$1.5 million to1998 Curriculum Grant Program award winners

Microsoft Corp. announced the winners of its 1998 Curriculum Grant Program to reward high schools and vocational schools for innovative uses of technology in computer science, programming, web development, and information systems curricula. More than $1.5 million in software licenses were awarded to 44 schools representing 20 states: Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

Awards ranged from $18,000 to $6 3,000 in software per school. As part of the award, faculty members have agreed to post their curricula on the Academic Cooperative web site.

http://www.academicoop.isu.edu

Illinois: $100,000

The Fox Lake School District in Illinois has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Illinois State Board of Education to improve technology use. Portions of the grant are earmarked for more computers and audiovisual equipment. District Curriculum Director Sandra Schuenemann, who applied for the grant, told local reporters that it will also fund staff training to ensure the new equipment is successfully used.

North Carolina: $75,000

Leland Middle School in North Carolina has received a $75,000 School Improvement Grant funded by the federal government and awarded by the state Department of Public Instruction. The grant will pay for 17 new computers and will fund after-school and evening computer and word processing tutorials for students and parents.

NetDay Grants from Bell South

The Bell South Foundation has announced several recipients of its 1998 NetDay grants, awarded to schools in the Southeast to encourage the use of the internet and telecommunications technology in their curricula.

1998 ShowCase Grants ($10,000 each) went to:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, and Goldsboro Middle School, North Carolina; Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School and Blackville Public Schools, South Carolina; R.T. Danneel Magnet, New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School and Joseph C. Clark Senior High School, Louisiana; Booker T. Washington High School and Saint Bernard Academy, Tennessee.

Grants of $2,000 each went to:

Cotswold Elementary School, Charlotte, N.C.

Starmount Elementary School, Charlotte, N.C.

Sunset Park Elementary School, Wilmington, N.C..

L.A. Cook Middle School, Winston-Salem, N.C. .

Canterbury School, Greensboro, N.C.

Myers Park High School, Charlotte, N.C. .

Paul Knox Middle School, North Augusta, S.C.

Airport High School, West Columbia, S.C.

Whitesides Elementary School, S.C.

Silver Bluff High School, Aiken, S.C.

Mitchel Road Elementary School, Greenville, S.C.

Ella C. Pittman Elementary School, Harvey, La.

William J. Guste Elementary School, New Orleans

St. Anthony of Padua School, New Orleans

St. Agnes School, Jefferson, La.

O. Perry Walker Extension School, New Orleans

John McDonogh Senior High School, New Orleans

Eleanor McMain Magnet Secondary School, New Orleans

Edna Karr Magnet School, New Orleans

Joseph C. Clark Senior High School, New Orleans