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Written by Hunter   
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 17:27

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Englewood, Co – StudentPublishing.com has announced free publishing programs for schools through an online book making application. Students can author and illustrate an entire storybook or contribute a page to a classbook. In the storybook program, each student receives a free paperback in return for making extras available to their family.  With the classbook program, each class receives a free hardback book for making copies available to student families. Only 10 or more students in any grade from k-8 are required.

The online book tool is unique in that no program needs to be downloaded or installed. That can be quite useful in most schools given that network security has locked out or limited that capability. It also allows students to work on their project from any computer with an Internet connection, including the one at home.

The tool itself is geared especially to elementary aged students who login directly to their own book or to their page within a classbook. A good set of drawing tools are provided along with hundreds of paint-able backgrounds and sticker outlines. These outlines facilitate the making of an attractive illustration, while still reflecting each student’s creativity through their placement and coloring. Students can also upload photos and hand drawn illustrations, if they prefer.

StudentPublishing.com asserts that these publishing projects have a tremendous impact on students and their parents. In fact, their site includes testimonials from teachers as to not just the quality of the finished books, but the tremendous incentive and motivation they give to students. Five year customer Angie Kelley said, "Writing stories can be hard for some students, but when I tell them, ‘Your work will be published in a book,’ they get so excited and really engage in the process! As a teacher, you know you’ve connected with students when they come to class the first day hoping to write and publish stories." Apparently other teachers agree. The company just won the Learningâ Magazine 2010 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the mail-in version of the Storybook program which, though not free, does include professional typesetting of the students’ stories at no extra charge.

The company is a division of Creations by You®, makers of the tremendously successful and highly acclaimed retail product, IlluStory® - Write and illustrate your own book. The 17 year old kit has won 9 educational product awards and is still a top seller at retailers such as Amazon, Target and Barnes & Noble to name a few.

Additional Information:

For more information on programs please visit www.StudentPublishing.com.


New Learning Resource on SegregationNew Learning Resource on Segregation

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Written by Hunter   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 17:23


Social Psychology Network, a nonprofit educational organization funded by the National Science Foundation, recently released a web-based learning resource on the topic of segregation, and we're writing to let you know about it:


Building on the work of Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling, this new interactive resource shows that small social preferences at the individual level can generate surprising patterns of segregation at the group level, and equally important, that the dynamic can be reversed to reduce segregation.

Everyone knows that prejudice can lead to segregation -- to the separation of groups by race, gender, or other social categories. It was this type of segregation that Rosa Parks fought in 1955 when she refused an Alabama bus driver's demand that she move to the rear with other Black riders.

But why does segregation still occur today in schools and other places where people support social equality? Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling proposed an answer in the 1970s, writing that racial discrimination arises not only from behavior that is "heartless, selfish and illegal" but "from the magnification of small incentives into massive results."

To find out what he meant, click here.


Tools for Teaching contest

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Written by Hunter   
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 17:02

Tools for Teaching contest

I would like to share a unique promotion that might be of interest to the teachers and educators.

In this tough economic environment, public schools are tightening their belts more than ever. Catalogs.com wants to help through its Tools for Teaching contest, which began Tuesday, September 1 and runs through Wednesday, September 30.

We invite all the public school teachers to visit www.catalogs.com/teachers and answer the question: “Why does your class deserve to win a gift certificate from eNasco.com and how will you put the school supplies to good use?”

Participants have the opportunity to win up to $2,500 in school supplies for their classrooms.


My Teacher, My Hero; Honoring Great Teachers

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Tuesday, 08 September 2009 21:46

My Teacher My Hero


A special project, My Teacher, My Hero launched its new website today, http://myteachermyhero.com. My Teacher, My Hero is a social, video-driven website that honors teachers for the differences they have made in our lives.  Its goal is to inspire a new generation of passionate people to take pride in their desire to teach, and to remind others of the importance of teachers in their own lives.

The site allows users to share video tributes to the most influential teachers in their lives. Already, numerous business leaders, sports stars, and other luminaries have videotaped testimonials about the teachers who most inspired them.

Among those who have already shared videos are:

  • Craig Newmark (founder, Craigslist)
  • Seth Godin (author, blogger)
  • Roberto Clemente Jr. (former professional baseball player)
  • Robert Rubin (former Secretary of the Treasury)
  • Alan Mullaly (CEO, Ford)
  • Barry Meyer (CEO, Warner Brothers)
  • Dominique Moceanu (Olympic Gymnast)
  • Dane Bane (CEO, Trader Joe’s)
  • Dick Cook (Chairman, Disney Studios).

“Teachers open windows to the world for their students by giving them the tools and desire to discover their fellow humans,” said Ford Motor Company’s Alan Mullaly in his video, “It is through this discovery that we learn one of the most important lessons in life – we have more in common than we have differences. Thank you teachers everywhere!”


My Teacher, My Hero is sponsored by the MAT@USC, and built in partnership with Classwish.org and other organizations committed to improving the lives of teachers and students across the country.  If you want to find out more, you can contact them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Last Updated on Thursday, 08 October 2009 09:27

NEA Health Information Network and Clorox Offer Free Disinfecting Wipes To Teachers Nationwide

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Written by Hunter   
Friday, 04 September 2009 18:08

clean up classroom

To help teachers welcome students back to school, as concerns grow about this flu season and the H1N1 2009 flu virus spreads, The National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) and The Clorox Company are offering a free coupon for Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes to teachers nationwide.

September 2 through September 5, 2009, teachers can visit www.CloroxClassrooms.com to redeem the offer, while supplies last.

Healthy habits, like hand washing and disinfecting germ hot spots are critical steps to help prevent the spread of germs that can cause illnesses, like flu.

At the Web site, teachers can also download a free “Clean Up the Classroom” kit, including lesson plans, games and other tools to help reduce the spread of germs at school.

Additional resources available at www.CloroxClassrooms.com and www.neahin.org

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