students who are learning English as a second language. Through         (WWW.RECORDEDBOOKS.COM)
its text-to-speech capability and bilingual dictionaries, the software      Recorded Books K-12, in partner-
makes it easier to learn English by letting people hear spoken words        ship with Transparent Language,
in context, helping them distinguish between different pronunciations       has introduced three foreign-lan-
and meanings.                                                               guage-learning systems for K–12
Price: $24.99 (educational discounts available)                             schools. Transparent Language
Category: reading, special needs, ESL                                       Premium Edition offers 16 lan-
                                                                            guages. Byki Online for Education

ONE-CLICK AUDIO ACADEMIC COLLECTION                                         builds vocabulary with interactive
                                                                            rapid flash card interface. Trans-
                                                                            parent Language KidSpeak, geared to younger students, combines fun
(WWW.RECORDEDBOOKS.COM)                                                     animations with interactive games, puzzles, and songs.
With One-Click Audio, public and private K–12 schools can offer             Price: Contact company for pricing.
teachers and students access to a wide collection of downloadable           Category: language

RM EASITEACH NEXT GENERATION                                                        access, and parents can view
                                                                                    them on their dashboard on their
                                                                                    portal page. The data displayed
(WWW.EASITEACH.COM/USA)                                                             are customizable for every user
RM Easiteach Next                                                                   according to preferences or
Generation offers more                                                              needs. There is also an option to
than thirty new features                                                            send these notifications to parents
including        Easiteach                                                          via a daily email.
widgets, the first “apps”                                                           Price: Contact company for pricing.
for interactive white-                                                              Category: organizational tools
boards and slates; “.iwb” file support, a common file format for use with
any interactive whiteboard software; and over 250 interactive lessons and
graphic organizers. RM Easiteach NG presents a new design, providing                SCHOOLNET’S RESPONSE TO
intuitive navigation and easy access to its toolbars and widgets, which
facilitate the creation of whole-class teaching activities to fit specific learn-
ing objectives. Built-in content packs provide a range of ready-made les-
sons in a range of topic areas, or teachers can use the array of tool sets to       (WWW.SCHOOLNET.COM)
create their own.                                                                   When combined with the
Price: Contact company for pricing.                                                 Schoolnet Instructional Manage-
Category: Interactive whiteboard software                                           ment Suite (IMS), Response to
                                                                                    Intervention provides a supple-

SCHOOL LOOP                                                                         ment to the general education
                                                                                    process. Leveraging the student
                                                                                    information available in the
(WWW.SCHOOLLOOP.COM)                                                                Schoolnet IMS, RtI makes it easy for district- and school-level staff to
School Loop enables schools to upload data from other software                      define thresholds for at-risk students and systematically refer them for RtI
applications in order to share this information with parents and staff.             programs. The program brings the creation and management of instruc-
Parents can view any data that districts or individual schools choose to            tional and behavioral interventions and assessments together in a single
share from their various systems, including standardized test scores,               online location and identifies at-risk students by establishing performance
textbook fines, and parent contact information. Any data tied to a stu-             thresholds for selected standardized and benchmark assessments.
dent’s ID number can be uploaded and shared within the School Loop                  Price: Contact company for pricing.
system. The data are placed on the student record page for staff to                 Category: assessment

SMART RESPONSE 2010 SOFTWARE                                               TOUCHMATH
UPGRADE (WWW.SMARTTECH.COM)                                                (WWW.TOUCHMATH.COM/KINDERGARTEN)
                                                                           The company announces the release of a new
This upgrade allows EXAMVIEW ques-
                                                                           kindergarten math curriculum. It includes
tions, quizzes, and assessments to be
                                                                           four kits covering counting/ readiness, addi-
integrated into SMART Notebook soft-
                                                                           tion, backward counting, subtraction, geome-
ware and delivered through SMART
                                                                           try, algebra, fractions, money, time, measurement, and graphing/data.
Response. It enables results to be
                                                                           The interactive software complements the print product and provides
exported in text format for further
                                                                           multisensory activities for students who are beginning to use
analysis or uploaded into third-party
                                                                           TouchMath or who need review.
grade books.
                                                                           Price: Contact company for pricing.
Price: Contact company for pricing.
                                                                           Category: math
Category: assessment

SPIRAL UNIVERSE                                                            21ST CENTURY-EXPLORER
(WWW.SPIRAL.COM)                                                           (WWW.EXPLORER.EB.COM)
Spiral Universe is an integrated soft-                                     Britannica’s site includes encyclo-
ware suite used by schools to increase                                     pedias, an atlas, historic time lines, a
efficiency, reduce costs, and improve                                      dictionary, news, and other learning
management and administration. The                                         tools. 21st-Century Explorer is also
road map includes more than 30 mod-                                        ideal for reluctant readers and ELL,
ules that cover all facets of a school’s administrative and educational    ESL, and adult-literacy students.
processes. These modules can easily be customized to meet unique           The site also features learning
needs, languages, and requirements. Spiral comes with detailed help        games and activities that promote skills in language arts, math, science,
guides and tutorials, but most users need minimal or no training to take   and social studies. Interactive games allow students to practice and test
full advantage of its potential.                                           themselves on what they have learned in the classroom.
Price: free                                                                Price: starts at $0.60 per student.
Category: administrative tools                                             Category: reference
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               THEY SAID IT

How to think (and act)
global in the classroom
by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano                                                                          nect live via Skype to Italy, Israel,
                                                                                                      New Zealand, Finland, Canada
Adapted from an original post on the TL Advisor blog                                                  and various states within the USA
(                                                                    this year.
                                                                                                           Alison Quinn, the teacher from Finland,
If you do not teach or attend an international school, nor live in a                                  wrote a reflective blog post about our connection:
metropolitan city, raising global awareness among your students                                            They asked and answered great questions that highlighted
does not happen by osmosis. As a teacher, you have to work hard                                       both the differences (geographically and culturally) and similar-
to expose your students to multiple languages, cultures, geogra-                                      ities. This was so key. The similarities now seem insignificant—
phy, different customs and traditions. Global Awareness, accord-                                      two kids on opposite sides of the ocean have art as their favorite
ing to The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, includes:                                             subject—both groups of kids like pizza, the same TV shows—
    ■ Using 21st century skills to understand and address glob-                                       and the same Hannah Montana song. But these seemingly
al issues                                                                                             insignificant shared pieces of pop culture astounded and united
    ■ Learning from and working collaboratively with individu-                                        the kids who were oceans away from each other.
als representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a                                           I am in complete agreement with Alison. Although seeming-
spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work                                          ly insignificant, these kinds of interactions contribute to a con-
and community contexts                                                                                nected feeling, they contribute to a global awareness, that oth-
    ■ Understanding other nations and cultures, including the                                         erwise would not exist.
use of non-English languages                                                                               Seeing students being aware of a bigger world than their own
    Raising global awareness and making global connections                                            backyard is a first step towards global education. Hearing stu-
for teachers and students has been one of my goals this year.                                         dents use names of far away countries, talk about different lan-
Although isolated, one-time connections are better than none.                                         guages, cultures and traditions as if they were frequent travelers
I am witnessing a transformation in students and teachers who                                         and jet-setters is a step in the right direction. Making connections
are regularly participating in global connections. Let me give                                        with students from around the world is becoming “just the way
you an example: Third graders have had opportunities to con-                                          it is”... normal... part of their lives in the 21st Century.

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Faronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63     SMART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-37
Global Scholar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25           Teeso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
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