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Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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News of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12

NEWS

Space Day 2004

Space Day, a year-long educational initiative for grades 4-8 co-chaired by Senator John Glenn, is designed to inspire the study of science, technology, engineering, and math through the topics of space, flight, and exploration. The project's Design Challenges program (developed by the Challenger Center for Space Science Education) encourages students to actively collaborate to create solutions to the challenges of living and working in space. This year's challenges include Space Trek (students create an electronic journal to chronicle their expedition), Galactic Gear (students build a multipurpose tool that can be used to explore and/or survive in our solar system), and Extreme Explorer (students build a vehicle to help explore a region of the solar system). Design Challenges teams that submit solutions by March 5, 2004, will receive a certificate of appreciation signed by Senator Glenn. The Space Day program culminates in a global celebration on May 6, 2004. An awards program in Washington, D.C., on that day will recognize 21 stellar Design Challenges teams. Space Day, http://www.spaceday.com/.

K-12 School Networking Conference

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will hold its 9th annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel in Arlington, Virginia, on March 2 and 3, 2004. The theme of the conference is "Personalization and Empowerment: No Child Left Behind and Technology." On March 4, education technology leaders are invited to join CoSN and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for Washington Advocacy Day. The day provides an opportunity for educators to tell the story of educational technology to their senators and representatives and to explain how policies and programs established in Washington help improve teaching and learning at home. Also scheduled for March 4 is the International Research-Policy Symposium, a session that unites key research and policy decision makers with technology leaders to examine the research agenda for education technology around the world. CoSN, 202/861-2676 or http://www.cosn.org/.

LIBRARY NEWS

ALA seeks Nominations for Library Awards

Nominations are being sought for the American Library Association's (ALA) 2004 Recognition Awards and Grants. Among the awards and grants are the ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award ($ 1,500), the EBSCO ALA Conference Sponsorship ($1,000), the Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award ($ 1,000), the Grolier Foundation Award ($ 1,000), the Paul Howard Award for Courage ($1,000), SIRSI's Leader in Library Technology Grant ($10,000), the H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant ($3,500), and the World Book ALA Goal Grant ($ 10,000). Details of the awards, the application process, and the award/grant applications are available on the ALA Web site. Unless otherwise noted, the application deadline is December I, 2003. ALA/Awards Office, 800/545-2433 or http://ww.ala.orgl.

Hewlett Foundation Award

The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) has received a grant of $150,000 from the Hewlett Foundation to support research and development of a Universal Learning Edition for English Language Learners (ELL). The funding will extend CAST research to support English language learners in grades 4-5 by embedding in digital versions of curricular materials a variety of scaffolds designed specifically for native Spanish-speaking students. …

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