Online Partners

3M Visual Systems
http://www.3m.com

Adobe Systems Inc.
http://www.adobe.com

American Education Corp.
http://www.amered.com

Apple Inc.
http://www.apple.com/education

Atomic Learning Inc.
http://www.atomiclearning.com

AVPresentations Inc.
http://www.educationprojectors.com

CDW-G
http://www.cdwg.com

Computer Power Solutions of Illinois
http://www.vcasel.com

ELMO USA
http://www.elmousa.com

EMBARQ
http://www.embarq.com

ESRI
http://www.esri.com

Hewlett-Packard Co.
http://www.hp.com

LearningPage
http://www.learningpage.com

Library Video Co.
http://www.libraryvideo.com

Lightspeed Systems Inc.
http://www.lightspeed.com

NEC Display Solutions Ltd.
http://www.nec-display.com/global/index.html

Pokemon USA Inc.
http://www.pokemonlearningleague.com

SchoolDude
http://www.schooldude.com

SMART Technologies Inc.
http://smarttech.com

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Print Partners

3Com Corp.
http://www.3com.com

3M Visual Systems
http://www.3m.com

Absolute Software Corp.
http://www.absolute.com

Atomic Learning Inc.
http://www.atomiclearning.com

AVerMedia Technologies
http://www.avermedia.com

Barracuda Networks
http://www.barracudanetworks.com

CDW-G
http://www.cdwg.com

Century Consultants Ltd.
http://www.centuryltd.com

CompassLearning Inc.
http://www.compasslearning.com

Computer Power Solutions of Illinois (CPSI)
http://www.vcasel.com

Dell Inc.
http://www.dell.com

EarthWalk Communications
http://www.earthwalk.com

ELMO USA
http://www.elmousa.com

Extron Electronics
http://www.extron.com

Franklin Electronic Publishers
http://www.franklin.com

NetSupport Inc.
http://www.netsupport-inc.com

Promethean Technologies Group
http://www.prometheanworld.com/us

SchoolDude
http://www.schooldude.com

SMART Technologies Inc.
http://smarttech.com

Transition Networks
http://www.transition.com

Vernier Software & Technology
http://www.vernier.com

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For prospective online students, this “Guide to Online Education” is a great place to start

Anyone interested in pursuing an online degree program might find this new resource from eLearners.com helpful: Its "Guide to Online Education" is a free handbook for prospective and current online students, offering a how-to guide for successful online learning. Topics covered by the guide include a comparison of online education providers, borrowing the money for an online degree, and what the future holds for online education. It also contains profiles of actual online students, showing firsthand what it’s like to be an online learner. In addition, eLearners.com offers blogs and forums that give current and prospective students the chance to share ideas, thoughts, and concerns related to their online learning experience; a comprehensive directory of online education programs; and "eLearners Advisor," an assessment that can help prospective students determine if online learning is right for them.

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New Cable in the Classroom podcasts aim to inspire learning

Cable in the Classroom, a nonprofit educational outreach program from the cable television industry, has launched a new podcast series called "Kids. Cable. Learning." New podcasts are posted regularly, giving school stakeholders insights into innovative leaders, trendsetters, and others from the intersection of the education, technology, and cable TV communities. Recent podcasts include an interview with actor LeVar Burton, an overview of the National School Board Association’s Technology Leadership Network school site visit series, and highlights of the cable industry’s educational resources devoted to the 2008 election season. Older podcasts include an interview with Alton Brown, host of the Food Network’s Good Eats, on why science is a major part of his program–and how teachers can apply his techniques to teach real-world science in their classrooms; and an interview with Linda Ellerbee, who has written and produced Nickelodeon’s Nick News for 15 years, on the importance of talking with kids about current events, encouraging opinions, and inspiring action.

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ECS launches online toolkit for effective educational leadership

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has released a new "Education Leadership Policy Toolkit," an online resource that provides information on effective education leadership policies and practices. Created with support from the MetLife Foundation, the toolkit organizes information into eight key categories that represent the common leadership factors in all of the studied districts: Vision, Governance, Relationships, Culture, Human Development, Instruction, Evaluation, and Resource Allocation. Within each category, users can find exemplary policies and practices, recommendations, and key elements of effective leadership at three different levels: state, district, and school. Additionally, the site features case studies on the challenges and successes of three different districts: Boston; National City, California; and Memphis, Tennessee. Each case study features audio clips of a teacher, a principal, and the district superintendent describing how change was implemented, and what conditions and beliefs are essential for effective and successful school leadership.

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“InvestorEd 101” collects valuable sites for teaching about investing

Teachers searching for high-quality educational content about investing for their middle or high school classrooms can turn to this new resource from the Alliance for Investor Education (AIE), which has highlighted what is considers 10 of the best investor education resources available for teachers and students. “InvestorEd 101: Best Classroom Tools” is a new section of the AIE’s web site that features resources from organizations such as National Endowment for Financial Education, the National Council on Economic Education, and the New York Stock Exchange. For example, in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Stock Market Game, students start with a virtual cash account of $100,000 and strive to create the best-performing portfolio using a live online trading simulation. They work together in teams, practicing leadership, organization, negotiation, and cooperation as they compete for the top spot. In building a portfolio, students research and evaluate stocks and make decisions based on what they’ve learned. To determine why certain stocks perform the way they do, or why the broader market has moved up or down, they need to understand how the economy works. And to calculate their returns, they need to do the math.

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“Primary Source Learning” has everything you need to incorporate primary sources into your lessons

Created and updated by practicing educators, "Primary Source Learning" helps teachers use primary-source materials from the Library of Congress in their lessons. The site’s Teaching Materials database helps educators quickly find and use primary sources related to specific curriculum standards in all subject areas. The site also offers professional development activities to help teachers learn to use primary-source materials in their classes, and it connects K-12 schools, university programs, libraries, and museums through collaborative programs that aim to deepen students’ understanding of the curriculum and foster information-age literacy skills. Educators are encouraged to field-test the site’s "Learning Experiences" in the classroom and to share their own work by publishing it to the site, using a feature called "My Portfolio" to submit new learning experiences. Primary Source Learning was created by the Northern Virginia Partnership of An Adventure of the American Mind Program and made available through a Library of Congress grant funded by the U.S. Congress.

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