Computer Learning Foundation Announces 14th Annual Computer Learning Month(R) In October Activities and Annual Contests Emphasize the Power of Desktop Movies

In Children's Learning and Teaching Teachers



    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Computer Learning
 Foundation announced today the 14th annual Computer Learning Month in October,
 with the release of their annual publication, Computer Learning 2001. Each
 October since 1987, the Foundation hosts Computer Learning Month to focus
 attention on the important role technology plays in children's learning.
 Computer Learning Month activities involve thousands of educators, children
 and community members in learning new ways to use technology effectively with
 children. This year, the Foundation's theme is Teacher Teaching Teachers, in
 recognition of almost 20 years of exemplary teachers taking the initiative to
 learn new technologies on their own, and then sharing their knowledge with
 their colleagues. The Foundation is also emphasizing learning to create and
 use Desktop Movies to enhance children's learning, to improve professional
 development opportunities for teachers and to recognize exemplary teachers who
 are teaching other teachers. Complete details are available at the
 Foundation's Web site ( http://www.computerlearning.org ) and in Computer
 Learning 2001, along with articles and information on other Foundation
 programs and resources to help parents and educators. Computer Learning 2001
 is available free of charge to hundreds of thousands of parents and educators,
 thanks to support from Apple.
     Computer technologies have dramatically changed the ways we can
 communicate, and nowhere is the impact greater than in education. In the early
 days of computers in schools, word processing software changed written
 communication forever. Children now had a tool that allowed them to change
 their written work easily which encouraged them to edit their work to learn to
 communicate better. The advent of desktop publishing, graphics and
 presentation software tools enabled even very young children to communicate
 more powerfully. The Internet and the World Wide Web brought communication
 another major leap forward by allowing children access to information far
 beyond the limits of their school libraries and classrooms and the ability to
 interact with others on projects and to communicate with people all over the
 world at lightning speed. Now the latest in technologies -- digital video
 cameras that interface with desktop computers with powerful, yet easy-to-use,
 editing software -- allows even early elementary school children to create and
 edit Desktop Movies that are not only fun to create but also enhance learning,
 improve the impact of children's communication and enable them to share their
 projects with others all over the world on the Internet.
     "When you put all these exciting technologies together, learning comes
 alive for children, and they become truly engaged in learning and excited
 about learning to communicate better," notes Sally Bowman Alden, Executive
 Director of the Computer Learning Foundation. "We believe the new Desktop
 Movie technologies not only provide significant learning benefits for
 children, but also offer powerful opportunities for teachers to learn from one
 another how to be more effective as teachers."
     "Apple is delighted to be involved with Computer Learning Foundation's
 Computer Learning Month," said Tony Lee, Apple's senior director of Worldwide
 Markets. "The iMac DV, featuring iMovie 2, is the perfect solution for
 teachers who want to use Desktop Movies to foster creativity and build
 excitement in the classroom."
     To provide inspiration and ideas for expanding professional development
 for teachers, the feature article in Computer Learning 2001 is on teachers
 teaching teachers and includes ideas collected in one of last year's Computer
 Learning Month competitions on professional development. Computer Learning
 2001 also provides information to help people get started creating Desktop
 Movies, including tips for making good Desktop Movies, information on how to
 transfer video to computers and a listing of other resources. Additional
 information and links are provided at the Foundation's Web site. Computer
 Learning also includes a catalog of hundreds of resource materials developed
 by or endorsed by the Computer Learning Foundation to help parents and
 educators use of technology effectively with children.
     Computer Learning also includes complete information on its popular annual
 Computer Learning Month contests, open to students, educators, community
 groups and schools in the United States and Canada. This year, the Foundation
 is offering three sweepstakes and four merit competitions to provide
 activities for Computer Learning Month. Computer Learning Foundation will
 award a total of 16 grand prize winners and schools a complete easy-to-use
 system for creating Desktop Movies -- Apple's iMac DV computer, pre-installed
 with Apple's iMovie 2 software and a Canon ZR 10 Digital Video Camera (a
 $2,000 value). A total of 75 second prize winners will be awarded Adobe(R)
 Premiere(R) Software, a powerful yet easy-to-use digital video editing
 software tool available for Macintosh and PC computers (a $459 value). A total
 of 36 third prize winners will receive a complete set of technology how-to
 brochures from Children's Software Press (a $56 value). Contest entry
 deadlines range from November 30 to December 31, 2000.
     The Computer Learning Month Event Sweepstakes is an annual contest to
 encourage and recognize people who host local Computer Learning Month events
 to help others in their community learn more about the benefits of technology.
     The 13th Annual Computer Learning Foundation Certified School Program and
 Sweepstakes encourage and recognize schools and educators for developing new
 ways of using technology in their classrooms. All Certified Schools are
 recognized with a Certified School certificate and automatically entered in
 the Certified School Sweepstakes, in which several lucky schools are drawn at
 random to receive prizes. To earn certification, every teacher in the school
 must develop at least two new lesson plans that incorporate the use of
 technology by November 15, 2000. The Foundation provides a free application
 program for schools (downloadable from its Web site) to use to develop their
 lesson plans, that allows the Foundation to quickly share the new lesson plans
 created for others to use.
     Desktop Movies and Web Pages for Professional Development invites
 educators to share their professional development ideas and materials in
 today's new mediums so the Foundation can make them available to teachers
 everywhere through its Web site. Winners will be drawn at random from
 qualifying entries.
     To recognize teachers who have been helping other teachers learn, the
 Foundation is launching the Computer Learning Foundation Hall of Fame with a
 contest that asks individuals to nominate exemplary educators worthy of this
 honor. Entries must be in the form of a Desktop Movie or Web page tribute that
 honors and showcases the nominated educator. The Foundation is also hosting a
 lesson plan competition, in which teachers develop teaching ideas for
 incorporating Desktop Movies in their classroom activities. Entries for these
 merit competitions must be submitted online at the Foundation's Web site.
     Two competitions for students expand the Foundation's Our Town Initiative.
 In the Our Town Merit Competition, students must create or participate in the
 development of a Web site about their town. In the second merit competition,
 Desktop Movies About Your Town, students create Desktop Movies that showcase
 the special features and attributes of their town and share them on the
 Internet.
     Complete information on Computer Learning Foundation contests, programs
 and materials and a downloadable pdf version of Computer Learning 2001 are
 available at the Foundation's Web site ( http://www.computerlearning.org ) or
 by mail by writing to:  Computer Learning Foundation, Dept. CL2001, P.O. Box
 60007, Palo Alto, CA 94306-0007.
     The Computer Learning Foundation, based in Sunnyvale, California, is an
 international nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to bringing
 businesses, schools and communities together to improve the quality of
 education and preparation of youth for the workplace through the use of
 technology. Founded in 1987, the Foundation serves as a clearinghouse of
 information for parents and educators on using technology effectively with
 children. In addition, the Computer Learning Foundation hosts Computer
 Learning Month each October, a major national grass roots educational effort,
 and motivates and recognizes innovative uses of technology through annual
 competitions for children, educators, community groups and schools. The
 Foundation's Our Town Initiative provides schools with an innovative way to
 involve students in learning about the Internet, their community and other
 academic studies by working with others in their community to develop a Web
 site for their town. The Computer Learning Foundation is funded by corporate
 and individual donations and is endorsed by and collaborates with 56 U.S.
 State Departments of Education and Canadian Ministries of Education and
 26 national nonprofit organizations.
 
 

SOURCE Computer Learning Foundation

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