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  • Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 04:00:00 -0400

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A Short Film About Data Protection

International Childrens Digital Library [pdf]
The mission of the International Childrens Digital Library is to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of childrens literature from the world community. Hundreds of books are online, and visitors can click on Read Books to check out the fruits of their labors. Dozens of languages, range of thematic listings, such as real animal characters, picture books, and kid characters. Visitors can a sign up for a free account while they are here.

Six Tips to Protect Your Online Search Privacy
Google, MSN Search, Yahoo!, AOL, and most other search engines collect and store records of your search queries. If these records are revealed to others, they can be embarrassing or even cause great harm. Would you want strangers to see searches that reference your online reading habits, medical history, finances, sexual orientation, or political affiliation? Recent events highlight the danger that search logs pose. In August 2006, AOL published 650,000 users' search histories on its website.1 Though each user's logs were only associated with a random ID number, several users' identities were readily discovered based on their search queries. For instance, the New York Times connected the logs of user No. 4417749 with 62 year-old Thelma Arnold. These records exposed, as she put it, her "whole personal life."

How do you integrate technology into the classoom?
Find all the Web 2.0 information a classrom teacher needs to understand and be able to use.

Department of Education violates the Constitution to silence testing critics
May 2007 Department of Education violates the Constitution to silence those who disagree with its agenda of high-stakes testing.
Department of Education violates the Constitution to silence those who disagree with its agenda of high-stakes testing. Kohn, author of "The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools," published by Heinemann in 2000, said in a written statement that there is an urgent need for discussion on the downsides of testing at a time when the federal No Child Left Behind law is up for reauthorization. Department of Education Convicted. Superior Court Judge Hiller B. Zobel ruled the DOE violated Kohn's civil rights and ordered the state Department of Education to pay more than $155,000 in legal fees for violating the civil rights of Alfie Kohn noted standardized testing critic by preventing him from speaking at a conference. The state official's e-mail said "it was stupid" to use the state funds to support a speaker who is "diametrically opposed" to the state's agenda, according to court documents.

Schools can't do it by themselves
In October 2006, The Education Alliance, Public Education Network and The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation released the first statewide Civic Index on quality public education. West Virginia was one of four pilots for a national Civic Index that measured the social capital and civic capacity of West Virginia and the nation.

I've got a life so what's with Second Life anyway?

12 Ethical Commandments  for Educational Leaders
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) has released a new code of ethical conduct for school leaders. The AASA Statement of Ethics for Educational Leaders outlines 12 key standards for school system leaders. The document affirms that the educational leader.

Persistently Dangerous Schools
No Child Left Behind Act, each state must define a "persistently dangerous" school and allow parents to transfer their children out of them. But the Schools and the State don't report the information. The analysis also found that the dangerous schools provision does little to foster accountability on school safety issues -- and could actually discourage accountability in some schools and states. In many cases, the schools lose dozens of students to ones that are presumed to be safer.

Clean up the fumes from those School Buses YUCK!
The Bush administration proposed modest funding for DERA in its last two budget requests, but Congress has not acted. In 2005 federal lawmakers passed a measure to replace or retrofit the dirtiest diesel engines across the nation. But little has been done, reports the Associated Press. Around the country, state officials are struggling to find the money to carry out clean school bus initiatives. And Congress has yet to deliver on the $1 billion it promised over five years to help states clean up diesel fleets, including school buses. Breathing high concentrations of diesel emissions -- known as particulates -- can cause minor ailments such as headaches, wheezing and dizziness.

Evaluating 'No Child Left Behind'
Linda Darling-Hammond writes: Recent analyses have found that rapid gains in education outcomes stimulated by reforms in the 1990s have stalled under NCLB, with math increases slowing and reading on the decline. At base, the law has misdefined the problem. It assumes that what schools need is more carrots and sticks rather than fundamental changes. A Focus on Testing Rather Than Investing. Most centrally, the law does not address the profound educational inequalities that plague our nation.

Web 2.0 Resources and Tools for the Classroom Teachers

Making Sense of Charter School Studies: A Reporter's Guide
Helps members of the media interpret charter school achievement studies. It provides select questions to help reporters assess the quality and applicability of a study's findings. While the guide is catered towards studies of charter schools, it can be used to interpret other education research as well.

"Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement to Accompany the HBO Documentary Film Event," FREE TO EDUCATORS
Spike Lee and HBO's epic documentary, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," is the centerpiece of a new curriculum package that will be available this fall for high school, college and community educators. The award-winning documentary will be accompanied by a multi-disciplinary curriculum guide, "Teaching The Levees: A Curriculum for Democratic Dialogue and Civic Engagement to Accompany the HBO Documentary Film Event," published and distributed by Teachers College Press.

Entertainment Software Rating Board's rating
use it when you consider either a game rental or a purchase. 60% of parents with kids under 17 never allow their kids to play M-rated games; 91% take a game's rating into consideration when deciding to purchase a game.


