On Black History Month

When an opera critic hailed her as, ‘perhaps the greatest black opera singer of all time,’ famous soprano Leontyne Price responded with, “What’s black got to do with it?”


Her fierce dedication, discipline, training and hard work – in a word, character – not color,  defined her.

Yet, news editors around the country are likely rummaging through archives to recycle columns today in commemoration of Black History Month.

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Voters to Presidential Candidates: ‘Don’t Forget Education!’

College Board Releases Swing State Education Survey;

Announces Grassroots Campaign to Keep ‘Ed’ in the Political Spotlight

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Technology in the classroom A Teacher’s Experience

Just before graduation in 1983, the journalism teacher of my sleepy southwest Florida high school brought a few editors into the backroom of the library to crowd around the school’s first desktop computer, an Apple 2E. We watched in bemused wonder as he typed a few sentences. He proudly bragged that this computer — that could underline, bold and even italicize words — was going to change the world. It did.

Flash forward to 2011, and my convergence journalism class seamlessly integrates and manipulates a bevy of software programs, smart phone apps and digital media to support our paperless classroom where we publish nine online editions and four printed editions of the newspaper each year.

The students collaborate on the staff Google doc for story ideas. They post articles, videos and slideshows to the online newspaper and video sites. They record interviews and snap pictures on their cell phones, texting and bluetoothing footage and images to each other instantaneously.

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This simple formula enables all of us to focus on the vital balance so necessary in each of our institutions. With the tsunami of information and technology coming at us 24/7/366—next year is leap year—keeping it all in perspective is of the utmost importance. Technology is revolutionizing the world of education – replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. The blog site is curated by Tina Barseghian, a journalist and mother of a grade-schooler. She cites The Science of How People Learn in her daily post which references the start of a fascinating column in Time by author Annie Murphy Paul about how people learn. She kicks it off with a bang, writing that “how we learn shapes, what we know and what we can do - our knowledge and our abilities - are largely determined not by our I.Q. or some other fixed measure of intelligence, but by the effectiveness of our learning process.”

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Inservice training at your fingertips: How you can join the digital professional development revolution

What do well-dressed teachers wear to professional development training? Anything they want — even pajamas. No, it’s not an ultra-casual Friday; it’s the new wired world of teacher professional development. Today’s teachers can upgrade their skills while wearing a bathrobe, commuting to work, or running on a treadmill. Every educator with a smart phone, laptop, tablet, computer, DVD player, or PDA now has access to a universe of affordable, high quality, 24/7 professional development training.

There are many types of new distance learning options that can solve classroom problems while offering educators the college credit and clock hours they need. The tuition for virtual training is often the same or less than live courses, but cyber-training saves you travel costs and time, and can fit any schedule. In these tight economic times, digital training may be the perfect fit. You don’t need a sub in your classroom for any of these new distance learning options. Even better, cyber courses deliver the immediate answers you need right now. Many online courses include generous workbooks and resources since these items are delivered digitally, without the expense of paper or printing. You can then choose which items to save to your computer or print on your own printer. Items are typically provided as PDF, the most common format used to share documents on the internet. Most educators are very familiar with this format, but even if you’re not, opening a PDF document is usually as easy as a single mouse click. Read More »

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Are your students digitally deprived?

The general public loves mobile technology. As of June 2011, 28 million iPads have been sold and 130 million Android devices — mostly smart phones — have been activated (ZDNet, http://zd.net/n5wu07). By 2015, International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that more people in the United States will access the Internet using some type of mobile device than will get online using a wired connection (Worldwide New Media Market Model report, http://idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23028711).

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Technology stimulates teacher imagination for dynamic student learning

In three years, sales of tablet computers will grow tenfold — from 20 to 208 million, according to research by Gartner. Mobile computing is not just a technology trend — it is a paradigm shift in the way we communicate and collaborate. And, whether education embraces it or not, the shift will impact the classroom.

