Each year we re-define our project goals based on the amount of resources available and requests to partner with other organizations and universities that match our vision and mission.
2008 mission has a focus on introducing nano science curriculum into classrooms and as content for the OLPC computers to reach k-12 students.
2008 may prove to be a pivotal year for acceptance of nano science instructional materials in the classrooms of U.S. public schools due to the scheduled testing of science in grades 5, 8, 11 as regulated by the No Child Left Behind Act. Many states will be reviewing science textbooks based on test scores across the nation.
Our global goals are also experiencing a pivotal year as the content sites have been developed and volunteers can upload nanoscience materials for the OLPC computers for grades k-12.
Our third project will be launched later in 2008 as the 1st International Online competitive NanoART for KIDS show as a collaboration with Cris Orfescu, founder of NanoART 2007. More information listed below.
If you would like to participate as a volunteer or donate funding to support a project that is in development please contact
Judith.LightFeather@TNTG.org or by phone at 936-462-1139.
Outreach program volunteer participation to include nano science curriculum for K-12 at www.Curriki.org
and the One Laptop per Child content site at http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Educators#Contribute_content
We have had many requests from teachers to create a syllabus by grade level of the new instructional materials developed through the nationwide outreach programs listed on our K-12 Outreach page. Even though these classroom lessons are already assessed and approved, our teachers do not have time in their teaching syllabus to create a new course, nor look for nano science curriculum that would be grade appropriate as in-depth add-on learning modules at each grade level based the topics included in the various science textbooks. Since all of the outreach programs are developed as free resources under the www.creativecommons.org license, they can be organized to fit into the required skill levels of current science topics. It would be very helpful to the teachers in our public schools if this service could be included by the project developers, based on the national and state skill levels while they are developing the instructional materials as an extra step to help us reach more classrooms. If this approach interests your outreach team, our organization will provide our IRS designation letter to recognize your donated time as a volunteer. Visit the site and review the tools available as resources for teachers and let us know if you can upload your project curriculum for nano science. Each lesson that is posted will help our students and teachers take the step of inclusion in the classrooms, increasing the value of your project funding as expansion of outreach.
New Curriculum Development Resources for Teachers
Curriki is where all of us -- our community of educators, parents and students -- can work together to develop interesting, creative and effective educational materials that the global educational community can use for free.
The goal is to:
Develop curriculum through community contributors
Deliver the curriculum globally
Determine the impact by project and by individual
The initial focus is on K-12 curricula in the areas of mathematics, science, technology, reading and language arts, and languages.
Some of the Outreach programs for nanoscale science need to be adopted and developed for/by the teachers to discern the appropriate grade level for introduction into classrooms as indepth materials to expand topics now listed in current textbooks. Curriki provides open source curriculum tools to accomplish these goals.
The OLPC project is now ready for content
Teachers, Programmers and Developers can also help us provide nano science education as content in the laptops. Visit the Outreach Programs listed for K-12 that are published under the creativecommons attribution 2.5 license and qualify for inclusion under the OLPC guidelines.
Educators page: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Educators
Teachers, programmers and developers interested in volunteer opportunities:
(a) Online, open-source, wiki-textbooks, math and science projects, dictionaries, geographies, histories, social studies, health and nutrition courses, and translations into indigenous languages. These materials can be customized for a particular region or group of children or for more general use throughout the OLPC world; Go to OLPC Content wikipage: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Educators#Contribute_content
(b) Software applications not otherwise available on laptops for children that will enhance the general usefulness of laptops in every location. This could be, for example, educational games; collaborative and archiving tools; or artistic, video and graphic tools; Go to OLPC Developers Programwikipage.
(c) Other ways to participate can be found on this OLPC wikipage.
All materials and peripherals developed with OLPC Foundation support must follow open source formats and standards and be available without fee for use by any child with an OLPC-provided laptop.
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Donate under our 501 (c) 3 designation EIN#73-3039012
All donations are tax deductable as an approved IRS designated foundation
Donated time for content development will be acknowledged by IRS with an in-kind letter from our organization at the end of the year if you report your hours and provide your contact information and a list of the instructional materials that were uploaded for the program by email to: Judith.LightFeather@TNTG.org
Extend the reach of your NSF funded projects to develop K-12 nano science curriculum by volunteering to upload the finished lessons at both of these sites for U.S. classrooms and students in developing nations.
Help us provide laptops to children in Africa!
Send your check to:
The NanoTechnology Group Inc.
7898 W. State Hwy 7
Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Designated Project: AFRICA OLPC
The OLPC project requires that participants must buy a minimum of 100 laptops to designate the destination country for shipping. Since we do not have funding, nor donations to purchase large orders for Africa, we are asking other countries to offer their help.
If you are already buying laptops for your country under the 20,000 minimum laptop price, please consider adopting this small Edo Nation in Niger Africa that cannot afford to purchase the required amount to qualify. If you allow us to purchase a laptop for each village school under your contract or donate one to each village when you place your order, the children can start to learn in the fall of 2008.
The state of Alabama in the U.S. just purchased 15,000 OLPC laptops for their classrooms, but the Board of Education will only accept 1000 of them as a test for the first year. If they are already purchased at the lower price, maybe the governor would consider donating a few to the children in Africa, or allow us to buy small amounts under their contract. We suggest that the Alabama officials contact us to discuss possible solutions. View the eschool May Video for more information from the governor.
Every child deserves an opportunity to learn and the donations will reach further if we can work together for global education.
All donations accepted small or large. Be a partner in our consortium to provide education globally.
NanoART for KIDS coming later this year...
View a Flash movie of the top 10 artists from the NanoArt 2007 online competition at:
All artists albums will remain online for a year. We encourage teachers to view the albums to gain an understanding of the beauty of science at the nanoscale. Future announcements and details will appear on this page to keep you informed of our progress.
Contact our organization if you would like to volunteer your time and efforts for this new project to succeed.
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