Thursday, October 30, 2008

Basic Resources for Webquests in the Classroom

Basic Resources:
AT&T Blue Webin Webquests -
WebQues Design Patterns -
Taxonomy of Tasks -
Bernie Dodge’s Wequest Page -
A Webquest about Webquests -
Encouraging the Use of Technology in the Classroom: The WebQuest Connection -
WebQuest Design Process -
Overcoming Obstacles to Quicker WebQuest Creation PPT -
Best Webquest -
Webquest Process Checklist -
WebQuest Process – Student Guides -
Little Things that Make a BIG Difference -
Five Rules for Writing a Great Webquest -
Exploring, Using, Adapting and Creating Webquests -
Graduate Course Outline for teaching with Webquests -
WebQuest Quiz -
MapaCourse Webquests -
Eric Resources for Webquests -

PodQuest: A Webquest about Podcasts -

Podcasts about Webquests:
A Podcast about WebQuests -
Women of Web2.0 – EteckTalk with Bernie Dodge -

What is A WebQuest -
How to make a Webquest -

Rubrics for Webquests

Webquest Generators and Host Sites:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants for Grades K–5 Teachers

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants for Grades K–5 Teachers

The grant applicant must be a current (as of October 15, 2008) Full Individual or E-Member of NCTM. The applicant must (1) be a classroom (elementary school) teacher* with at least three years of experience and (2) have mathematics as a regular teaching responsibility.

The purpose of this grant is to increase the breadth and depth of the mathematics content knowledge of one elementary school teacher who has a demonstrated commitment to mathematics teaching and learning. The applicant must have the support of the school principal in becoming a mathematics teacher-leader within her or his school or district. For the 2009–2010 school year, grants with a maximum of $6,000 each will be awarded. Only one teacher per school may receive the award. The desired outcome of the funded project is the development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.

Deadline: November 14, 2008

Maximum Award: Up to $6,000

Number Of Awards: Multiple

Period: One year.

More Information:
Five copies (one original and four copies)of the proposal should be included in a single packet addressed to the Mathematics Education Trust at NCTM, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502.
NCTM Headquarters Office1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502(703) 620-9840FAX: (703) 476-2970nctm@nctm.orgOffice hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET

LEGO Children’s Fund Grants

LEGO Children’s Fund

LEGO Children’s Fund Grants

The Foundation awards grants to qualified tax-exempt organizations (as determined under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code) including educational organizations as defined in USC 26 § 170 (C).

The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with a special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization. We will give priority consideration to programs that both meet our goals and are supported in volunteer time and effort by our employees.
Early childhood education and development

Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities
Sport or athletic programs that concentrate on under-served youth

Deadline: November 01, 2008

Maximum Award: $500-$5000

Number Of Awards: Multiple

Period: One year.

More Information:
As a matter of policy, the LEGO Children’s Fund also does not donate LEGO play materials to qualifying organizations, unless they have been donated to the Fund for such use. For product and toy donations requests, organizations may submit inquiries to LEGO Systems, Inc. for consideration under a toy donation program independent of the LEGO Children’s Fund. For more information on requesting products, click here.
Questions? The fund has limited resources and must rely on the internet as much as possible. Kindly send your questions via email to

2009 Verizon Tech Savvy Awards

Verizon Foundation, the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)

2009 Verizon Tech Savvy Awards

501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including community-based nonprofits, libraries and schools may apply.
Religious or sectarian organizations may apply only if the program(s) offered serve a broad cross-section of the community.

The Verizon Tech Savvy Awards recognize outstanding educational programs that demystify technology for parents so that they may better support their child’s academic and social growth in an increasingly complex 21st century. Established in 2007 by the Verizon Foundation, the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), and Former First Lady of Iowa Christie Vilsack, the Verizon Tech Savvy Awards are the first national awards given to intergenerational digital learning programs.