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The principal’s role as TECHNOLOGY LEADER

“To be a principal in the 21st century school demands leadership of technology. To be a leader of technology requires a willingness to learn, flexibility, and the capacity to accept change as a constant factor. Adaptability and acceptance of ambiguity are essential. Because technology changes continuously, there is no menu of technology must dos and must haves. Instead, leaders of technology must be lifelong learners and explorers of the new, the exciting, and the useful in technology.” – A principal

This statement by a principal captures the spirit of interviews conducted with principals, technology specialists, librarians, media specialists, curriculum directors, and superintendents for the book “Leading the Technology-Powered School” (Corwin Press, 2011). The book, based on the premise that principals are very busy and assume many roles in the principalship, prominently features the voices of school leaders and includes strategies principals can use to enhance their work as technology leaders. Principals are encouraged to engage in “15 Minute Explorations” through a series of easily accessible Web sites and blogs to build their capacity as technology leaders. Read More »

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The socially networked classroom

Over the last few years, I have visited classrooms throughout the United States and Canada to watch some of the most visionary teachers who were immersed not only in educational technology, but also in the implications of using these new media in their classrooms. I interviewed dozens of these teachers and collected their ideas in a book, “The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age,” published by Corwin Press. Their experiences with technology covered a wide range of examples, from social networking in a low-tech environment to teaching at the most advanced levels of technological innovation.

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Cyberbullying Taking a proactive approach

On any given school day in the U.S., more than 160,000 children call in sick or miss school because of bullying.

Bullying has become an epidemic, which in recent years, has surfaced in the media through extreme cases of violence, desperation and often tragedy. Any solution to the problem starts with education of our youth.

The problem is that often schools never address the topic of bullying in a meaningful way within their curricula, especially regarding abuse that occurs online or electronically known as cyberbullying. The most common forms of cyberbullying involve instant messaging, e-mail messaging and text messaging. This type of cyber cruelty is rapidly increasing in volume and complexity being that teens are never taught how to act responsibly and appropriately while communicating online or via other electronic devices.

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Using mobile devices to increase student engagement

Today the vast majority of consumers own a cell phone, including millions who take it a step further with smartphones. As a result, people now have anytime, anywhere access to the Internet and e-mail, which is dramatically changing the way we work, find information, and communicate.

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Confessions of an online teacher

Remember when you could call an office and expect a real live human being to answer? Schools were among the last hold-outs — but now many have resorted to automated systems. My school’s recorded message instructs the caller to punch several numbers indicating his or her language preference and call objective. Many parents become confused and hang up, or get the sense that our school is impersonal. Automated phone systems may be expedient technologies — but this “efficiency” comes with a social cost.  Read More »

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Will teachers go extinct?

Maybe your school is receiving a technological facelift. Maybe online classes are under development to give your students opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. Time to panic about the longevity of the teaching profession? Think again. Read More »

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Upgrade your classrooms without crashing your budget

Advances in technology are accelerating at a pace greater than ever before. We all feel that as soon as a new device or “gadget” is plugged in and charged, it is obsolete and the next generation is already being introduced or launched. The word “cloud” no longer evokes thoughts of cirrus and cumulus. “Social media” is no longer a party for the press. Remember, it was only a few short years ago that the world did not have iPhones, iPads, iTunes, or the iMac (homage to Steve Jobs intended). Technology touches every part of our lives. It links us to our world, nationally and internationally. Read More »

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How schools use data to improve student achievement A process-oriented approach to successful data use

With new technology taking education by storm, a recent survey of principals in the Southeast shows that data is becoming the most important decision-making factor in schools, not only for accountability, but also for curriculum and instructional uses. Read More »

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From the Editor - Winter 2011

We are very excited to present SEEN’s Technology issue! 

New technologies can be overwhelming for both teachers and students – despite that fact that students are often considered “digital natives” – so our articles focus on how teachers can use these technologies as tools to enhance and customize learning. With careful planning towards the ultimate goal of student learning, teachers can leverage technologies to make a positive impact on their students’ learning experience. 

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Common Core 101: Why, what and how

(Editor’s Note: This is Part One of a three-part series on Common Core State Standards.)

How does educational inequity impact individual students? A college preparedness study analyzed which California high school students went on to receive four-year college degrees (“Removing The Roadblocks: Fair College Opportunities For All California Students.” To access this report online, please visit http://ucla-idea.org). Despite evidence that most all students and their families initially desired a college education, Asian and white students went on to graduate from college at two to three times the rate of their African American, Latino, and Native American counterparts. Typically, social and economic reasons are used to justify this educational inequity. This study determined, however, what factors most profoundly lead students to graduate from high school, enter, and complete college. According to the research, what happens academically in a child’s education far more profoundly determines eventual success at college than economics, race, ethnicity, and family background:

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Bridging the gap between technology integration and common core standards in the classroom

