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National Semiconductor Awards $100,000 to Teachers for Lesson-Enhancing Internet Ideas

Internet Innovator Awards Reward Creative Use of Internet in Classroom

Oct 26, 2004

October 26, 2004 – National Semiconductor Corporation presented $100,000 in cash awards to teachers/teaching teams in California, Maine and Texas recognizing their creative projects using the Internet in their classrooms. 
National gave $10,000 cash awards to ten teachers/teaching teams recognizing the effective ways they are using the Internet in their classrooms.  The award money is for the teachers’ personal use and does not have to be spent in the classroom. The Internet Innovator Award winners are:


Mark Gross, Evergreen Valley High (San Jose): “My Little World: Collaborative Problem Solving in Action.” Students from five different class periods created their own countries and role-played international conflict scenarios. Using on-line collaborative tools, file-sharing, and other technology tools, students learned to work together to create a statement of national interests, a constitution, foreign policy, flag and national anthem.

Jim DeLong, Bret Harte Middle School (San Jose): “The Anne Frank Wall.” Jim DeLong and students created an Internet photo collection of people throughout the world holding translations of Anne Frank’s diary.

Catherine Enos and Janine Gavin, Mariano Castro Elementary School (Mounain View): “A Plan to Save the San Francisco Bay.” Teachers and students created a bilingual website to promote the restoration of Bayland habitats near the San Francisco Bay. The website includes sutdent reports and photos of their visits to the watershed for research and restoration.

Pam Randall of Mariano Castro Elementary School, Donna Taylor of Graham Middle School and Marilyn Armistead of Frank L. Huff Elementary School (Mountain View): “Sizzling Science.” Students at three schools created animated, interactive web pages featuring original student artwork.

Jeremy Willette, Mt. Ararat Middle School (Topsham): “The Middle School Student’s Multilingual Talking Picture Dictionary.” Students used the internet to read, hear, and visualize words in five foreign languages to create Jeremy Willette’s Multilingual Talking Picture Dictionary, as well as see project goals, requirements, conduct translations, and view work updates.

Donna Smith, Fisher-Mitchell School (Bath): “Eye on the World: Sharing and Learning thorgh Video Conferencing.” Students learned about home by sharing their world with another first-grade class in France, via quarterly video conferencing.

Susan Palmer, Plummer-Motz Elementary (Falmouth): “Using Communication Technologies to Assess the Whole Child.” Students used the class website to share their work and measure their progress.

Christy Ruder, Willie Brown Elementary (Mansfield): “Community Authors.” Students used NetMeeting, interactive surveys, and class discussions to review their favorite books.

Judith Soriano, Mansfield Summit High School (Arlington): “Six Great Ideas in Six Weeks.” Goodness, beauty, truth, liberty, equality, and justice were the six ideas addressed via a discussion board. Working in teams, students developed web pages devoted to the ideas, linking as many examples as possible to a website.

Nancy Boyer, J.B. Little Elementary School (Arlington): “Environmental Changes: the Cryosphere.” Students recorded their experiments and posted their findings online as movies and written reports.

An independent panel of judges, experts in education technology, reviewed the applications and selected all winners. 

Since 1998, National has provided over $2 million to teachers in California, Maine and Texas recognizing their creative use of the Internet in the classroom.  The Internet Innovator Awards were made through the company’s charitable foundation.  Despite the economic downturn, National has been able to provide substantial grants to its community partners through its foundation, which National launched in August 2000 to support education and address critical community needs. 

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor, the industry’s premier analog company, creates high performance analog devices and subsystems.  National’s leading-edge products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, communication interface products and data conversion solutions.  National’s key markets include wireless handsets, displays, PCs and laptops.  The company’s analog products are also optimized for numerous applications in a variety of electronics markets, including medical, automotive, industrial, and test and measurement.  Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $1.98 billion for fiscal 2004, which ended May 30, 2004.  Additional company and product information is available at www.national.com