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. 1, January-February

Adaptive Curriculum
REPORT CARD ***** = Highly Recommended **** = Recommended *** = Good ** = OK in some cases * = Don't consider This section provides concise, original reviews of new or important hardware, software, websites, and electronic media that relate to...
A Look at ... ESL Resources
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MANY of the challenges facing those who learn English as a second language (ESL) are the same as those facing anyone learning a language. In fact, I sometimes think ESL is an artificial distinction, although the problems confronting...
Authentic, Technology-Based Activities in the Era of NCLB
A fourth grade teacher described it best: "There's so much in the curriculum pushing at us." Media specialists everywhere have stories to tell about teachers who believe they no longer have time to teach their favorite units, collaborate, or use...
Do You Want Kids to Be Safe Online? Loosen Those Filters!
I AM on a mission to spread the word that Draconian filtering at schools is a practice that produces negative outcomes. The time to speak out about such constraints is now! As I write this, on a warm sunny day in September 2008, I am conscious of the...
Ebooks and 21st-Century Learning
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] School libraries are filled with traditional paper books--great resources for the students who take the time to go into the library, locate the book on the shelf, leaf through it to see if it has potential to provide the information...
Energy Challenges
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ENERGY is an essential and, at times, a controversial subject. At EPCOT Center's Universe of Energy exhibit, the lyrics, "Energy makes the world go round," sum up the role it has in the daily lives of people everywhere. From...
Global Projects and Digital Tools: That Make Students Global Learners
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Back in 1988, the dean of the school of education from the City College of New York was visiting London, and she met with the director of the Polytechnic of South Bank (now called the South Bank University). The director,...
Greenovation Lighting System Upgrade & Companion Curriculum
THE COMPANY Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. 7200 Suter Road Coopersburg, PA 18036 Phone: (610) 282-3800 Internet: www.lutron.com/greenovation THE PRODUCT Greenovation Lighting System Upgrade & Companion Curriculum Greenovation,...
News and Notes for a New Year
WELL, one of the watchwords for the new year is change, and change is coming for our very long-time columnist Linda Joseph and her web sleuth CyberBee. Linda has been filling our pages with CyberBee's discoveries--fabulous web resources to complement...
Talking Tech with Leaders: Getting Buy-In and Understanding
HOW well are you faring with getting your technology agenda endorsed and funded by your management team or district? Is everything going swimmingly? No one is trying to block useful applications such as YouTube or blogging? Your filters aren't obstructing...
Teachscape XL
Company: Teachscape, 731 Market St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103. Phone: (877) 988-3224. Internet: www.teachscape.com. Price: $1,500 per school site, per year, for a single content family. $2,500 per school site, per year, for two to four...
Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information
Company: Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60123. Phone: (800) 312-7511. Internet: www.sunburst.com. Price: $79.95--single user, CD-ROM version. $89.95--single user, web subscription. $199.95--five-user lab set. Site license pricing...
Video on the Web: The Basics
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Most likely, your students discovered YouTube a couple of years ago. You and your teacher colleagues probably have too by now--hence those silly video emails saved in your inbox. Did you know that you can use video in schools...