This National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will be used to implement a national middle school science education program, called Hands-On Optics: Making an Impact with Light that will bring optics education to tens of thousands of underrepresented students nationwide. The program’s organizers include the Optical Society of America; the International Society for Optical Engineering; the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement; and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

Links:

The National Science Foundation
http://www.nsf.gov

Optical Society of America
http://www.osa.org

ISTE publishes a survival guide for elementary school computer lab teachers
From eSchool News staff and wire service reports

A new book from International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), entitled “The Computer Lab Teacher’s Survival Guide–K-6 Units for the Whole Year,” provides a toolkit for computer lab teachers who develop and maintain a self-contained classroom with an independent elementary school curriculum. The book’s 10 units each include multiple lessons keyed to standards, as well as objectives, guided practice, extensions, and remediation. An accompanying CD-Rom includes PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, tests, worksheets, web resources, and more.

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The International Society for Technology in Education Bookstore
http://www.iste.org/bookstore

The Smithsonian is the first to get a ‘kids.us’ web address
From eSchool News staff and wire service reports

The Smithsonian is the first entity to be approved for a web address in the “kids.us” domain, which was formed as part of the Dot-Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002. The law promised to carve out some child-friendly territory within America’s “.us” internet domain, so children under 13 could work, play, and surf without being subject to inappropriate content like pornography or gambling. Since the registration began last June, the Smithsonian is the only participant so far, but Neustar Inc., which oversees the domain, says it’s reviewing about 10 others.

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The Smithsonian
http://www.smithsonian.kids.us

kids.us domain page
http://www.kids.us

NeuStar Inc.
http://www.neustar.com