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. 13, No. 4, July-August

Addressing a Potential Crisis in School Library Programs: The Work of the ALA Task Force on School Libraries
CONSIDER the following: * Students do better academically in schools that have good libraries, but reports of the elimination of school librarians--and even entire school library programs--persist, despite numerous studies documenting the positive...
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A Lot to Think About
AS you read this, ALA and NECC are over; it's July, and summer is really here. With luck, that means you have some contemplative time, which may also mean time for professional reading along with traditional, purely fun, summer reading. With that...
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Cosmeo
Cosmeo Located online at http://www.cosmeo.com/. Company: Discovery Education, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone: 888/698-6247; E-mail: customerservice@cosmeo.com; Internet: http://education.discovery.com/. Price: $9.95 per...
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Digital Storytelling: Stories Are Important, Providing Us with a Voice in Time and Place about Our Heritage
LEAVE a legacy of cultural history for future generations through digital storytelling. Stories are important, providing us with a voice in time and place about our heritage. Rich digital stories can be created using many different technologies, such...
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Mobile Computing Goes to School: Cutting-Edge Technology, Dollars, and Common Sense
EXCITING new mobile computer technologies are moving into K-12 education on many fronts. Today, teachers can work with portable media players, audience response systems, smartphones, portable keyboards/small laptops, tablet PCs, laptops, and hand-held...
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PLATO Courses: History, Geography
PLATO Courses: History, Geography Company: PLATO Learning Inc., 10801 Nesbitt Ave. South, Bloomington, MN 55437; Phone: 800/8692000; Internet: http://www.plato.com/. Price: $110 per student, for one course for one semester. Audience: High...
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Simulation Explorer
Simulation Explorer Company: Tool Factory, Inc., 3336 Sunderland Hill Road, Sunderland, VT 05250. Phone: 800/375-6549; Fax: 802/375-6860; Internet: http://www.toolfactory.com/. Price: $59.95--single unit; $179.85--five-pack; $299.75--10-pack;...
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Social Networking, Part 2: A Toolkit for Teachers
Editor's Note: Helping school colleagues keep up with technology trends is a function library media specialists (LMSs) are well-placed to fulfill. It's also a function that can further underscore the importance of the LMS at school. With that in mind,...
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Technoholics Anonymous? Is It Bad to Be a Technoholic? Not Necessarily! as One Listserv Member Reminded Me, "Technolist, at Least in Moderation, Is Part of What Moves Us Forward."
SOMETIMES I picture myself standing up in front of a group and saying, "My name is Mary Ann, and I'm a technoholic." To my own surprise, I somehow morphed from a nervous Luddite in the early 1980s to a full-fledged technophile by the year 2000. Because...
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The Changing Face of the Scholarly Web: Finding Free, Quality, Full-Text Articles, Books and More!
TO help organize the world's information and make it universally accessible, Google launched Google Book Search and Google Scholar. Yahoo!, MSN, and other search leaders followed soon after to provide their own databases for finding quality full-text...
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The Holt Science & Technology Lab Generator
THE COMPANY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston 10801 North Mopac Expressway, Bldg. 3 Austin,TX 78759 Phone: 800/479-9799 Internet: www.hrw.com/ The Holt Science & Technology Lab Generator CD-ROM aids the planning and management of science labs...
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Type to Learn Jr. New Keys for Kids
Type to Learn Jr. New Keys for Kids Company: Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60123; Phone: 888/492-8817; Internet: http://store.sunburst.com/. Price: $29.95--home version; $69.95--school edition, single copy; $799.95--network...
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What Can MySpace Teach Us in School Libraries? Just as I Get Nice and Comfortable with Web Sites and Learning Mobile Applications, Blogging, and Downloading Streaming Media, the Web World Goes and Mutates Yet Again!
FIRST, a musical quotation: I've looked at clouds from both sides now, From up and down, and still somehow It's cloud illusions I recall. I really don't know clouds at all. This small excerpt from Joni Mitchell's brilliant...
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What's It like to Take an Online Class? in This Article We'll Hear from Graduate Students Who Have Taken Multiple Online Courses from Several Universities, Fulfilling a Need to Earn Course Credits toward a Degree or Meet Professional Development Goals
ONLINE learning is one of the most rapidly growing areas of education. It is expected to continue expanding as more colleges and universities increase their offerings and today's undergraduate students, already comfortable with technology and online...
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