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. 16, No. 2, March/April

After School in the Library Media Center
For one afternoon every week our middle school library becomes a gamer's paradise. Free snacks, loud music, Guitar Hero, and Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaicki.We supply the snacks and the games, but the kids mostly run the program themselves, rotating...
Anti-Filtering Snapping Turtle Answers Fearmongers and Naysayers
WHEN I was a kid my dad used to warn me, "Don't ever pick up a snapping turtle! If he chomps down on you, he won't let go till it thunders!" Living in South Central Texas, this was a scary threat. Back then, as is true today, my hometown was subject...
Celebrating 21st-Century Learning at the International Student Media Festival
It's a celebration of creative learning through technology. It's a day filled with minds-on, hands-on, collaborative learning experiences. It's a mini -Oscar event, complete with red carpet, lights, and paparazzi. It's the 34th annual International Student...
Conferences and Columns
We have bid a sad good-bye to Linda Joseph and her column, CyberBee, but will soon be welcoming new columnist Johanna Riddle and her column, The Tech Effect.INTERNET@SCHOOLS EAST 2009This is a recap from our Editor's Notes last issue, but now it's March,...
Cool Tools for Content Creation: More Than Blogs or Wikis
We live in a Web 2.0 world where everyone is capable of creating content and sharing it, not just accessing what someone else has created and shared. Tools to create content are now readily and freely (or somewhat inexpensively) available to the general...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCTLearn 360THE COMPANYAIM Education, Inc.45 Executive Drive, Suite 201Plainview, NY 11803Phone: (800) 43 1 - 1 934, ext. 6001Internet: www.learn360.comThe Learn360 video streaming service for K-12 education now offers a My Learn360 homepage...
Learning Plans on Demand
Company: International Learning Corp., 850 N. Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. Phone: (866) 3435189. Email: Support@Learning plansondemand.com. Internet: www .learningplansondemand.com.Price: $1,500 annually for small schools with fewer than 300 students;...
Miller & Levine Biologyl Biology.com
MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEBSITESCompany: Pearson Education, 1 Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Phone: (888) 977-7900; internet: www.pearsoned.com.Price: $299.97 - Biology.com teacher access pack. Additional pricing information is available...
Mobile Devices
A mobile device - also known as a hand-held device, handheld computer, ultrasmall laptop, tablet, palmtop, or simply a handheld - is a small, very mobile computing device.These units typically have a display screen with touch input or a miniature keyboard....
Net Watch
Net NEWSPicturing AmericaThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded 29,086 schools and public libraries with access to the Picturing America educational art initiative in the program's second national application period. To date, more than...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSCisco, Intel, and Microsoft Collaborate on Global Education AssessmentCisco, Intel, and Microsoft announced plans to collaboratively underwrite a multisector research project designed to develop...
PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEBSITESCompany: PBS TeacherLine, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Phone: (800) 572-6386; internet: www.pbs.org/teacherline.Price: An annual subscription for two coaches (that includes unlimited teachers) costs $799,...
Preparing for the New Media Literacies
When we think about our learners' and our communities' ability to receive and filter news on a local, national, and international scale, are we preparing them with the skills they need?WELL the times they are a-changin' again. We are seeing a sea change...
The TIGed Program: A Model for Taking Classrooms Global
Online "global classrooms" empower educators to leverage the power of social networking to create curriculum that is more interdisciplinary, more effective, and more relevant to students' lives. An effective online global classroom brings students from...
Title Watch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12Language ARTSKurzweil 3000 Version 11 USB offers portable access to Kurzweil 3000, the scaffolded reading, writing, and study skills program. The new software enables students to save files and user settings...
World Book Student
Company: World Book, Inc., 223 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601. Phone: (800) 975-3250; internet: www.worldbook.com.Price: World Book Student is included with World Book Web, School and Library Edition or Complete Reference Suite. Pricing...
You've Got (Too Much) Mail
MUCH has changed since we enjoyed the 1998 romantic comedy You ve Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Falling in love over the web is no longer unique. We no longer race to our computers if "mail call" rings or Eudora chimes. Educators have stopped...