Goals of the Verizon Tech Savvy Awards
To provide an incentive for grassroots, community-based nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools to include information communications technology literacy for parents as a component to enhance existing literacy programming

To promote and support programming that empowers parents and subsequently their children to utilize technology-based resources and tools for literacy and language learning

To encourage intergenerational applications of technology that improve the literacy and life skills of both parents and children

To recognize innovative programming that prepares families for success in the 21st century through the use of digital media

To help parents be active participants in all facets of their children’s education

Deadline: December 12, 2008

Maximum Award: $5,000-$25,000

Number Of Awards: 4 and 1

Period: Award.

More Information:
Nomination Form
For nominee inquiries, contact:

Andrea Peters

502-584-1133, ext. 131


Disney’s The Music in You School Grant Program

Disney and The NAMM Foundation

Disney’s The Music in You School Grant Program

All public middle and high schools in the United States and U.S. Defense Department Schools located internationally are eligible to apply. Schools seeking to meet the needs of students from economically disadvantaged communities and/or students under served in music and arts education are strongly encouraged to apply.

The NAMM Foundation and Disney's The Music in You Grant Program invite public middle and high schools to apply for a grant to put on their own school stage production of Disney's High School Musical or High School Musical II. The public affairs initiative utilizes the popularity of the High School Musical movies and the licensed amateur theater adaptions to encourage kids to get involved in music and the arts.

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Maximum Award: Up to $5000

Number Of Awards: 10

Period: See guidelines

More Information:
We are only accepting applications via an online process, with no exceptions.
Submit all applications online by December 15, 2008 at starting on September 16, 2008

2009 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

2009 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

An eligible applicant must be:
• either a unit of state or local government or a private nonprofit organization that has taxexempt status under the Internal Revenue Code;
• located in one of the fifty states of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau; and
• one of the six types of organizations listed below:
1. A library or a parent organization, such as a school district, a municipality, a state agency, or an academic institution, that is responsible for the administration of a library. Eligible libraries include public libraries, elementary and secondary school libraries, college and university libraries, research libraries and archives that are not an integral part of an institution of higher education and that make publicly available library services and materials that are suitable for scholarly research and not otherwise available, and private or special libraries that have been deemed eligible to participate in this program by the state in which the library is located.
2. An academic or administrative unit, such as a graduate school of library and information science, that is part of an institution of higher education through which it would make application.
3. A digital library, if it makes library materials publicly available and provides library services, including selection, organization, description, reference, and preservation, under the supervision of at least one permanent professional staff librarian.
4. A library agency that is an official agency of a state or other unit of government and is charged by the law governing it with the extension and development of public library services within its jurisdiction.
5. A library consortium that is a local, statewide, regional, interstate, or international cooperative association of library entities that provides for the systematic and effective coordination of the resources of eligible libraries, as defined above, and information centers that work to improve the services delivered to the clientele of these libraries.
6. A library association that exists on a permanent basis, serves libraries or library professionals on a national, regional, state, or local level, and engages in activities designed to advance the well-being of libraries and the library profession.

In 2009, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will support projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, to conduct research, to attract high school and college students to consider careers in libraries, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff.

This program addresses the field’s need to conduct research on the library and information science profession, and also to advance the work of new faculty in library and information science by supporting an early career development program for untenured, tenure-track faculty.
Research conducted under the early careers program should be in the faculty member’s particular research area and is not restricted to research on the profession.
We invite all members of the library community to play an active role in ensuring that the profession is prepared to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century by recruiting a new generation of faculty and librarians, preparing library leaders, and strengthening our schools of library and information science.

Deadline: December 15, 2008

Maximum Award: $500,000-$1 million

Number Of Awards: Multiple

Period: July 1, 2009, and no later than December 1, 2009

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Staff

Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4662
Charles (Chuck) Thomas, Senior Program
Phone: 202/653-4663
Karmen Bisher, Program Specialist
Phone: 202/653-4664

Teachers in Space Program

Space Frontier Foundation and United States Rocket Academy

Teachers in Space Program

Teachers at all grade levels, K-12, are encouraged to apply.

