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Office Depot Company Information National Backpack Program Through its signature National Backpack Program, now in its seventh year, the Office Depot Foundation places new backpacks into the hands of children who might not otherwise have the proper tools for success. Prior to the start of the new school year, backpacks are donated to charitable organizations and schools on behalf of every Office Depot store in the United States and Canada. Since the program's inception, more than 1 million backpacks have been given to deserving children. We often hear how these new backpacks help boost children's self-esteem, confidence and pride. In 2007 - for the third consecutive year - 300,000 backpacks will be donated. The Foundation is unable to accept requests for backpacks from individual organizations and schools this year.

About Us — The Exploratory Jean Kaneko is sought after program/curriculum developer and speaker in the world of STEAM education and Making. An early adopter of making as an engagement strategy, she has been teaching STEAM subjects in formal and informal education programs such as after school, in-class, camps to both children and educators since 2011. Early days of tinkering in the garage and the dark room with her father led her to a career working in media that combined science, technology and art. Jean’s obsession with creative uses of technologies led her to create The Exploratory as her son entered elementary school and she couldn’t find programs that enabled him to do hands on, inquiry-based learning that accessed both sides of the brain. Aaron is a Santa Monica, CA based artist and designer, who earned his MFA in Ceramics/Drawing from UCLA as a recipient of a full scholarship from Edward J and Alice Mae Smith fund and a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from Alfred University.

Summer Reading | Kids and Family Reading Report | Scholastic Inc. “Reading gives me something to do over the summer while I’m at home during the day with dad. Dad likes to read in the mornings so I’ll get a book, too, and read with him.” — 8-year-old boy, IN When it comes to children’s views on summer reading, common patterns in reading attitudes persist. Children’s Agreement with Statement: “I really enjoy reading books over the summer” Base: Children Ages 6–17 QK12. Across children’s gender and age, parents are more likely to believe in the value of summer reading. Children’s and Parents’ Agreement with Statement: “Reading books during the summer will help me/my child during the school year” Base: Children Ages 6–17 and Parents with Children Ages 6–17 QK12. Parents say summer reading helps their child during the school year mainly because it helps keep their kid’s brain active and that reading requires constant practice. Reasons Parents Agree “Reading books over the summer will help my child during the school year” QP37a. K29a. QK17. QP29. QP30. QP28.

Funding classroom projects | United Federation of Teachers Here are some resources for teachers looking for help in finding money to pay for classroom projects. Grants, Awards and Freebies We scour the Internet and other sources for grants, awards and free things that New York City public school educators are eligible for and publish what we find in each issue of the New York Teacher. AFT Funding Database The American Federation of Teachers' Funding Database is a searchable database of loan forgiveness programs, teacher grants and awards, classroom donation programs, and summer studies and exchange programs. You can search by funding type, grade level, position, district type, subject area and state. is a nonprofit that connects public school teachers with people who want to support classroom learning. Teachers Network The Teachers Network furnishes valuable tips about how to write successful grant proposals and where to find funding opportunities for your classroom. The Foundation Center Free Management Libraries

Innovation labs | Innovation UNICEF Ventures invests in early stage solutions that show great potential to positively impact children in the one-to-two-year future. This investment comes from the recently launched UNICEF Innovation Fund, which is a pooled funding vehicle that invests in open source technology solutions coming from startups based in UNICEF’s programme countries. Below are a few examples of projects the Innovation Fund has helped support. Supporting the Expansion of Apps that Help Children with Autism Learn to Communicate Photo: UNICEF/Pirozzi When it comes to creating access for children, inclusiveness is critical for all children – no matter where they are in the world or what their disability. Making Proprietary Software OpenSource in South Africa Photo: UNICEF/Schermbrucker MomConnect in South Africa is an SMS-based maternal reminder program for pregnant women implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the Department of Health.

Slowing the Summer Slide | Scholastic Book Fairs By Becky Calzada, Guest Blogger Summer is almost upon us. Parents, students, and teachers are getting excited about vacations, but all over the country, many teachers and librarians are worrying about summer slide and its impact on all the learning students accomplished over the last school year. How can this be stopped? Another thing we did as a school district is set up book donation sites at our summer feeding locations. Together, we all recognize the impact books in the home can have, so providing books to students that may not have access just before summer break is a high priority for our school district. Click here to view the permission slip example. References: Alexander, K. About Becky: Becky Calzada is the District Library Coordinator in Leander ISD, a fast-growth school district just northwest of Austin, Texas and has been an educator for 28 years, the last 15 years of her career as a librarian in Texas. Blog link:

About The Child creativity lab Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children's emotional health... Creativity also fosters mental growth in children by providing opportunities for trying out new ideas, and new ways of thinking and problem-solving." - "The Whole Child" Series, PBS The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to nurture the creative mindset of our children in the headwinds of the busy lifestyles of working parents, the consuming technology culture of our youth, and standardized testing for purposes of enhancing problem solving, critical thinking, divergent thinking, and ability to innovate. The CCL will purposely support access to all children and families, regardless of financial and other limitations.

