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. 14, No. 4, July/August

A Look at ... Writing Software and Webware in the Age of Social Computing
DESPITE the seeming difficulty of writing in school, large numbers of students are writing online. Research by the Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates that 73 percent of teens between 12 and 17 years of age use the Internet and, of those,...
Celebrating Communicating: Online Support Groups
BACK in December it occurred to me to write several articles about the Internet and communication. Part of my decision came because there continue to be people who say that computer technology, including the Net, tends to isolate people. My own experience...
Digital Cameras: Management Hassles, Curriculum Possibilities
CABLES, adapters, and memory cards disappear; batteries run low at inopportune times; and busy teachers quickly borrow a camera from another classroom "just for a second" to take advantage of a photo opp. Digital photographers excited about creating...
Elementary/middle School Software
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL SOFTWARE*****REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features AEase of Use AProduct Support AHELP MathCompany: Discovery Education, in partnership with Digital Directions International, Inc., One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910....
E-News Updates
MANY organizations are distributing free newsletters with timely articles and links to valuable resources. Joining a mailing list or RSS feed is easy and convenient, and it's a timesaver when you want the latest news about innovative technology and practical...
Finding, Creating, Using, and Understanding
Visual ContentIN midsummer each year, we create an editorial calendar for the upcoming year. Then we follow that editorial calendar in planning each issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, ensuring that over the course of a year the 20 or so features...
General Interest Software/web Sites
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEB SITES***** REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features A+Ease of Use AProduct Support AScience OnlineLocated online at: www.fofweb.com/ subscription.Company: Facts On File, Inc., 132 W 31st Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY...
Hardware
HARDWARE* * * * REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features AEase of Use AProduct Support ARadius Audio Learning SystemCompany: Learning Resources, Inc., 380 N. Fairway Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Phone: (800) 333-8281; Internet: www.learningresources.com...
High School Software
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE*****REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features AEase of Use AProduct Support AWhen the Levees Broke/ Teaching The LeveesCompany: A collaboration of The Rockefeller Foundation, Teachers College/Columbia University, and HBO Documentary...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT:Holt World History: Human LegacyTHE COMPANY:Holt, Rinehart and Winston10801 N. Mopac ExpresswayBuilding 3Austin, Texas 78759Phone: (800) 479-9799Internet: www.hrw.comHolt expands its high school social studies offerings with an online edition...
I See, I Do: Persuasive Messages and Visual Literacy
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a few images can constitute a persuasive argument. Consider the impact of propaganda posters, of billboards, and of photojournalism. Creators of visual images leverage visual art principles to convey messages....
K-12 Information Literacy: Preparing for the Dark Side
Hey kid, wanna buy a video game? Hey you, lookee over here. I've got cheat codes. Hey, sucker, why not just buy your essay? Sign up here for a free mailing list.IT is essential that we teach information literacy skills to our learners - and today, the...
MASHUPS and Other New or Improved Collaborative Social Software Tools
Our goal for this article is to continue the discussions of practical Web 2.0 tools and social networking sites that have been brought up in this magazine and at recent school librarian conferences and to highlight other collaborative tools and exciting...
Net Watch
News of the latest Net-related products and technology for K- 12 may be sent directly to Kathie Felix at 5746 Union Mill Road, PMB 605, Clifton,VA 20124 or to kathiefelx@aol.com.Net NEWSTeens and Online PrivacyA majority of teens manage their online...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K- 12NEWSU.S. Department of Education Software StudyTest scores were not significantly higher in classrooms using selected reading and mathematics software products than those in control classrooms, according...
Take a Field Trip without Leaving the Classroom: Museums, Zoos, and Interactive Videoconferencing
Educational videoconferencing has come a long way over the years. It started out very slowly, and, in recent years, there has been a burst of interest on the part of museums and zoos in providing their educational programs via this medium.Today, students...
Title Watch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12SciENCEDon Johnston's Start-to-Finish series now includes Giant Hurricanes and Tornadoes, available in a variety of formats including paperback book, computer book, and audiobook. Written for students in...