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. 6, November-December

Database News: What's New, and Interactive, in the Worldof K-12 Content
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With Web 2.0, the number and functionality of feebased and free interactive electronic resources available for K--12 classrooms have grown and changed tremendously in the last 5 years. The resources come in all designs, ranging...
Discovery Education Science for Elementary
Company: Discovery Education, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. Phone: (800) 323-9084. Internet: www.discoveryeducation.com. Price: $1,695--Annual school subscription with 24/7 online access for a school's educators and students. A...
Educational Gaming-From Edutainment to Bona Fide 21st-Century Teaching Tool
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There are approximately 145 million video game players in the U.S. today. The average age of a game player is 33 years old (recently graduated teachers are part of this demographic). Of our 53 million K--12 students, 51 million...
Elementary Resources
RESOURCES or tools that facilitate elementary classroom processes but aren't major curriculum or textbook components can take at least three forms: tools that help teachers with their daily work; materials (software or electronics) that can be used...
Everybody Else Is Doing It!
REMEMBR when you were a kid and you wanted to do something but your parents said "NO"? You probably played the "everybody else" card, pleading in your best whiny voice, "But all the other kids are doing it!" Of course your parents did not immediately...
Focus Groups with Young Learners: What Are They Really Doing? When We Are Attempting to Empower Our Learners to Excel, It Is Incumbent on Us to Have an Informed View of Their Technological Bent. and, Make No Mistake, There Is a Subterranean Culture of Students That Doesn't Always Show Itself to the Adult World
HOW well do you know your young charges? What do your students do in their so-called spare time? How do they do their homework? Where do they do it? What's the environment like? Can you say with confidence what the PC penetration is in your classes...
Internet2 and K-12-New Resources and Opportunities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Though it may have gone unnoticed by most K--12 users of Internet2, in the 2 years since the publication of my article, "Internet2, K--12 and Librarians," in the September/October 2006 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools,...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT Google Apps Education Edition THE COMPANY Google, Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043 Phone: (650) 253-0000 Internet: www.google.com Google Apps Education Edition offers email, calendar, and collaboration...
Mysteries of Ancient Egypt: A Lot Has Changed since Our First President, George Washington, Took the Oath of Lightning-Fast Way Information Is Disseminated
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TREK back in history to the reign of the pharaohs. Uncover the secrets of mummification. Lift the shroud of mystery surrounding the great pyramids. Translate hieroglyphic writing. Open the door to anthropology and archeology...
School Loop Standard
Company: School Loop, 49 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102. Phone: (650) 351-5060. Price: Free to the first 100 school districts. After that, the price is $500 per building per year. Audience: K--12 educators (teachers and administrators in...
Solving the Technology Funding Challenge-Making a Fresh Start
HOW did things get so bad? Like that of many others, the condition of the technology in our district has declined to the point of continuing frustration. Our recent reality has been a districtwide hodge-podge of hardware, software, and operating systems...
Timeliner XE
Company: Tom Snyder Productions, 100 Talcott Ave., Watertown, MA 02472. Phone: (800) 342-0236; Internet: www.tomsnyder.com. Price: $99--single computer. $450-- five computers. $650--10 computers. $1,050--30 computers. $2,600--Unlimited site license....
Video Gaming, Internet2, and Resources Galore
TO end the year, we continue in this November/December issue to push the envelope as well as to deliver the basics. Two of our features delve into cutting-edge technologies and internet resources; two more offer up the sorts of rich collections of...