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. 5, September/October

Avoiding Tech Terror Attacks
As I walked into the room-a huge ballroom, for Pete's sake-I had a fleeting thought: "Maybe I should have given this honey a test-drive before today." Then I went on to tell myself, "Nah, I will be fine." You can probably tell where this is going.IT...
Axioms, Maxims, and Other Advice
Are there daunting tasks in your future at your media center? Here are some axioms, maxims, and just plain sage advice that may help you, whatever the task you're facing.YOU can eat an entire elephant if you cut it into small enough pieces. That well-worn...
DATABASE NEWS: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content, Part 5
In this article, Part 5 of my series of reviews, I continue my conversations with representatives of vendors about how they are addressing the growing K-12 classroom reliance on electronic resources, the products they currently offer, and what new resources...
Global Connections
There are many mentored and data-entry activities that allow your students to participate with classrooms across the country and around the world.FINDING safe, engaging collaborative projects for your classroom doesn't have to be a challenge. There are...
Holt Virtual Investigations
MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWAREHolt Virtual InvestigationsCompany: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32887. Phone: (800) 225-5425; Fax: (800) 269-5232; Internet: www.hrw.com.Price: $49.99Audience: Middle school and high...
Internet@Schools West: Be There!
Our "conference within a conference" (we are the K-12 face of the Internet Librarian conference that is concurrent and co-located with I@SchoolsWest) features three-count 'em, three!-well-known keynote speakers.AS I do just about every year in the September...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCTThe African Writers Series Digital CollectionTHE COMPANYProQuest LLCP.O. Box 1 346Ann Arbor, MI 48106Phone: (800) 521-0600Internet: www.proquest.comProQuest's African Writers Series offers a digital collection of key texts in 20th-century...
Net Watch
<NetNEWS>Cyberbullying and Online TeensNearly one-third (32 percent) of Internet-using teens said they have experienced some type of online bullying, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report. The project's "Cyberbullying and...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K12NEWSCoSN 2007 Compendium on Technology IssuesThe Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released its 2007 Compendium, an annual collection of monographs on the key issues facing K-12 education technology...
PRESENTATION SYSTEMS: The Whiteboard Grows Up
PRESENTATION systems are an exciting and expanding mixture of educational tools growing from computer, projection, and other technologies. The systems examined in this article are built around interactive whiteboards, devices that interpret projected...
School Library Automation Revisited-2007!
[Editor's Note: Northern Illinois University library science professor Barbara Fiehn is back again, reporting on library automation for the school media community. This year, after working hard with an automation system to gain some new perspectives,...
Simon S.I.O. (Sounds It Out)
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOFTWAREElectronic Resources for SchoolsREPORT CARD***** = Highly Recommended**** = Recommended*** = Good** = OK in some cases* = Don't considerThis section provides concise, original reviews of new or important hardware, software,...
Tapping the Tools of Teen Culture in the LMC
On Dec. 13, 2006, TIME named us all Person of the Year. The cover read, "You Control the Information Age. Welcome to Your World." It should come as no surprise that this declaration set the Web atwitter. Some people saw TIME's choice as a validating...
TeacherFileBox.com
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEB SITESTeacherFileBox.comLocated online at: www.teacherfile box.com.Company: Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, 18 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Monterey, CA 93940-5746. Phone: (800) 714-0971; Fax: (800) 777-4332; Internet: www.teacherfile...
Teacher Librarians: Sharing and Taking Care of Themselves
Some solutions to the diffusion issue include better communication, better sharing, more publication, and strategies to reward innovation. If these are combined with a tearing down of bureaucratic and educratic boundaries, then more successful diffusion...
Title Watch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12SciENCEThe new Interactive Online Edition of Holt Biology provides downloadable audio readings of the Holt Biology student textbook. Students can listen to the textbook in English or Spanish on an iPod...
World Book Advanced
World Book AdvancedLocated online at: www.worldbook online.com.Company: World Book, Inc., 233 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601. Phone: (800) 9753250; Internet: www.worldbook.com.Price: About $800 per year for an annual subscription...