A handheld computer accompanies this award for ed-tech excellence
To recognize outstanding contributions by K-12 educators and district-level personnel in the field of educational technology, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation and the National Association of Educational Technology Specialists will award a state-of-the-art personal digital assistant (PDA) and a commemorative trophy with the winner’s name engraved to someone chosen for his or her exceptional accomplishments in school technology use. The recipient of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award also will be flown to the Kennedy Space Center and will attend the Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April 2004.
Deadline: March 8

Web-based school information systems from Docutek
Enhancing Teaching and Learning with the Web Grants, from Docutek Information Systems, are intended to help cash-strapped school systems obtain technology that can save valuable time for teachers and greatly improve their communication with parents and students. Grant recipients will receive a customized version of Docutek’s web-based school information sharing system, Docutek at School, for two years. Remote web hosting of the system is included, as is training and access to a user group consisting of teachers and technology specialists at all schools using the system. With Docutek at School, teachers easily can create classroom web sites where all relevant information–including assignments, resources, grades, schedules, and notices–can be posted, the company says.
Deadline: March 15
Contact: Dr. Philip Kesten, (650) 989-6358,

A $2,000 scholarship and $500 in cash for educational diplomacy web projects
The U. S. State Department is sponsoring the “Doors to Diplomacy” educational challenge to encourage middle and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Each student team member of the winning “Doors to Diplomacy” teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches’ schools will receive a $500 cash award. The State Department also will sponsor a trip to Washington, D.C., where the winners will receive a private tour of State Department facilities, meet with key officials, and participate in a special award presentation ceremony.
Deadline: March 20

Win a TiVo Digital Video Recorder for your school
High school teachers who subscribe to the Public Broadcasting Service’s free electronic newsletter for teachers, called “FRONTLINE Planner,” will be entered automatically to win prizes for their school and themselves. Three new subscribers each will receive a TiVo Digital Video Recorder for their school to record programs for use in the classroom, as well as a free subscription to the TiVo service for the lifetime of the product. In addition, the subscribing teacher will receive a $50 Staples gift certificate. Another three winners each will receive three films of their choice from the FRONTLINE archives and a $50 Staples gift certificate.
Deadline: March 31


Up to $5,000 in math learning materials from Digi-Block
The Digi-Block Grant Program, from Digi-Block Inc., allows teachers and groups of teachers to apply for Digi-Block Learning System materials and training valued up to $5,000 per award. Programs may include curriculum development and implementation projects, staff development and training, after-school programs or co-curricular activities, and innovative assessment techniques that use the Digi-Block Learning System. Applicants must describe how the Digi-Block Learning System will be used in their classroom or school to enhance math education. Deadline: April 9

Free software, computer equipment, and training for taking the ‘Discourse Challenge’
The Discourse Challenge, from Hewlett-Packard Co. and Educational Testing Service (ETS), asks educators to try the Discourse Starter Edition from ETS in their classrooms for 30 days, then write a 500-word essay that describes the benefits of Discourse in helping improve teacher productivity and student learning outcomes. ETS will choose five finalists to win a free trip to the 2004 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in New Orleans, a Discourse site license, and training. The company then will choose one winner from among the five finalists during a reception at NECC to receive a Discourse-equipped mobile classroom system and training from HP.
Deadline: April 15

$19.8 million to improve literacy through school libraries
Schools and districts in which 20 percent of families have incomes below the poverty line can apply for their share of $19.8 million offered through the U.S. Department of Education’s Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program. Schools can use these funds to purchase technology that increases information literacy or facilitates the sharing of internet links and resources among schools and school libraries, as well as for professional development activities.
Deadline: April 19 (estimated)
Contact: Irene Harwarth, (202) 401-3751,

$38 million to improve technical education in college and high school
The National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program promotes improvement in technological education at the undergraduate and secondary-school levels by supporting curriculum development; the preparation and professional development of college faculty and secondary-school teachers; internships and field experiences for faculty, teachers, and students; and other activities. Two-year colleges and other associate degree-granting institutions must be the lead recipients of grant funds, but they may partner with high schools and four-year colleges on projects.
Deadline: April 21
Contact: Elizabeth J Teles, (703) 292-4643,


$3,800 worth of computers from eZedia
Teachers can win one of three new Apple eMacs, valued at $3,800 total, from eZedia Inc. for a curriculum-based project that uses an eZedia product in one of the following subject areas: language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, or art. Entries in the Zoom-ed Classroom Contest 2003-04 will be evaluated on their use of grade-appropriate eZediaMX capabilities and features, creativity and originality, connection to curriculum topic and learning outcomes, and encouragement of participation and multiple means of expression. Winners will be announced at this year’s National Education Computing Conference June 21 in New Orleans.
Deadline: May 1
Contact: Carly Robertson , (877) 408-0195, ext. 231,

$5,000 and free Adobe software for high-quality multimedia projects
Adobe Systems is calling for entries for its fourth annual Design Achievement Awards. Last year, more than 1,000 promising student designers, illustrators, digital filmmakers, and computer artists from leading U.S., Canadian, and British schools submitted projects in seven categories, such as print, photography, and digital collaboration. First, second, and third place winners will receive airfare and hotel accommodations to attend an awards event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on July 29. First-place winners also will receive $5,000 and their choice of 10 Adobe products.
Deadline: May 17

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