Technology & Learning

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 6, January

An Educators' Guide to E-Mail Etiquette
Here, a T&L editor draws from her extensive oeuvre of e-mail correspondence to bring you some straight talk and hard facts about proper usage. A deluge of quietly desperate requests for some solid e-mail guidelines, boundaries and just plain...
Animated Adventures for the Elementary Crowd
Here are five colorful, exploratory titles that invite youngsters to navigate richly drawn cartoon worlds to uncover clues, complete activities and games and strategize to solve problems. Kids just want to have fun, and that's what they do in these...
Barbara Morgan: Educator Mission Specialist
For 20 years, Barbara Morgan has enjoyed playing the flute in the McCall Chamber Orchestra, skiing with her husband, Clay, and teaching second and third grade at McCall-Donnelly Elementary School in central Idaho. But on January 16, 1998, that quiet...
Beyond the Horizon
At the dawn of the new millenium, NASA prepares to send another educator into space--and continues, through a rich set of resources, to inspire students to reach for the new heights. In the movie October Sky, the life of a young high school student...
Donated Computers and the New Millennium Classrooms Act: Excerpts from a Tech Learning.Com. Debate
Computers for America's Children There are still places in this country--especially in the poorest parts of the nation's cities and rural communities--where students are working with computers that are six, eight, even 12 years old. We know that...
Going Ape: Paleontology, Physical Anthropology and Evolution
Almost 150 years after the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, the theory of evolution remains embroiled in controversy. Even if you don't believe humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor, there is scientific evidence that life...
Grants, Contest, Etc
With shrinking school budgets and growing awareness of the value of technology in the classroom, we've all wondered: Where will the money come from? How will innovative teachers receive the recognition and support they deserved? In this department,...
In-Service to, Go: Professional Development Online
Distance learning has taken on a new flavor in recent years. Increasingly, the Internet makes it possible for educators to choose from a tantalizing array of professional development offerings--at a time and location of their own choosing. When...
Lesson Plans
Rich resources on the contributions of the peoples of Africa in Encarta Africana 2000 can be powerful centerpieces for lessons during Black History Month. The words, pictures, videos and virtual tours give in-depth information in 3,600 entries. The...
Online Learners Share Their Thoughts
If you're looking for an honest assessment of the pros and cons of online professional development, the best place to turn is to an educator with first-hand experience. We talked to three colleagues who had recently completed online courses. Renie...
Space Camp: Launching Students into the Future
The room is dark as Mission Control personnel scurry about their various duties. Their faces are young: most of them are either in middle school or just beginning their first year of high school. They sit at their designated stations, their ears covered...
What's New
What's New features information about the newest educational materials available. Our goal in providing this information is to help our readers keep abreast of new developments. Since we do not critically review products in this section, these listings...
What's New with ... Computers for Schools
Remember the days when a 4MB hard drive seemed too good to be true? When 150 MHz of processing power gave you shivers? Those heady days are long gone, replaced by chips with climbing speeds and expansive memories, and svelte form factors with larger...
Y2K Education Budget Approved at Last
The year 2000 education budget, signed into law on November 29 after nearly a two-month delay, is a victory for education funding advocates. The education budget for fiscal year 2000 was a long time in coming. President Clinton had vetoed an earlier...