Physh Ed National Fishing and Boating Grants Initiative

This program aims to incorporate quality, viable fishingand/or boating activities into curriculum-based K-12 physical educationclasses; incorporate fishing and/or boating activities as a regular part of astudent’s school activities; emphasize the relationship between fishing andboating and lifetime physical/mental health; and connect students with thebenefits of outdoor education and recreational activities and to raiseawareness and concern for the aquatic resource.

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Horace Mann Educator Scholarship

Applicants must write a 300-word essay answering thequestion, "If you could leave a mark on the world, what would it be andwhy?" Thirty-six scholarships willbe awarded: one $5,000 award payable over four years, 15 $1,000 awards payableover two years, and 20 one-time $500 awards. Scholarships must be applied to tuition, fees, or expenses for classesat a two- or four-year accredited college or university.

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Project Ignition

Applicant interested in participating in Project Ignition,presented by State Farm Insurance and the National Youth Leadership Council,must be willing to create and produce an innovative public awareness,service-learning project based on teen driver safety. Students must create thisproject, with the support of a teacher/advisor and by the school/organization.

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2008 Verizon Tech Savvy Award

The National Center for FamilyLiteracy is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Verizon Tech Savvy Awards.These are national awards to honor programs that improve parents’ and children’sunderstanding and use of technology.

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Another book-scanning project rivals Google’s

Nearly a decade ago, computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University embarked on a project with an astonishingly lofty goal: Digitize the published works of humankind and make them freely available online.

The architects of the Universal Digital Library initiative on Nov. 27 said they have surpassed their latest target, having scanned more than 1.5 million books—many of them in Chinese—and are continuing to scan thousands more daily.

“Anyone who can get on the internet now has access to a collection of books the size of a large university library,” said Raj Reddy, a computer science and robotics professor at the university who led the project.

Much of the recent work in the Million Book Project has been carried out by workers at scanning centers in India and China, helped by $3.5 million in seed funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation and in-kind contributions from computer hardware and software makers.

The United States, China, and India each have contributed $10 million to the project, undertaken with partners at China’s Zhejiang University, India’s Indian Institute of Science, and Egypt’s Library at Alexandria.

At least half the books are out of copyright or scanned with the permission of copyright holders. Excerpts of copyright-protected works are available, though organizers expect complete texts to become available eventually.

The project is not the first of its kind. Online search-engine operator Google Inc. and software giant Microsoft Corp. have begun similar endeavors—though Carnegie Mellon representatives say theirs is the largest university-based digital library of free books and that its purpose is noncommercial.

An alternative book-scanning effort called the Open Content Alliance also seeks to scan books from public and university libraries, and many universities have spurned Google and Microsoft in favor of this approach. (See “Google’s book scanning faces competition.”)

The Universal Digital Library’s Million Book Project is a step toward the creation of an online library that would make traditionally published books available to anyone, said Reddy. “The economic barriers to the distribution of knowledge are falling,” he said in a statement.

Michael Shamos, a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor and copyright lawyer working on the project, said the library’s mission includes making vast amounts of information freely available and preserving rare and decaying texts, among other things.

Books have been borrowed for scanning from various institutions and individuals worldwide, though institutions in Europe declined to participate, he said.

The digital library so far contains books published in 20 languages, including 970,000 in Chinese, 360,000 in English, 50,000 in the southern Indian language of Telugu, and 40,000 in Arabic.

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Universal Digital Library

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One Laptop Per Child sued for patent infringement

A Massachusetts company has sued the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Association for patent infringement, charging the project with stealing its designs for a multilingual keyboard.

Lagos Analysis Corp., or Lancor, filed the lawsuit Thursday in the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division in Nigeria, where the company owns a patent for a four shift-key keyboard, said Adé Oyegbola, Lancor’s CEO.

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Online courses catch on in U.S. colleges

When today’s college graduates get together for a reunion someday, they may decide to do it by computer. That’s because right now, nearly one in five college students takes at least one class online, according to a new survey.

For professors, the growth of e-learning has meant a big shift in the way they deal with students….

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$1 million grant brings artificial intelligence to Florida schools

Imagine a writing teacher being able to assign 24 essays a year to each student in her class–and not having to worry about grading a single one.

That’s the promise of a new computer-based writing program that will be rolled out at six elementary schools and three middle schools in Florida’s Capistrano Unified School District early next year, funded by a $971,614 federal grant to improve technology and electronic learning resources…

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Deadline extended for 2007 Speak Up survey

Irvine, CA – November 27, 2007 Students, teachers, and parents from around the country will have an extra week – until December 21 – to participate in the 2007 Speak Up movement. The annual, national survey gathers opinions about how technology and science education can be leveraged to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in the Digital Economy.

