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. 5, September-October

Adapting Social Networking to Address 21st-Century Skills
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From using Twitter to encourage short story writing to utilizing Delicious to organize professional development tips and favorite articles, the number of social networking tools and websites is increasing exponentially. We...
Animation-Ish (Classroom Edition)
Company: FableVision Educational Publishing, 16 School St., Dedham, MA 02026. Phone: (888) 240-3734; Internet: www.fablevision.com. Price: $59.95--single copy price, CD-ROM or download. Volume discounts are available. Audience: K-12 students....
Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet
Company: Wacom Technology Corp., 1311 SE Cardinal Court, Vancouver, WA98683. Phone: (360) 896-9833; Internet: www.wacom.com. Price: The small Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet retails for $99, or $79 without the software DVD. The medium Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet...
Campaign 2008
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT would John Adams and Thomas Jefferson think about the presidential election process today? Instead of appealing to a few colleagues for their votes, they would have to mount major campaigns to garner the votes of millions...
Document Cameras
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DOCUMENT cameras--sometimes called visual presenters--are among the most exciting current technologies available to assist teachers in presenting formal or informal lessons. These devices can take the place of overhead projectors....
Engaging the Reader ... and the Learner
JUMP ahead right now to page 21 and read the margin quote introducing Stephen Abram's Pipeline column for this month! What? Don't want to? OK, I'll tell you what it says ... at least the part of it that caught my eye for purposes of this column. ...
From Makeshift to Wow: Our New Media Centers
STUDENTS in our district are benefiting from new or renovated media centers in four of our nine schools, a significant part of our district's renewed emphasis on facilities improvements. The district opened two entirely new secondary media center constructions...
I'm Mad and I'm Not Gonna Take It Anymore!
"I'M Eddie Chiles and I'm mad!" I used to see the bumper stickers all the time in Texas, and Wikipedia says they reached many other states as well. My life was so busy in those days that I never really bothered to wonder what he was mad about, but...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT) THE COMPANY The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 180 W. 8th Ave., Suite 300 Eugene, OR 97401 Phone: (800) 336-5191 Internet: www.iste.org The ISTE Classroom...
NXT Sensor Adapter for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT
Company: Vernier Software & Technology, 13979 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97005; Phone: (888) 837-6437. Email: info@vernier.com. Internet: www.vernier.com. Price: $39 Audience: Grades 3-12 Format: Sensor adapter tool, free online download...
Promoting Reading Using This 2.0 Stuff
READING is a social activity. There--I said it! I know a lot of people see it as solitary, introverted, internalized, quiet, and even as antisocial! And frankly, it isn't. This attitude about reading is limiting. It creates a mind-set that drives...
SAT Method Test Prep
Company: Method Test Prep, P.O. Box 172, West Islip, NY 11795-0172. Phone: (800) 313-0493; Internet: www.methodtestprep.com. Purchasing contact: CCV Software, www.ccv software.com. Price: $895--1-year school subscription, SAT Method Basic Test Prep....
Social Networking and Your Library OPAC!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While many schools are blocking access to social networking applications on the internet, school library automation OPACs are beginning to provide such applications to students and staff. Talking with school library media...
Virtual Environments and K-12 Education: A Tour of the Possibilities-Part 2
[In the July/August issue of MMIS, Kelly Czarnecki started her "tour of the possibilities" of using virtual environments in K-12 education with a look at two projects based on/in Teen Second Life--Science in Second Life, and Suffern Middle School in...