Felix, Kathie, MultiMedia Schools
News of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12
News of the latest products and technology for K-12 may be sent directly to Kathie Felix at P 0. Box 2444, Merrifield, VA 22116 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)
Microsoft and 18 other leaders in the education software industry are working together on a groundbreaking initiative to develop the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF). A technical blueprint, the SIF will ensure that school software applications such as library, cafeteria, transportation, and student information management programs share data and work together effectively. The SIF specification is based on open-standard Extensible Markup Language (XML) and is not linked to a particular operating system or platform. SIF; email@example.com or http://www.schoolsinterop.org.
Title 1 Funding Stats
A total of $6.7 billion in Title I funding is available to public schools in the 1998-99 school year, according to a report by Quality Education Data (QED). The top five Title I funded states for the school year are California ($807.9 million), New York ($659.5 million), Texas ($597.5 million), Florida ($331.2 million), and Pennsylvania ($325.7 million). The top five Title I funded school districts are New York City Public Schools, Chicago Public School District, Los Angeles Unified Schools, Detroit Public School District, and Philadelphia Public School District. The 275-page QED report lists every public school district alphabetically by state with Title I dollars for the 1998-1999 school year, as reported by the individual state Departments of Education. Funding levels for the current school year are compared to levels for the previous year. Also included is the number of schools and teachers per district and college-bound percentages for each district. QED; SOO/525-581 I or http://www.qeddata.com.
Educast Lesson Plan Contest Winners
The grand-prize winner of the Educast Teacher Lesson Plan Contest is Dennis Erickson, a computer literacy and astronomy teacher of grades 6 to 12 at The Latin School in Chicago. Erickson's winning lesson plan entry, Hunting for Asteroids, brought him a new Compaq personal computer. The three first-prize winners-Jason Hayes of Metropolis Junior High School in Illinois, John McDonald of Monroe Elementary School in Maine, and Matthew Prusiecki of Warren Central High School in Indiana-received their choice of five software titles from Knowledge Adventure or Sierra. Knowledge Adventure; 800/545-7677 or http://www.knowledgeadventure.com.
Proxima Grants Winners
Six educators have each been awarded a $2,500 grant and a Proxima Desktop Projector 6800 for their proposals detailing a measurable implementation plan using a multimedia projector in the classroom to increase learning or behavioral results. The winners are Diana Skinner of Johnston County Schools in Smithfield, NC; Douglas Romney of Chaffee High School in Montclair, CA; Richard Lenoce of Middlesex Community-Technical College in Middletown, CT and Lisa Brightman, Virginia McGinnis, and Linda Best of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania's Miller Learning Research Center. Proxima; 800/447-7692 or http://www.proxima.com.
The World's First Global Dictionary
The world's first English dictionary to be derived from a single database of world English will be published in both American and British editions around the world on the same day. The Encarta World English Dictionary, with more than 3 million words of text, has been created with new uses of computer and database technology for compilation, editing, research, and communication. Microsoft Corp., St. Martin's Press, Inc. (U.S), Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (U.K.), and Pan Macmillan Australia will publish the dictionary in electronic and print form simultaneously in August 1999. St. Martin's Press; 212/674-5151 or http/www.stmartins.com.
U-X-L Biographies for the Mac
The new Mac version 2.0 of U-X-L Biographies has added 1,000 new biographies and doubled the number of images from the original edition. The biographies, appropriate for students in grades 5 and up, range from 1,200 to 3,000 words and cover the early years, formative experiences, and careers of the individuals. The program features key term searches, hyperlinks, printing and downloading capabilities, online help, and a trails button to retrace searches. A print User's Manual and a print and onscreen Teacher's Guide accompany the CD-ROM. The Gale Group; 800/877-4253 or http://www.gale.com.
Library Pro 2.1
The latest version of Library Pro features a new user interface with re-sizable screens, larger browsing and work areas, and a graphic design that allows for maximum scrolling performance in lists. Additional improved features include up-to-the-minute circulation information displayed alongside catalog items on screen and easier item check-in and check-out. The program also offers industry-standard library automation capabilities such as cataloging, circulation, patron management, serials control, and acquisitions. Media specialists can catalog multimedia files, Internet addresses, and software applications with MARC records. Patrons can have Internet access from OPAC stations in the library and access to the library catalog from any external location with Web access. Chancery Software; 800/999-9931 or http://www.chancery.com.
