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November/December 2002
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by Kathie Felix, News/Reviews Editor

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NASBE Examines the No Child Left Behind Act

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) has released an Issue Brief highlighting the major state requirements of the federal education reform law. The brief, titled The No Child Left Behind Act: What States Need to Know is the second in a series of policy primers on timely education issues. The pamphlet focuses on three broad themes of the new law: accountability, teacher quality, and state flexibility. The contents summarize the new accountability requirements and the specific calculations required for "adequate yearly progress" (AYP), outline the federal definitions of a "highly qualified" teacher that state licensing requirements must incorporate, and review the states' flexibility options, including the shifting of funds among federal programs. The publication concludes with a set of state implementation questions for policymakers. National Association of State Boards of Education, 703/684-4000 or http://www.nasbe.org/.


SMART Board Software for Mac OSX

SMART Board Software is available for Mac OS X in current new product shipments and as a downloadable upgrade for customers with earlier versions. The software, compatible with SMART Board interactive whiteboards and SMART Sympodium interactive lecterns, features the ability to annotate over moving or still video in QuickTime Player. Customers can upgrade earlier versions with a free online upgrade that includes SMART Board driver 6.0 and SMART Notebook 1.3 at http://www.smarttech.com/support/software/. SMART Board software is also available for Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP or Windows NT 4.0. SMART Technologies, Inc., 888/42-SMART or http://www.smarttech.com/.


Palm Reference Guide

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has released Palm Handheld Computers—A Complete Resource for Classroom Teachers by Michael Curtis, Bard Williams, Cathleen Norris, David O'Leary, and Elliot Soloway. The book includes a technology overview of handhelds, lesson plans, assessment resources, tips and templates for managing student use, and advice on finding and evaluating educational software and accessories. Written for K-12 educators, the book comes with a Mac/Win CD-ROM of Palm OS freeware programs developed at the University of Michigan's Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education. Study guides are also available. The single copy price for the book and CD-ROM is $31.45 for ISTE members and $34.95 for non-members. Student study guides are $9 each for ISTE members and $10 each for non-members. ISTE, 800/336-5191 or http://www.iste.org/.


AASL 2002 Awards Program

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) presented five awards as part of its 2002 awards program. The AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award was presented to Media Specialist Anieta Trame and teachers Sarah Knobloch and Tim Condron of Mattoon (Illinois) Middle School. The AASL/Highsmith Research Grant was awarded to Linda Jordan and Diane Stanley of Waco, Texas, for their project "Does Accelerated Reader Improve Children's Reading Ability and Achievement?" The ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant was awarded to the Nebraska Educational Media Association for its "Leadership & Technology@Your Library" program. The Distinguished School Administrator Award was presented to William Meuer, Principal of Norwood Park School in Chicago. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to David Loerschter of San Jose, California. AASL/ALA, 800/545-2433 or http://www.ala.org/.

AASL Scholarship

The 2002 recipient of the School Librarians Workshop Scholarship is Susan McQuaid of Montague, Maryland. The $3,000 scholarship, sponsored by Library Learning Resources, is awarded to a student preparing to become a school library media specialist at the preschool, elementary, or secondary level. McQuaid, an elementary teacher for the past 25 years, is a student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island. AASL/ALA, 800/545-2433 or http://www.ala.org/.

Sun Donates More than $6 Billion in Technology

Continuing its aggressive and ongoing campaign to equip students and educators worldwide with access to open source technology, Sun Microsystems has donated more than $6 billion worth of StarOffice 6.0., a Sun ONE open net environment software, to academic institutions throughout the world. Donations valued at more than $5.7 billion have been made to the Ministries of Education in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Chile, reaching more than 200 million students. Donations slated for Europe are expected to reach an additional 18 million students; donations are also planned for Africa. Sun's technology is estimated to reach 240 million students worldwide. StarOffice 6.0 offers tools including word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, image editing, and drawing programs; the program works across multiple platforms, including Linux, Solaris, and Windows operating systems. Sun Microsystems, http://www.sun.com/education/.

Corel Sponsors Intel Computer Clubhouse Network

Corel Corporation will supply the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network with creative software and training to support the Network's outreach programs around the world. The software donated to the 75 Clubhouses worldwide will include CorelDRAW 11, Bryce 5, and Painter 7. Corel has provided technical training in these applications to Intel Computer Clubhouse mentors and coordinators in several cities. Training and support for these products will be ongoing. The Computer Clubhouse was founded in 1993 by The Computer Museum (now part of the Museum of Science, Boston) in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. The Clubhouse provides an after-school environment where youngsters from underserved communities work closely with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence through the use of technology. Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, http://www.computerclubhouse.org/. Corel Corporation, http://www.corel.com/.


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