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. 1, January-February

A Look at ... Supplemental Classroom Electronics
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] REMEMBER folder games and puzzles? Teachers have always used instructional aids of one kind or another to supplement instruction, such as calculators in Math class, games, puzzles, math aids, and other devices for small group...
Celebrating Communicating: To Blog or Not to Blog?
DID I show up for the party too late? I am hearing that country song in my head, "Turn out the lights, the party's overrrrrr ..." I started my own blog recently and since then I have seen some comments that suggest the blogosphere may be imploding,...
Did You Hear That? the Internet Firmament Is Shifting
Fall 2007: Two months that shook our world! WHEEE! (or Wii!) Life is a roller coaster. Halo wasn't the only game shaking the world last fall. In autumn 2006, while I was traveling a lot around the world, I managed to experience a 6.7 earthquake...
Fluent Reading Trainer (FLRT)
***** | REPORT CARD Installation A Content/Features A Ease of Use A Product Support A Company: MindPlay Educational Software Co., 440 S. Williams Blvd., Suite 206, Tucson, AZ 85711. Phone: (800) 221-7911; Internet: www.mind play.com....
GeoSafari Quiz Bowl
**** | REPORT CARD Installation B- Content/Features A Ease of Use B Product Support B Company: Educational Insights, 18730 S. Wilmington Ave., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220. Phone: (800) 995-4436; Internet: www.educational...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT Sally Ride Science K-12 Education Programs THE COMPANY Sally Ride Science 9191 Towne Centre Drive Suite L101 San Diego, CA 92122 Phone: (800) 561-5161 Internet: www.sallyridescience.com Sally Ride, America's...
Is That Really True? Urban Legends and Information Evaluation Skills: We Frequently Review Website Evaluation Strategies with Students and Even Have Some 'Quick and Dirty' Methods to Help Them Develop Information Evaluation Skills. Still, We Find They Are Sometimes Too Trusting of the Information They Find on the World Wide Web
These days, students are inundated by information in all formats and from all corners of the world, and they are apt to believe what they see, hear, or read without carefully evaluating it. At my school, we frequently review website evaluation strategies...
Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder
***** | REPORT CARD Installation A Content/Features A Ease of Use A Product Support A Located online at: www.kaactivity builder.com. Company: Knowledge Adventure, Inc., 2377 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 302, Torrance, CA 90501. Phone:...
Reading Reconnaissance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FINDING just the right book that will grab a student's interest is like looking for Waldo. Tracking down books that correlate with specific curriculum areas and topics for study can be daunting. What is a library media specialist...
Staff Development: Still an Important Role
I've long believed that staff development is an important role for media specialists. Technology staff development isn't receiving the attention it once did in professional journals or at professional conferences, but the need hasn't gone away; it...
The Power of RSS: Instant Information Updating Based on Quality Searches: With Web Tools at Your Disposal That Allow for Instant Updating of Information Based on Quality Searches, All New Information Can Be Delivered to the Client in Two Quick Clicks. Ladies and Gentlemen, That Is the Power of RSS
When does the reference interview end? Is it when the student walks out the door? Is it when the library closes? Or when the librarian hangs up the telephone? In my experience working with the public (when I was a reference librarian) or with attorneys...
The Summer Travel Blog: A 2.0 Travelogue to Bridge Summer 'Down Time'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Do you still remember the thrill of receiving a summer postcard from your teacher? How exciting it was to open the mailbox and find that personal piece of mail waiting--and to realize that your teacher was thinking of you....
The Year Ahead, in Print and in Conference
IT'S still 2007 as I put this issue to bed, but I'm looking ahead to 2008, to upcoming editorial and conferences. As usual, we'll be covering a wide range of technology-oriented topics and socio-technological phenomena of relevance to the library media...