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. 12, No. 5, September/October

EcoLog XL
Electronic Resources for SchoolsREPORT CARD***** - Highly Recommended**** = Recommended*** = Good** = OK in some cases* = Don't considerHARDWAREEcoLog XLCompany: Fourier Systems, Inc., 3803 Wood Gardens Court, Kingwood, TX 77339. Phone: 800/564-2548;...
FASTT Math
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL SOFTWAREFASTT MathCompany: Tom Snyder Productions/Scholastic, 80 Coolidge Hill Rd., Watertown, MA 02472. Phone: 800/342-0236; Fax: 800/304-1254; E-mail: ask@tomsnyder.com; Internet: http://www.tomsnyder.com/ or http://www.fasttmath.com/.Price:...
Final Preparations-Logistics, Training, and Policy
I'M writing this in early July, and even as last school year becomes a memory, my thoughts have been on the first day of the 2005-06 school year and the initial rollout of our student tablet PC program. I now have an entire wall of my shop stacked to...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT:Sagebrush InfoCentreTHE COMPANY:Sagebrush Corporation3601 Minneapolis Drive, Suite 550Minneapolis, MN 55435Phone: 800/533-5430Fax: 507/725-2301Internet: www.sagebrushcorp.com/Sagebrush InfoCentre provides site-based library automation and...
Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development
Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary DevelopmentCompany: Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60123, Phone: 888/492-8817; Internet: http://www.sunburst.com/.Price: $60-single copy; $160-lab pack of 10; $700-unlimited site use.Audience:...
Net Watch
<Net NEWS>Holt Web Traffic Tells a StoryThe login page of Holt's online textbooks was accessed more than IO million times between Aug. 1, 2004, and April 30, 2005, a significant increase over the same period during the 2003-2004 school year when...
New Phenomena, New Technologies, New Relevance
OVER the summer, while working on our Web site at MMISchools.com and its accompanying MMIS Xtra e-newsletter, I found myself writing brief stories that pointed readers toward new ... what to call them? phenomena? technologies? ... that educators should...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSTrends in Digital CommunicationA research study of employers, educators, and students conducted by Macromedia and Certiport found that people use new forms of digital communication to become more...
Playing to Learn! Meet and Greet the New Interactive Technologies
Well we got no choiceAll the girls and boysMakin all that noise'Cause they found new toysThis is a short quote from Alice Cooper's "School's Out." It's a tune that runs through my mind during the summer months. I suppose it's an anthem of sorts. Funny...
Products for Science Teachers
A LOOK AT . . .WHEN I was a young child in the 1950s, science wasn't a subject taught in my elementary school. The teachers focused on reading, writing, and arithmetic. At that time, home economics and shop classes played a more prominent role than social...
Read & Write 7.1E Gold
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARERead & Write 7.1E GoldCompany: Texthelp Systems Ltd., based in Antrim, Northern Ireland, with a U.S. office at N. Ireland Technology Center, 545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. Phone: 888/248-0652; Fax: 866/248-0652; E-mail:...
Start the Year Right with Digitally Native Teachers
THE MEDIA CENTERTHEY come to the media center carrying their laptops to plan and schedule; they frequently stop by to reserve a video projector for a PowerPoint presentation. They're impressed with the amount of technology available to today's kids,...
STREAMING VIDEO: Why to Do It, How to Do It, and Where to Get It
YOU are so frustrated. A big portion of your library media center budget is spent on audiovisual materials every year. You want to switch to DVDs, but most of your classrooms still contain VCRs. The videos in your collection are becoming outdated and...
TECHNOLOGY AND TEXTBOOKS: Cutting-Edge Early Literacy Technology
TEACHING young children to read and write is one of the toughest jobs in education. While some children learn to read easily, the challenge lies with the students who don't-with some never seeming to pick up the knack. Additionally, it can be overwhelming...
Title Watch
TitleWatch lists recently-released educational software and electronic media products that relate to the K-12 curriculum. Suggestions for entries and press releases should be addressed to Kathie Felix, 5746 Union Mill Rd., PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124...
Visual Learning: Using Images to Focus Attention, Evoke Emotions, and Enrich Learning
Mike Lambert has been teaching 3rd and 4th grade learners in a combination class at Hong Kong International School for many years, Margaret Carpenter comes as a library media specialist to upper elementary from a background of teaching much older students...
We the People: Constitution and Citizenship Day
IN 2004, Congress passed a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 establishing a day to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., who inserted this mandate into the bill, felt this was a way...