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. 6, November/December

A Look at . . . Building the Perfect Computer Lab
AT the end of many of the days since the current elementary computer lab program was implemented in our district, I've sat in the lab or at the library circulation desk wondering what I've gotten myself into.I love books, computers, and students, so...
Data Gathering, Part II: Developing Your Spreadsheet to Get the Numbers You Need
SINCE the publication last fall of my Media Center column "Data Gathering-Why You Need the Numbers ... And What You Can Do with Them," I have received many questions from readers asking for more information about how to set up a spreadsheet for gathering...
Digging into Databases
The range of subscription databases grows more astonishing each day, as librarians well know. Students can easily locate journals dating back to the 1700s, daily newspaper stones from the past century, and transcripts of last month's cable documentaries....
Handy Reference Tools
Build an online reference collection for finding quick facts. Create your resources so they are geared toward teaching or meeting information literacy standards.SOME sites offer free access to their databases, while others such as encyclopedia publishers...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT:SMART Board 600 series interactive whiteboardTHE COMPANY:SMART Technologies Inc.1207 11th Avenue SW, Suite 300Calgary, AB T3C OM5 CanadaPhone: 888/427-6278Fax: 403/228-2500Internet: www.smarttech.comThe SMART 600 series offers larger screen...
Leveraging Data for Learning: Resources and More Examples
Editor's Note: Author Lori Callister's feature on using data with success discusses sites using the Northwest Evoluation Association [http://www.nwea.org/] assessment product Measures of Academic Progress [http://www.nwea.org/assessments/]. We also asked...
MyTeacherAssistant.com
GENERAL-INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEB SITESMyTeacherAssistant.com* * * * REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features AEase of Use AProduct Support ALocated online: http://www.MyTeacherAssistant.com/.Source: Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Dr., Elgin, IL 60123;...
Net Watch
<Net NEWS>Pew Report: The Internet@SchoolA total of 68 percent of all teenagers have used the Internet at school, according to a recent Pew Internet Project survey. About one in five teens (18 percent) using the Internet from multiple locations...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSK-12 Technology Focuses on Administrative UsesWhile 86 percent of teachers rely on computers for administrative functions, only 54 percent integrate computers into their daily curriculum, according...
Nuts and Bolts and Other, Newer Tools of the Trade
We think you'll find In this material some new ideas you can use to tweak those systems and routines, freshen them up, and make them even more effective. This issue's authors touch on the tried and true as well and the hot and new.YOU'RE well into the...
Paper and E-Paper
IT took thousands of years to standardize the "book." The book's history is quite interesting. I've seen the Rosetta stone several times at the British Museum. Our records of early language and the various early alphabets are largely from carvings on...
The Eagle Has Landed
Learning Unleashed! continues this year-Year 2-with my chronicle of the progress of our multifaceted technology initiative at the Dwight-Englewood School, a private K-12 day school in Bergen County, N.J. In each column, I will focus on a new aspect of...
The New Classroom Jeopardy!
The New Classroom Jeopardy!* * * * REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features AEase of Use AProduct Support ACompany: Educational Insights, 18730 S. Wilmington Ave., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220; Phone: 800/995-4436; E-mail: classroom jeopardy@edin.com;...
Title Watch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12Cross-CURRICULUMSign-A-Lot: The Big Surprise for grades pre-K-6 teaches American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary to young students. The first in a series of programs, the title weaves sign language into...
UltraKey 5.0
UltraKey 5.0* * * * * REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features AEase of Use AProduct Support ACompany: Bytes of Learning Inc., 60 Renfrew Dr., Suite 210, Markham Ontario L3R OE1 Canada; Phone: 800/465-6428; Fax: 905/475-8650; Internet: http://www.bytesof...
Valiant Roamer
* * * * * REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features AEase of Use AProduct Support AHARDWAREValiant RoamerCompany: Valiant USA, P.O. Box 639, Forest Park, IL 60130; Phone: 888/366-6628; Fax: 708/366-8348; E-mail: info@valiantusa.com; Internet: http://www.valiant-technol...
WHAT'S A WIKI? A Powerful Collaborative Tool for Teaching and Learning. That's What!
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.-Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founderEditor's Note: Will Richardson, supervisor of instructional technology at Hunterdon...
YOU'VE GOT DATA: Using Collected Data with Success
IT is not unusual to hear educators talk about the pressing need for more hours in a day. But what if data could, in fact, save time and help change the very culture of our schools?Two school leaders have seen this happen. Their focus on taking time...