The Center for International Earth Science Information Network [pdf]
On-line data and information management, along with spatial data integration and training and
interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.
"Educational Resources" contains information sheets that provide overviews of their
online data resources.

"Hitler's Sunken Secret"
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8 p.m.
One of the most daring clandestine operations of World War II was the
1944 sinking of the Norwegian ferry Hydro with its cargo of "heavy
water" destined for the Nazis' secret atomic bomb project. Although
the mission was declared a success, no one ever established if the
special shipment was actually on board. In this program, NOVA
descends 1,300 feet beneath a remote Norwegian lake to find the

The Mathematical Association of America: Innovative Teaching Exchange
The Mathematical Association of America has developed the Innovative
Teaching Exchange in order to facilitate the exchange of interesting and
compelling teaching resources from a wide range of educators. As their site
indicates, "The intention is to encourage more experimentation with more
methods than the traditional lecture/questions method." Currently, there are
about a dozen articles available for consideration here, and they include
titles such as "Flowcharting Proofs", "Engaging Students via In-Class
Worksheets", and "In Search of the Elusive Matrix". Each article contains
information on how to use each exercise in the classroom, and these
materials will hopefully inspire readers to submit their own classroom-
tested modules or activities.

NASA Science News for May 11, 2007 Preventing "Sick" Spaceships
Wherever humans go, microorganisms follow--and that includes space. Bacteria and other microbes living aboard spaceships may not only cause health problems for the crew, but also cause the spaceship itself to malfunction. Read today's story to learn more about this problem and what NASA is doing to prevent it.


Applications Being Accepted for NASA MUST Scholarships
Applications are due May 31, 2007. For more information, visit:
The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project awards scholarships and internships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The MUST project is open to students who are U.S. citizens and is focused on engaging students from underserved and underrepresented groups. Each year, the MUST Project supports approximately 100 undergraduate students with a one-year competitive scholarship of up to one-half of tuition, not to exceed $10,000. Students who maintain the required minimum grade point average will be eligible for a paid internship at a NASA center or other research facility. Additionally, students will benefit year-round from tutoring, lecture series and mentoring from faculty and peers. The scholarships and internships will be renewable for up to three years.

"Grants to Encourage Strong School-Community Relationships"
Examples of past projects may be seen at
Grant applications are due June 8, 2007.
Principals across the country have good ideas about how to connect schools and communities and often just need a little support to raise test scores, keep schools safe, and create effective learning communities for all children. To support these principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and MetLife Foundation will provide a grant to up to 30 schools and a toolkit of resources to develop programs committed to heightening community leadership, communication, ownership and involvement in the school with the goal of improving achievement for all students. Projects will take place during the 2007-08 school year.

"Photo, Essay and Poetry Contest Celebrates Our Sense of Wonder and Love of Nature"
Eligibility: entries must be joint projects involving a person under age 18 and a person age 50 or older.
Deadline: June 15, 2007.
To honor the late preservationist and ecologist Rachel Carson, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Generations United, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., announce a photo, essay, and poetry contest "that best expresses the sense of wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes." In the book, The Sense of Wonder (written in the 1950s and published in a magazine in 1956), Carson used lyrical passages about the beauty of nature and the joy of helping children develop a sense of wonder and love of nature. Maximum Award: publication on the websites of EPA, Aging Initiative, Generations United, and Rachel Carson Council, Inc.

"Grants to Encourage Use of Outdoor Nature-based Classrooms"
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation gives grants to organizations to start or expand Nature of Learning programs in their communities. Grants support start-up expenses associated with new programs and give continued support to existing Nature of Learning programs. The Nature of Learning is the National Wildlife Refuge System's community-based environmental education initiative that seeks to use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote greater understanding of local conservation issues; encourage interdisciplinary approaches to learning that enhance student academic achievement; use field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons to real world issues; and partner local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals and local businesses.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: Programs involving a partnership among a local school(s), community group (e.g., Refuge Support Group), and National Wildlife Refuge.
Deadline:  June 15, 2007

"Grants to Encourage Reduction of Graffiti in the Community"
Deadline: June 29, 2007.
The Graffiti Hurts National Grant Program aims to help communities kick-start or add to local graffiti prevention programs. Grant funds may be used for one-time projects with the potential to reduce graffiti in the community.
Maximum Award: $2,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations, including neighborhood groups, crime prevention associations, civic clubs or organizations, and other nonprofit groups; youth groups/schools; police departments or other law enforcement agencies; city, county, state and federal government agencies, or subdivisions within these agencies.

"Staples Foundation for Learning Grants Support Job Skills and Education"
The Staples Foundation for Learning provides funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education for all people, with an emphasis on disadvantaged youth.
Maximum Award: $25,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations.
Deadline: August 3, 2007  

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