Education is Crucial

Crucial Technology, a division of Micron, has announced that it will donate up to $100,000 worth of server memory upgrades to Idaho public schools through the Education is Crucial program. The program is intended to help Idaho schools increase the performance level in their existing computer systems. Idaho schools received $87,000 in memory upgrades last year through the Education is Crucial program, now in its second year. Applications are being handled by the Idaho Department of Education. Schools need only complete an online survey to apply, with memory upgrading to be administered on a needs-first basis.

(800) 239-0337 edcrucial.htm

First for Education Grants

Carolina First Corp. has established the Carolina First for Education Foundation with a $12.6 million endowment. The foundation will provide education and community-based grants to teachers and public schools in South Carolina for projects that will help bring the state to the educational forefront, including grants for technology initiatives such as purchasing computers. All grants will be awarded based on evaluation of a written application. For an application form, write to the Carolina First For Education Foundation, PO Box 1029, Greenville, SC 29602.

(864) 255-4780

EchoStar Satellite Systems

In partnership with the National Education Association (NEA), Future View, and the Learning First Alliance, EchoStar will donate 1,000 satellite TV systems and free air time to schools. The high-tech school safety program comes in response to the Littleton, Colo., school shooting and aims to provide schools with pertinent school safety programming. NEA and the Learning First Alliance will develop the programming, with Future View providing production facilities and staff assistance. The competitive donation program will favor schools that have the most need and that demonstrate a commitment to using the satellite systems to the fullest extent. Application procedures and a deadline were to be announced at NEA’s annual conference July 2. Contact the NEA for more information following the announcement.

(202) 833-4000

Learning to Win

Cloudscape, a leader in database management solutions, is offering its Cloudscape 100% Pure Java database to schools at no charge through the new Learning to Win program. Learning to Win is designed to encourage students to learn the Java programming language and experiment with building applications in Java. Cloudscape says it is the first company to offer free Java SQL databases for schools to use as educational resources.

(888) 595-2821

Schools Online Internet Access

Schools without classroom internet access are eligible to apply for Schools Online equipment grants. The Schools Online grant program offers schools simple, cost-effective internet access, together with local support and training. Participating schools are asked to designate a committed person to manage the equipment and participate in training. Schools are also asked to provide a telephone line with an internet service provider (ISP) account for dial-up access or a network connection to the world wide web. Schools Online has helped more than 5,000 classrooms get internet access in a little more than two years. Schools Online is supported by corporate, educational, and individual partners.

(408) 501-0770

$3.1 million from the Gates Learning Foundation

To advance the use of technology in the classroom, $3.1 million worth of equipment and training to 214 Washington state teachers through the Teacher Leadership Project. Grant recipients will use their awards to purchase laptops for themselves as well as computers for student use. Recipients will also get 11 days of training on how to use technology to assist students in reaching the Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Separately, Microsoft will donate $500,000 worth of software to recipients to use in their classrooms.

$1.8 million from the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation

To fund technical network training for school district technology personnel, $1.8 million to the Idaho Division of Vocational Education. School districts will be able to enroll at least one employee in week-long training for Microsoft NT or Novell NetWare Network Operating Systems. The goal of the program is to ensure that each district has an individual qualified to install, troubleshoot, and maintain their information technology networks. The training initiative is the first of four phases under the grant to meet the goals established by the Idaho Council for Technology in Learning.

$1.25 million through Safeway’s Register Tapes for Education Program

To fund computer equipment and other purchases, $1.25 million to schools in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Donations are earned when students, parents, relatives, and friends collect Safeway register tapes and give them to participating schools, which then receive credit toward computers, audiovisual equipment, and other materials. In the seven years that Safeway has offered the program, area schools have earned $9.7 million in educational equipment.

$34,000 from the Peter J. Stulgis Memorial Fund

To honor innovative programs using technology in the classroom, $34,000 to seven schools and districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Grant recipients demonstrated unique and creative ways to integrate technology into secondary education classroom or teaching environments. In its second year of grant-giving, the Stulgis Memorial Fund, part of the Unitil Charitable Foundation, was established to provide charitable contributions and awards promoting the development and implementation of advanced electronic and computer technology applications in secondary schools. The fund honors the late Peter

J. Stulgis, the former chairman and CEO of Unitil Corp.

$25,000 from Cooper Industries

To encourage vocational-technical education, $25,000 to Union County Public Schools in North Carolina through the ProjectPACE program. Cooper Industries created ProjectPACE 10 years ago to promote vocational and technical education and to stimulate partnerships between schools and local Cooper facilities. Union County Public Schools was selected for placing high achieving Tech Prep students in paid internships during their spring break and for their production of a video highlighting local manufacturing careers. Other grant recipients were Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin, $15,000, and the Arnold R. Burton Technology Center in Salem, Va., $10,000.