Did You Know You Have Access to These Library Resources?
The Washington State Library, with funding provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), provide special ESD pricing for Washington state schools to access popular online databases: CultureGrams, eLibrary, eLibrary Elementary, ProQuest and World Conflicts Today.
With your database subscription, you have access to thousands of articles from more than 3,000 current magazines and journals including many professional journals like Educational Leadership, Journal of Education, Tech Directions, and School Library Journal. Also included are four Washington newspapers, the New York Times, plus 350 newspapers from around the globe. 147 different resources including books, maps, photographs, TV and radio transcripts are also part of the package. Culturegrams has concise, reliable and up-to-date reports on 182 cultures of the world and all 50 US States. World Conflicts Today explores protracted, unresolved world conflicts that have global implications. All the databases have resource websites with user guides, lesson plans and activities.
Whether you are seeking information for a project at work, or helping children with assignments/homework, the resources available in these databases are available to most educators. All nine ESDs around the state have purchased this contract, so check with your local school teacher/librarian to get access codes for your school or contact Ann McLean at (425) 917-7902; (253) 778-7902; 1-800-664-4549, x 7902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about subscriptions and renewals on our website.
Adobe Grant Recognizes Local Teachers
The T3 Train the Teachers grant program at Puget Sound ESD is supported with funding from the Adobe software company, and provides inexpensive training for teachers in our region. It also provides recognition as Adobe Fellows to local teachers who have shown leadership in the use of Adobe software in their instruction. This year, six teachers have been recognized as Adobe Fellows. Each will receive a stipend and a significant donation of Adobe software for use in their schools.
This year's recipients are:
- Martha Tonkin, Seattle Public School District
- Judy Derkin, Franklin Pierce School District
- John Riebli, Peninsula School District
- Lance Cadena, Tacoma School District
- Sally Tonkin, Shorewood School District
- Wyn Pottinger-Levy, Seattle Public School District
Qwest Teachers and Technology Grants Awarded
Qwest and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced the nine projects chosen as recipients of the 2009 Qwest Foundation Teachers and Technology grants. A project from each of Washington's nine ESDs was chosen and the winning school will receive a $10,000 grant to be used for technology in education. The winner from the PSESD region is Federal Way School District's Kilo Middle School.
The purpose of the grants is to create 21st century learning environments to engage students with real-world tools and real-life situations. Each educational service district nominated two finalists; the winning projects – one per ESD – were chosen by representatives from OSPI, the Governor's Office and Qwest Foundation.
“We are very pleased with the creativity and overall excellence of the grant proposals,” said Kirk Nelson, Qwest president for Washington. “Washington is fortunate to have innovative teachers who use technology to enhance learning in the classroom.”
The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in education provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through 12 education.
Congratulations to Kilo Middle School in Federal Way!
Puget Sound ESD's Technology Services offers training in support of teaching and learning in our schools; technology support; low-cost software purchasing and online programs; K-20 Network support (video, data, and Internet); website design and development; and network-based curriculum development.
For additional news and resources, visit the PSESD Technology Services page.