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. 14, No. 3, May-June

A Look at ... Administrative and Counseling Software and Webware
WHEN looking at software for K-12 administrators and counselors, we are looking at software and Webware focused on tasks or processes that make K-12 education possible on a large scale. Administrative software includes the student management systems...
Building Enthusiasm for a New Library
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The independent school where I teach is building a new library that's set to open this fall. Our library is growing from one story to two, from 3,200 to 8,000 square feet, from 14,000 to 18,000 volumes, from zero to six study...
Building Student Data Literacy: An Essential Critical-Thinking Skill for the 21st Century
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Is the world truly flat as author Thomas L. Friedman suggests in his landmark book, The World Is Flat? How do we prepare our students for success in a connected society where the power to change the world has moved from major...
Celebrating Communicating: Focus on Listservs
AS I write this column, I am housebound during an infrequent ice storm in the Texas Hill Country. My dad is in the hospital here in my old hometown, hence my midweek visit when I should be at my office. But I cannot even get out to visit him, and if...
Collaboration in Today's Classrooms: New Web Tools Change the Game: The New-Generation Web 2.0 Solutions Are Easier and More Engaging to Use, and They Are Proving to Have a Larger Impact on Collaboration and Communication in the Classroom Than Complex Technologies of the Past
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Technology is playing a key role in various types of communication within the classroom today, changing the way communication takes place in a way that is having a real impact on learning. A different breed of technology,...
Cyberbullies, Online Predators, and What to Do about Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You've read the news articles, seen the stories on TV news, or possibly heard them on the radio: Bullies have gone online, predators are lurking everywhere, and MySpace is a nightmare for kids and teens. What the media...
Early Technology, Why We Love It, and What We Learned from It
I SPENT part of New Year's Day setting up my new computer and putting obsolete technology in storage--floppy disks, applications for earlier operating systems, assorted wires and cables, and even old automation system disks that ran on a 48K Apple...
From Nuts and Bolts to Web 2.0
AS I review the conference program for Internet@Schools East (which will have happened by the time you read this) and the program we're just building for Internet@ Schools West in October, I note with satisfaction that we continue to succeed in covering...
Future School Libraries: A Third Presence in Second Life?
SECOND LIFE: definition--"Second Life is an open-ended virtual world created by San Francisco-based Linden Lab. It is similar to There, another such world created around the same time, in that one of its primary focuses is socialization, but the similarity...
InspireData
Company: Inspiration Software, Inc., 9400 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Suite 300, Beaverton, OR 97005. Phone: (800) 877-4292; Fax: (503) 297-4676; Internet: www.inspiration.com. Price: $79--Single-license download. $280--Five-computer license....
Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society
Company: ABC-CLIO, 130 Cremona Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93117. Phone: (805) 968-1911; Fax: (805) 968-9685. Internet: www.abc-clio.com. Price: $499 per year for unlimited access at school and at home. Audience: High school (grades 9-12). Format:...
New Software and Electronic: Media Titles for K-12
SciENCE The NOVA/FRONTLINE documentary, "Global Warming: What's Up with the Weather?" is available on DVD from WGBH Boston Video. The documentary investigates whether recent weather events are natural temporary incidents or the devastating results...
Plant a Prairie Garden: Students Can Design and Plant Their Own Prairies as Part of the School Landscape. Then Watch as the Grasses Grow, the Flowers Bloom, and the Critters Flourish
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "It appears as though the stars from heaven have fallen on the earth." --Charles Dickens BEFORE the European settlers arrived, there were huge prairies stretching for miles across the North American continent. Only remnants--about...
Qwizdom ReadySet
THE PRODUCT: Qwizdom ReadySet State Standardized Curriculum THE COMPANY: Qwizdom, Inc. 12617 Meridian E Puyallup, WA 98373 Phone: (800) 347-3050 Internet: www.qwizdom.com Qwizdom ReadySet combines a standards-based curriculum...
Study Island
Company: Study Island, 3400 Carlisle, Suite 345, Dallas, TX 75204. Phone: (800) 419-3191; Fax: (877) 592-1357; Internet: www.studyisland.com. Price: A variety of purchase options are available, based on state, grade level, number of students, and...
The Bridge of Vocabulary
Company: Pearson Assessments/ NCS Pearson, Inc., P.O. Box 1416, Minneapolis, MN 55440. Phone: (800) 627-7271; Internet: www.pear sonassessments.com. Price: $49.99, single copy. Audience: Teachers of a variety of populations, including Pre-K through...