During a visit Thursday to a middle school in Mooresville, N.C., President Barack Obama announced a plan to equip 99% of the country's students with high-speed and broadband Internet connections. The program, called ConnectED, also includes plans for professional development and training for educators, development of high-tech resources for teachers and the intention of preparing high-school graduates to compete in the 21st-century workforce.
A program designed to help Louisiana educators teach state and American history is coming to a halt because of U.S. Department of Education budget cuts. The Teaching American History program will end with the current group of teachers. "It just breaks my heart. And, if you'd talk to any of the teachers, you would hear similar sentiments," said Michael Sartisky, president of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Students in New Hampshire's Nashua High School North's Advanced Placement U.S. History class didn't spend much class time learning about the tumultuous 1960s as their AP exam loomed. To cover this gap, the school's annual Social Studies Honors Symposium included subjects such as the Vietnam War, race relations, culture and music of the era with this year's program titled, "1968: Crucible of a Nation."
Ohio's Sauder Village, with its old home and demonstrations of butter churning and quilting, offers visiting students a history lesson as an experience. "We found that it was a very beneficial way to give the kids a real, contextual review of what Ohio history actually was," said Michelle Johnson, a third-grade teacher at nearby Evergreen Elementary School.
Microsoft has launched a service called Chip In, which allows students to register for a computer of their choice, establish a profile and seek contributions to pay for the device. The service, targeted at graduating high-school and college students, requires a valid Facebook account and .edu e-mail address. As part of the program, Microsoft will donate a portion of the funds and provide some software.