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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Quote of the Day
"The most necessary task of civilization is to teach men how to think."
in This Issue
Make Plans to Attend ITEA's Green-Themed Conference!
Our theme, "Green Technology: STEM Solutions for 21st Century Citizens" will increase awareness regarding how we can make strides to sustain our environment through smart decision making, consumerism, designing, creating, and using human ingenuity. These are all topics about GREEN TECHNOLOGY that need to be addressed today to properly save and use our resources for tomorrow. The 2010 conference will address these issues through STEM education.
Charlotte = Captivating, Colorful, Cosmopolitan. It's no secret that Charlotte delivers cultural distractions and attractions, dining and nightlife for everyone, and a Southern ambiance all its own. More than just the nation's second largest financial center, Charlotte is a magnet for progressive growth and smart development. Prevention Magazine recently named Charlotte the best “Walking City” in North Carolina. Self Magazine also named Charlotte one of “Five Cities with Big Outdoor Appeal” for features like its Public Art Walking Tour, accessible museums such as the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, and nearby outdoor excursions like the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
ITEA Council News
The 2009 CTTE Yearbook will be mailed from Ball State University and arrive in mailboxes around the July 4th Holiday. An electronic version of the 2009 CTTE Yearbook, Essential Topics For Technology Educators, will be available through Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. Details to follow later in the summer.
Two yearbook themes are in the development stage, with one related to research headed to the editor later this summer. A second publication, on design and creativity, is also in the works (for 2011).
Source: One Five, Vol. 3, Issue 3 – June 15, 2009
What Have You Done to Reduce, Reuse, or Recycle Lately?
Two Special Events in Virginia
VTEA Conference – Make it Happen August 4-6, 2009!
14th Annual Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention - “Going Green with Children’s Engineering”
If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions, we hope you are thinking about presenting at the 2010 Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention! Deadline for submissions is November 10, 2009.
New Jersey Technology Education Teacher Earns Foundation Awards
The New Jersey Technology Educators Association recently recognized Hillsborough High School Applied Technology teacher and ITEA member, Tim Zavacki’s commitment to technology in public schools, and presented him with three awards—the Innovative Technology Educator award, the NJTEA Image Award, and an outstanding county representative award—at its annual conference May 1. The Innovative Technology Educator award honors outstanding dedication, innovation, extraordinary contributions, and performance by technology education teachers. The award is bestowed upon six recipients, and each receives a $10,000 unrestricted cash prize. Read the full article by Eileen Oldfield at www.centraljersey.com/articles/2009/06/11/hillsborough_beacon/news/doc4a31199a21cd7413878878.txt
Apollo 11 Moon Landing 40th Anniversary Activities Take Off at the National Air and Space Museum
Millions of people across the globe watched as two men set foot on another world for the first time July 20, 1969. The National Air and Space Museum is commemorating this defining moment in space exploration with several 40th-anniversary-related programs including astronaut appearances, book signings, the opening of an art exhibit, and gallery talks by the museum’s Space History curators. All events are free and take place in the National Mall building; they are listed in chronological order at www.nasm.si.edu/events/pressroom/releaseDetail.cfm?releaseID=222. For updates and additional events, check www.nasm.si.edu/events/apollo11/apollo11events.cfm.
NCATE Revises Teacher Education Requirements
In order to earn the NCATE seal of approval, more than 700 programs nationwide will need to do more than demonstrate that they have adequately met standards. Beginning this year, all institutions must accelerate progress toward excellence or develop a Transformation Initiative that focuses on key areas of improvement, including emphasizing clinical experience, increasing knowledge about what works in teacher education, meeting critical needs of schools, and recruiting a talented and diverse group of candidates. All of the changes also emphasize eliminating costly and unnecessary paperwork and increasing focus on crucial performance data. Get the full details at www.ncate.org.
Call for Papers – International Conference Opportunity in Vancouver, British Columbia
Technological Learning & Thinking: Culture, Design, Sustainability, Human Ingenuity—an international conference sponsored by The University of British Columbia and The University of Western Ontario, Faculties of Education in conjunction with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO—will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 17-21, 2010. The conference organizing committee invites papers that address various dimensions or problems of technological learning and thinking. Scholarship is welcome from across the disciplines, including Complexity Science, Design, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Education, History, Indigenous Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology of Technology, and STS. The conference is designed to inspire conversation between the learning and teaching of technology and the cultural, environmental, and social study of technology. Learn more about it at http://learningcommons.net.
Innovative Education Initiatives Receive the 21st Century Skills Practice of the Year Award
For the first time since the program’s inception, seven states have received the 21st Century Skills Practice of the Year Award, which commemorates the country’s preeminent state-led education reform initiatives. Iowa, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wisconsin were honored June 11, 2009 at Institute.21, an annual event showcasing the progress states have made toward infusing 21st Century skills into core subjects. The Institute highlights the impact 21st Century skills initiatives have on student engagement and achievement.
Two New Reports on the Economy and Education
An “Entrepreneurial Workforce” Critical to America’s Future Success in the Global Economy
A new report from the Junior Achievement Innovation Initiative (JAII) and Gallup shows that employers (those responsible for hiring decisions) and employees alike believe that America’s workforce needs to become more “entrepreneurial” in order for the country to remain competitive in the global marketplace, and that K-12 classrooms are the place to start teaching entrepreneurship. This is in line with President Barack Obama’s call for “entrepreneurship” to be included with “problem-solving” and “critical thinking” as 21st Century skills to be incorporated into education standards and assessments.
The Gallup poll of 1,100 employers and employees shows that virtually all of those surveyed believe that the American workforce needs to become more entrepreneurial if America is to remain competitive (entrepreneurship was defined as “taking the initiative and assuming risk to create value for the company or business, either as an owner of your own business or in your place of work”). Nearly half of employees (46%) and employers (41%) felt the best time to learn entrepreneurship is in the K-12 grades, surpassing college (employees 25%; employers 32%) and “on the job” (employees 17%; employers 16%). Only one in ten (employees 11%; employers 9%) felt entrepreneurship is an innate skill that comes naturally. Read the full report at www.ja.org/files/The_Entrepreneurial_Workforce_full-11.pdf.
$100 Billion: for Reform . . . or to Subsidize the Status Quo?
Over the next two years, the federal government, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will spend an unprecedented amount on education—nearly $100 billion. The legislation calls for transparency; President Obama has warned that if funds are not spent wisely, "We will call it out, and we will publicize it." The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is lending its support to this cause by helping to keep an eye on this huge pool of funds through its new Education Stimulus Watch (ESW) project. Each quarter, an ESW report will deliver a careful, even-handed analysis of ARRA's implementation, with a particular focus on whether these federal dollars are leading to meaningful reform of our K-12 public education system. Read the first Education Stimulus Watch report at www.aei.org/paper/100024.
From NASA Education
NASA Learning Technologies Project Office Releases FY 2009 Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN)
This solicitation seeks proposals that communicate the required approach and skills to contribute to NASA and other federal agencies, private industry, and academia's research initiatives to improve STEM content and delivery approaches that promote the development of our nation's future workforce, workforce applications, and missions. Proposals should provide evidence-supported approaches, techniques, and tools that are grounded in education research that contribute to collaborative research for improving STEM education via gaming and simulations; and stimulate linkages and connections to and from secondary education and higher education and informal education communities using NASA content within a gaming context.
The LTPO NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice is available on the NASA Headquarters solicitations website: http://nspires.nasaprs.com.
ISS EarthKAM Summer 2009 Mission
New Education Videos Provide a Guided Tour of NASA’s Newest Mission
New Education Materials Available at NASA.gov
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