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. 11, No. 6, November-December

3dchor Kids
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOFTWARE Company: Animated Communications, P.O. Box 16907, Chapel Hill, NC 27516; Phone: 800/949-4559; Internet: http://www.3dchor com/. Price: $89--single copy price; $650--course pack, 10 copies. The course pack includes a...
Data-Driven Professional Development: What Makes the Biggest Difference in Improving Student Performance? It's Not the Latest Curriculum Product or Assessment Tool or Even Parental Involvement. Research Indicates That It Is Precisely What the Average Citizen Already Knows: Teachers and Quality of Teaching
YET, most districts do not know how to target professional development to meet the individual needs of teachers and students. The opportunities being provided are largely one-size-fits-all, with no clear indication of whether or not it is helping to...
Demographic Changes in America: 1990-2000
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEB SITES Company: GeoLytics, Inc., P.O. Box 10, East Brunswick, NJ 08816; Phone: 800/577-6717; Fax: 732/651-2721; Internet: http://www.geolytics.com/. Price: $249--single teaching copy, CD-ROM; $995--lab pack of 10...
Epson Perfection 3170 Photo Scanner
HARDWARE Company: Epson America, Inc./ Epson Store, P.O. Box 93107, Long Beach, CA 90809; Phone: 800/873-7766; Fax: 562/290-4401; E-mail: epsonstore@ea.epson.com; Internet: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/ index.jsp/. Description: The Epson...
Free and Fee-Based Online Science: Resources for the K-12 Community
SEARCHING the Web may seem an easy task. Just type in your terms and look at all the results--until, of course, you are engulfed in your hits, drowning in the inevitable consequences of a bad keyword search. A more efficient, viable alternative is...
Holt Middle School Science and Technology: Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEB SITES Located online at http://www.hrw. com/. Source: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 10801 N. MoPac Expy, Building 3, Austin, TX 78759; Telephone: 800/ 225-5425 or 512/721-7000; E-mail: tschrw@hrwtechsupport.com;...
Keyboards, Quill Pens, and the Future of Work
I HAVE a theory. I think we have to prepare our students for the world they will encounter--not the one we suffered through. Sounds obvious, but so often we seem to forget. This came home to me in a recent experience that reminded me of my own school...
Reading Promotion in the Age of Technology
ARE the kids reading? Seems like I hear that question a lot these days. Our "yes" answer is especially exciting in a time of digital competition and the expectation that students should acquire reading skills and achieve high test scores. We believe...
Roxio Easy Media Creator 7
GENERAL-INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEB SITES Company: Roxio, Inc., 455 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050; Telephone: 866/280-7694 or 408/367-3100; Fax: 408/367-3101; Internet: http://www.roxio.com/. Price: $100, list price. The program can often be...
Science Fair Fundamentals
SCIENCE Fair programs are awesome and can generate all sorts of amazing results from inspiring and engaging projects. Finding good resources that outline the process and suggest age-appropriate topics is a key component for getting students started....
Software for Hand-Held Computing
YOU'VE learned the basic functions of your hand-held computer (or PDA--Personal Digital Assistant)--mid now you're wondering what more you can do with it, or how you can improve its function. You may be a K-12 educator who has just been told that...
Technology, Assessment, and Professional Development
THERE'S a professional development theme to some of the content of this issue that I'll get to in a moment. But in terms of professional development, I can't pass up my last opportunity, in print at least, to mention our Internet@ Schools West conference...
Technology That Moves Assessment and Student Achievement Forward
IN THE MIDST of the challenges found in meeting the growing list of education mandates, we should also feel a sense of optimism. While we struggle in some categories, technological advances have provided new opportunities and greater power to support...
Tech Training and Modeling Effective Teaching, Part 2
Learning Unleashed! has been a new column this year in which I have been chronicling the progress of a multifaceted technology initiative at the Dwight-Englewood School, a private K-12 day school in Bergen County, N.J. With each issue of MMIS, I have...
The Product: Scantron Achievement Series Scantron Performance Series
THE COMPANY: Scantron Corporation 34 Parker Irvine, CA 92618 Phone: 8800/722-6876 Internet: http://www.scantron.com/ Together, the Scantron Performance Series and the Scantron Achievement Series provide a complete assessment package...