Technology & Learning

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 5, February

Directory of Company Web Sites
YOU VE READ A80UT MANY NON-PROFIT AND PROJECT-ORIENTED WEB SITES IN THIS MAGAZINE OVER THE PAST YEAR. THIS MONTH WE BRING YOU AN UPDATE ON A DIFFERENT CATEGORY OF SITES--ONES CREATED BY SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE COMPANIES AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN PRODUCING...
Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia
The concept of "fair use," outlined under the Copyright Law of 1976, allows copyrighted materials to be used royalty-free for certain non-profit educational purposes. The details of exactly which materials schools can use, in what quantity, and in...
Five Easy Tools for Aspiring Web Builders
With help from the newest generation of editors, HTML novices need not be afraid of plunging into the world of Web authoring. Last month, in the article "Tips and Tools for Building a School Web Site," we provided a broad overview of the types of...
Grade Incomplete
An educator speaks out about the potential problems of this well-intentioned national effort. So what's not to like about a nationwide event that brings businesses and community members together for an activity that will benefit school kids? I really...
Integrating Technology: The Challenge and the Promise
We touch on it--directly or indirectly--in every issue of this magazine. It's what we all strive for. And it's undoubtedly the biggest challenge educators face when considering technology use in the classroom. How do we ensure that technology is integrated...
It's Working
NetDay and other volunteer programs are helping schools overcome budgetary restrictions and teaching both kids and volunteers valuable new skills. The Internet is poised to help revolutionize the way children learn, as it exposes them to information...
It Takes a Village to Raise the Internet
If you were the only one who owned a telephone, you wouldn't find it very useful. Telephones are indispensable because virtually everyone has one. This highlights a basic axiom of communications: In a point-to-point network the value of a device increases...
More Than Boxes-New Options in Hardware
Important announcements from Apple and Compaq highlight the willingness of computer companies to change our notions of computing. Predictions are always dicey, and often embarrassing. Let's make one anyway. This will be the year that computer companies...
Technology for Everyone: Assistive Devices for Students with Special Needs
Long before computers came out of the clean room and onto the desktop, tinkeres were making adaptations to mainframe technology so it could be used by children and adults with special needs. With the advent of the desktop computer and its expansion...
Up-Close Art Appreciation
Students who would never spend time in a regular "hands-off" museum can now examine the world's masterpieces electronically. Engaging interactive presentations make it easy, with a range of features that let them zoom in to study brush strokes, hear...
Virtual Learning Gets Real
Grandpa's nostalgic days of walking to school ten miles in the snow are long past. Today, as Internet access becomes mainstream fare and "cyberschool" programs grow, learners are able to cross entire continents to attend their lessons--without donning...
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