Technology & Learning

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 8, April

A Computer in Every Lap
With these durable and inexpensive keyboard devices, you can provide technology access to a classroom of thirty students for the price of two to three computers. * Brother International Corporation (Somerset, NJ; 800-284-1937; www. brother.com)...
Author! Author!
The pressure to "publish or perish" may make writing less than enjoyable for young college professors, but for most of the rest of us--including K-12 students--the idea of being published can be a positive and exciting motivator. Computer-supported...
Classroom Webivore
Platforms and Unusual System Requirements([dagger]): Web-based product for Macintosh with System 8 or higher, Internet connection, and Netscape 4.01 or better. Also for Windows 95 or 98 with Internet access and Netscape 4.0 or Internet Explorer 4.0...
Computer Programming Revisited
Once pervasive, computer programming classes seemed to have gone the way of the dinosaurs over the past couple of decades. But hold on to your code commands--there's mounting evidence this fossilized discipline is rising from the tar pits. When...
Congress Begins Debate over Reauthorization of ESEA
Educators will want to keep a close watch on Congress in the next several months as they discuss reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The main law governing public education in this country, ESEA is due to expire at the end...
"First Person"
New teachers speak out about the role of technology in their teacher training. Technology was not really a part of my training, not necessarily because it wasn't highlighted, but rather our coursework didn't push anything specific. In short, we...
Fourth-Grade Fever
Here, we take a look at four multi-skill packages that provide kids with lots of reinforcing practice in math, language, science, and other core curriculum subjects. Educators with limited budgets, take heart! The recent trend in reasonably priced...
Grants, Contests, Etc
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers a variety of education grants programs: * The Fellowships and Stipends grants support full-time independent research and writing in the humanities. The deadline is May 1; for Summer Stipends,...
Handy Handhelds
Palm PC's Handy for organizing contacts (parent and student lists for educators), managing calendars and appointments, note-taking, and e-mail, palm PCs generally range anywhere from $175 to $400. Many even have a software application that, after...
MainXchange (Www.mainXchange.Com)
Platforms and Unusual System Requirements([dagger]): Web-based product for Windows 95 or higher. A Pentium 75Mhz processor (133Mhz or higher recommended), 16MB RAM, and 30MB hard disk space required. An Internet connection with a 28,800 modem, and...
Mobile Computing Grows Up
As mobile computing comes of age in schools, the latest generation of notebooks and handhelds offers more versatility, power, and affordability than ever before. Mobile computing continues to hurtle down the path to smaller, lighter, and more powerful...
Networking and the School Administrator's Role
In talking about networking with administrators across the country, I have found three common areas of concern. Networked computer labs have been found in schools on at least a small scale for more than a decade. Programs such as the E-rate are...
New Teachers and Technology: Are They Prepared?
As government investments in school technology increase, schools of education are pushed to arm new teachers with the knowledge and skills to use it. Over the past decade, federal, state and local governments have invested billions of dollars to...
Notebooks for the Masses
Entry-Level Entities These notebooks are for users with relatively simple needs: word processing, simple presentations, Web surfing, and e-mail. These models weigh around 8 pounds, have an average screen size of 12.1 inches, and range in price from...
Other Mobile Solutions
The range of products that accompany mobile computers is steadily growing to meet user demand. Read on to sample just a fraction of what is out there. Portable Printers * Canon Computer Systems (Costa Mesa, CA; 800-OK-CANON; www.ccsi.canon. com)...
Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers: An Interview with Tom Carroll
Dr. Tom Carroll is the director of Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology, the new program that will disburse $75 million in grant money in FY99. Q Why do you think it's important to have technology training for pre-service teachers? ...
Removable Media 101
Digital data storage has eliminated several shelf-miles of dusty printed records, but now our disks and drives runneth over. What are some practical solutions for schools? It's amazing how valuable digital data has become in today's schools. Attendance...
Schools Focus in on E-Rate Savings
As the window for applications for the second year of Universal Service Fund ("E-rate") discounts closes on April 6, many school districts are finding themselves focusing on year one and year two decisions at the same time. Caught up in political wrangling,...
Technology & Learning Surveys Schools of Education
We asked schools of education across the nation to tell us what part, if any, technology plays in their teacher preparation programs. This summer, Technology & Learning sent out a short survey to roughly 1,500 schools of education to determine...
Thinkin' Science ZAP!
Platforms and Unusual System Requirements[dagger]: Macintosh and Windows CD. Emphasis: Electricity, sound and light. Grade Level: 3-6. Publisher: Edmark, P.O. Box 97021, Redmond, WA 98073-9721; (800) 691-2985; www.edmark.com. School Version:...
Three Colleges of Education That Lead the Way
1 Peabody College at Vanderbilt University has been integrating technology into its teacher education programs for more than a decade. According to Dr. James Pellegrino, former dean of the school and co-director of the Learning Technology Center, Peabody's...
What's New
Software FINE ARTS Paint Shop Pro 5 is an image creation and manipulation program for creating and preparing graphics for presentations, digital photography, the Web, and other forms of visual communication. Features include multiple layer support;...
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