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. 12, No. 6, November-December

A Look at ... Building the Perfect Computer Lab
AT the end of many of the days since the current elementary computer lab program was implemented in our district, I've sat in the lab or at the library circulation desk wondering what I've gotten myself into. I love books, computers, and students,...
Data Gathering, Part II: Developing Your Spreadsheet to Get the Numbers You Need
SINCE the publication last fall of my Media Center column "Data Gathering--Why You Need the Numbers ... And What You Can Do with Them," I have received many questions from readers asking for more information about how to set up a spreadsheet for gathering...
Digging into Databases: Using Databases to Inspire Novel Approaches to Creating Curriculum
The range of subscription databases grows more astonishing each day, as librarians well know. Students can easily locate journals dating back to the 1700s, daily newspaper stories from the past century, and transcripts of last month's cable documentaries....
Handy Reference Tools: Build an Online Reference Collection for Finding Quick Facts. Create Your Resources So They Are Geared toward Teaching or Meeting Information Literacy Standards
SOME sites offer free access to their databases, while others such as encyclopedia publishers charge subscription fees. Many schools are forming consortiums to defray the costs for these pay-as-you-go services. An excellent example is InfOhio [http://www.infohio....
Leveraging Data for Learning: Resources and More Examples
Editor's Note: Author Lori Callister's feature on using data with success discusses sites using the Northwest Evaluation Association [http://www.nwea.org/] assessment product Measures of Academic Progress [http://www.nwea.org/assessments/]. We also...
MyTeacherAssistant.Com
**** REPORT CARD Installation A Content/Features A Ease of Use A Product Support A Located online: http://www.My TeacherAssistant.com/. Source: Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Dr., Elgin, IL 60123; Phone: 800/321-7511;...
New Software and Electronic: Media Titles for K-12
Cross-CURRICULUM Sign-A-Lot: The Big Surprise for grades pre-K-6 teaches American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary to young students. The first in a series of programs, the title weaves sign language into a storyline populated with animated characters,...
Nuts and Bolts and Other, Newer Tools of the Trade
YOU'RE well into the school year now, with routines and systems functioning smoothly, we assume. With that in mind, this month we bring you a collection of features and columns that shed new light on practical uses of technological tools and resources,...
Paper and E-Paper
IT took thousands of years to standardize the "book." The book's history is quite interesting. I've seen the Rosetta stone several times at the British Museum. Our records of early language and the various early alphabets are largely from carvings...
SMART Board 600 Series Interactive Whiteboard
THE PRODUCT: SMART Board 600 series interactive whiteboard THE COMPANY: SMART Technologies Inc. 1207 11th Avenue SW, Suite 300 Calgary, AB T3C OM5 Canada Phone: 888/427-6278 Fax: 403/228-2500 Internet: www.smarttech.com The SMART 600 series...
The Eagle Has Landed
Learning Unleashed! continues this year--Year 2--with my chronicle of the progress of our multifaceted technology initiative at the Dwight-Englewood School, a private K-12 day school in Bergen County, N.J. In each column, I will focus on a new aspect...
The New Classroom Jeopardy!
**** REPORT CARD Installation A Content/Features A Ease of Use A Product Support A Company: Educational Insights, 18730 S. Wilmington Ave., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220; Phone: 800/995-4436; E-mail: classroom jeopardy@edin.com;...
UltraKey 5.0
***** REPORT CARD Installation A Content/Features A Ease of Use A Product Support A Company: Bytes of Learning Inc., 60 Renfrew Dr., Suite 210, Markham Ontario L3R OE1 Canada; Phone: 800/465-6428; Fax: 905/475-8650;...
Valiant Roamer
***** REPORT CARD Installation A Content/Features A Ease of Use A Product Support A Company: Valiant USA, P.O. Box 639, Forest Park. IL 60130: Phone: 888/366-6628: Fax: 708/366-8348; E-mail: info@valiantusa.com; Internet:...
What's a Wiki? A Powerful Collaborative Tool for Teaching and Learning. That's What!
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. --Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder IF YOU want to find the most important site on the Web these days, look...
You've Got Data: Using Collected Data with Success
IT is not unusual to hear educators talk about the pressing need for more hours in a day. But what if data could, in fact, save time and help change the very culture of our schools? Two school leaders have seen this happen. Their focus on taking...