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January 08, 2013

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NSBA Launches Education Technology Innovation Showcase
Gale Adds National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World to its National Geographic Virtual Library Product Line
Discovery Education, 3M Open 15th Annual Young Scientist Challenge
Internet@Schools Xtra News: January/February 2013 Internet@Schools Content Now Available Online
Knovation Launches New netTrekker Search Navigator Program
Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Accepting Applications for 2013 Teachers as Researchers and STEM Institute Programs

NSBA Launches Education Technology Innovation Showcase

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has announced the six companies selected for its first Technology Innovation Showcase, which the Association created to highlight emerging companies that represent the diversity of new solutions in education.


The 2013 Technology Innovation Showcase includes the following companies:

BloomBoard - Helping educators grow by providing a free platform to manage the entire feedback cycle for improving educator effectiveness (e.g.: observations, coaching, and individualized learning plans, etc.), connected to recommendations from an open marketplace of professional development resources.

Guide K12 - Using the power of geovisual analytics, districts can look at student data in new ways for the purpose of forecasting, capacity planning, and boundary discussions and get immediate answers to "what if" questions.

Nearpod - An all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads (and other mobile devices) in the classroom that is helping redefine the traditional classroom lecture through interactive presentations and real-time assessments.

TenMarks - An engaging web-based learning environment that super-charges math instruction by delivering contextual help, automatic interventions, real-time assessments, and a personalized curriculum for every student.

VizZle - District Edition/Monarch Teaching Technologies - Committed to providing technology-enhanced solutions that offer districts more effective, yet cost-efficient data-driven tools that support children with autism and other special learning needs.

World Wide Workshop, Globaloria - A blended-learning platform with a results-proven curriculum and educator support system to teach youth to produce STEM games with industry-standard methods and tools to increase digital literacy and global citizenship skills, and promote engagement in STEM and Computing.

Submissions were solicited from start-up companies providing new approaches to challenges across the K-12 curriculum, administrative operations, and communication channels. Reviewers included educators from NSBA's "20 to Watch," a recognition program that honors emerging technology leaders.

The 2013 class will be featured by NSBA in an exclusive Innovation Showcase Pavilion and Showcase session during the NSBA Annual Conference in San Diego, April 13-15, 2013. In addition, they will be featured in NSBA's magazine for school leaders, American School Board Journal, and highlighted in a February 27th webinar hosted by NSBA's Technology Leadership Network (visit www.nsba.org/tln to register).

The Technology Leadership Network, launched in 1985 by NSBA and its state school boards associations, helps advance the wise use of technology in K-12 education to support learning, operations, and communications.

Source: National School Boards Association (NSBA), www.nsba.org

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Gale Adds National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World to its National Geographic Virtual Library Product Line

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has announced the launch of National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World, a new multimedia resource in its National Geographic Virtual Library (NGVL) product line. This new resource joins National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994 and National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current (launched this past fall), bringing the total number of available NGVL resources to three. These resources will be used by students, teachers, undergraduates, faculty and anyone with an interest in the natural world.

National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World includes a variety of content such as full-text books on travel, science & technology, history, the environment and animals; videos covering such topics as the Islamic world, alternative energy and even the lifestyle of beluga whales; more than 650 maps; 600 downloadable National Geographic images; and the National Geographic Traveler magazine from 2010 - present. Coupled with Gale's state-of-the-art research platform, the resource enables students and researchers to experience and discover content in totally new ways.

The recently released National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current covers changes in science, technology, the environment, and the cultures of the world since 1995. More than a digital reproduction of the print magazine, the archive combines advanced research tools to enable users to make new connections and discoveries among data. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Genghis Khan
  • Inca Ice Maiden discovery
  • Egyptian tombs exploration
  • Mustang region
  • Hubble Space Telescope and Mars Rover

The National Geographic Magazine Archives and National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World are all cross-searchable, allowing for seamless research access for subscribing institutions. Additional NGVL products will be available in early spring 2013. For more information, visit www.gale.cengage.com/ngvl. For questions or to request a product trial, please contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com.

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale, www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com

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Discovery Education, 3M Open 15th Annual Young Scientist Challenge

Discovery Education and 3M have announced the opening of the 15th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (www.youngscientistchallenge.com). A top science competition for students in grades 5-8, the Challenge rewards middle school students for their science acumen, demonstration of innovation and curiosity, and communication skills. Through the Challenge, students have the opportunity to compete for $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist."

Encouraging students to share their passion for science, the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge asks students to create a one to two-minute video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem related to one of the following categories: How We Live, How We Work or How We Play.

For additional information on the video topics, please visit www.youngscientistchallenge.com/13challenge/topics.html.

Evaluated on their creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness and overall presentation, ten finalists will be selected to participate in an exclusive summer mentorship program working directly with a 3M scientist. During the program, each finalist will be challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem in society. The students will meet virtually with their mentor and will receive resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education. Each finalist also will receive a trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., to compete in the final challenge in October 2013.

All video entries must be submitted online at www.youngscientistchallenge.com no later than April 23, 2013. Videos will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.

