Monday, January 24, 2011

Several January Announcements

Here are a few things that just can't wait until February:

For Elementary Schools

The Arcademics study
A web based company, Arademics, is looking for 3-5 elementary schools district-wide that would be interested in participating in a study on the effects of using their program to learn math, compared to not using their program. The study is being conducted by the National Science Foundation. Several teachers from each school will be asked to participate in the study for about 2 hours a week for several weeks. They would be compensated by a small stipend. Also, the school could use the subscription until the end of this school year. Please see the  flyer listed below for more information. Please contact me before Thursday, January 27th at 10:00 a.m., if your school is interested in participating.

Download the informational flyer.

If you’d like to learn more about Arcademics, Bob Sprankle  interviewed the CEO of the company on his podcast last year: and here is his write-up from a few years ago:

DB Primary Learning Platform
The DB Primary Learning Platform is a complete learning management system for elementary students. 

Please read this flyer for more information. 

If your school is interested, they will be able to get a free subscription until the end of the year, if you contact them before January 31st.

Middle School
Computers For Youth Program
If you want your students and their parents to have computer access at home, this program might be good for your school. It includes parent training, a computer for the home of each participating family, and software for the computer. There will also be some kind of reduction in paying for internet access at home. 
Application deadline: February 18th 2011
Here's the information on that program:
Informational Flyer

Middle School and High School

Google Global Science Fair 2011 - Ages 13-18- Submission Deadline - April 4

Great opportunity for students to compete globally in a collaborative science fair. Check it out!

All Grade Levels

Doodle 4 Google - Deadline - March 2, 2011
Let your students design a Google logo on what they would like to do someday...

SMARTboard User Group
Are you just starting to use the SMART Board? Would you like to get together with other educators from around the district to share lessons, tips and tricks, and best practices? We are starting a SMART Board user's group. We'll meet monthly (sometimes virtually), The first SMART Board User Group (or SBUG) meeting will be Thursday, February 10th, at Stevenson Middle School, from 3:30 - 5:00. All educators are welcome. Please share with your colleagues. Here's a flyer to download and share
Money Mondays Grant Announcements from LACOE
Visit and click on LAUSD  with guest access to find the grant information.

From our meeting on January 20th. These are the resources that were shared at our meeting. Thanks to all who attended. It was great!
We hope you can join us on February 17th. More details to follow.

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