Google. YouTube. Wikipedia. All are household names, all are online staples that aren’t going away anytime soon and all are new faces of academic research in the last five years. Could the phrase “hit the books” actually be heading into obscurity? Has the “reference” section of the library become a virtual non-entity? What many teachers, especially veterans, have feared for academic research since the advent of the Internet has become an unquestionable reality: technology has infiltrated the education realm. Read More »

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Taking curriculum into the 21st century

Literally dozens of books have been written about the effects of technology on business today: Thomas Friedman’s “The World Is Flat,” Daniel Pink’s “A Whole New Mind,” Jeremy Rifkin’s “The Future of Work,” Donald Tapscott’s “Wikinomics,” and our book, “Living on the Future Edge,” just to name a few. Read More »

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Making an art of work A diverse approach to education

Earlier this year, Bart A. Aslin, chief executive officer, SME Education Foundation happened to see Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel featured in a new documentary, “The Tradesmen: Making an Art of Work.” He decided to contact the director Richard Yeagley, and share perspectives on education and work. Read More »

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Technical careers for 21st century students

Not long ago when people spoke about technical careers it was inclusive of anything from an electrician to a mechanic. Today, technical careers are evolving to include a wide variety of careers that are not only technical but technology-based. As technology continues to advance the question becomes, how do we prepare students for that next generation of technology-based careers?

There is an ongoing need for training to adapt to new technology, and a qualified workforce is always in demand to install these new technologies. As early technology becomes mature, a new technology trend emerges creating a demand. Consider the advances in the past 10 years, VHS to DVD, DVD to Blu-Ray, and now Blu-Ray to high definition streaming. Read More »

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What works in technical jobs, career mapping and online education

Workforce preparation for the “evolving information industry” is both complicated and critical. It involves two equally challenging questions which need to be continually answered: Where is the industry headed? And what workforce skills are required to get there? Just 10 years ago, telecom innovation included a fax machine — second phone line — in every home and an exorbitantly expensive cell phone the size of a brick. Today consumers expect to be connected at all times to phone, text, movies, shopping, social media and music, using a growing variety of interchangeable devices — all available at competitive prices. Read More »

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What students can expect when pursuing careers in culinary arts

Over 600 students graduated in May 2011 at our Charlotte Johnson and Wales graduation ceremony at the Time Warner Cable Arena; ready to join the work force in hospitality — one of the biggest industries in the world. Many of the students I talked to stated that they hoped to own their own business upon graduation or after gaining valuable industry knowledge in the future. This leads to the question: Do they understand the expectations of the modern day chef? Read More »

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Technology’s growing impact on teaching and learning Finding a graduate program to help you keep pace

There is no longer much debate about the need to integrate technology into our classrooms. It is clear that technology can and should play a significant role in how we help students develop the skills they need to be successful in today’s competitive, ever-changing global workplace. The challenge is that many teachers have not had the education and training necessary to fully leverage the power of technological tools to improve teaching and learning. Read More »

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Selecting the ‘best fit’ graduate program: Some big questions

The search for the best school to meet personal and professional needs is often a daunting task. Many times, apprehension and fear permeate this decision. Sometimes circular logic contributes to the cognitive dissonance related to the question. Recriminations fester. A litany of questions related to one’s interior musings often emerge, including: Do I have the time? Will I have the money? What am I going to do with this degree? What will this get me in the end? What sort of sacrifice will I have to really make? Who do I listen to regarding the best advice?

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What to consider when choosing a graduate program

Greater earning capability, career enhancement and promotional opportunities are just a few of the reasons for continuing your education by earning a graduate degree. Depending upon the type of graduate program, whether campus-based, online or hybrid, learning to balance work, family, and studies can be challenging, but not impossible if you take the time to properly research and plan before beginning your degree program.

Some of the primary points to consider when choosing a graduate program include:

  • Accreditation
  • Faculty Qualifications
  • Campus Environment
  • Career Services


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The importance of providing quality art education for all students

Art is one of the universal languages all human beings understand and use to communicate. We use art to understand who we are, our places in the world, and the meaning of our lives. We use art to express ourselves and to speak to others across time and place. Human beings have an essential drive to create and understand visual imagery. This drive is one of the basic traits that make us human. The power of the visual arts to enrich human experience and society is recognized and celebrated throughout the world. Read More »

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Music education’s essential role in a strong education

American education has long played a key role in defining and strengthening our nation. For most citizens, this fact goes without question — and without much thought. When asked, most would point to the ways that our education system provides the skills and qualities needed by the future workforce. They might mention the ways that schools, as small societies in their own right, help students learn to interact with persons in authority and with one another. They might even call up the role that schools play in passing on our shared sense of belonging to a vibrant, growing culture. Read More »