Centre for Multiliteracies | Brock University Literacy in New Times Situated in a picturesque part of the Niagara escarpment, the Centre for Multiliteracies explores ways of expanding pratices and understandings of literacy in the 21st century. With CFI-funded laboratories in the CFI-funded Centre for Multiliteracies, the Centre investigates reading, writing, communicating, videogaming, teaching and assessing students through different technologies, immersive environments and printed texts. The Centre for Multiliteracies at Brock University and the Brock University Reading Clinic are under the direction of Jennifer Rowsell, Co-Editor of the Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies with Dr. Kate Pahl: Please contact us for tutoring!! Reading Clinic Coordinator: Jessica Domanico Centre Research Coordinator: Jennifer Colautti Centre News Visiting Scholar: Dr. Funded Projects: SSHRC Insight Development Grant - Community Arts Zone: projects that link literacy and the artsResearch Team: Dr.

Education 1. Sahayika: The Knowledge Network The project has been taken up with IIT kharagpur. Sahayika is a system that aims at supplementing the knowledge requirement of the school students,based on the prescribed curriculum. It has the interface to create a new ontology for subject belonging to school curriculum. 2. The objective of the project is to train the teachers of rural schools to develop multi-media content using an open source multimedia authoring tool and to design Virtual Physics Lab (VPL) experiments for the rural school children, which do not have access to physics laboratory infrastructure in their schools. 3. Download Intelligent Tutoring System pdf The project has been undertaken jointly with IIT, Mumbai and IIT, Kharagpur for the development of a Multi Modal Participatory Content Repository for the education of rural children. 4. 5. The instructors are in the four camps viz Ambernath, Magar Sanghvi, Umerga and Anserwada have been trained in effective use of media. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Projects | ...research and innovation for a more literate world. ILI Summer Literacy Training Program (SLTP), Philadelphia The SLTP program was open to mid-career professionals as well as younger specialists involved in literacy work in developing countries. The program, with ran for about a decade up until 2000 included several weeks of training, including workshops and seminars, and a number of informative visits to local literacy centers and institutions. Topics included literacy policy and planning, child and family literacy development, literacy assessment and evaluation, nonformal and distance education, and literacy innovations and the use of technology. While the SLTP is no longer running, some of the materials (listed below) will be of assistance to others who wish to run literacy training programs. Completed programs:

About Microsoft Research Asia Microsoft Research Asia, founded November 5, 1998 in Beijing, is Microsoft’s basic research facility in the Asia-Pacific region. The goal of Microsoft Research Asia is to attract the most talented researchers in the field of computing and be one of the best computer science laboratories in the world. To date, researchers from the lab have published more than 4,000 scientific papers for top international journals and conferences. Since its founding, Microsoft Research Asia has grown to more than 230 research scientists and engineers. Microsoft Research Asia is committed to working closely with academics in the region to advance the state of the art in computer science research. Joint research. Product Partnership Innovation Engineering GroupResearchers at Microsoft Research Asia have collaborated with product groups over the years to ship over 260 innovations in Microsoft products. Leadership Managing Director: Dr. Assistant Managing Director: Dr. Assistant Managing Director: Dr.

Hive Research Lab | Investigating and supporting Mozilla Hive NYC Rogers Center & Erikson to release children & technology report Educators, families, and creators of children’s media will soon have an important new resource. Beginning in 2016, the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College and Erikson’s TEC Center will release a biennial report exploring key issues, the latest research, and best practices for the use of technology and interactive media with young children. “This is an important opportunity to address digital media literacy for children, families, and educators as an essential skill for 21st century learning,” said Rick Fernandes, executive director of the Fred Rogers Center. Chip Donohue, director of the TEC Center added, “Together, we will provide guidance to the field about what we know, what we’re learning, and what matters most for young children, parents, families, and educators in the digital age.” Report findings will be announced at the 2016 Fred Forward Conference. Children, technology, and interactive media report Early Career Fellow in Research