Curriculum Administrator

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 11, December

2000 Elections: Vouchers, Other Matters Fail
Buried among the discussions about Florida and the fate of the presidency, several states had key education issues on their ballots that led to some clear decisions. Perhaps the two mostly closely watched races were the school voucher questions...
A 21st Century Leadership Plan
Teamwork and community involvement are keys for this Iowa district. What does it take to lead a district in the 21st century? It begins with re-evaluating your role, says Les Omotani, superintendent of the 15-school West Des Moines, Iowa, district....
A Delicate BALANCE
How to increase technology's use while buffeting the standards storm. Many school districts have reached the `What Now?' phase. While these districts have computers in classrooms and Internet connections, the pressure is to integrate that technology...
A Handheld Primer
What can they do, what's the difference between models and how can they help in a classroom? Education is historically slow to adapt to change. While computers in schools have moved from a single novelty item located in a common area years ago to...
A Magnet School with Real Pull
Despite spending considerably less than the other schools in its district, Baltimore City College--one of the nation's oldest high schools--is beating the odds. Baltimore City College, a magnet high school in Baltimore, Md., that can boast of famous...
A Primer: Back Office 101
STORAGE SPACE FOR HOUSING STUDENT RECORDS HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE BACK OF THE CLASSROOM As an educator, your job is to control the flow of information. You collect data, organize it into meaningful categories, store it until you require it, and...
Can the Gender Gap Lessen the Digital Divide?
Understanding how men and women interact with technology is an important step to learning how it can work for everyone. My younger brother Matt fell in love with computers at an early age, and in the company of a few male friends, he spent every...
Climbing Family Trees on the Web
Using genealogy tools to bring online research to the curriculum. A technique I often use in Internet staff development programs to get educators excited about doing online research is to show them what information about their families I can uncover...
Creating Leaders
In the fall of 1998, 15 handpicked principals were seated in a classroom on a Friday afternoon. They had been selected from among 104 district principals as the best technology implementers in the 97,000-student DeKalb County School System in metropolitan...
Does More Money Buy a Better Education?
The state of New Jersey, which often stands in the shadow of New York, is at the top of the nation when it comes to spending money on its students. New Jersey spends the most money per student--$10,153--than any other state in the nation. Connecticut...
Getting Ready
To take advantage of what technology can offer, teachers should have at least a basic familiarity with technology. But, according to the NCES survey, as recently as last year, just 10 percent of teachers reported feeling "very well prepared" to use...
Global Solutions
ALL EDUCATORS CAN BENEFIT FROM WATCHING THIS EUROPEAN CITY GET IT'S STUDENTS CONNETED AND NET- ST: Once you made the decision to go with a portal model, why did you choose the Sun system? Dorrepaal: We implemented a network computer environment...
If You Build It ... They Will Hack It
A 15-year-old student at an online charter school in Perris, Calif., recently hacked his way into the school's computer, knocking the school off-line for two days and destroying homework assignments, lesson plans and attendance records, according to...
In Philadelphia: School District's Computer System Is Way over Budget
The City of Brotherly Love is grappling with the fallout of the school district's three-year-old computer accounting system, which, according to an audit by the city's controller's office, was a mess almost from the beginning. Controller Jonathan...
Museums by Mouseclick
Use the Web to integrate real-world, interactive multimedia museum experiences into your curriculum Integrating museum visits into K-12 curriculum has always been an interesting way to make learning come to life. Depending on your location, your...
New Products
TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS "Real World" Program Teaches Life Skills Along with Curriculum Cross-platform and online versions now offered If I only knew then what I know now." Most of us have probably uttered that phrase at some point in our lives....
New Science Seminars for Educators
Classroom Connect and the American Museum of National History are broadening their partnership to add to CC's growing array of professional development options for K-12 teachers. Classroom Connect's professional development program includes three new...
On the Right Career Track
A Colorado school district's award-winning Program helps students identify and learn about Occupations from elementary school through High school graduation. From the outside, high schools in Loveland, Colo., look like those found in any other suburban...
Opening the Door to Access
A Boston-area district takes full advantage of educational materials delivered via the portal computing method. OK, Bill, we're going to mate some butterflies." Thus tech specialist Anita Robitaille introduced the wonders of lepidopteran cybersex...
