Free emergency notification software

DCC will award two winners access to its hosted notification solutions, Communicator! NXT and GeoCast Web, free-of-charge for two years. Recipients will also receive comprehensive web-based training and a software maintenance and technical support contract, among other things. All interested operations must display a genuine need for emergency notification technology and also demonstrate a strategic plan for its use.

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$6M for residence-based American history workshops

As part of its We the People initiative, NEH seeks proposals for a series of one-week residence-based workshops for K-12 educators that use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art history, or other related subjects in the humanities. The goals of the workshops are to: provide teachers with training and experience in the use and interpretation of historical sites and the material resources and archival evidence of American history and culture; increase knowledge and appreciation of places significant to American history and culture; and encourage historical sites to develop greater capacity and scale for professional development programs.

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Numerous funding opportunities for artistic pursuits

The goal of this program is to foster and preserve excellence in the arts and provide access to the arts for all Americans. This category supports projects that provide short-term arts exposure or arts appreciation for children and youth as well as intergenerational education projects. Applicants may choose the category best-suited for their discipline for detailed information.

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NEA: Wal-Mart wrong place to be buying new school supplies

On its official web site, the National Education Association is warning people to think twice before buying any school supplies at Wal-Mart. As part of its new “Wake-Up Wal-Mart” campaign, the NEA points out that the nation’s largest discount department store chain continues to block its employees’ attempts to unionize, while collecting public funds that could otherwise be used for education. The NEA also sharply criticizes Wal-Mart’s corporate support of private-school voucher initiatives.

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Teachers get crash course in district’s tech opportunities

The Herald Democrat of Sherman, Texas, reports on a group of teachers from the Howe Independent School District who are taking a summer course to learn more about the technology available to their classrooms. The three-day program, called the Howe Summer Technology Institute, is open to all teachers in the district.

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District decides its one-to-one initiative too costly to pursue

The De Soto Explorer of De Soto, Kan., reports that the local school district has opted to abandon its plan for true one-to-one computing and instead pursue a less expensive type of “on-demand access” for its students. The new plan is to provide only the amount of computers needed in a classroom at any given time.

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