Borders Books & Music and Waldenbooks stores nationwide will honor professors, teachers, librarians, principals, home-schoolers, and other educators for their hard work and dedication during Educator Appreciation Weekend. From Oct. 10 to 12, Borders stores will offer educators a 25 percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise and Waldenbooks will offer educators 25 percent off their total purchase. Both offers include items not intended for classroom use. In addition, all educators will receive a 40 percent discount on food and beverage items from Café Borders during the weekend.

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Borders Books & Music
http://www.bordersstores.com

Waldenbooks
http://www.preferredreader.com

NSF award helps create an Internet2-based global music education network
From eSchool News staff and wire service reports
October 07, 2003

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the Miami Beach-based New World Symphony (NWS) more than $100,000 to enhance its connectivity to Internet2 and help form a global music education network to train musicians regardless of geographic location. NWS–which provides post-graduate music education and professional development–will create a network among several institutions for music education and collaboration. Internet2 is a consortium of more than 200 universities working with industry and government to support high-performance networking within the U.S. research community.

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New World Symphony
http://www.nws.org

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

A new Chicago-area Digital Schoolhouse opens
From eSchool News staff and wire service reports
October 07, 2003

More than 3,000 Chicago-area children are expected to benefit annually from a new Digital Schoolhouse classroom that just opened. Through this unique program, sponsored by the Computer Associates Digital Schoolhouse Foundation, fifth grade classes participate in a day of learning in a state-of-the-art computer lab. Students use technology as a learning tool by researching topics on the internet and creating web pages and graphic presentations. Classes are taught by certified teachers and Computer Associates employee volunteers. To date, more than 15,000 children have attended classes through the Digital Schoolhouse in Islandia, N.Y. and a traveling version that has visited New Orleans, Orlando, and Las Vegas.

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Computer Associates Digital Schoolhouse http://www.digitalschoolhouse.org

McGraw-Hill expands its online progress monitoring tool to grades 7 and 8
From eSchool News staff and wire service reports
October 07, 2003

McGraw-Hill Digital Learning has extended Yearly ProgressProMath to grades seven and eight and added algebra and geometry to its targeted curriculum. Yearly ProgressPro Math for grades 1-6, which launched last year, is designed to help teachers improve student performance and help them demonstrate adequate yearly progress. The web-based software measures student skill mastery through weekly, 15-minute tests that assess the entire grade level curriculum so that the retention of learned skills is frequently monitored for improved performance on end-of-year tests. It also includes exercises and practice sets that introduce or explain a given skill and provide for automatic instruction.

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McGraw-Hill Digital Learning
http://www.mcgraw-hill.com