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. 3, May-June

Califone DVD50-PLC Portable DVD Player
Company: Califone International, Inc., 1145 Arroyo Ave. #A, San Fernando, CA91340. Phone: (800) 722-0500; Internet: http://www.califone.com. The Web site includes a dealer locator feature that identifies local sellers. Description: The Califone...
Creekin': Grab a Bucket Kick Net, and Water-Testing Kit. Then, Head for the Nearest Creek for a Great Adventure
DON your boots. Grab a bucket, kick net, and water-testing kit. Then, head for the nearest creek for a great adventure. Discover all sorts of creatures and plants that live in this aquatic habitat. Investigate the health of the creek and its impact...
Development of the Industrial U.S. Reference Library
Company: Thomson Gale, 27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Phone: (800) 877-4253; Internet: http://www.gale.com. Price: $190--Single school use. District pricing varies. Audience: 7th grade-high school. Format: The e-book edition...
Filtering Woes Redux
I got a flood of responses, replete with the posters' recent horror stories about their filters. Out of close to 70 responses, four said their filters were about the same, two said they felt like their filters were more lenient, and the rest said they...
Got a Media Center Design or Remodel in Your Future?
VISIT any larger bookstore or coffee shop and you will notice high-school students cozily tucked into soft chairs and sipping coffee while doing homework. Think about the competition media specialists face as they plan new or remodeled media centers!...
Marvelous Math Products
Math, computers, and the Internet make a wonderful combination that seems to be producing better, more effective, and more interesting math educational materials every day. Internet technology--driven by speedy DSL access, increasing flexibility of...
Moodle: A Free, Easy, and Constructivist Online Learning Tool
AN online, collaborative teaching and learning environment can be a boon to students and teachers alike, furthering education goals across the curriculum. But collaborative efforts are necessarily complicated and expensive to set up, right? Not...
Science Diagrams
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: $79.95--single unit; $239.85--five pack; $399.75--10 pack; $799.50--25 pack. Network...
Social Networking: A New Tech Tool and a New Security Concern for Teens and Schools
What has been the hottest tech issue in your school this year? As a middle school computer teacher at an independent school for girls in a metropolitan area, I feel pretty confident guessing that it is student usage of social networking sites. Social...
The Education Desktop
Company: LearningStation, Inc., 8008 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 210, Charlotte, NC 28226. Phone: (888) 679-7058; Fax: (704) 927-5401; Internet: http://www.learningstation.com. Price: The Education Desktop can be customized to deliver a variety...
The Potential of Gaming on K-12 Education
For a long time, constructivist educators, those learning-by-doing folks, have been trying to find a way to incorporate gaming (games are called simulations in the educational environment) into their craft. Why? Because kids love games and, according...
The Product: knowledgeBox 4.0
KnowledgeBox 4.0 Pearson Digital Learning 6710 East Camelback Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Phone: 888/977-7900 Internet: www.Pearson Digital.com/ KnowledgeBox 4.0 is the newest release of the K-6 learning system that provides digital standards-based...
The Proof Is in the Podding: iPods Seem to Nicely Align with Students' Natural Behaviors Rather Than Insist They Align Their Behaviors with Uncomfortable Technologies
LIVE been following the Duke University experiment of providing iPods to all students. It's pretty interesting and a marvel in the law of unintended consequences. The evaluation report on Duke's 2004/ 05 academic uses of iPods initiative is available,...
Toward the Cutting Edge: To Cover One Out-Front Issue, Joanne Barrett Has Written a Feature on Facebook, MySpace, and, in General, Social Networking and What Turmoil It's Bringing to the Education Space
WELL I've now gotten a needed "infoboost," the one I refer to when I encourage people to attend conferences--in particular, of course, our Internet@Schools conferences. Just back from moderating the Washington, D.C., Internet@Schools East event, I'm...