Class Hones Research Skills on Internet, Wins Prize

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Byline: Jamie Sotonoff

That Albert Einstein School in Hanover Park is a gem.

The school's entry in the 1998 Space Gems contest earned third place in the third- to fifth-grade division, earning it a $100 check and a certificate.

The Space Gems contest, run by the University of Illinois College of Education alumni, encourages Illinois teachers to incorporate technology into their classrooms.

The students in Barbara Lane's class did this by reading the story "Chicken Sunday," and then researched Ukrainian Easter eggs, which are a major part of the story, on the Internet.

The students studied the eggs' historical and cultural aspects, as well as their geometrical designs and symbols. They also drew their own egg designs on the computer and submitted them to the developer of the Web page,

"How to Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs."

The University of Illinois judges were very impressed.

"Your proficiency in technology and your interest in using technology to enhance your curriculum is inspiring," wrote U of I's assistant dean for development Judy Algozin.

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Find love at Fremd: If you've been looking for love in all the wrong places, you probably haven't tried Fremd High School.

A seminar titled "How to Meet Your Soulmate or Merely Your Next Date" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 20 at Fremd High School, 1000 S. Quentin Road, in Palatine.

The program will teach innovative and fun ways to meet someone special, develop an "action plan," and offer tips on what to say, where to go, and how to attract and keep someone's attention. Cost of the seminar is $29.

For more information, call 755-6820.

Last week, a "Learn to Flirt" seminar was held at Fremd.

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Hot techs: Harper College accidentally gave out the wrong toll-free phone number for information about last week's technology night at Harper College.

Anyone who dialed that number would have reached an X-rated phone service. The mistake was quickly caught and corrected.

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Mystery pay scale: Three new principals were hired in Schaumburg Township Elementary School District 54 last week, and the memo about their hirings said the salaries will be determined "at a later date. …