August 19, 1999
WSGC Newsletter for Educators
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PICTURING LIFE ON MARS
The Mars Millennium Project challenges 5- to 18-year-olds to design a community for 100 people arriving on Mars in 2030. The project can be configured as a single-class project or involve an entire school.
The interdisciplinary project, aimed at honing students' technology skills while giving them a deeper understanding of the connections between the arts and sciences, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, NASA, the National Endowment for the Arts and the J. Paul Getty Trust.
All project submissions must be registered by June 1, 2000. To download the participation guide, go to:
http://www.mars2030.netTAP CURRICULUM IDEAS AROUND THE COUNTRY
NASA'S Learning Technologies Project Web site, LTP Topic-By-Topic, lets teachers tap into science curriculums from around the country.
Among the ideas are Aviation Academy 2000 from Wooddale High School on Memphis, Tenn., and Planemath, an Internet-based series of math and aeronautics materials geared to students with physical disabilities in grades four through seven. For hot links to these and other ideas, visit:
http://learn.ivv.nasa.gov/education/topics/education.htmlNEW U.S. EDUCATION WEB SITE RESOURCES
Since mid-May, the U.S. Department of Education Web site has added a number of publications.
Titles include Blue Ribbon Schools, charter schools, civil rights, community involvement, homeschooling, libraries, mathematics & science, reading, research, satellite events & town meetings, special education, & technology. For a complete list, please see:
http://www.ed.govELECTRONIC COLLABORATION: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS
Improving network opportunities and developing cooperative projects among educators is the focus of a report called "Electronic Collaboration: A Practical Guide for Educators," published by the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory, at Brown University, and the US Dept. of Education.
The guide discusses how educators can use technology more effectively to teach and reach students, and also offers suggestions for creating discussion forums around specific topics, for building shared data bases, and for collaborating on reports. The entire report can be downloaded in Adobe's portable document format: