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. 16, No. 6, November-December

Grzimek's Animal Life
Company: Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, 27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331. Phone: (800) 877-4253; internet: www.gale.com/animallife. Price: $495--Individual K-12 schools. A volume pricing discount is offered. Audience: Grades K-12...
In the Spotlight
THE COMPANY Adobe Systems, Inc. 345 Park Ave. San Jose, CA 95110 THE PRODUCT Adobe Digital School Collection for K-12 Phone: (800) 585-0774 Internet: www.adobe.com The new Adobe Digital School Collection for K-12 students and educators...
RAPS 360 (Reading Analysis & Prescription System)
Company: MindPlay, 440 S. Williams Blvd., Suite 206, Tucson, AZ 85711. Phone: (800) 221-7911; internet: www.mindplay.com. Price: The pricing is based on format--WAN (wide area network), LAN (local area network), standalone computer, or internet-based...
Samsula Academy: Old School, New Tricks; Samsula Academy, Formerly Samsula School, Has Been a Successful Institution since Its Inception in 1912. but the School Community Had to Think on Its Feet in February 2008 When the Public School District Announced Its Intention to Close the Doors of the Small, Rural Campus
HOW do you rebuild a 97-year-old media center? Well, in 21st-century style, of course! Samsula Academy, formerly Samsula School, has been a successful institution since its inception in 1912, in no small part due to the commitment and involvement...
Social Media in the Classroom-For Kindergartners (!) through High Schoolers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, MySpace, Ning: How do we help our students learn the social skills needed to understand what it really means to live and participate in a global community? How do we incorporate this into our schools...
Teacher Tools
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE constant development of new and evolving internet and electronic technologies has resulted in the creation of an exciting variety of teacher tools for classroom use. The related changing nature of culture and the way students...
The Difficult Tasks at Hand: If You and Your Educator Colleagues Are Wrestling with Perplexing Issues Such as How to Address the Social Media and Virtual-Learning Phenomena in Your Districts or Whether to Move into Online or Virtual Schooling, Then Read On
HERE'S the difficult task facing educators today, whether you're working in a classroom and media center or in a building or a district administrative office: You've got to move your classroom's, school's, or district's students toward the mastery...
The K-12 Online Evolution 21st-Century Solutions for 21st-Century Learning
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In his book The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, Thomas L. Friedman, columnist for The New York Times, discusses a global, web-based playing field and the sharing of knowledge and work in real time,...
The Power of Primary Sources: Primary Sources Aren't Just about History. Their Use Can Enhance Learning in All Content Areas and for Students of All Ages. the Widespread Prevalence of Digital Primary Sources Makes a Greater Range Available and Accessible to All
WHAT'S a primary source? The response, "Diaries, letters, journals, oral interviews, historic documents, photos, and newspapers" is typical. But what about sheet music, drawings, maps, movies, passports, athletic event ticket stubs and statistics,...
The September 11th Education Program: A National Interdisciplinary Curriculum
Company: The September 11th Education Trust/Social Studies School Service, 10200 Jefferson Boulevard, Box 802, Culver City, CA 90232. Phone: (800) 421-4246; internet: www.learnabout9-11.org. Price: $129 for a single user; $499 for a 5-user license....
This I Know Is True: How Does One Keep Up as the Array of Tools and Resources Evolve and Change at a Dizzying Rate? One of My First Bits of Advice Would Be to Belong to as Many Online Communities as One Can Manage, Starting with the Tried-and-True Listservs
WHAT do these statements have in common? * imbee is a great social networking community for youngsters. * Ask.com is a search tool with many great value-added features. * You cannot really trust Wikipedia as a reliable resource. * MySpace...
Virtual Worlds for Kids-Good Fun, Good Educational Value
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [Sonja Plummer-Morgan and Lisa Neal-Shaw are public librarians from Maine who have explored the use of virtual worlds with very young--and not-so-very young--children. They have found sites very helpful in encouraging curiosity...
What Is in the Pipeline? Really! Part 2: Imagine What the Information-Container-Free World of the Future Looks like from Our Learners' Point of View. Music Won't Come in CD Formats, Movies Won't Be on Tape or DVD, Talking Books Won't Be on Tape or CD, and Books Won't Always Be on Paper. the Available Content Will Be Limitless on the Internet
IN the September/October 2009 issue of MMIS, having noted (with some surprise) that most of today's crop of elementary school students were born in or after 2000, I launched into the first of a 2-part series of musings on what their world will be like...