Technology & Learning

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 3, October

Advertising in the Classroom: Excerpts from a Tech LEARNING.com Debate
Advertising Has No Place in School Over the last ten years, our society has seen a dramatic increase in the number of ways that advertisers try to enter schools and encourage product brand loyalty on the part of children. Most of the marketing schemes...
Advice for Picking out Great Software
Here are 33 tips compiled from a panel at T&L's 1999 School-Tech Expo conference in New York City. Susan McLester, executive editor of Technology & Learning, and Jeffrey Branzburg, director of learning technologies for the South Orangetown...
Digital Shutterbugs, Unite!
With a computer and digital camera, you can easily document a class project or field trip. Yet digital cameras cost big bucks, and often the language used to describe their features is as foreign as Swahili. If terms like "optical vs. digital zoom,"...
FrippleTown
Platforms: Mac/Win CD. Emphasis: Analytical thinking, problem-solving skills. Grade Level: K-3. Publisher: Edmark, Redmond, WA; 800-691-2985; www.edmark.com. School Version: $59.95. Lab packs and site licenses are available. How do we...
Grants, Contests, Etc
With shrinking school budgets and a growing awareness of the value of technology in the classroom, we've all wondered: Where will the money come from? flow will innovative teachers receive the recognition and support they deserve? In this department,...
Internet-Based Personal Management (for Non-Techies)
Ms. Jones sits down at her school computer and starts up her Internet browser. She opens her calendar to check her schedule for the day and sees that she has a grade meeting at 3. The night before, from home, she had taken some notes regarding the...
Presentation Software in School
In the business world these days, "PowerPoint presentations" are the norm for everything from conference lectures to sharing proposals with colleagues. Although electronic presentations aren't likely to take the place of chalkboards in schools any...
Securing Our Schools by Building a Culture of Trust
Instead of discussing where to hide from heavily armed, disgruntled students, we need to focus on creating the conditions for a peaceful, concerned and responsible student body. Springtime generally conjures up images of flowers, sunshine, and,...
Software
CREATIVITY Create personalized cards and gifts using the Internet and an inkjet printer. Users can design their own greeting cards and then print on paperStudio. corn's specialized smear-proof paper that features full-bleed or edge-to-edge printing....
SprocketWorks
Platforms: Mac/Win CD. Online component requires Internet access. Emphasis: Creativity; multidisciplinary. Grade Level: 3-10. Publisher: Animatrix, San Francisco, CA; 888-999-1515; www.sprocketworks.com. Price: $19.95 per quarter; volumes...
Staff Development: The Inside Story
What makes technology live up to its potential in schools? In most cases, it's the strength of the staff development program in place. Here are some ideas from five districts that have found success in getting teachers--no matter what their level of...
The Curriculum Management Creatures
They're big. They're complex. They're powerful. But once your friend, they'll go a long way toward helping you align curriculum to standards, sort through learning resources, design lessons, track and assess student progress, and more. Here, we look...
The Math Forum
Publisher: Swarthmore College; forum.swarthmore.edu. Emphasis: Mathematics; mathematics education. Grade Level: K and up. Price: Free. Net-savvy educators may already know The Math Forum as the home of Dr. Math, a feature that answers questions,...
Total Cost of Ownership: A Business Idea That's Ready for School
Do your students know their ABCs? Do your administrators and school board members know about TCO? It's the latest buzzword, but let's hope it's more than a passing fad, because understanding the Total Cost of Ownership is critical to the success of...
What's New with ... Wireless Connectivity
No, we're not talking about the multicolored phones that students tote around the halls and the malls, although someday in the techno-future, these phones inevitably will act as powerful mobile computers. The real hot "cordless" trend in education...
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