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. 11, No. 2, March-April

A Look at ... Web-Based Assessment
SOME DAYS, it seems like everything is becoming "Web-based"--i.e., available on the Internet--and for good reason. As connections and speed improve, the Internet's flexibility, accessibility, potential capacity for paper reduction, potential for superior...
A Metamorphosis in Learning: Have You Ever Observed a Ravenous Caterpillar Consume a Bunch of Leaves? Have You Ever Watched a Butterfly Emerge from a Chrysalis?
HOW DOES that caterpillar become a butterfly? And can that little egg really grow into a frog? Exploring life cycles with students can be a fascinating adventure. Begin by having students keep a scientific journal of observations and research based...
Each One Teach One: Learning to Understand Electronic Games: Players Must Develop Excellent Skills at Information Handling, Creativity, Strategy, and Collaboration to Be Successful within This Gaming Community. Sounds like They're Modeling Behaviors for the Real World Too!
MANY of us adults haven't played an electronic game since the days of Super Mario and Tetris. My how things have changed! I recall visiting my son, Zachary, at recess in the playground of his school, 12 years ago. He was 6 years old. There he was...
Effective Use of Visual Learning Tools to Improve Student Learning ... and More!
A WlDELY marketed cure for the "Shhhh!" syndrome, which has plagued school libraries for decades, is claiming its market share across the country. Libraries are being relabeled "Information Centers." Librarians are proudly promoting their title "Teacher-Librarian."...
Federated Searching: A Viable Alternative to Web Surfing!
WHEN conducting research or seeking information, students and teachers often use the Internet search engine Google. I frequently hear library media specialists in my classes bemoan the seemingly unending struggle to entice students and teachers to...
GeoSafari Phonics Pad
Company: Educational Insights, Inc., 18730 S. Wilmington Avenue, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220. Phone: 800/995-4436. Internet: http://www.eductionalinsights.com/ Description: The GeoSafari Phonics Pad is a tablet-sized pad developed to guide the learning...
Hand-Held Peripherals: CompactFlash Devices
Some Background CompactFlash devices are ultra-small devices designed with "flash" technology, a nonvolatile data-storage technology that doesn't require a battery or power source to retain the data. These devices are solid state, as are most of...
Hand-Held Peripherals: iBIZ CF (CompactFlash) Radio Card
Company: iBIZ Technology, 2238 W. Lone Cactus Dr., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85027. Phone: 623/492-9200. Fax: 623/492-9921. E-mail: sales@ibizcorp.com. Internet: http://www.ibizpda-com/ Description: The CFFM pocketRADIO is a CompactFlash stereo radio...
"One-Click Classrooms" Make It Easy for Teachers to Use Technology: In Designing the Scope for Our Learning Unleashed Project, a Committee of Faculty, Administrators, and Students Decided That a Key Component Should Be the Design of a Classroom That Made the Use of an LCD Projector Easy and Reliable
"Learning Unleashed!" is a new column this year in which I am chronicling the progress of a multi-faceted technology initiative at the Dwight-Englewood School, a private K-12 day school in Bergen County, New Jersey. In each column, I will focus on...
S-BIP Online: Student Behavior Intervention Planner
Located online at http://www.carricassoc.com/SBIP/. Source: Curriculum Associates, Inc., 153 Rangeway Read, North Billerica, MA 01862. Phone: 800/225-0248. Fax: 800/366-1158. E-mail: cainfo@curriculumassociates.com. Internet: http://www.curriculumassociates.com/....
Survival in a Malware World
IT'S AN all-too-common scene in today's fragile online world of computing: Users bombarded with malware of all sorts. Malware, a term an Israeli virus researcher coined in 1990, refers to all the viruses, Trojans, and malicious code software designed...
The Many Faces of Collaboration
IT APPEARS that many media specialists are unnecessarily berating themselves these days because they think they aren't collaborating with classroom teachers enough. Even media specialists with good, vibrant, model programs criticize themselves because...
Tools to Use, Curricular, Administrative, and Otherwise: In the Curricular Realm, Search Tools Are an Ever-Changing Subject of Supreme Importance to the MMIS Readership
OK, we're getting practical here at MMIS! As I noted in prefacing the last 2003 issue of the "old" MULTIMEDIA SCHOOLS and then the first 2004 issue of the "new" MULTIMEDIA & INTERNET@SCHOOLS, we've honed our mission to heighten our focus on technology-based...
Weapons of Math Instruction: I Believe That These Sites Are Terrific Because They Challenge Students and Show the Students Why Math Is Important to Know ... and Because They Are Fun to Use
DECIDED a while back to go on a math safari to find Web sites that appeared to be educational and fun to use, that had curricular relevance, and were fun to use, and that could be used by a novice and were fun to use. Oh did I forget to mention that...
Yearly ProgressPro: Math Skills
Located online at http://www.mhdigitallearning.com/. Source: McGraw-Hill Education, Two Penn Plaza, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10121; Phone: 800/848-1567, ext. 4424; Internet: http://www.mheducation.com/. Access Fee: $6.90 per student per year,...