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   DataBus - Vol 40 No 6: October-November, 2000
Spotlight on Technology

For the past several issues, I have used this space to share success stories that were facilitated by the Technology Literacy Challenge Grant. This month, I would like to take the opportunity to tell you about a planned event that will recognize grade 4-12 students and their teachers who have developed curriculum-based technology projects. Students will have the opportunity to present their projects to an audience that will include peers, parents, teachers, administrators, California Department of Education (CDE) employees, County Office of Education employees, California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) members, representatives of higher education, high-tech corporation representatives and legislators or their designees. A dedicated Showcase Advisory Committee with representatives that include CDE, CTAP, County Offices of Education, districts, school sites, media, professional organizations and higher education have been meeting since August, 2000 to make this event a reality.
The California Department of Education (CDE) will sponsor CDE's first statewide Student Technology Showcase on Monday, March 5, 2001. The event will be held in Sacramento at the Sacramento Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Student Technology Showcase will highlight exemplary student projects that may include but not be limited to, web, video, multimedia, graphic art, sensor/probe data and analysis, animation, or database development. This will be an excellent staff development opportunity for teachers and administrators to see effective integration of technology and the curriculum.
The California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) will coordinate which projects from each of the 11 regions will be included in the Showcase. Each CTAP region will select from 4-8 projects to be presented at the Showcase; each project may be presented by up to 5 students. To nominate a technology project in your region, please contact your CTAP representative. The CTAP web site, with region boundaries and contact information, can be accessed through http://www.ctap.k12.ca.us.
CDE is seeking vendor volunteers to act as sponsors to assist with the successful implementation of the Student Technology Showcase. Any sponsor with ties to the educational technology/grades 4-12 curriculum may apply through the Request for Sponsors (RFS) process. Selection will be weighted toward sponsors whose experience with educational technology/grades 4-12 curriculum is substantial. Applicants may include individuals, companies or corporations. Sponsors will be acknowledged in all promotional materials for the Showcase. Major sponsors will have the opportunity to have space reserved to distribute company literature with the intent of recruiting students as interns or potential employees. A main goal of this Request for Sponsors is to leverage the impact of the Student Technology Showcase.
Remember to mark your calendars and plan to attend. This event promises to be both exciting and educational!
Dr. Joyce Hinkson is a consultant for the California Department of Education's Education Technology Office. She may be reached at (916) 323-2241 or by e-mail at