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Teachers can help parents of newly diagnosed autistic children succeed in school

For parents, it can be an overwhelming and daunting experience to come to terms with and maneuver through the public school special education process in order to get the best services for their newly diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) child. Learning special education jargon, in itself, can be like learning another language; in addition, learning about Autism as a range of disorders with students exhibiting mild to severe behaviors can also be difficult to comprehend in the school setting. A positive and constructive relationship between school and home always encourages a successful school experience for any student, yet that connection is indispensable in the sphere of Autism.

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Recognizing the signs of student MENTAL HEALTH problems

Adolescence is a difficult time for many teens, but how does a teacher know the difference between typical teen issues and behavior that might signal a more serious problem? Mental health problems in teens are real, painful and, left untreated, can have serious consequences.

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Alternative-fuel school buses provide environmental benefits and cost savings to school districts

School buses provide the safest way to transport students — each day there are 480,000 school buses on the road in the United States, transporting 26 million children to and from school. Unfortunately transportation budgets for schools are severely underfunded and this lack of funds often results in a significant number of older, environmentally unfriendly school buses remaining in service for longer than they should.

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Pathway to school transportation success in tough budget times

School districts across the country are facing tough budget times. Transportation as a related service is often considered for budget reductions to avoid direct classroom cuts. There are almost always savings in transportation, but the savings may be politically difficult to achieve, which is why adhering to a process is critical. The key to successful change is to understand that no one likes it, and that you must take extra precautions to minimize its impact.

If you are allowed to pick or suggest cost saving changes, where do you start?

Collect Data

Unless you know where your department stands, you cannot determine the effectiveness of potential changes. This is why you should benchmark your data against best practices and peer districts to determine which cuts are possible to meet your reduction goals.

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Increased student interest and proficiency in STEM topics needed

STEM education has been a huge focus in conversations about education. There is a continuing need to address the U.S.’s falling rankings in STEM subject areas on a global basis and schools need to do a better job of getting students engaged in the STEM topics. Kelly Services, a leader in providing workforce solutions, compiled information from studies by the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to take a look at some recent trends in STEM and some forecasting for the future of STEM, as it relates to career prospects, student proficiency and interest in STEM education in our schools. Read More »

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Transforming the STEM education equation

“You have been chosen, as part of a select group of teens, to test pilot the latest in Transformer Aircraft simulators aboard the National Flight Academy (NFA) Ambition, at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. The missions are real; the challenges are critical. You will have to understand your objectives; chose the transformer characteristics to meet the demands; and pilot the aircraft to mission success. Do you have The Right Stuff?” Read More »

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Black History Month

Every year since 1976, each U.S. president has made an official designation of February as Black History Month. Black History month provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements made by black Americans throughout U.S. history. The theme for Black History in 2012 is “Black Women in American History and Culture.”

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A solution to budgets that cut school field trips: Budget woes spark TECHNO-INGENUITY

I challenge you to name a school that isn’t faced with serious budget concerns. And what are among the first “extras” to be cut? Unfortunately for many it’s field trips. Putting buses on the road is expensive—with fuel prices on a continuous rise. Taking students off task in the classroom is a no-no with today’s high stakes test mentality. Read More »

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Traveling with student groups: Social media standards

As someone who works with students, you know that social networking is a large part of the modern adolescent experience. Social networking, like travel, can open up a student’s worldview and connect them to cultures and ideas they might not necessarily encounter on their own.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts offers virtual access to a unique cultural treasure

The Center for Puppetry Arts is a unique cultural treasure — a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry, touching the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops and the hands-on museum, as well as distance learning and outreach programs. Read More »

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Inside CNN studio tour launches new ‘keys to learning’ lesson plans

It’s exciting to visit CNN Center, and a little overwhelming, too. After all, it’s the global headquarters of CNN Worldwide – home to CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, HLN and Turner Broadcasting System, parent company of all of those networks and more. From the giant CNN logo that greets visitors at the building’s entrance, to the 190-ft. escalator and 50-ft. globe that provide entry to the Inside CNN Studio Tour, everything reminds you that this is the birthplace of 24-hour news on a global scale. 

