Magazine article Techniques

Teacher Toolbox

Magazine article Techniques

Teacher Toolbox

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Teacher's Toolbox is designed to provide teachers with useful infomation, including helpful hints and links to beneficial Web sites.

Intel Teach to the Future

"Computers aren't magic; teachers are." That's the Intel perspective according to Intel President and CEO Craig Barrett.

Intel's Teach to the Future was launched in 2000 and is a worldwide effort to help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms to enhance student learning. Through the program, Intel hopes to train more than 500,000 teachers by the end of 2002. The company will invest $100 million in cash, equipment, curriculum development and program management and is supported in this effort by Microsoft Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Premio Computers and the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund. Additional support is provided by Amax Information Technologies, BOLData Systems, Caliber Learning Network, Dell Computer Company, MicronPC, OmniTech, Inc., and Tangent Computer.

The curriculum is divided into 10 four-hour modules and enables teachers to develop themed lesson plans to engage students in the use of technology for research, information gathering and communication. The Intel Teach to the Future program is offered to in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers, and allows teachers to learn from other teachers about incorporating technology tools and resources into their lesson plans.

"The scope of this program represents the industry's recognition that all the educational technology in classrooms today is worth nothing if teachers don't know how to use it effectively," says Barrett.

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Guide to Accountability and Assessment

The U.S. Department of Education has unveiled a new guide for helping schools and families better understand the accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and assessments that will be used to measure progress in meeting state academic standards.

When Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced the new resource during a February speech to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, he said, "This new guide will help our families, our schools and communities understand the importance of testing as an instructional tool. And, it will help answer many of the questions I've been asked in my conversations with parents and educators."

To obtain a copy of Testing for Results: Helping Families, Schools and Communities Understand and Improve Student Achievement, call 1-877-4337827; or write to ED Pubs, Education Publications Center, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD, 20794-1398; or fax a request to 301-470-1244; or e-mail a request to The guide is also available online at nclb/testingforresults.

SignLab-Safeway Matching Grant Program

D&M Technologies, Inc. is administering a matching grant program sponsored by Safeway in cooperation with SignLab. Schools can double their software purchase-for example, buying a five pack of CADlink, Inc. SignLab ColorMasterPro and receiving another five pack free. Only 400 grants are available so early application is recommended.

D&M Technologies, Inc. develops

and markets quality hardware and software products. To download a grant form application, visit the D&M Web site at, where you will also find classroom projects and tips of the week.

HBA Summer Institute

The Hospitality Business Alliance (HBA) is an educational partnership of the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The HBA Summer Institute 2002 offers five-day workshops designed to introduce high school teachers to the hospitality industry and basic food prep.

HBA Summer Institute workshops will be held at 13 locations across the country and include six Level I: Basic, four Level II: Advanced-Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts (combined concentration) and two Level III: Mastery-Culinary Arts Institutes. …

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