by Kathie Felix, News Editor
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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has released "Connected
to the Future," a new study documenting recent increases in Internet
use by American children of all ages, income, and ethnicity. Among the study's
findings: In 2002, 83 percent of American family households (with at least
one child aged 2-17) owned a computer and 78 percent of children lived in
a home in which either they or a parent used the Internet. This represents
an increase over 2000, when 64 percent of family households owned a computer
and 46 percent of children lived in a home where the Internet was accessed.
The study also found that in households with Internet access today, children
are spending more time with digital media than with television. For teens,
this adds up to about 24 minutes per day more time spent with digital media3.5
hours a day with digital media, compared to 3.1 hours per day spent with
television. Corporation for Public Broadcasting, http://www.cpb.org/.
AOL@SCHOOL on Reading
AOL@SCHOOL has increased its focus on reading for primary and elementary
learners with the addition of four new partners: Bill Cosby's PicturePages,
Headsprout, ReadNet, and iKnowthat.
com. Bill Cosby's PicturePages provide early reading readiness activities and
allow parents to monitor learning and development. Headsprout offers phonics
reading lessons targeted to K-2 students and information for parents and teachers
on phonics-based reading programs and guidelines. ReadNet provides customized "Create-A-Reader" exercises
designed to help students master reading skills and become more computer literate.
iKnowthat.com offers interactive learning activities in science, math, and
language arts for primary and elementary audiences. These resources are available
for free only through AOL@SCHOOL. AOL@SCHOOL, http://www.aolatschool.com/ or http://www.aol.com/.
Macromedia MX K-12 Staff Development Guide
Macromedia has developed a curriculum designed to help K-12 schools and districts
provide educators with basic Web design workshops using Macromedia tools. The Staff
Development Guide includes four 1-day workshops designed to help educators
learn to apply the company's professional Web tools in the classroom. The workshops
cover building Web graphics, creating an electronic portfolio, building an
interactive animation, and maintaining consistency in Web sites. Trainer materials
and participant materials are available. The curriculum materials are compatible
with both Mac and Windows operating systems. The workshops correlate to International
Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. The introductory price
for the Guide is $399. Macromedia, 800/457-1774 or http://www.macromedia.com/resources/education/.
Literacy and Reading Professional Development
Holt, Rinehart, and Winston has launched two Web-based professional development
courses designed to help teachers work with struggling readers and give administrators
tools to build school-wide literacy programs. The Holt Professional Development
series courses are titled Teaching Reading to All Students, Grades 6-8 and Teaching
Literacy to All Students, Grades 6-12. The online software combines
video segments of best practices in the classroom with customized interactive
Web pages created to extend and reinforce the training. Each lesson focuses
on an area of reading instruction and includes presentations by area experts
or master teachers, model lessons, and resources, including articles, assessment
forms, and links to related Web sites. The series was originally developed
by ACTV, Inc., in collaboration with the San Diego County Office of Education. Holt,
Rinehart, and Winston, 800/992-1627 or http://www.hrw.com/.
BookSource: Nonfiction, an online database, provides text and
abstracts for 1,000 popular nonfiction books. The database includes titles
on science, social studies, history, and literature, as well as current information
on careers, health, sports, adventure, and technology. The information includes
citations of nationally developed benchmarks, with live links to all content
in the database sharing the same benchmark. The 170 benchmarks cover the content
areas of language arts, civics, earth and space sciences, physical sciences,
U.S. history, and world history. The database is full text and fully searchable.
Additional updates are provided on an ongoing basis. An annual subscription
is required. EBSCO, 800/653-2726 or http://www.ebsco.com/.
The BRIGANCE Screens Online Scoring Service provides customized
developmental and early academic skills reports on children from preschool
through 1st grade. To work with the service's point-and-click data sheets,
educators input data once and the online software generates or updates customized
reports detailing at-risk cutoff scores, growth indicators, age equivalents,
and evidence-based standard scores. The system also provides districts with
secure data management capabilities for tasks such as sorting program-wide
data or generating custom reports. The service includes free online training
at http://www.brigance.com/. Curriculum
Associates, 800/225-0248 or http://www.curriculumassociates.com/.
Florida's Student Advising Site
FACTS.org, Florida's official student advising Web site, connects the state's
institutions and agencies to students to assist them in planning and managing
their higher education. From this site, high school students can use one admissions
application to apply to multiple Florida colleges. The site also allows high
school students to view their transcripts and grades and compare them to Bright
Futures Scholarship awards requirements. Additional resources include information
on ways to earn college credit in high school, dual enrollment credits, college
costs, career planning programs, occupational programs, degree programs, colleges,
financial aid applications, degree audits, counseling handbooks, and more. Florida
Department of Education, http://www.FACTS.org/.
PrincetonReview.com provides free tools and information about college and
graduate school, careers, and financial options. The site enables students
to research, select, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for their
higher education. A free college admissions newsletter isavailable. Earlier
this school year, John Churchill of Wasilla, Alaska, became the one-millionth
student to submit his college application electronically through the site's
Embark application system. Princeton Review, http://www.PrincetonReview.com/