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Five ed-tech stories to watch for 2009

Recently, we posted a look back at the 10 most significant educational technology stories of 2008. Now, here’s a look ahead at five stories that could have a huge impact on educational technology in the new year. (You can follow the latest developments regarding these and other stories at
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College applications clog online system

As a Jan. 1 deadline loomed for thousands of college applicants, the computer system that handles online applications for some 350 colleges and universities was overwhelmed by the flood of last-minute activity, sending high school seniors into a panic, reports the New York Times. On

Aspen Institute scholarships for public high school juniors

The Bezos Scholars Program and the Aspen Institute have teamed up to offer 12 public high school juniors who are independent thinkers, demonstrated leaders and engaged community members. The twelve student scholars – and one teacher from each chosen students’ school – will receive a seven-day, all-expense-paid scholarship to the Aspen Ideas Festival, hosted by the Aspen Institute. Following the Aspen Ideas Festival, the student scholar/educator scholar teams will return home to create local Ideas Festivals in their schools.

$2 million awards to assist in teaching American history

Note: Deadline for intent to apply is Jan. 12. Local educational agencies that work in partnership with an institution of higher education, a non-profit history or humanities organization, or a library or museum are invited to apply for grant awards to help improve teachers knowledge, understanding, and appreciate of traditional American history.

$750 stipend for American history workshops

As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People program, Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for Schoolteachers are offered to provide the opportunity for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history. The one-week academies give participants direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical sites and the use of archival and other primary historical evidence. Workshop topics include Shaping the Constitution: A View from Mount Vernon, 1783-1789, The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation, and Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and Her Eatonville Roots.

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