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. 15, No. 6, November/December

DATABASE NEWS: What's New, and Interactive, in the World of K-12 Content
In this article, the sixth in my series of reviews, I look at four websites I found particularly notable for the interactive programs they offer. These are programs that can be integrated into K-12 classrooms either as part of the curriculum or as learning...
Discovery Education Science for Elementary
Company: Discovery Education, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. Phone: (800) 323-9084. Internet: www.discoveryeducation.com.Price: $1,695-Annual school subscription with 24/7 online access for a school's educators and students. A 30-day...
Educational Gaming-From Edutainment to Bona Fide 21st-Century Teaching Tool
There are approximately 145 million video game players in the U.S. today. The average age of a game player is 33 years old (recently graduated teachers are part of this demographic). Of our 53 million K-12 students, 51 million of them (or 93%) play video...
Elementary Resources
RESOURCES or tools that facilitate elementary classroom processes but aren't major curriculum or textbook components can take at least three forms: tools that help teachers with their daily work; materials (software or electronics) that can be used for...
Everybody Else Is Doing It!
REMEMBER when you were a kid and you wanted to do something but your parents said "NO'? ltbu probably played the "everybody else" card, pleading in your best whiny voice, "But all the other kids are doing it!" Of course your parents did not immediately...
Focus Groups with Young Learners: What Are They Really Doing?
How well do you know your young charges? What do your students do in their so-called spare time? How do they do their homework? Where do they do it? What's the environment like? Can you say with confidence what the PC penetration is in your classes or...
Internet2 and K-12-New Resources and Opportunities
Though it may have gone unnoticed by most K-12 users of Internet2, in the 2 years since the publication of my article, "Internet2, K-12 and Librarians," in the September/October 2006 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, the available bandwidth...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCTGoogle Apps Education EditionTHE COMPANYGoogle, Inc.1600 Amphitheatre ParkwayMountain View, CA 94043Phone: (650) 253-0000Internet: www.google.comGoogle Apps Education Edition offers email, calendar, and collaboration tools directly from a...
Mysteries of Ancient Egypt
TREK back in history to the reign of the pharaohs. Uncover the secrets of mummification. Lift the shroud of mystery surrounding the great pyramids. Translate hieroglyphic writing. Open the door to anthropology and archeology through the study of Ancient...
Netwatch
NetNEWSTechnology Disaster Recovery ChecklistThe Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) provides a free disaster recovery checklist online at http://cosn.org/docs/CoSN%20%20Disaster%20Recovery%20Checklist.pdf. The 10-item list covers everything from...
Newswatch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSCoSN Receives MacArthur GrantThe Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) received a $450,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the foundation's digital media...
School Loop Standard
Company: School Loop, 49 Powell St., San Francisco, CA94102. Phone: (650) 351-5060.Price: Free to the first 100 school districts. After that, the price is $500 per building per year.Audience: K-12 educators (teachers and administrators in schools and...
Solving the Technology Funding Challenge-Making a Fresh Start
HOW did things get so bad? Like that of many others, the condition of the technology in our district has declined to the point of continuing frustration. Our recent reality has been a districtwide hodge-podge of hardware, software, and operating systems...
Timeliner XE
Company: Tom Snyder Productions, 100 Talcott Ave., Watertown, MA 02472. Phone: (800) 342-0236; Internet: www.tomsnyder.com.Price: $99-single computer. $450-five computers. $650-10 computers. $1,050-30 computers. $2,600-Unlimited site license. Additional...
Titlewatch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12CROSS CurriculumThe latest edition of the MyGuide Personal Learning Program is targeted to Florida students in grades 7-10 and students taking the Florida High School Exit Exam. The new edition builds on...
Video Gaming, Internet2, and Resources Galore
TO end the year, we continue in this November/December issue to push the envelope as well as to deliver the basics. Two of our features delve into cutting-edge technologies and internet resources; two more offer up the sorts of rich collections of useful,...