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. 6, November/December

Grzimek's Animal Life
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEBSITESCompany: Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, 27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Phone: (800) 877-4253; internet: www.gale.com/ animallife.Price: $495- Individual K-12 schools. A volume pricing discount is offered.Audience:...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCTAdobe Digital School Collection for K-12THE COMPANYAdobe Systems, Inc.345 Park Ave.SanJose,CA95IIOPhone: (800) 585-0774Internet www.adobe.comThe new Adobe Digital School Collection for K- 12 students and educators provides a software bundle...
RAPS 360 (Reading Analysis & Prescription System)
Company: MindPlay, 440 S. Williams Blvd., Suite 206, Tucson, AZ 85711. Phone: (800) 221-7911; internet: www.mindplay.com.Price: The pricing is based on format - WAN (wide area network), LAN (local area network), standalone computer, or internet-based...
Samsula Academy: Old School, New Tricks
HOW do you rebuild a 97year-old media center? Well, in 21st-century style, of course!Samsula Academy, formerly Samsula School, has been a successful institution since its inception in 1912, in no small part due to the commitment and involvement of the...
Social Media in the Classroom-For Kindergartners (!) through High Schoolers
Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, MySpace, Ning: How do we help our students learn the social skills needed to understand what it really means to live and participate in a global community? How do we incorporate this into our schools and classrooms? How do...
Teacher Tools
THE constant development of new and evolving internet and electronic technologies has resulted in the creation of an exciting variety of teacher tools for classroom use. The related changing nature of culture and the way students learn these days makes...
The Difficult Tasks at Hand
HERE'S the difficult task facing educators today, whether you're working in a classroom and media center or in a building or a district administrative office: You've got to move your classroom's, school's, or district's students toward the mastery of...
The K-12 Online Evolution
21st-Century Solutions for 21st-Century LearningIn his book The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Thomas L. Friedman, columnist for The New York Times, discusses a global, web-based playing field and the sharing of knowledge...
The Power of Primary Sources
WHAT'S a primary source? The response, "Diaries, letters, journals, oral interviews, historic documents, photos, and newspapers" is typical. But what about sheet music, drawings, maps, movies, passports, athletic event ticket stubs and statistics, campaign...
The September 11th Education Program: A National Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Company: The September 11th Education Trust/Social Studies School Service, 10200 Jefferson Boulevard, Box 802, Culver City, CA 90232. Phone: (800) 421-4246; internet: www.learnabout9-ll.org.Price: $129 for a single user; $499 for a 5-user license.Audience:...
This I Know Is True
WHA I do these statements have in common?* imbee is a great social networking community for youngsters.* Ask.com is a search tool with many great value-added features.* You cannot really trust Wikipedia as a reliable resource.* MySpace is the place to...
Virtual Worlds for Kids-GOOD FUN, GOOD EDUCATIONAL VALUE
[Sonja Plummer-Morgan and Lisa NealShaw are public librarians from Maine who have explored the use of virtual worlds with very young - and not-so-very young - children. They have found sites very helpful in encouraging curiosity and enabling tech-learning...
What Is in the Pipeline? Really! Part 2
IN the September/October 2009 issue of MMIS, having noted (with some surprise) that most of today's crop of elementary school students were born in or after 2000, I launched into the first of a 2-part series of musings on what their world will be like...