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. 3, May-June

Budget-Stretching Ideas
I want to signal several pieces in this month's Multimedia & Internet@Schools that speak to the issue of saving money plus stretching and efficiently using resources to help you keep on keeping on in your educational mission. THERE'S a fair...
Curriki and the Open Educational Resources Movement Please Pass the Curriculum!
Sharing knowledge: In some form or another, it's why most educators went into teaching in the first place. But traditional instructional materials don't lend themselves to sharing between educators. New technologies now allow teachers to share and...
Data Management and Analysis Systems
COMPUTERS and the internet have made possible web- or network-based software systems for managing many school processes, as well as for teaching and assessing students. Today, everything from the school lunch program to attendance rosters, telephone...
eLibrary
Company: ProQuest, LLC, 789 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Phone: (800) 521-0600; Internet: www.proquestk12.com. Price: Contact ProQuest for pricing information. A free trial version is available. Audience: K-12 teachers, media specialists,...
Get Your Special Education Brain in Gear
Special needs students-those with physical, behavioral, cognitive, and learning disabilities- represent a diverse range of learners. Because of the nature of our job, we media specialists must provide resources that meet their needs. RECENTLY, a...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT Saywire Phone: (888) 471-3461 Internet: www.saywire.com THE COMPANY Harver Group, LLC 13253 N. La Montana, Suite 203 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Saywire offers a combination of safe social technology and secure permission-...
LabQuest Library
Company: Vernier Software & Technology, 13979 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97005. Phone: (888) 837-6437; Internet: www.vernier.com. Price: Free of charge. (LabQuest sells for $329.) Audience: Grades K-12 Format: Web-based resource with...
Life in Every Language
'The skills that these students get when they pull it all together (writing, reading, multimedia production) translate what they do in their free time into a school setting. It gives power to their stories.' THE Massie Heritage Center, housed in...
Look before You Leap
This article is one of those 'do as I say, not as I do' missives. The mistakes I am describing are certainly ones I have made myself or have observed in my years as an educator. THIS article is one of those "do as I say, not as I do" missives. The...
Partnering with the Public Library on Web 2.0 Tools for Student Research
So, you've made it through another school year filled with programs, book talks, and-oh, yes-research projects, when the teachers simultaneously descend on the library with students in tow to begin their reference work. The number of places to turn...
PebbleGo
Company: Capstone Press, Inc., 151 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato, MN 56002. Phone: (800) 747-4992; Internet: www.capstonepress.com. Price: $395 per building per year. Volume discounts are available. A free demonstration version is offered online....
Tricks for Kids and Information Literacy
I thought I might list a few sites like the one that Rosalia uses for her kids. I am sure you all know and have your favorites, but I did have some fun looking at these. AS I write this column a school librarian, Stephanie Rosalia, is on the front...
Using Games and Simulations in the Classroom
[When we started looking into the Software & Information Industry Association's best practices report on gaming in education with an eye to capturing some of its wisdom in an article for this issue of Multimedia & Internet@Schools, we quickly...