Every journey begins with a single step. The Pathfinder program is the first step in the journey toward our goal of putting a thousand astronaut teachers into American classrooms.
Pathfinders will be the first astronaut teachers to fly in space and return to the classroom. These Pathfinders will not only fly in space, they will also help us design the three-week training course for the large number of teachers who follow. We hope that Pathfinders will also return each summer to help us teach the course. (Can you think of a more exciting summer job?)
We are currently accepting applications for the first two Pathfinders. (We aren't sure how many Pathfinders there will eventually be. This is the first time we've run a program such as this—in fact, the first time anyone has—so we're learning as we go.)
We're looking for one Pathfinder who is knowledgeable in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) subjects. Applicants for the STEM Pathfinder slot are asked to submit a proposal for an experiment that could be performed on a suborbital flight.
We're looking for another Pathfinder who has strong skills in lesson plan development. Applications are asked to submit a lesson plan or curriculum module based on any aspect of human spaceflight. Teachers from all subject areas, STEM and non-STEM, are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: December 04, 2008

More Information:
Due to the high degree of interest, the deadline for applications is extended to December 4, 2008, but please don't wait until the last minute. If we have two candidates whose applications are given identical weighting by the selection committee, preference may be given to the application received first, so do not delay.

To apply for the STEM Pathfinder competition, download the application here: STEM_App.doc.
To apply for the open-area Pathfinder competition, download this application: Gen_App.doc.
Completed applications should be emailed back to us at: You may use the same email address to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the application process.


Music Matters Grants

Music Matters Grants

Music Matters Grant Recipient Selection Criteria:
Music education – vocal or instrumental – must be the key component of any music program requesting funds.

Public school programs (qualifying for Title I federal funding and serving a minimum of 70% low-income students) OR non-profit/501(c)(3) programs directly funding music education (serving students regardless of their ability to pay) should apply.
* Non-profits must enclose an IRS determination letter with the grant application.
Schools and programs must already employ a music educator(s) and have an existing music program in place.

Grant requests must articulate specific music program needs – for existing and/or planned programs.

Music education programs must meet national standard non-discrimination policies.
Recipients will be required to complete periodic evaluations throughout 2009.

The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation’s mission is to support and redefine music education. Through music education, a child can better achieve his/her full potential and stimulate personal and educational growth.

Music Matters Grants for 2009 will focus on educational reform in school music programs and independent music programs. Grants will be awarded in April 2009 (money will be distributed by October 2009), to schools and music programs throughout the United States. Grant amounts for this cycle are between $1,000-$12,000 each and are made on an annual one-time basis.

Name: N/A

Deadline: February 04, 2009

Maximum Award: $1,000-$12,000

Number Of Awards: Multiple

Period: One year.

More Information:
Contact Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation for more details:

Target® Field Trip Grants

Target® Field Trip Grants
Take Education on the Road!
Target® will award 5,000 Field Trip Grants of up to $800 each during the 2008-2009 school year. That adds up to 5,000 more opportunities for students to explore more of the world outside the classroom.

Ready to get inspired? It’s easy — complete a Target® Field Trip Grant application online anytime between now and Nov. 1, 2008. Only one submission per applicant, please.

Apply Now!

Take Education on the Road

Are Your Ready For The Election?

If you need some resources for the Presidential election in your classroom try these:

