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New Technology Bill Introduced in the Senate ATTAIN (Achievement Through Technology and Innovation), a revamp of the existing Enhancing Education Through Technology (Title II, Part D) program, was introduced in the Senate last week. Teacher in Space After 21 years, Barbara Morgan, NASA's first
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  • New Technology Bill Introduced in the Senate
    ATTAIN (Achievement Through Technology and Innovation), a revamp of the existing Enhancing Education Through Technology (Title II, Part D) program, was introduced in the Senate last week.
  • Teacher in Space
    After 21 years, Barbara Morgan, NASA's first official educator astronaut, finally reached space as Endeavour successfully launched for its international space station construction mission.
  • Cobb To Pilot 21st Century Classrooms
    Nine Cobb County GA schools will be outfitted as 21st Century Classrooms, equipped with the latest electronic teaching tools as part of a $3.7 million pilot project.
  • Billionaire Promises Laptops to Mexico
    Carlos Slim, a Mexican billionaire has promised to donate 250,000 laptop computers to Mexican school children by the end of 2007 and another I million laptops in 2008.
  • Ball State Expands Digital Media Repository
    Ball State University is in the process of adding high-definition TV to its Digital Media Repository, a massive collection of digital content the University stores and manages.

New Technology Bill Introduced in the Senate

ATTAIN (Achievement Through Technology and Innovation), a revamp of the existing Enhancing Education Through Technology (Title II, Part D) program, was introduced in the Senate last week. A companion bill was introduced in the House in May. The legislation was developed in consultation with leading national educational technology groups and other stakeholders. Its goals are to improve student achievement in core curricular subjects by providing students with technology skills, access and support and ensuring that all teachers are properly equipped to use technology effectively. To accomplish those goals, the bill focuses funding on professional development and systemic redesign initiatives that leverage 21st century technologies. The legislation raises the portion of formula-grants set aside for professional development from 25% to 40% and requires that the 40% of funds allocated for competitive grants goes to schools and districts to support systemic school reform built around the use of technology to redesign curriculum, instruction, assessment and data use. Priority in awarding competitive grants will be given to schools identified as in need of improvement under NCLB, including those with a large percentage of Limited English Proficient students and students with disabilities, as well as by focusing formula grants on students and subjects where proficiency is most lacking. States will be required to assess students' technology knowledge and skills to ensure that all students are technology literate by the end of eighth grade.

Source: State Educational Technology Directors Association

Teacher in Space

After 21 years of waiting, Barbara Morgan, NASA's first official educator astronaut, finally reached space as Endeavour successfully launched for its international space station construction mission. Morgan served as the backup Teacher in Space to Christa McAuliffe, who died in the tragic 1986 Challenger shuttle accident. Morgan returned to her McCall, ID classroom, while continuing to represent NASA's Teacher in Space program, making speeches and helping NASA design curriculum. In 1998 she was selected as a mission specialist and educator astronaut and embarked on full-fledged astronaut training. Morgan and her crewmates will conduct up to three 20-minute live downlink sessions to U.S. locations. Students will be able to watch demonstrations and ask questions. The sessions will also be broadcast live around the world. The shuttle is carrying 10 million cinnamon basil seeds, which on its return will be given to students to plant in growth chambers they have designed as part of as NASA challenge. In all, Morgan will spend about six hours on educational activities. The rest of the time she will fulfill her role as mission specialist, helping to move 5,000 pounds of cargo from the shuttle to the space station and using the shuttle's robotic arm to relocate a stowage platform. Morgan used the robotic arm on Sunday to inspect the damage to the shuttle's underbelly.

Source: Washington Post

Cobb To Pilot 21st Century Classrooms

Nine Cobb County GA schools will be outfitted as 21st Century Classrooms, equipped with the latest electronic teaching tools as part of a $3.7 million pilot project. Other individual schools will also receive equipment to supplement their current inventories. 21st Century Classrooms will feature interactive electronic whiteboards, electromagnetic digital pads, projectors that will transfer images from the teachers' laptops to screens, high-tech speakers and student response systems. The program should be up and running by January. The school district will conduct an evaluation of the pilot schools to determine to determine if the new teaching tools improved student performance and achievement. A committee of businessmen and other volunteers on the technology subcommittee will provide oversight for the pilot. The district will proceed carefully, mindful of the backlash that was generated by earlier plans to launch a one-to-one laptop initiative in 2005.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Billionaire Promises Laptops to Mexico

Carlos Slim, a Mexican billionaire has promised to donate 250,000 laptop computers to Mexican school children by the end of 2007 and another I million laptops in 2008. Slim believes that access to a digital education will help bring Mexican children out of poverty, Initially the laptops would be placed in libraries and schools. Eventually they would be given directly to children. Carlos Slim is the world's second richest man according to Forbes. Slim, whose estimated net worth is $53 billion, heads Telefonos de Mexico, Mexico's largest fixed-line telephone company. His companies would help set up wireless networks to provide connectivity for the donated laptops. Slim would have to spend about $70 million to redeem his pledge for 2007 and an additional $300 million in 2008. Slim also hopes to build a network of specialized preschools, where poor children would receive early instruction, including an introduction to computers.

Source: Yahoo! News

Ball State Expands Digital Media Repository

Ball State University is in the process of adding high-definition TV to its Digital Media Repository, a massive collection of digital content the University stores and manages. The University uses a range of advanced technology, including state-of-the-art encoding software and an advanced digital rights management system, to make it possible for users — students, staff and faculty members — to easily access the thousands of hours of content stored in its repository. The focus of Digital Media Repository is to accelerate the development and digital accessibility of the University's unique interdisciplinary materials by creating an infrastructure that allows users to bring together concepts, data, discoveries, ideas, interpretations, and methods in powerful new ways. The project kicked off in 2004, combining and centralizing access to various existing digital collections. News digital assets were also created from non-digital sources, including video and audio tapes, photos, handwritten documents, newspapers, academic journals, and other items. Now the repository is being expanded to included all campus video, including instructional footage and campus television broadcasts. The digitized video content will be streamed from the university's library Web server by the end of the year.

Source: Ball State University

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