Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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Student Achievement Data for all

A collaboration involving the U.S. Department of Education, the Broad Foundation, Standard & Poors, and just for the Kids will provide a two-phase program designed to improve public education in the U.S. Phase one will fund a basic data analysis package for all 50 states under a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Web site. The package will identify trends in student test results at the school, district, and state level; compare a state, school, or district's data against benchmarks; show student test results disaggregated by every NCLB-mandated student subgroup and grade level; and compare schools and districts within a state to identify performance levels with a variety of user-selected criteria. Phase two will provide a 50-state roll out of Standard & Poor's full School Evaluation Service for 2 years. This service will allow parents to view all student test result data included in phase one and will provide additional financial, demographic, school environment, and spending information on school districts, as well as a Return on Resources analysis examining student achievement and school district spending in terms of learning environment, demographics, and finances. The U.S. Department of Education has announced that state participation and full reporting of data through this initiative constitutes complete reporting compliance as required by NCLB. The Broad Foundation, http://www.broadfoundation.org/.

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Gale Online Resources

Gale Schools.com, available with no subscription fee, provides information, lesson plans, activities, and other classroom resources. Special sections have been designed specifically for media specialists, teachers, administrators, students, and parents. In addition, the company has launched two free e-newsletters. The monthly It's Galementary! for K-5 media specialists and teachers provides information on current trends, news, and products. Curriculinks for grades 6-12 provides a different "Decade in Focus" feature each month, "Sci-Try" science experiments, and expert articles on grade-appropriate issues. Gate, 800/877-4453 or http://www.gale.com/.

CNN Student News

The CNN Student News Web site, developed for use with middle and high school students, now provides streamlined navigation and more in-depth teaching tools, including daily updates of curriculum resources and program transcripts, learning activities correlated to national standards, and daily classroom discussion questions. To help educators find lessons on recent events, a new section archives I month of daily programs. The site continues to offer a streamed version of the full 10-minute CNN Student News program. CNN/Turner Broadcasting System, http://www.cnnstudentnews.coin/.

Web Strategies

Web Searching Strategies-An Introductory Curriculum for Students and Teachers provides classroom-ready tools for finding, evaluating, and citing Internet-based resources. The author, Sam Miller, is an 8th grade science teacher and teacher preparation program liaison with more than 3 decades of education experience. The first section of the book focuses on independent investigations for high school students and teachers. The second section provides teacher-guided lessons for grades 5-8. The price is $22.45 for members of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) or $24. …

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