YouTube - Electing a US President in Plain English
Washington Week with Gwen Ifill & National Journal PBS
NewsHour Extra: Teacher Center
PBS Teachers
Campaign K-12 Twitter / educationweek
US Presidential Election - Interactive Probability Calculator
Election 2008 : NPR SAVE
The Student's Guide to Voting Scholastic News Online: Election 2008
PBS Teachers . PBS VOTE 2008 . Secondary
Campaign Finance - Election Guide 2008 - The New York Times Election 2008: Campaign coverage for the digerati - CNET
The Election Guide: Your Guide to 2008 U.S. Elections, the Presidential Race and Presidential Candidates.
Election Guide 2008 - Presidential Election - Politics - Home - The New York Times Presidential Election Guide 2008 -
Presidential campaign ads: Watch, rate -
PCL: Campaign 2008 The Living Room Candidate
The Living Room Candidate 2008 Presidential Candidates
2008 Election Guide - MSN
2008 Polls for President - Presidential Election Polls - Democrats, Elections, Candidates Presidential Candidates 2008
Vote - Obama vs. McCain Candidate Calculator Quiz - who should I vote for?
Create a Political Election Page - Who's Your Favorite Candidate President, Senate, House Updated Daily
RealClearPolitics - RealClearPolitics Poll Averages
Roll Call Election 2008
Politics1 - 2008 U.S. Presidential Election (P2008)
Political Information (.com) -- A search engine for politics & policy
Election 2008 -
Politics Navigator - New York Times Ballot Access News
United States House of Representatives, 110th Congress, 2nd Session - House Republican Conference - Home
WhiteHouse 2000: Context
Internet Archive Wayback Machine - Election 2000
League of Women Voters US: Election Day 2008 Will Affect Your Entire Family
Rock the Vote
2005 Bush Presidential Inauguration Resources
Women's Voices. Women Vote. - MoneyLine
The Color of Money -- Campaign Contributions, Race, Ethnicity, and Neighborhood
Commission on Presidential Debates
Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
The Skeleton Closet
WhiteHouse '08: Logistics
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
Libertarian Party Smaller Government Lower Taxes More Freedom
Politics1 - Guide to American Political Parties Republican • National • Committee
The Democratic Party
Teacher Magazine: Mock Election 2008
Civics Lesson Plans, Student Mock Election - Youth Leadership Initiative
National Student/Parent Mock Election
National Student/Parent Mock Election 2008 Presidential Election Resources & Teaching Tips (Grades K-12) -
Browse Money
Best Web sites for election info Video - Free Video Downloads - CNET TV
IEM - Iowa Electronic Markets - The University of Iowa
Glassbooth - Quiz to help you choose best 2008 presidential candidate
Project Vote Smart - American Government, Elections, Candidates and Voting PolitiFact A service of the St. Petersburg Times and CQ Money in Politics -- See Who's Giving & Who's Getting
Follow The Money National Institute on Money in State Politics
Google 2008 U.S. Election
Google - Campaign Toolkit
Google For Educators
Elections '08 Map Gallery Power Readers in Politics
Add gadgets to your homepage
Google 2008 U.S. Election
Online Activities and Interactive Learning for Students in Grades PreK-12 Online election resources Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone - CNET Presidental Project
2008 Presidential Election Interactive Map and History of the Electoral College
PBS Teachers . PBS VOTE 2008
YouTube - Presents
Federal Election Commission
Scholastic, Helping Children Around the World to Read and Learn Presidential Candidate Survey -- 2008 Election 2008 Election -- Which candidate would make the best U.S. President?
2008 Presidential Election Candidates on the Issues US Census Press Releases - OneVote 2008 - Your guide to the 2008 presidential elections.
CNN's Electoral Map: Who's ahead - Election result maps
CyberBee's 2008 Election Activities
Pick Your Candidate US election 2008 Articles By Subject
Election Center 2008 - Election & Politics News from
Presidential Campaign Game - An Educator's Reference Desk Lesson Plan
AAAS - Science and Technology in the 2008 Presidential Election
2008 Election Polls for President - Presidential Polls 2008
Election 2008 TV Reports - Number One Video Sharing Social Network For Politics IFES Election Guide
Election Law
2008 Presidential Election Candidates Results - America’s Election HQ
United States presidential election, 2008 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2008 Elections
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
Indecision 2008 - Funny coverage of the 2008 election, Daily Show and Colbert Report clips, downloads, blog, polls, graphs, puns and
Home - Kids Voting USA
Elections 2008
Election 2008
League of Women Voters of the United States Home
McClatchy Washington Bureau Election 2008
- Politics -
NAFSA - 2008 Presidential Election Resources
Election 2008: Campaign coverage for the digerati - CNET News Political Dashboard - 2008 Presidential Election on Yahoo! News
2008 Presidential Election on Yahoo! News
Writing Our Future - National Writing Project
2008 presidential election - presidential election - 2008 election -
Banking on Becoming President OpenSecrets Money in Politics -- See Who's Giving & Who's Getting
Online NewsHour: Presidential Election Coverage: Vote 2008 PBS perspctv
Primary and Caucus Results - Election Guide 2008 - Percent of Vote - The New York Times
Election Guide 2008 - Presidential Election - Politics - Home - The New York Times
Politics1 - 2008 U.S. Presidential Election (P2008) - Political Poll Trends, Charts and Analysis
Pop + Politics
The American Presidency Project
(Presidential Election .com) Presidential Election 2008 Official Web Site
The Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century
RealClearPolitics - Topics - Election 2008
2008 Presidential Candidates - US Elections Reuters Rock the Vote: Home
Welcome to Googlitics (Googlitics)
U.S. presidential election, 2008 - Congresspedia 2008 Presidential Election Information — State Library of Iowa
Presidential Election 2008
Think MTV Activism, Community, Politics, Education, Sexual Health and Other Issues
Free standards-based lesson plans, interactives, 21st Century skills and professional development Verizon Thinkfinity for Educators
Time For Kids Classroom Posts from the Prez Election 2008 Category at
2008 Presidential Election News - Topix
Election 2008 - The University of Iowa 2008 Polls - Presidential Election, Latest Political - Democratic Candidate Poll - Tracking Current
USA-Presidents.Info - Biographies and information on every American president.
Political News: U.S. Politics, Election 2008 & Presidential Candidates - -
Extreme Election 2008 - USA TODAY Education
presidential election 2008 - News - US News and World Report
Find Your Candidate for the 2008 Election
Vote Gopher McCain and Obama on the Issues Iraq, Healthcare, Education, Economy, and more
Project Vote Smart - 2008 Presidential Candidates
Presidential Candidates on Health Care
US Presidential Election 2008

