$19.5 million from California Department of Education
For the Technology Literacy Challenge Grants program, $19,540,192 to 25 California districts. The grants are funded by the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, a federal program that provides economically-challenged districts with access to technology.
$18 million from Cisco Systems
To set up a system of academies to teach computer networking, $18 million in equipment, curriculum, and training to the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin’s technical colleges. Each of the 17 participating colleges will serve as hubs for 10 public K-12 school districts beginning this fall. The program will teach and certify high school and college students to design, build, and maintain computer networks. The grant makes Wisconsin one of 27 states to offer Cisco networking academies since the program began last October.
$1.4 million from BellSouth Foundation
For various educational programs, $1,384,000 to schools and institutions throughout the South. Awards include $45,000 to the Atlanta Board of Education to train teachers in the use of laptop computers and $110,000 for NetDay mini-grants to wire schools in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
$510,000 from Bell Atlantic Foundation
For the EdLink program, which supports the creative use of technology in education, $510,000 to schools, districts, and consortia representing 60 Massachusetts communities.
$720,000 from GTE Foundation
For the Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT) program, $720,000 to 120 math and science teachers from 27 states. GIFT is an annual program to strengthen math and science education in grades 6-12. Sixty teams consisting of one math and one science teacher from the same school are awarded grants of $12,000 to implement an innovative classroom project. This year’s winning projects included “Quest for Robotics” (Aptos High School, Aptos, Calif.); “BEST: Biology Explorations through Statistics and Technology” (Rockwood Area High School, Rockwood, Pa.); and “Mapping Alabama Field Data to Virtual Ecological Models” (Alabama School of Math & Science, Mobile, Ala.).
$250,000 from Pew Charitable Trusts
For technological improvements at the school’s Upper and Middle School Library, $250,000 over three years to the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
$165,000 from Toshiba America Foundation
To support the math, science, and technology education of middle and high school students, $164,900 to 11 schools and institutions. Donations included $12,800 to J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Va., to enable 300 ninth-grade biology students to investigate biochemical principles using interactive computer programs, and $11,500 to South Jones Middle School in Ellisville, Miss., to enable more than 1,000 science students study cell function, structure, and reproduction through videomicroscopes. A complete list of projects funded is available on the foundation’s web site, while information on the next round of grants from Toshiba is available in the “Opportunities” section of this issue.
$63,711 from Assisi Foundation
To purchase equipment for a computer laboratory, $33,000 to Mississippi Boulevard Christian Academy, and to develop a technology-based science curriculum and purchase software, $30,711 to St. Mary’s Episcopal School, both of Memphis, Tenn.
$30,000 in equipment from Brother International Corp.
For a pilot project to give students access to technology, over $30,000 worth of GeoBook notebook computers to the Newark Public Schools.
$500,000 awarded in ThinkQuest Jr. contest
Twenty-eight winning teams were selected from nearly 300 entries in ThinkQuest Jr.’s first annual web site-building contest for students in grades 4-6. Subjects of the winning entries ranged from Ancient Egypt to Down Syndrome to The Real Truth about Fast Foods and Nutrition. Each of the student winners in the Best of Contest category received $5,000, and their teacher-coach $10,000. First-place students in five additional categories received $3,000, and their teachers $6,000. Cisco Systems also donated Micro Webservers-valued at $1,000 each-to the winning teams’ schools. ThinkQuest Jr. is a spin-off of the ThinkQuest program sponsored by Advanced Network & Services, Inc.
$10,000 in networking equipment to ‘Cool School of the Year’
Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M., has been chosen as Education World’s “Cool School of the Year.” The Cool School program rewards participants for creating and maintaining a school’s presence on the world wide web and integrating technology into their curriculum. Georgia O’Keeffe was selected from the 1997 “Cool School of the Week” winners to receive over $10,000 in networking equipment from Cisco Systems, as well as other prizes.
40 winners in International Schools CyberFair
Sponsored by Cisco Systems, GTE, and the Global Schoolhouse, the fourth annual International Schools CyberFair invited K-12 students from around the world to showcase a unique aspect of their local community by designing their own web sites. Forty winners were chosen through a peer review process from among the 580 schools from 37 countries who entered. Winners received Adobe software, Apple eMate computers and Web Construction Kits, Cisco Micro Webservers, CU-SeeMe videoconferencing software, Microsoft Front Page software, HyperStudio from Roger Wagner Publishers, and MCI cash grants of up to $300.