The online survey at www.netdayspeakup.org will be open until December 21. Individual participation and responses provided in the Speak Up survey are completely confidential and completing the survey takes only 15 minutes.

All public, private, parochial and charter schools in the US and Canada are eligible to participate. Individual participation and responses are completely confidential and the online surveys can be accessed 24/7. Each year, Project Tomorrow facilitates Speak Up survey and shares the data with education leaders.

Given the importance of education in the upcoming 2008 Presidential election, Speak Up 2007 includes new questions about Web 2.0 tools, student interest in science, math and technology, the importance of emerging technologies such as video games, and the value of 21st Century skills such as critical thinking and learning a second language.

Since 2003, more than 857,000 K-12 students, teachers, and parents from over 10,000 schools in all 50 states have participated in Speak Up. The online survey is facilitated by Project Tomorrow (formerly known as NetDay) and supported by many of our nation’s most innovative companies and foundations. Additional information is online at www.tomorrow.org.

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Learning.com and Educomp Solutions announce joint development agreement to create digital curriculum solutions

Portland, OR – November 27, 2007 Learning.com today announced a joint development agreement with Edumatics Corp. Inc., a subsidiary of Educomp Solutions LTD., to provide educators with innovative, Web-delivered curriculum solutions that support improved student learning outcomes. The agreement was signed by William Kelly, CEO of Learning.com and Sandeep Kumar, President of Edumatics Corp., on October 15th, 2007.

The two companies expect to announce the first of these curriculum solutions in early 2008.

Learning.com, the premier provider of Web-enhanced curriculum and assessment, focuses on innovative, results-oriented solutions that provide opportunities for students to model the new skills they are gaining, creating stronger connections to their learning, and to become flourishing 21st century citizens with the skills they need to learn, work and create.

In the United States, Educomp’s presence comes from its fully owned subsidiary, Edumatics Corp., based in Ventura, Calif. Educomp Solutions is the largest technology-driven education company in India. The company works closely with schools to implement innovative models to create and deliver content to enhance student learning.

"Edumatics gives us the ability to get new Web-delivered curriculum quickly into the hands of educators for expanded use of digital curriculum with their students," says William Kelly, CEO and cofounder of Learning.com. "We are excited to work with an organization of Edumatic’s stature, with its rich and deep history of producing high quality curriculum for both U.S. and international markets."

All digital curriculum developed under this joint agreement will be delivered through Learning.com’s innovative digital learning environment that allows teachers and administrators to individualize instruction, customize assignments, and quickly access student progress reports.

Learning.com’s current Web-delivered solutions include Aha!Math, a K-5 supplemental math curriculum; EasyTech, a K-8 technology literacy curriculum that helps students develop and apply technology skills to math, language arts, social studies and science, and TechLiteracy Assessment, an authentic assessment that measures and reports student technology skills and provides data to meet accountability requirements.

"We look forward to working with Learning.com, a pioneer in the field of Web-delivered instruction," says Shantanu Prakash, CEO of Educomp. "Learning.com’s digital learning environment is a proven platform upon which we will build comprehensive, engaging and effective solutions that can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere."

About Learning.com

Learning.com, the premier provider of Web-enhanced curriculum and assessment, partners with schools and districts to improve student learning outcomes. The Portland, Ore.-based company transforms learning experiences through its understanding of the art and science of Web-based teaching and learning. Founded in 1999, it serves nearly two million students in schools across the United States. Its Web-delivered solutions are EasyTech, a proven, K-8 technology literacy curriculum that helps students develop and apply technology skills in math, language arts, social studies and science; TechLiteracy Assessment, an authentic technology proficiency assessment that provides educators with the data to understand how well students grasp foundational technology skills; and Aha!Math, an interactive K-5 supplemental math curriculum that supports teachers to improve students’ foundational math skills while developing their higher level problem-solving and reasoning skills. For more information, please visit www.learning.com or call 800-580-4640.

About Educomp Solutions Ltd.

Educomp Solutions Ltd, is the largest technology-driven education company in India. In the US Educomp’s presence is via its fully owned subsidiary, Edumatics Corporation, based in Ventura, Calif. Educomp serves more than 3.6 million learners and educators across India, the United States and Singapore. The company works closely with schools to implement innovative models to create and deliver content to enhance student learning. Educomp has been at the forefront of various pioneering initiatives in the e-education space. Notable among them are the "teacher-led" content system called Smart_Class that dramatically improved learning effectiveness in classrooms, development of India’s largest K12 content library with more than 12,000 modules of rich 3D content aligned to Indian and various international learning standards, India’s first structured pre-school learning system: Roots 2 Wings, online learning initiatives like Mathguru.com, and pioneering Education Process Outsourcing in India through the Learning Hour platform, which has emerged as a benchmark for many similar initiatives. For more information visit www.Educomp.com.

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