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. 4, July-August

Back to School Curriculum Ideas: CyberBee Thought It Would Be Fitting to Revisit Some of the Great Websites That You May Have Missed over the Past Few Years
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FIFTEEN years ago, CyberBee began scouting the internet for content that was informative, engaging, and aligned with national standards. From 1993 to 1996, the World Link newsletter was published for librarians around the...
Electronic Resources for Schools
This section provides concise, original reviews of new or important hardware, software, websites, 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...
Fall Planning and Summer Reading: It's Summer. but Don't Relax ... at Least, Not Too Much! It's Never Too Early to Plan Professional Development or Conference Activities, Given the Time and "To Do" Pressures You'll Feel Once School Starts
IT'S summer. But don't relax ... at least, not too much! It's never too early to plan professional development or conference activities, given the time and "to do" pressures you'll feel once school starts. In fact, we hope it's not too late for you...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT Elluminate Plan! THE COMPANY Elluminate, Inc. 6301 NW 5th Way, Suite 3600 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Phone: (866) 388-8674 Internet: www.elluminate.com Elluminate Plan! enables educators to prepackage teaching content...
Realizing Educational Technology's Potential in the Face of Internet Safety Issues: Instead of Using Scare Tactics and Statistics That Are Misleading, We Must Paint a Realistic Picture and Use Statistics Appropriately. Rather Than Pass Legislation That Puts Constraints on Schools, Congress Needs to Fund Online Safety Education and Public Awareness Campaigns That Show the True Picture
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "You can't get there from here." It's not just the punch line of a driving direction joke. For us educators, whose destination is the realization of educational technology's potential, that punch line sometimes seems closer...
The Library of Congress Experience and myLOC.Gov
Located online at: www.loc.gov/exper ience and www.myloc.gov. Access Fee: None. Audience: Middle and high school students through adults. Format: Two websites using interactive technologies to offer access to selected collections from the...
Tips 2.0: What's Hot? How Do I Learn That? I Thought I'd Devote This Month's Column to a Few Sites That I Find Useful to Quickly Orient Myself to Some of the Web 2.0 Technologies. It Is So Easy to Spend a Few Minutes Orienting Myself to New Tools and Ideas during Simple Moments in the Day-15 Minutes Here and There
IF there's a refrain I hear too often, it's that many of us feel it's impossible to keep up and learn all this new stuff in technology and learning. First, it's not necessary to know everything. It just isn't. Then again, it's very useful and professional...
Virtual Environments and K--12 Education: A Tour of the Possibilities-Part 1
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The 2007 edition of the Horizon Report by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative predicted that in 2 to 3 years, virtual worlds will greatly impact teaching, learning, and creative expression. These...
Virtual Science in the Digital Age
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] NEW and developing technologies are producing a wealth of wonderful resources for science instruction. These include everything from virtual experiments delivered via software or the internet to probeware and data loggers--and...
Viva Virtual Visits! Museums, Gardens, and Web 2.0: How about Some Virtual Visits? You Can Go Online and Find All Sorts of Wonderful Museums and Gardens to Explore and Tag for Future Use with Students as Well as for Your Own Interests
I AM writing this on a beautiful March day; in fact, it is the first day of spring. Here in Texas, bluebonnets are popping out, and I am looking forward to an excellent wildflower year in my area. My mind, however, is looking ahead to July, when this...
Why We Need to Teach 21st Century Skills-And How to Do It
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "TTYL, mom," I heard an 8-year-old call out as she headed off with a friend. Even though she doesn't own a cell phone and has never texted anyone, technology is her first language. Most American adults, however, are technological...
Working Retired Part 2: Building a Bridge to Retirement: Active Membership in a Professional Media Organization Is Key to Building That Bridge to Retirement. the Former Media Specialists Interviewed for This Article Were Involved in Their State Professional Organizations While They Were Fully Employed; Many Were Also Active Nationally
IN my May/June column we heard from media specialists who are refocused and recharged in their second careers. They are busy with writing, speaking, online teaching, consulting, and multimedia production. In Part 2 we will learn how these accomplished...
Writing Roadmap 2.0
Company: CTB McGraw-Hill, 20 Ryan Ranch Road, Monterey, CA 93940. Phone: (800) 538-9547; Internet: www.ctb.com. Price: $6.60 per student--1-year subscription, unlimited use by 1--50,000 students. $6.05 per student--1-year subscription, unlimited...