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The World of Coca-Cola A refreshing blend of entertainment and education

If teachers have not yet visited the World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place with their class, they have missed an opportunity to share an experience that is entertaining, enlightening and educational. Where else can adults enjoy a field trip as much as the students? With the largest permanent collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia on display, three theater presentations including a 4-D animated film and a fully-functioning bottling line, this attraction has something for everyone.

The World of Coca-Cola is located in Pemberton Place, just north of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium. With the Inside CNN Studio Tour located a short walk away at the south end of the park, this area of downtown has become a hub of activity year round. Over one million people from around the world visit the World of Coca-Cola each year. Read More »

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Experience the Florida Seminole’s story at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

When visiting the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum in the rich swamplands of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, students will be introduced to scenic roads, lush vegetation, and a thriving community of Seminole people. The nationally accredited Museum offers guided tours, which may be tailored to include specific content that meets educational standards for social studies that include - American history: historical inquiry, analysis, knowledge, chronological thinking, exploration and settlement of Florida, growth and westward expansion; and geography: physical and human systems.

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Teaching students ocean conservation at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Loggerhead Marinelife Center – a non-profit organization nestled along Florida’s east coast in picturesque Juno Beach, Florida — offers free admission to over 200,000 visitors annually. The center’s mission is to promote conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The campus sits adjacent to one of the most densely nested beaches in the world for loggerhead sea turtles, with three species of sea turtles returning to its beaches to lay their eggs year after year. Read More »

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Education programs and field trips at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Everyone understands that an education is a passport for success. In recent economic times, it’s very difficult to find a steady job, and even harder to find one if you didn’t graduate from college or high school. Many working adults are registering for adult education programs because they understand the value of a quality education. Enrolled college students are partaking in internships because hands-on experience is vital for young people entering into the work force. Read More »

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Journey into the past in Corinth

While all over the nation events commemorating the American Civil War have abounded over the past two years, nothing compares to the activities planned in Corinth, Mississippi, and Shiloh, Tennessee, for Spring 2012 ... the actual 150th Anniversary of both the Battle of Shiloh and the Siege of Corinth.

Begin the journey at the Corinth Civil War Relic Show on March 3 and 4. A wide variety of Civil War items willed be displayed, and experts are available to identify and appraise relics such as guns, buttons, buckles, knives and paper items. Read More »

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Tennessee Aquarium educators: Reaching lifelong learners

Tennessee Aquarium senior educator Thaddeus Taylor carefully prepares an Eastern box turtle and fire-bellied toad for a classroom presentation in Hewitt, Texas. Within moments of finishing that lesson, Taylor may appear in a classroom in Medford, Oregon, Long Island, New York or Indianapolis, Indiana. Aquarium educators manage to leap-frog across North America with a little help from the Internet. Read More »

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West Virginia: A state born of a nation torn

The harrowing battle of the American Civil War raged for four years, pitting brother against brother at the cost of more than 600,000 lives. Out of the war, however, there rose a new state — and the only one created as a direct result of the war — West Virginia.

As the nation turns to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war (2011-2014), a number of educational sites and tools have been developed and made available to teachers, students and groups specific to learning West Virginia’s unique Civil War heritage. Several key websites have been developed to help tell the state’s fascinating story, including www.wvtravel4kids.comwww. civilwarwv.com; andwww.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/WV.

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Lowcountry South Carolina: Adventures in learning

The Port Royal Sound estuarine system is at once a classroom, a playground, a seafood market and a living museum with a massive collection of wonders to be explored. Located on the South Carolina coast between Charleston and Savannah, GA, it is the central attraction on the area’s menu of natural, cultural and historical student travel venues.

Except for Antarctica, all continents have coastal estuaries. One function of estuaries is that they serve as nursery grounds for near-shore fish populations. 70 percent of all commercially harvested species either spend part of their life in an estuary or feed on those that do. Read More »

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Virginia Living Museum: Protecting what’s precious

Bring your students to a world where they can discover Virginia’s rich natural heritage, from the mountains to the sea. Encounter some famous bay residents like the horseshoe crab. Experience a cool mountain cove before strolling through a steamy cypress swamp. Explore the underwater world of the Chesapeake Bay and the underground realm of a limestone cave. A visit to the observatory will allow students to see spectacular views of the sun followed by a voyage through the galaxies in the Abbott Planetarium.

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Student performers make the
season bright at Busch Gardens

Thanksgiving break is barely over, but your excited students already have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. And who can blame them? Christmas is the most magical time of the year, and there’s no better way to experience it than with a trip to Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration. Read More »

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