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Their Students Are Using the Web to Publish Music, Construct Railroads, Design Quilts

Oct 23, 2000

October 23, 2000 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today announced the winners of its third annual Internet Innovator Awards.  National presented the awards to 15 teachers recognizing the effective ways they are using the Internet in their classrooms.

Winning teachers or teams received $10,000 for their personal use, and their schools were awarded  $20,000 to spend on technology training.  A panel of judges comprised of experts in instructional technology evaluated the teachers' projects.  

The winning teachers are from California, Texas and Maine, states where National has major facilities.  The winners and a synopsis of their projects are as follows:


  • Mary Buckman from George Hall School in San Mateo: "Mr. Patch's Quilt Club."  Students and teams used the Internet as a creative bulletin board by culminating a unit study and showcasing their work as a block on a quilt.
  • Dave Forrest from James Logan High School in Union City: "History Close to Home."  Students used the Internet for research.  Then, they practiced their analytical and writing skills as they prepare questions for people with first-hand knowledge of events such as the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Jennifer Fraser from San Mateo Middle College High School in San Mateo: "Techno-topias."  Students used the Internet to explore "techno-topia," a genre of literature depicting futurist worlds where humans depend on technology to solve problems.
  • Richard Soos from Anne Darling Elementary School in San Jose: "School Kids."  Students wrote and recorded original music at their school then created a CD that they sold on the Internet.  The project taught them Web design, production, marketing and selling skills.

California and Texas (Collaborative Project)

  • Leonarda Brush formerly from Junipero Serra Elementary School in Daly City, Calif. and Jan Brier from Willie Brown Elementary School in Mansfield, Texas: "The Continuing Story."  These two teachers collaborated on a project for third and fifth graders who contributed chapters to a continuing story involving topics such as climate, endangered species, jobs, food and customs in their states.


  • Courtney Morawski from Willie Brown Elementary School in Mansfield: "Follow Me to Technology!"  Second graders conducted a nationwide email survey of more than 80 people to determine what types of technology first appeared in classrooms.  Then, they consulted with technology experts to test their theories.


  • Alicia Benson and Meliss Foltz from Skowhegan Area High School in Skowhegan: "Mosaicos."  Mosaicos is a virtual classroom where students studying Spanish send email to native speakers, listen to new words and repeat them, and play games to reinforce learning of the Spanish language.
  • Stephen Morneault from Memorial Middle School in South Portland: "Road Kill Mysteries."  Each Road Kill Mystery is a cunning short story followed by a number of questions that invite middle schoolers to form a hypothesis, analyze data and draw conclusions.  Students  earn points for solving the mystery.
  • Susanna Sharpe from Brunswick Junior High School in Brunswick: "The Railroad Project."  Teams of students form companies to design, oversee the construction and promote a new trans-Canada rail system.  Each "company" conducts research on the Internet, prepares a tour book and creates a scenic video of their railroad.
  • Cara Stacy and Kim Fish from James H. Bean School in Sidney: "Stitching Across the Globe."  First graders use quiltmaking as a backdrop for a virtual field trip as students use email and the Internet to locate and learn about new places in the world.  Parents and volunteers help students sew real quilts that they donate to needy families.
  • Beth Vickery and Kristi Niedermann from Cushing Community School: "The Talking Alphabet Book."  This multimedia project helps kindergarten students study letter names and sounds.  They use email to invite community members to share additional items that begin with their letter and create a Web page dedicated to their respective letters in the alphabet.

To date, National has provided over $1 million to teachers and their schools through the  Internet Innovator Awards program.  The awards program is one component of the company's multi-million dollar Internet Training Initiative for teachers and includes Global Connections, a leader-led training course showing teachers how to use the Internet to enhance their curriculum, and Global Connections Online, a free, Web-based course.  Global Connections Online, www.nsglobalonline.com, enables teachers anywhere in the world to log on and obtain Internet training.

National makes integrated circuits for information appliances that access the Internet such as set-top boxes, thin clients and portable Web-access devices.  The company established the initiative when studies revealed a critical need for teacher training in technology.

Next year's Internet Innovator Awards will be presented in October 2001, and teachers may apply now through June 22.  Visit www.national.com/training for more information on the program and the application process.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor provides system-on-a-chip solutions for the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of the-art digital technology, the company's chips lead many sectors of the personal computer, communications, and consumer markets. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its last fiscal year and has about 10,500 employees worldwide. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com