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Help students prepare for AP exams with “AP Exam Review”

Beginning this month, students can prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) exams using Apex Learning’s AP Exam Review service. Exam Review is a fee-based online study program that helps students prepare…

“Title2.org” tracks the quality of the nation’s teacher preparation

Education degrees are not immediate indicators of good, high-quality teachers. That’s why this new site from the United States Department of Education supplies data and information concerning the quality of…

“Schoolforge” forges an alliance of open-source software groups

Schoolforge, a global coalition of organizations dedicated to promoting open-source software in education, announced the launch of its web site Jan. 8. The alliance was formed in November when members…

“Just For The Kids” encourages the sharing of educational best practices

Increasing student achievement in public schools is no small task, but this web site from the nonprofit Just For The Kids (JFTK) aims to help teachers, parents, and administrators do…

“Developing Educational Standards” eases the transition to standards-based teaching

This web site, launched in August 1995 by Putnam Valley School District in upstate New York, is now maintained by nearby Wappingers Central School District. Given the increased emphasis on…

State technology directors find a home on the web at SETDA.org

The recently founded State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA) is the first professional organization to bring together educational technology directors from all 50 states. As the principal association representing the…

Grant Deadlines

March Excellence in Classroom Teaching Awards Curriculum Associates is offering its fifth annual award for teachers who demonstrate excellence in classroom teaching. The company—a longtime publisher of print, video, software,…

Computer program lets kids learn while their parents shop

In an effort to extend learning beyond the traditional school day, some elementary schools now provide access to educational software at local grocery stores so students can learn while their…

Grant Awards

$4.3 million from the Library of Congress The United States Library of Congress has awarded an initial $4.3 million grant to the mountain regions of North and South Carolina to…

Computer system links schools to criminal database

Thanks to an idea suggested by one school district employee, now all North Carolina school districts can do criminal background checks on job applicants quickly and cheaply right from their…