Since its inception, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded more than $500,000 in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with working scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. Winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, meet with the President of the United States, work with the nation's top scientists and pursue academic careers in science.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including submission guidelines, tips from previous winners and complete rules, visit www.youngscientistchallenge.com.

Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com; 3M, www.3M.com

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Internet@Schools Xtra News: January/February 2013 Internet@Schools Content Now Available Online

Content from the January/February 2013 issue of Internet@Schools is now available at our website. There is free full text access to the cover story, It’s Never Too Late to Flip!, plus to all the January/February reviews.

Check out the full January/February table of contents HERE, including the additional features and columns, available in synopsized form. If you're a subscriber to the print publication, you'll be receiving your issue soon! If not, well, SUBSCRIBE HERE!

Later this month, once all the issue articles have been processed electronically, you can access any of them in Full Text, Text+Graphics, or Page Image PDF format from the January/February 2013 table of contents. They'll be available on a pay-to-view basis via Information Today, Inc.'s InfoCentral, powered by ProQuest. Check back soon.

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Knovation Launches New netTrekker Search Navigator Program

Knovation has announced the launch of its new netTrekker Search Navigator Program. Developed to foster the growing community of netTrekker Search users, the Navigator program empowers educators to work collaboratively with colleagues to leverage the power of digital resources and netTrekker Search to create engaging 21st century learning environments.

Knovation developed the netTrekker Search Navigator Program to support educators who are:

  • Passionate about their work
  • Inspired by the possibility of discovering new ways to remove barriers to learning
  • Excited about collaborating with colleagues to create engaging, 21st century learning environments
  • Looking for opportunities to lead

Knovation has designed a four-hour, online course for netTrekker Navigators. The course provides participants with:

  • Background knowledge on 21st century skills, information literacy, and knowledge on how netTrekker Search can support differentiated learning
  • Basic understanding of how to support adult learners
  • Guidance in planning a netTrekker Search workshop
  • An opportunity to network and collaborate with other netTrekker Search Navigators and Knovation's professional learning staff in the Know New Ideas online educator community

The online course provides participants with the opportunity to learn how netTrekker Search can be maximized to support differentiation in the classroom. Educators who complete the netTrekker Search Navigator Program can move forward in the Navigator community by becoming Silver Level Navigators. In order to earn Silver Level Navigator status, Navigators will be provided with the resources needed to conduct their own professional learning workshops with other educators over the course of the year and will be invited to contribute to the Know New Ideas community through discussion forums, blog postings and social media promotion. Silver-level Navigators will receive recognition for their status and be entered to win an expense-paid trip to ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) or another state conference geared toward education. Silver Navigators will also be invited to co-present a "best practice" webinar for other netTrekker Search users.

Educators who are interested in learning more about the netTrekker Search Navigator Program can go to www.nettrekker.com/us/support/navigator.

Source: Knovation, www.knovationlearning.com

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Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education Accepting Applications for 2013 Teachers as Researchers and STEM Institute Programs

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, along with their partners Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the College Board, have announced they will begin accepting applications for the 2013 Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) and Siemens STEM Institute programs. The STARs program invites 40 educators from across the nation to attend Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) or Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for two weeks to study and conduct research with some of the country's top scientists. The Siemens STEM Institute selects 50 educators from around the nation to attend a hands-on, immersion program promoting STEM education at the Discovery Education headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. These programs are part of the Siemens STEM Academy, a national professional development community designed to advance the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States.

For the two STARs programs, 40 educators will work in small groups and collaborate with scientific teams from world-renowned labs to conduct individually-designed research projects that will give them real-world experience they can bring back to their classrooms. In the past during these immersive research experiences, STARs fellows have tackled a variety of STEM project topics, including the construction and maintenance of neutron detection systems, biomass that could lead to improved biofuel production, the charge transfer properties of CdSe Quantum dots for hybrid solar cell applications and more.

The 2013 STARs programs will take place June 16 - June 28, 2013, at ORNL and July 14 - July 26, 2013, at PNNL. In addition to the two-week, hands-on learning experience, each teacher will receive a grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their classroom.

The Siemens STEM Academy also offers the Siemens STEM Institute, a week-long program that promotes real-world integration of STEM principles into the classroom. From Aug. 4 - Aug. 9, 2013, a group of 50 middle and high school educators from across the country will attend an intensive professional development experience at the global headquarters of Discovery Communications. The Fellows will be exposed to leading scientists, thought leaders, personalities and innovators whose work across STEM disciplines shape and define our world today. In the past, STEM Institute Fellows have heard from guest speakers, including Dr. Roosevelt Johnson, deputy associate administrator for education at NASA; have taken field trips to leading institutions of STEM innovation, such as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and engaged in discussions with executives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on opportunities for educators to enhance classroom teaching techniques.

The call for applications for the STEM Academy programs is now open through Feb. 5, 2013. Educators across the country can apply for the 2013 STARs programs or the Siemens STEM Institute by visiting www.siemensstemacademy.com.

Source: Siemens Foundation, www.siemens-foundation.org; Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com

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