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. 11, No. 1, January/February

A LOOK AT . . . BUYING Digital Cameras
IT'S BECOME clear to most educators that the uses for digital photography in day-to-day teaching, learning, and assessment processes are limited only by the imagination of the users and the availability of the equipment.Daily photographs of a growing...
And Now for Something Different-But Not Completely!
What's with the name change? Well, along with a fresh look, we wanted a fresh name for 2004 to go along with the fresh content.DID you note the change when you saw the cover of this first 2004 issue? As I noted in our last issue, we've been reworking...
An LCD Projector Can Light Up Your Teaching Life
I saw the LCD projector that was mounted on the ceiling in the back of the auditorium; it was huge. It was bigger than my wife's suitcase, and she has one B-I-G suitcase!I ARRIVED an hour early at the newly opened Olin College of Engineering in Needham,...
Aspire
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEB SITESAspireLocated online at http://www.aspire, com/.Source: Aspire Learning Corporation, 812 Huron Road, Suite 280, The Caxton Building, Cleveland, OH 44115; Phone: 888/335-3788; Fax: 216/619-2400; Internet: http://www.aspire.com/.Access...
Blogging AND RSS
The "What's It?" and "How To" of Powerful New Web Tools for EducatorsTHE INTERNET has long been valued by teachers and librarians as a powerful research and communications tool, and in the last 10 years, it has brought about a sea change in the way students...
Chronicling a Technology Initiative
The philosophy behind "Learning Unleashed" is that technology should be available, useable, reliable, and flexible.FOR the past year and a half, I have written the MMS column "Making IT Work for Learning." In this column, I examined some of the institutional...
Dell Inspiron 1100
HARDWARE Dell Inspiron 1100 Company: Dell Computer Corporation, One Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas 78682; Phone: 800/915-3355; Internet: http://www.dell.com/.Description: The Dell lnspiron 1100 notebook computer features the "moonlight silver and Venice...
Elementary School Software
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOFTWARE Max's SandboxCompany: eWord Inc., 104 Fairmount Road East, Califon, NJ 07830; Phone: 908/439-2439; Internet: http://www. maxssandbox.com/.Price: $47-single home user; $68-two home users; $146-lab pack, five users; $266-lab...
From Musty Old Library to 21st-Century Program
CONTRARY to popular belief, musty libraries haven't disappeared; they are there, waiting for media specialists who love challenge and change.Perhaps you've been hired to upgrade a 1950s-era school library into a media center and program for the 21st...
Galeschools.com
Galeschools.comLocated online at http://www.gale schools.com/.Source: The Thomson Corporation/Gale, 27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI48331; Phone: 800/877-4253; Fax: 800/414-5043; Internet: http://www.gale.com/.Access Fee: None.Audience: Grades...
GeoSafari Talking Telescope
Company: Educational Insights, 18730 S. Wilmington, Rancho Dominguez, CA90220; Phone: 800/995-4436; E-mail: service@edin.com; Internet: http://www.educational insights.com/.Description: The GeoSafari Talking Telescope (EI-8805) looks like a combination...
In the Spotlight
netTrekker, a subscription Web site, provides a straightforward search engine designed specifically for K-12 education. The extensive site links to more than 180,000 educator-selected online resources-including 18,000 lesson plans and learning exercises-all...
Math Destinations
Elementary students will love the Lemonade Stand. It's a great way to introduce variables and business economics.MATHEMATICS is the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets using numbers and symbols. It is also dazzling,...
Net Watch
<NetNEWS>Cyber Security for the Digital DistrictThe Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has launched a new program designed to provide education technology leaders and policy makers with strategies and tools to ensure the privacy of data and...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSState Ed Tech Budgets: Opportunities and ChallengesThe average total of federal funding for educational technology increased from 2001-2002 to 2002-2003, but state budget cuts more than offset the...
No Librarians Left Behind: Preparing for Next-Generation Libraries (Part 2)
Editor's note: In the November/December 2003 issue of MULTIMEDIA SCHOOLS in the "DirectConnect" space, Stephen Abram presented Part 1 of an informative essay on what he sees as important trends school library media specialists should be watching for....
Preparing Students: For Digital Living and Lifetime Learning
EDUCATIONAL initiatives that prepare students for 21st-century living must unite revolutionary teaching tools with an evolution in teaching methodologies. The Teaching and Learning Initiative we educators and administrators of the Henrico County (Virginia)...
Title Watch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12Cross-CURRICULUMA Higher-Level Edition has been added to News-2-You, the online weekly newspaper providing current events news to special education and beginning reading students. The new edition provides...
Why Teachers Hate Tech Training ... and What to Do about It
Editor's Note: Do you follow any library or technology listservs? I do. I find pearls of wisdom on them, and some great discussions of issues school library media specialists and technologists deal with. When I read Gail Combs'posting a while back on...