Begun in 2002, ASCD’s Outstanding Young Educator Award (OYEA) Program recognizes creative and committed teachers and administrators under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the lives of children. These educators are developing and using best practices to ensure all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. In addition, ASCD will highlight these young educators as models for all young education professionals or prospective educators.
The Migrant Education Even Start (MEES) Family Literacy program is intended to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy of migratory agricultural or fishing families by improving the educational opportunities of these families through the integration of early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program.
This program is implemented through cooperative activities that build on high-quality existing community resources to create a new range of educational services for the most-in-need migratory agricultural or fishing families, promote the academic achievement of migratory children and adults, assist migratory children in meeting challenging state content standards and challenging state achievement standards, and use instructional programs based on scientifically based reading research on preventing and overcoming reading difficulties for children and adults.
The Ready to Teach program (RTT) supports the use of telecommunications to improve teaching by assisting elementary school and secondary school teachers to prepare all students to achieve challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards in core curriculum areas.
Educators are asked to share how they creatively use technology in their classrooms, automatically entering them into a contest to win one of three Amazon Kindles as well as a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
More importantly, submitted ideas will be collected with others and shared with thousands of educators across the country. After the contest, entrants will have complete access to this exclusive collection of innovative ideas to use in their own classroom.
Students are invited to enter to win a grand prize of free textbooks for them and five friends, valued at $2,500. One second-place winner each month will receive a 16GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad.
Students are invited to enter once a month between now and September 30, for a total of 5 entries – each entry will be for both the grand prize and an Apple iPad. Textbook offers this promotion to celebrate the end of the school year, and to reemphasize their commitment to keeping more cash in the pockets of college students than any other website.
For iPhone users who’ve been wondering whether their devices will support Flash technology for web video and games anytime soon, the answer is finally here, straight from Steve Jobs, reports the Associated Press: No. In a detailed offensive against the technology owned by Adobe Systems Inc., Apple’s CEO wrote April 29 that Flash has too many bugs, drains batteries too quickly, and is too oriented to personal computers to work on the iPhone and iPad. This is not the first time Jobs has publicly criticized Flash, but the statement was his clearest, most definitive—and longest—on the subject. In his 1,685-word “Thoughts on Flash,” Jobs laid out his reasons for excluding Flash—the most widely used vehicle for videos and games on the internet—from Apple’s blockbuster handheld devices. He cited “reliability, security, and performance,” and the fact that Flash was designed “for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers” as some of the reasons Apple will continue to keep the program off its devices. But he said the most important reason is Flash puts a third party between Apple and software developers. In other words, developers can take advantage of improvements from Apple only if Adobe upgrades its own software, Jobs wrote. Adobe representatives did not have an immediate comment. But in a March 23 conference call, President and CEO Shantanu Narayen said his company is “committed to bringing Flash to any platform on which there is a screen.”
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a national science competition for students in grades five through eight. The Young Scientist Challenge is designed to encourage the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth and to promote the importance of science communication.
Students are asked to create a one- to two-minute video about a specific scientific concept which they will select from a list of concepts provided by YSC judges. Video entries must demonstrate the student’s understanding of the scientific concept explained and should also exhibit his or her comfort level discussing science in general.
Oregon educators hope a free suite of web-based software applications will help students become digitally literate while saving money for their struggling school districts, reports the Associated Press. The Oregon Department of Education began offering Google Apps for Education to public school districts on April 28, and officials predict a statewide savings of $1.5 million yearly for eMail, as well as additional savings for software and hardware upgrades that won’t be needed anymore. The ad-free service is being used by some individual districts around the country, but Oregon is the first to provide it statewide. The service includes filtered eMail, online documents, web site creation, streaming media, and other applications. It lets users collaborate in real time through “cloud computing,” using online software and Google’s servers for data storage and management. Officials expect about half of Oregon’s nearly 200 school districts, which serve almost 545,000 students, will be on the system within a year…
Amazon has posted an overview of what Kindle owners can expect in its version 2.5 software update slated for late May, and a key feature of the update will integrate online social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, BetaNews reports. This will be the first major feature upgrade to Amazon’s e-Book device line since the launch of the Kindle DX last year. After the launch of that model, there was a single software update, which moderately improved a user’s experience by stretching battery life and adding native PDF support. But with that update, one hand gave while the other took away: It also turned off the default text-to-speech option, amid the disputes it caused with the Author’s Guild. Now, version 2.5 of the software will add long-overdue features to the device. For instance, users will be able to share their highlighted passages with the rest of the world directly from their Kindle. These will be able to be posted on Facebook or Twitter, or will be counted in Amazon’s “Popular Highlights” of e-Books. In other words, users will be able to see what the Kindle community thinks are the best lines from their books or books they’re looking to purchase. There also will be more font sizes, improved image clarity, and a password protection option in the update…
Foreign-language education company Rosetta Stone Inc. has lost a court case in which it sued Google Inc. for allowing rivals to advertise copycat software when Rosetta trademarks are used in search terms, reports the Associated Press. Rosetta Stone said it was “deeply disappointed” that its suit was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The company said the decision will “permit Google to continue to create consumer confusion” by allowing counterfeit products to be sold using its trademarks. Rosetta Stone said that Google knows counterfeit software is being advertised using its AdWords system and takes no effective steps to stop the activity. The company said it will consider an appeal upon reviewing the court’s written decision. Google said in a statement it was pleased with the decision, and that the use of trademarks as search words that trigger competing ads was legal and supported by other court precedents. “Users searching on Google benefit from being able to choose from a variety of competing advertisers, and we found no evidence that legitimate use of trademarks as keyword triggers or in the text of advertisements confuses consumers,” said Google’s senior litigation counsel, Adam Barea…