Technology & Learning

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 9, May

All aboard the Elementary Internet
Platforms and Unusual System Requirements: Macintosh and Windows CD; Netscape 3.01 or Internet Explorer 3.01 or higher required. Emphasis: Cross-curricular Internet enrichment. Publisher: BonusPoint, P.O. Box 2281, Saratoga, CA 95070-0281; (888)...
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Building a Web Site That Matters
By now, thousands of schools and classrooms have their own Web sites, created with help from the sorts of tools described in this special feature. But none of the resources or tips shared in the pages that follow are worth a thing unless they are being...
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But Is It Really Free? Student Copyright Issues in Electronic Publishing
By Florence McGinn, 1998 National Teacher of the Year and Doug Gorton and Emily Judson, Electric Soup's editors-in-chief Electric Soup (www.hcrhs.hunterdon. k12.nj.us/esoup/welcome.html), an AT&T grant-supported pilot project, is Hunterdon Central...
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Companies Play the High-Tech Name Game at Toy Fair
Toy marketers aren't playing around anymore when it comes to capturing the attention of parents and kids. As evidenced at Toy Fair 1999 in New York in February, toy companies are using "interactive" and "educational" labels almost interchangeably on...
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Electronic Activity Packs
Within the past year or so, the young kids' software market has exploded with electronic activity packs. While most fit best into a somewhat controversial category called "edutainment"--with a definite leaning toward the "tainment" side--many still...
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Grants, Contests, Etc
With shrinking school budgets and a growing awareness of the value of technology in the classroom, we've all wondered: Where will the money come from? How will innovative teachers receive the recognition and support they deserve? In this department,...
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Lighten Up!: The Science of Optics
How does light travel? How do periscopes make light bend around corners? Why does an oil drop on water have color? How is a holograph created? Answers to these and many other questions are yours for the point and click as you surf the Net to learn...
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Report Cards Issued for Federal Programs
Two mandated evaluations were completed recently to assist Congress as it considers reauthorization of the 1994 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). "Promising Results, Continuing Challenges: Findings From the National Assessment of Title...
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Saying It with Pictures: Tools for Creating Beautiful Web Sites
You've roughed out the content of your school Web site and want to give it as much visual impact as possible. But you find that, as the Web matures and software to create and manage images becomes increasingly sophisticated, it's harder to know how...
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SimCity 3000
Platforms and Unusual System Requirements: Windows 95 or Windows 98 CD, with at brat 220MB hard disk space and 32MB RAM. (Macintosh version available this spring.) Emphasis: Problem solving. Publisher:. Electronic Arts, 209 Redwood Shores Pkwy.,...
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Six Math Adventures
Shipwrecks, missing treasures, spacecraft crash landings, Maltese Falcon-style detective adventures: What are we talking here? Elementary-level math software programs, of counse! Math can be a stickler for some students; a breeze for others. But...
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Software
CREATIVITY National Palace Museum Experience. This DVD-ROM takes viewers to Taipei's treasure-house of Chinese an and culture, the National Palace Museum. Users can see 1,200 pieces from the museum and six theme tours showing Chinese culture. $79.95....
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Staying Connected: Computer Peripheral Interfaces
OK, let's admit it: Connecting peripherals to a computer can be a source of high anxiety. Just as we start to feel comfortable working with all these ports and interface cards, new ones come along. Here's a quick rundown on what's old, what's new and...
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Ten Tips for a Great Site
Here are ten common-sense points to keep in mind when building your school's site. 1. Function before form. Ask yourself: What is the purpose of the site? Is it a starting point for school Internet users? A source of school-related information for...
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The Really Big Picture
Education is all about getting across a message, and there's no better way to accomplish this than by using an oversized monitor or projection device. Business professionals have relied on these devices to make presentations for years, and no road...
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The REAL Y2K Crisis
It's not about hardware, folks, it's about headware. Most of us have heard the ominous rumbling about the Year 2000 Millennium Bug, the impending high-tech apocalypse that seems remarkably like the most absurd Dilbert scenario come horribly to life....
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What's New with ... Textbooks and Technology
While publishers are still in the business of developing and marketing stand-alone software correlated to textbooks, they have increasingly been taking advantage of the growing ubiquity of the Internet to deliver content. Indeed, textbook companies...
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