Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Consumer guide to high-tech school products. Includes purchasing recommendations, cost-saving tips, and technical advice. Written for and by K-12 school professionals.

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 3, May/June

Califone DVD50-PLC Portable DVD Player
HARDWARECalifone DVD50-PLC Portable DVD PlayerCompany: Califone International, Inc., 1145 Arroyo Ave. #A, San Fernando, CA91340. Phone: (800) 722-0500; Internet: http://www.cali fone.com. The Web site includes a dealer locator feature that identifies...
Creekin'
Grab a bucket, kick net, and water-testing kit. Then, head for the nearest creek for a great adventure.DON your boots. Grab a bucket, kick net, and water-testing kit. Then, head for the nearest creek for a great adventure. Discover all sorts of creatures...
Development of the Industrial U.S. Reference Library
MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWAREDevelopment of the Industrial U.S. Reference LibraryCompany: Thomson Gale, 27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Phone:(800) 877-4253; Internet: http://www.gale.com.Price: $190-Single school use. District pricing...
Filtering Woes Redux
I got a flood of responses, replete with the posters' recent horror stories about their filters. Out of close to 70 responses, four said their filters were about the same, two said they felt like their filters were more lenient, and the rest said they...
Got a Media Center Design or Remodel in Your Future?
Visit any larger bookstore or coffee shop and you will notice high-school students cozily tucked into soft chairs and sipping coffee while doing homework. Think about the competition media specialists face as they plan new or remodeled media centers!VISIT...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT:KnowledgeBox 4.0THE COMPANY:Pearson Digital Learning6710 East Camelback RoadScottsdale, AZ 85251Phone: 888/977-7900Internet: www.PearsonDigital.com/KnowledgeBox 4.0 is the newest release of the K-6 learning system that provides digital standards-based...
Marvelous MATH PRODUCTS
Ivlath, computers, and the Internet make a wonderful combination that seems to be producing better, more effective, and more interesting math educational materials every day. Internet technology-driven by speedy DSL access, increasing flexibility of...
MOODLE: A Free, Easy, and Constructivist Online Learning Tool
AN online, collaborative teaching and learning environment can be a boon to students and teachers alike, furthering education goals across the curriculum. But collaborative efforts are necessarily complicated and expensive to set up, right?Not necessarily....
Net Watch
<NetNEWS>Search Engine Use ClimbsNearly 60 million American adults are using Internet search engines on a typical day, according to tracking surveys published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project The data shows that the use of search...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSCoSN Technology AwardsThe Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) presented six awards honoring the achievements of education leaders and their contributions to the education technology community....
Science Diagrams
Science DiagramsCompany: Tool Factory, Inc., 3336 Sunderland Hill Road, Sunderland, VT 05250. Phone: (800) 375-6549; Fax: (802) 375-6860; Internet: http://www.toolfactory.com.Price: $79.95-single unit; $239.85 -five pack; $399.75-10 pack; $799.50-25...
Social Networking: A New Tech Tool and a New Security Concern for Teens and Schools
What has been the hottest tech issue in your school this year? As a middle school computer teacher at an independent school for girls in a metropolitan area, I feel pretty confident guessing that it is student usage of social networking sites. Social...
The Education Desktop
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWAREThe Education DesktopCompany: LearningStation, Inc., 8008 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 210, Charlotte, NC 28226. Phone: (888) 679-7058; Fax: (704) 927-5401; Internet: http://www.learning station.com.Price: The Education Desktop...
The Potential of Gaming on K-12 Education
For a long time, constructivist educators, those learning-by-doing folks, have been trying to find a way to incorporate gaming (games are called simulations in the educational environment) into their craft. Why? Because kids love games and, according...
The Proof Is in the Podding
iPods seem to nicely align with students' natural behaviors rather than insist they align their behaviors with uncomfortable technologies.I've been following the Duke University experiment of providing iPods to all students. It's pretty interesting and...
Title Watch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12CROSS CurriculumEduss Integrated Multi-Dimensional Teaching Assistant (IMTA) for K-12 provides prescriptive learning in mathematics, literacy, language, and phonics. Teaching support materials are integrated...
Toward the Cutting Edge
To cover one out-front issue, Joanne Barrett has written a feature on Facebook, MySpace, and, in general, social networking and what turmoil it's bringing to the education space.WE LL I've now gotten a needed "infoboost," the one I refer to when I encourage...