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June 29, 2005

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS FILL GAPS

"After-school programs have become a central part of many school communities and programs throughout the country. They provide working parents with a safe place for their children to stay in those critical after-school hours, and they provide low-income students with access to programs and services their families may not otherwise be able to afford. Increasingly, however, after-school programs are being stretched in two directions -- providing students with enrichment activities (music, dance, or art, for example) while expanding their academic support in an effort to close the achievement gap."

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/edutopianews.html#4
Referred by: GLEF Edutopia News e-newsletter
Posted by hchung on June 29, 2005 | News

June 27, 2005

HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE GET A HEAD START ON CAREERS

Three hundred middle school students from around the country worked on a
new website created to link their interests and hobbies to future careers.
The new site is offering online resources that cater to ages 11-15,
seeking information about careers in science, technology, engineering, and
math. Designed and developed with recommendations from teams of
middle-schoolers, Funworks is not only for young people, but also for
guidance counselors, teachers, media specialists & parents. Because
existing career-related websites are often dense, full of statistics, and
created for adults, Funworks stands out with its vibrant colors, graphics
and photos, interactive games, quizzes, and more. Funworks was created by
the Gender, Diversity, and Technology Institute at Education Development
Center.

Referred by: PEN
URL: http://www.thefunworks.org/
Posted by tstreit on June 27, 2005 | Activities

June 24, 2005

Mini-Grant Program for Service-Learning

"Constitutional Rights Foundation's Robinson Mini-Grant Program for service learning projects designed to address serious community issues."

Maximum Award: $500. Eligibility: K-12. Deadline: October 14, 2005.

Referred by: PEN
URL: http://www.crf-usa.org/network/crf_robin.html
Posted by mbiswas on June 24, 2005 | Funding

June 21, 2005

Podcasting-Education Blog

"Information and discussion regarding podcasting as an educational tool in today's classroom. Teachers, educators and others share how you have used podcasting thus far, how you hope to use it soon, or any special projects that you envision using podcasting in a school setting. Exchange ideas, tech tips, lesson plans, or even your podcast."

URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Podcasting-Education/
Posted by hchung on June 21, 2005 | Resources

June 20, 2005

Framework for After-School Programs

"Moving Towards Success: Framework for After-School Programs is now available from Collaborative Communications Group. The Framework is a working document developed by a committee of preeminent researchers, evaluators and program experts with funding from the C.S. Mott Foundation. It describes a theory of change approach to help guide the thinking and implementation of program goals and elements, outlines a broad range of desired participant outcomes to consider, and discusses conditions most suitable for achieving positive results that meet the needs of the after-school participants."

URL: http://www.publicengagement.com/Framework/
Referred by: Promising Practice in Afterschool (PPAS) Listserv
Posted by hchung on June 20, 2005 | Resources

June 16, 2005

Study: These factors retard digital teaching

"What's holding back the digital curriculum? A lot of things: too few classroom computers, poorly conceived professional development, and a lack of time to research and plan--to name three big factors, according to a new report from the nonprofit Education Development Center (EDC). The study, "Effective Access: Teachers' Use of Digital Resources in STEM Teaching," examines how high school teachers use digital libraries and other electronic resources to support "science, technology, engineering, and mathematics" (STEM) exploration and instruction."

URL: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStoryts.cfm?ArticleID=5706&page=1
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 16, 2005 | Research

June 15, 2005

STRATEGIES FOR CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAPS

"A new guide from the National Education Association provides a multi-themed approach to closing the achievement gaps -- focusing on Culture, Abilities, Resilience, and Effort (C.A.R.E.).... By focusing on the themes of cultural, economic and language differences; unrecognized and undeveloped abilities; the power of resilience; and the importance of effort and motivation, "C.A.R.E.: Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gaps" advances the idea that if educators view these qualities of students as strengths, rather than deficits, they can be successful in closing achievement gaps."

URL: http://www.nea.org/teachexperience/careguide.html
Referred by: PEN Weekly NewsBlast
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 15, 2005 | Resources

June 09, 2005

POD PEOPLE: Teachers Find Cool Uses for Apple's Ubiquitous Music Player

By Cheri Lucas

"It's a sleek, sexy must-have for the MP3 set, but Apple's iPod -- a digital music player in fancy dress -- is more than just a gadget for tuning out nagging adults. With the help of some clever software and creative teachers, the device can get kids engaged in their schoolwork -- and help them express themselves. Take a project by first-year teacher George Mayo, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His sixth graders at Brandon Middle School record podcasts, or online radio shows, as part of their classroom blog, the M&M Online Magazine."

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/magazine/ed1article.php?id=art_1280&issue=jun_05
Referred by: Edutopia News
Posted by hchung on June 09, 2005 | News

June 07, 2005

YouthLearn holds a session at the CTCNet Conference [June 17, 2005]

YouthLearn is presenting a session entitled Afterschool and Technology - Strategies to Advance Content-rich Learning at the upcoming CTCNet Conference in Cleveland on Friday, June 17th. YouthLearn has invited a panel of four field experts to share their innovative use of technology in integrating content into afterschool.

URL: http://news.youthlearn.org/archives/000176.html
Session Information: http://www.ctcnet.org/conf/2005/at_conference/program_detail.asp?SessionID=90
Posted by hchung on June 07, 2005 | YouthLearn Updates

The Milagro Foundation

"The Milagro Foundation, started by Deborah and Carlos Santana to support underprivileged youth in the areas of the arts, education and health, seeks grant applications from community-based, grassroots organizations working with children at-risk due to poor health, illiteracy, or insufficient educational and cultural opportunities."

URL: http://www.milagrofoundation.org/apply.asp
Referred by: Afterschool Advocate Newsletter
Posted by hchung on June 07, 2005 | Funding

Cyber Bullying: No Muscles Needed

"Bullying has a new face. Or perhaps, no face at all. Joan Lisante reports on cyber-bullying - kids using new technologies to hurt feelings, trash reputations, and wreck relationships...I-Safe America, an organization promoting Web safety, surveyed 1500 students in 4th through 8th grade, and found that 42 percent have been bullied online. And 53 percent admitted to saying something mean or hurtful to someone else online."

URL: http://www.connectforkids.org/node/3116
Referred by: Connect for Kids
Posted by hchung on June 07, 2005 | News

June 01, 2005

GreenMap your Community

"Green Maps are locally created maps that chart the natural and cultural environment. Using adaptable tools and a shared visual language of Green Map Icons to highlight green living resources, Green Maps cultivate citizen participation and community sustainability.

Green Mapmaking is a perfect platform for exploring many subjects, including geography, urban planning, civics, design, public policy, art, media studies, biology, botany, literature, tourism management, history, ecological studies and landscape architecture. Suggestions for incorporating Green Maps and our unique methodology into university-level courses can be found here--these ideas could also be adapted for younger students. For more info on making Green Maps with young people, see our Youth Section, or the Youth Mapmaking Activity Guide."

URL: http://greenmap.org/ymaps/ymindex.html
Posted by lpenney on June 01, 2005 | Activities