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Slideshare Homepage - Featured PPT

I wanted to share, my slideshow 2008 Us Presidential Election Resources has been featured on the SlideShare homepage today. Please check it out. :-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


WIN A "GREEN COMPUTER LAB" FOR YOUR SCHOOL!===========================================INSPIRE your middle and high school students to be leaders in the Green Schools movement--and your school could win a state-of-the-art computer lab! The "Green Light Contest" essay competition, sponsored by PC Mall Gov, in partnership with HP, InFocus and T.H.E. Journal, is seeking entries from students in two categories: grades 5 - 8 and 9 - 12.

In essays of 1,000 words or less students are asked to describe how they and their teachers can utilize technology to protect the environment, with the grand-prize-winning composition being awarded a 30-seat "green" computer lab for the author's school. Two additional first place winners (one from each grade-level category) will each receive a "green" laptop. Winning essays will be published in T.H.E. Journal and winners will be recognized at FETC, January 21 - 24, in Orlando, FL.

***APPLICATION DEADLINE is December 1, 2008. Winners will be announced at FETC, January 21 - 24, 2009, and notified by mail no later than January 31, 2009.

***Complete essay and submission criteria are available online at:

Analyzing Close Presidential Races with InspireData®:

Register today!
October 16 - Analyzing Close Presidential Races with InspireData®:
How Might a Different Winner Have Changed History?

The 2008 presidential election is looking to be another nail biter, so we will tap into the excitement and use this "teachable moment" to look back in history at the other close presidential races. Then we'll examine how history might have been different if the candidate who was narrowly defeated had won.

Rick Reynolds, our Education Development Manager for Social Studies, will host a 45-minute webcast demonstrating how to:

· Use InspireData to analyze historical voting trends by state

· Help students see the importance of civic engagement and voting

· Manage the process of conducting additional research and recording findings in animated slide shows which can be played back for engaging student presentations

· Adapt the activity for different age groups and to develop additional skills
During the webcast, Rick will also be presenting the results of the Nationwide Mock Presidential Election we are running. If you and your students haven't done so already, please take a moment to weigh in with your votes! Click here to fill out the survey!

Register today!
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008
Time: 12:00-12:45 p.m. Pacific Time, 3:00-3:45 p.m. Eastern Time

If you are unable to join us, don't worry - the webcast will be archived and available to you, shortly after the event concludes.

Click here to view our archived webcasts!

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