Week of: June 18, 2007
- NBC News Plans Web Site to Support AP Courses
NBC News is planning a new online effort meant to supplement Advanced Placement courses in American history, government and English.
- NASBE Creates Forum for Student Leaders
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has launched the Student Leadership Network Forum, connecting the 25 students who serve as student members on state boards of education.
- House Level Funds EETT
The U.S. House of Representatives took the first step in the process of passing the 2008 budget, setting the Department of Education's discretionary budget at $61.71 billion, including $273.5 million for the Enhancing Education Through Technology program.
- NASA Expands Explorer Schools program
At the end of May, NASA welcomed 25 new schools to its Explorer Schools program, which works with local schools to inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Beyond the Spelling Bee
Forget about Spelling Bees (and maybe spelling as well) and check out the winner of the LG National Texting Championship.
NBC News Plans Web Site To Support AP Courses
NBC News is planning a new online effort meant to supplement Advanced Placement courses in American history, government and English. The network will draw heavily from its video archives and will use its well-known journalists - like Brian Williams and Tim Russert - to engage teachers and their students in the exploration of the important events of the last 50 years. The College Board, who runs the A.P. program, has agreed to provide course outlines to NBC, which the network will use to align its video footage to course objectives. The site also plans to make newspaper articles from major newspapers liker the New York Times an Washington Post available to broaden coverage of events that occurred before the advent of NBC News. NBC expects to sped $10 million developing the site, which it hops to recoup with subscription and advertising fees. Initially, the site will be free, but NBC plans to eventually charge an annual subscription fee. Advertising would not appear on the site during school hours. The network is likely to pursue a limited number of high-end sponsors, like Intel or Boeing rather than a broad range of consumer advertisers. Ultimately, though, NBC sees its new iCue -Immerse Compete Understand and Excel - project as a way to expose today's teenagers to the network and attract potential viewers.
Source:New York Times
NASBE Creates Forum for Student Leaders
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has launched the Student Leadership Network Forum, connecting the 25 students who serve as student members on state boards of education. The Internet-based communications forum, the latest feature of NASBE's ongoing project to encourage leadership development among young people, allows the student leaders to communicate with their peers from across the country. The forum uses a bulletin board format with user names and password protection. A senior NASBE staff member moderates the forum and answers students' questions or policy inquiries. In addition to allowing students to make general requests and exchange information, five topical areas allow them to share personal experiences as state board representatives, strategize communication with student constituents, enhance their leadership skills, plan media visibility for student leaders, and discuss issues confronting state boards. Currently, state boards of education in thirteen states and the District of Columbia have a formal process for student participation in board deliberations. In four states - California, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Vermont - students are full voting state board members. NASBE also made grants to four states to enhance the communications systems between their student state board members and the peers they represent across their state. The $2,000, six-month grants are the latest support from NASBE's Student Leadership Initiative, an ongoing effort to promote student participation and civic education.
House Level Funds EETT
The U.S. House of Representatives took the first step in the process of passing the 2008 budget, setting the Department of Education's discretionary budget at $61.71 billion, including $273.5 million for the Enhancing Education Through Technology program. For the third year in a row, the President's original budget request eliminated EETT and Congress appears to be on the road to restoring at least minimal funding. Of course the Senate has to pass its own version of the appropriations bill and then any differences have to be reconciled, so there is still a long way to go. Educational technology advocates welcomed the restoration of funds, but pointed out that the funding level needs to increase in order to assure that students have the technology skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the 21st century. EETT is the sole source of federal support for technology, providing funding to states and school districts to support the deployment and integration of educational technology into classroom instruction. The bill approved by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), appropriates $61.7 billion for the Department of Education's FY08 budget, about $5.5 billion more than the President's proposed DOE budget and $5.3 billion more than the 2007 DOE budget.
NASA Expands Explorer Schools program
At the end of May, NASA welcomed 25 new schools to its Explorer Schools program, which works in partnership with local schools to inspire students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To begin the formal partnership, a team of educators and administrators from each team will attend a one-week professional development workshop at their respective NASA center. Representatives from NASA centers will then help kick off the program with presentations at the schools in their region during the coming school year. Part of NASA's elementary and secondary programs, the NASA Explorer Schools project looks to attract and retain students in science and technical fields through a progression of educational opportunities for students, teachers, and administrators. Currently, 200 teams are involved in the project. The teams represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Explorer Schools target underserved populations in diverse geographic locations. Selected schools are eligible to receive up to $17,500 during the three-year partnership to help buy technology tools. The project also provides educators and students with content-specific activities that can be used in many local and state curricula to excite students about science and math.
Beyond the Spelling Bee
Forget about Spelling Bees (and maybe spelling as well) and check out the winner of the LG National Texting Championship. The events attracted more than 300 text messagers. During the first round, contestants started off with their cell phones sitting on the table in front of them. At the end of the opening countdown, each contestant grabbed his or her phone and raced to send a 150-character phrase displayed on a giant monitor. Looking for both speed and accuracy, any errors in text transmission disqualified the competitor, no matter how fast they got their message out. Thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar beat all the East Coast competitors and then defeated the West Coast champion, college student Eli Tirosh who is an aspiring TV legal correspondent. It took Morgan just 15 seconds to type out the first two lines of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins. For her efforts Morgan won the $10,000 East Coast prize and an additional $15,000 for defeating the West Coast champion. Morgan sends more than 4000 text messages a month.