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. 2, March-April

After School in the Library Media Center
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For one afternoon every week our middle school library becomes a gamer's paradise. Free snacks, loud music, Guitar Hero, and Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi. We supply the snacks and the games, but the kids mostly run the...
A Look at ... Mobile Devices
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A mobile device--also known as a hand-held device, handheld computer, ultrasmall laptop, tablet, palmtop, or simply a handheld--is a small, very mobile computing device. These units typically have a display screen with...
Anti-Filtering Snapping Turtle: Answers Fearmongers and Naysayers
WHEN I was a kid my dad used to warn me, "Don't ever pick up a snapping turtle! If he chomps down on you, he won't let go till it thunders!" Living in South Central Texas, this was a scary threat. Back then, as is true today, my hometown was subject...
Celebrating 21st-Century Learning at the International Student Media Festival
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's a celebration of creative learning through technology. It's a day filled with minds-on, hands-on, collaborative learning experiences. It's a mini-Oscar event, complete with red carpet, lights, and paparazzi. It's the...
Conferences and Columns
INTERNET@SCHOOLS EAST 2009 This is a recap from our Editor's Notes last issue, but now it's March, the very month Internet@Schools East 09 (and Computers in Libraries) will take place. So, as they say in the listservs, pardon the cross-posting:...
Cool Tools for Content Creation: More Than Blogs or Wikis
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We live in a Web 2.0 world where everyone is capable of creating content and sharing it, not just accessing what someone else has created and shared. Tools to create content are now readily and freely (or somewhat inexpensively)...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT Learn360 THE COMPANY AIM Education, Inc. 45 Executive Drive, Suite 201 Plainview, NY 11803 Phone: (800) 431-1934, ext. 6001 Internet: www.learn360.com The Learn360 video streaming service for K-12 education now offers...
Learning Plans on Demand
Company: International Learning Corp., 850 N. Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994. Phone: (866) 3435189. Email: Support@Learningplansondemand.com. Internet: www.learningplansondemand.com. Price: $1,500 annually for small schools with fewer than 300...
Miller & Levine Biology/Biology.Com
Company: Pearson Education, 1 Lake St., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Phone: (888) 977-7900; internet: www.pearsoned.com. Price: $299.97--Biology.com teacher access pack. Additional pricing information is available from Pearson. Audience: Grades...
PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection
Company: PBS TeacherLine, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Phone: (800) 572-6386; internet: www.pbs.org/teacherline. Price: An annual subscription for two coaches (that includes unlimited teachers) costs $799, and as many as 10 additional...
Preparing for the New Media Literacies
WELL, the times they are a-changin' again. We are seeing a sea change in how people around the world receive their news. We've seen this before. While no one living today recalls a world without newspapers, there are people alive who recall a time...
The TIGed Program: A Model for Taking Classrooms Global
Online "global classrooms" empower educators to leverage the power of social networking to create curriculum that is more interdisciplinary, more effective, and more relevant to students' lives. An effective online global classroom brings students...
World Book Student
Company: World Book, Inc., 223 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601. Phone: (800) 975-3250; internet: www.worldbook.com. Price: World Book Student is included with World Book Web, School and Library Edition or Complete Reference Suite....
You've Got (Too Much) Mail
MUCH has changed since we enjoyed the 1998 romantic comedy You've Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Falling in love over the web is no longer unique. We no longer race to our computers if "mail call" rings or Eudora chimes. Educators have stopped...