Palm Announces a New Grant Program
Palm, Inc., and SRI International have teamed to develop a program that puts handheld computers through their paces in the classroom. The Palm Education Pioneer program, announced during the NSBA conference in October, will study how the handheld...
Palms for All
A suburban Chicago district gives students Palms use them to work together and complete classroom projects A school district in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago has been transformed this year. That's because the district, SD 230, is the largest...
Parents Want Schools to Teach More Sex Education
Simply put, parents say they want more sex education taught in schools, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey. The survey found that regardless of whether courses are called "comprehensive" or "abstinence only," parents want at least some...
Pearson Education Merges Novanet with Computer Curriculum Corp.; Wray Moves Back to Supplementary Materials
Pearson Education just can't seem to stop tinkering with its educational software unit, Computer Curriculum Corp. This time, the nation's largest educational publishing company has decided to merge CCC with its NovaNET online curriculum division. The...
Peripherals for Palm OS
In a way, buying a handheld computer is just the first step in entering the new world of ultraportable computing. While each unit allows various activities right out of the box, the real wonder of these devices can be found through the add-on attachments...
Publishing Giant Reed Elsevier Buys U.S. Educational Publisher Harcourt General for $5.65 Billion
In a move that instantly makes it a force on the U.S. educational publishing scene, Anglo-Dutch publishing company Reed Elsevier, owners of the Rigby line of K-3 literary products, has agreed to buy Massachusetts-based Harcourt General for $5.65 billion....
R-Rated Movies: Should Schools Show What Students Can't Watch at a Theater?
Al Branch Up-to-date and usable education information from schools, government, business, researched and professional organizations. Amanda Schwartz, a sixth grade teacher at the Briarcliff Middle School in Briarcliff, N.Y., remembers when she was...
School Spending Report
A reference to K-12 education As it does every year, the money schools take in, through local, state and federal governments, has increased. Likewise, the money spent on education has also increased. About three of every five education dollars...
Science in the PALM of Your Hand
Think of a lesson plan where students tackle the topic of how large objects are built with machines. To learn about construction concepts, the students use Palm handheld computers to make concept maps and share this work with their classmates. Then,...
Superintendents Plunge into the Handheld World
Imagine the thrill of being a child on Christmas Day and finally getting the bike that you wished for. Now, couple that enthusiasm with the realization that you would have to put the whole thing together. By yourself. That feeling, in a modified...
Teaching Technology Training
A multi-company summer session shows teachers and administrators how to use and integrate technology into their school districts For the past few summers, nestled in the lush, rolling hills of northern California's Marin County, a quiet educational...
Technology in the Classroom: HOW CAN IT LIVE UP TO ITS PROMISE?
By now, school administrators all know that technology's future has arrived. Nearly every school is wired, most classrooms are connected to the Internet, and computers are freeing teachers to abolish the straightjacket of them to talking and students...
Technology Support
HOW TO PLAN FOR SUPPORT COSTS. As computers become more sophisticated and peripheral devices and networks more complex, the role of the district's IT person has taken on greater importance. Unfortunately, skilled technicians are often overlooked...
The Great Convergence
Predicting the education technology trend for the year 2001. It's the convergence the prognosticators missed. In the never-ending list of techno-predictions did you ever hear anyone predict that handheld computers and wireless communications would...
The Increase in Teacher Pay Has Slowed in Illinois, According to a State Report
Illinois' school districts saw the rate of increase in their average teachers' pay and benefits dip below 3 percent last year for the first time in six years, according to a new state report. The average salary and benefits for a full-time public...
The Web We Weave
You're a high school biology teacher and you have a few students in your class who are struggling with the concept of breeding and inheritance patterns. What can you do? If you're online, you're in luck. Until recently, biology teachers were only...
Watching Palm's Progress
My experiences with Palm handheld computers probably mirror that of many educators. I became aware of handheld computers several years ago, although I used the term Palm "Pilot" to describe all models, much like you might use Kleenex to describe all...
Web Policy Roadmap
The soon-to-be-released findings from the Web-based Education Commission show positive trends in K-12 education In November 1999, Sen. Bob Kerrey of Nebraska spearheaded a campaign to study the benefits the Internet is having on education in the...
What Does It All Mean?
I was going to write this letter about the new president-elect and what difference he might have on education in our country, but a full week after Election Day (and maybe much more), the result remains in doubt. What we do know is the tendencies of...
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