Curriculum Administrator

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 7, August

AOL Lands an Industry Heavyweight, Therese Crane, to Run Aol@school
Al Branch Up-to-date and usable education information from schools, government, business, research and professional organizations Therese Crane, most recently the president of the educational software company CompassLearning (formerly Jostens Learning...
A Summertime Solution
Kids may need the summer off, but do teachers? Don't vote for Barry Goldwater; he's going to make us go to school on Saturdays!" Such was the political mud slinging at my elementary school playground--and it was effective. I remember well the involuntary...
Build Bridges, Flatten Barriers
Don't allow your students to suffer due to the digital divide. Begin here and make changes for the better. By the time you read this, the term "digital divide" may have worn out its welcome. The phrase hit just a little more than a year ago, with...
Building the VIRTUAL Classrom
Education has always taken place inside and outside the classroom. Now, the Internet and portable computers are blurring whatever line was left. It brings American education to the children of ambassadors and missionaries, helps students with erratic...
Bulletin Board
free catalogs and literature Improving Student Performance AGS publishes a complete line of test preparation material for K-12. Our diagnostic-prescriptive format has proven effective in schools around the country. We publish preparation programs...
Bush Proposes a National $400 Million School Internet Plan
Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush is campaigning with a proposal to spend $400 million during five years to help K-12 schools nationwide make better use of the Internet for instruction. The proposal was released...
Cheating Scandals Rock Two Towns, Pointing to a Potential Widespread Problem
With calls for greater accountability ringing in the ears of educators during the past two years, two disparate communities--among others--are grappling with the aftershocks of testing scandals this summer. In Birmingham, Ala., Board of Education...
Communication Is Key
In the country's second fastest growing county, educators continually look for new ways to integrate technology into all aspects of their schools. When Forsyth County, Georgia, put phones equipped with voice mail in every classroom, teachers held...
Ebooks' Educational Promise
The portable, hand-held units can carry a whole year's coursework. Will this finally mean the end of the textbook? Witness the flurry of excitement surrounding the recent releases of Stephen King's Riding the Bullet and various Mary Higgins Clark...
Everyone a Learner
Herman K. Gaither narrowed his district's digital divide by offering computer access to students and staff. Beaufort County, located at the southeastern corner of South Carolina, is known for its old southern tradition. But its superintendent, Herman...
Globe Fearon President Beth Wray Takes over Computer Curriculum Corp
Al Branch The latest technology news from business, schools and government, and how it affects administrators, schools and students. Looking to capitalize on education's move to the Internet with someone who has had some success there, Pearson Education...
Growing Up with Technology
This elementary school is at a crossroads after nearly a decade of being a tech showcase. When the Fairfax (Virg.) County neighborhood was sopping with oil from leaking storage tanks eight years ago, things looked grim for the K-6 Mantua Elementary...
Hollowed Out
The power of the thin classroom The Internet will not make classrooms less important, but it will change their nature and functionality. Until the Internet brought wide-area networking to the masses, personal computing was just that, an individual...
How to Best Evaluate Schools
An overreliance on test scores has educators trying to create a more balanced system to judge their schools. In Los Angeles, high test scores could mean extra bucks for 40,000 teachers. Under contract negotiations on the table, teachers could receive...
Infoline
Garden Grants to Grow On Educators who are looking to incorporate gardening into their curriculum will want to check out The National Gardening Association's 18th annual Youth Garden Grants Program. The non-profit organization will award 400 material...
Iowa School District Lets Parents Track Their Children's Homework on the 'Net
(AP) - When parents in part of Iowa ask their kids what they did in school today, and the response is "nothing," they may soon be able to check the Internet to see if that's true. Several teachers in the Wayne school district in Corydon, Iowa, are...
Moving beyond the "Shopping-Cart" Mentality
School districts need to plan, not only for HARDWARE and SOFTWARE, but also how to train TEACHERS and keep EQUIPMENT running when breakdowns occur. The fast pace of technology's change has had a whirlwind effect on education in the past five years....
Net Working
online resources for educators, administrators and parents MINING FOR GEMS ON GOVERNMENT SITES How to unearth valuable education resources quickly. Getting something--anything--from the government can be a tough assignment. Take, for example,...
New Products
TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS AMERICA ONLINE LAUNCHES AOL@SCHOOL The world's largest online provider debuts a free online learning portal for students, teachers and administrators. Educators will have a new Internet option from a familiar name when they...
NSTA Teacher Survey Lists Teachers' Dissatisfactions
The latest developments in the curriculum areas of math, science, language arts and social studies. Alarming numbers of teachers, especially those who have more than 20 years of experience, are leaving the profession. The National Science Teachers...
Onlinenow
Reading Rainbow Joins Online Service LeVar Burton, host of the popular PBS television series Reading Rainbow has brought his popular materials onto the Internet. Through an agreement with JuniorNet, an online service that provides students with an...
On the Edge
Here's a sample of real ways schools are taking advantage of today's technology. PALM PILOTS IN THE HALLWAYS It's a small, simple tool, but in at least one district in Long Island, N.Y., it is striking fear in the hearts of students. The Smithtown...
Prayer Found Unconstitutional by Supreme Court
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning the right of students to lead prayers before school activities upheld earlier rulings that squashed the encroachment of religion on school grounds. At press time in June, the nation's highest court said...
PRODUCT Literature
ALFRED A. KNOPF CROWN The Alfred A. Knopf Crown catalog offers a wide range of titles for young readers. Each book includes a detailed description that includes author, price, number of pages, age appropriateness and a cover photo. It also includes...
Technology Lite
Are the days of multimedia PCs over? Pocket computers and thin clients can fill some school needs for a fraction of the of traditional computers. For the past several years, educators have been focused on adding technology equipment to their districts'...
Texas' TAAS Miracle or Mirage?
Opponents say the rising test results are deceiving; state educators say the tests reflect the state standards. AT THE NEXUS of education and politics is the debate about standards and testing. And, with the presidential race heating up, the Texas...
The Continuing Cookies Controversy
Online privacy is an illusion, but there are ways to make sure your tracks aren't being watched. I remember how jarring it was when I visited a Web site I hadn't seen for a long time, and I was welcomed by name. While it is easy to think we travel...
The Move against High-Stakes Testing
As test scores continue to gain importance, parents, children and even educators are protesting the way these scores are being used. Standardized tests in public schools are nothing new, but the proliferation of high-stakes tests, ones that students...
View from the Top
Industry leaders discuss the trends and advances that will affect the future of technology in education. LEADING VIEWS ON EDUCATION TRENDS, ISSUES, RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY From the Publisher CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATOR magazine exists to help...
When Education and Politics Meet
I think the more attention an important issue gets, the better things usually are. Call me naive, but I still believe that a variety of informed opinions will lead to a smart, sensible decision. Months ago in this space, I favored the debate about...
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