NEC's Entry-Level, Flat-Panel Monitor
The MultiSync LCD I 500M from NEC provides a 15-inch active-matrix, multimedia LCD monitor with cutting-edge features, priced at $999. The I 1.5pound monitor is just 3 inches deep and features two front-mounted, I - watt stereo speakers with easily reached volume, bass/treble, and mute adjustments. The panel also includes four easy access base-mounted Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports that can be used for as many as four high- and-low speed devices including videoconference cameras, keyboards, scanners, and mice. The self-powered ports free the system's CPU to deal with more critical tasks. NEC, 800/NEC-INFO or http://www.nectech.com.
The Stand-Alone Scanner
The ImageDeck offers low-cost, computer-free scanning simple enough for student use. The hardware can scan on demand and save and transport documents, photos, or graphic images directly to Iomega I00 MB Zipdisks or floppy disks with a push-button process. Like a copier, the ImageDeck can be used to send "image mail," create a paperless press clip library, build a digital photo album, fax images from a computer, create a multimedia image catalog, and develop presentations. When connected with a printer's parallel port, the scanner also can serve as a high-resolution color copier. Priced at less than $500. Microtek. 800/654-4160 or http://www.microteia/so.com.
Assessment Designer, part of the Tomorrow's Promise series, offers a flexible, computer-based assessment creation tool that provides administrators and teachers the ability to create, expand, or adapt testing instruments as national, state, and local standards evolve. When used with Josten's Learning Compass curriculum manager, the program enables customized assessment, managed performance, and prescription of activities based on individual student needs. Josten's; 800/244-0575 or http://www.jostenstearning.com.
The 1999 edition of Funding Sources for K- 12 Education contains current and comprehensive information on more than 1,500 funding opportunities. The funding sources include foundations, corporations, state and local nonprofit organizations, and federal and state agencies. The funding covers curriculum development, teacher training/development, arts-in-education and other discipline-enrichment programs, conferences and seminars, materials/ equipment acquisition, building construction and/or renovation, and general operating costs. Included with the directory is the Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing by Jeremy T and Lynn E. Miner. Oryx Press; 800/279-6799 or http://www.oryxpress.com.
Target Stores will award nearly $3 million to a total of more than 3,500 students and teachers through its scholarship programs. The All-Around Scholarships for students are based primarily on community service work completed during high school. Approximately 1,700 students will receive the $1,000 scholarships to be used for post-secondary education at the college, university, or vocational school of their choice. Four outstanding students will receive $ 10,000 scholarships. The Teacher Scholarships provide nearly 1,700 teachers with $500 scholarships to be used for continuing education. An additional 85 teachers will receive $1,500 scholarships. Each of the 851 Target Stores nationwide will award approximately two student and two teacher scholarships per store. Applications are available May I, 1999, and are due November 1, 1999. The company also has awarded more than $6.7 million to schools since April 1997 as part of its School Fundraising Made Simple program that allows shoppers to designate I percent of the charges on their Target Guest Card to the eligible K- 12 school of their choice. Currently, 93,000 schools are enrolled in the program. Target Stores; http://www. target. com.
CLASS ROOM RESORCES
CNN Newsroom travels into space on May 6 to see what is out there, what we are trying to find, why space travel is important, and what the next 20 years look like for space exploration. The special features interviews with NASA director Dan Goldin and Apollo /3 Commander Jim Lovell. On May 14, CNN Newsroom focuses on a Los Angeles opera program that gives teens an opportunity to see an opera. On July 17, Moment of Impact on TNT takes viewers behind the cameras of the world's most honored photographers. The I-hour documentary gives insight into the photographers and the stories behind their Pulitzer-Prize-winning photos. Turner Learning; http://learning. turner com.
Anger Management Skills for Students
Student Workshop: Anger Management Skills is a 40-minute video that provides a hands-on workshop designed to help students understand their own anger impulses and to develop strategies for dealing with them. The program highlights specific techniques for dealing with anger cooling off, sizing up the situation by discussing it with a friend, keeping a log-style journal, or taking constructive action. A Teacher's Guide, suggestions for conducting the workshop, master copies of 25 student handouts, an extensive bibliography, and a program transcript are included. Sunburst Communications, Inc.; 800/431-1934 or http:/www.sunburst.com.
Scholastic's Reading Intervention Program
Scholastic READ I SO is a research-based reading program proven to improve reading results of students in grades 4 and above. The program combines interactive motivational technology, high-interest level reading libraries, and audiobooks designed to provide balanced intervention for students who face significant reading challenges. The instructional model is a whole-class literacy instruction, modeled and independent reading, instructional reading via software, and small group instruction for targeted skills and reading fluency. Scholastic; 212/343-6100 or http://www.schoiastic.com. 0…
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Publication information: Article title: NewsWatch. Contributors: Felix, Kathie - Author. Magazine title: MultiMedia Schools. Volume: 6. Issue: 3 Publication date: May/June 1999. Page number: 10+. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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