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. 5, September-October

Avoiding Tech Terror Attacks
As I walked into the room--a huge ballroom, for Pete's sake--I had a fleeting thought: "Maybe I should have given this honey a test-drive before today." Then I went on to tell myself, "Nah, I will be fine." You can probably tell where this is going....
Axioms, Maxims, and Other Advice
YOU can eat an entire elephant if you cut it into small enough pieces. That well-worn advice is worth remembering; it helps us through those times of feeling overwhelmed ... which explains why a collection of small elephants decorates my office. They...
Database News: What's There, and What's Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content, Part 5
In this article, Part 5 of my series of reviews, I continue my conversations with representatives of vendors about how they are addressing the growing K-12 classroom reliance on electronic resources, the products they currently offer, and what new...
Electronic Resources for Schools
This section provides concise, original reviews of new or important hardware, software, Web sites, and electronic media that relate to the K-12 curriculum. All reviews are written by practicing educators who, in most cases, have used the software in...
Internet@Schools West: Be There!
AS I do just about every year in the September Editor's Notes space, I want to signal highlights of the upcoming Internet@Schools West conference, coming up Oct. 29 and 30 in Monterey, Calif. Our "conference within a conference" (we are the K-12 face...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT The African Writers Series Digital Collection THE COMPANY ProQuest LLC P.O. Box 1346 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Phone: (800) 521-0600 Internet: www.proquest.com ProQuest's African Writers Series offers a digital collection of key...
Presentation Systems: The Whiteboard Grows Up
PRESENTATION systems are an exciting and expanding mixture of educational tools growing from computer, projection, and other technologies. The systems examined in this article are built around interactive whiteboards, devices that interpret projected...
School Library Automation Revisited-2007!
[Editor's Note: Northern Illinois University library science professor Barbara Fiehn is back again, reporting on library automation for the school media community. This year, after working hard with an automation system to gain some new perspectives,...
Tapping the Tools of Teen Culture in the LMC
Younger people, the people we're teaching in our school libraries, have never known an information landscape without things such as blogs, YouTube, MySpace, and instant messaging. They've always known the Web to be not just for reading content but...
Teacher Librarians: Sharing and Taking Care of Themselves
Some solutions to the diffusion issue include better communication, better sharing, more publication, and strategies to reward innovation. If these are combined with a tearing down of bureaucratic and educratic boundaries, then more successful diffusion...