Multimedia Schools

Multimedia Schools is a magazine specializing in Educational topics.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 6, November-December

Adventures in Online Curriculum Development: Creating El Camino Real De Tierra Adentro
"I was just zooming in on the birds when a dark shadow shot down from behind and hit the lagging white whooper. `Eagle attack!' they yelled over the radio. I didn't know whether to film or run" [Kent Clegg, http://www.clegg.org/, by permission]. Many...
A GEM of a Resource: The Gateway to Educational Materials
By now, it is an old saw that had the World Wide Web been designed by librarians instead of physicists, there would be an index and some quality control over what appeared in the collections. Using the miracle of metadata, the Gateway to Educational...
"All Aboard!" for National Board Certification for Library Media Specialists!
One of my favorite stories as a child was The Little Engine That Could. The Little Engine started out with an "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can" attitude. By the end of the story due to his perseverance and belief in himself, he wound up...
America the Beautiful. (Middle/High School Software/Web Sites)
Located online at http://go.grolier.com. Source: Grolier Educational, 888/326-6546. Access Fee: The subscription price is based on the combinations of Grolier databases in use and the size of the user population. As an add-on reference to other...
Dyslexia: Some Background, Some Technology Tools. (I.D.E.A. Works: Resources for Educators)
Simply put, dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read write, and spell in your native language despite having at least average intelligence. As I read through the biography of World War II general, George S. Patton...
English Express Deluxe. (Middle/High School Software/Web Sites)
Company: Vivendi Universal/Knowledge Adventure, 4247 S. Minnewawa Avenue, Fresno, CA 93725; Phone: 800/542-4240; Fax: 310/258-0744; Web: http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/ or http://www.englishexpression.com/. Price: $900--Teacher Edition. Network...
Folklore: A Tapestry of Life. (CyberBee)
This summer I had the opportunity to attend a workshop presented by Paddy Bowman from the National Network for Folk Arts in Education. Paddy is a leading authority on folklife and culture. The title of the workshop was "Finding the Invisible: Folklore...
Hand-Held Computing: Handspring Visor Edge and Visor Platinum. (Hardware)
Company: Handspring, Inc., 189 Bernardo Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043; Phone: 650/230-5000; Web: http://www.handspring.com/. Description: The Handspring Visors are a family of hand-held, stylus-controlled computers running the Palm Operating System...
Learn about Earth Science: Astronomy. (Elementary School Software/Web Sites)
Company: Sunburst Technology, 101 Castleton Street, Pleasantville, NY 10570; Phone: 800/321-7511; Web: http://www.sunburst.com/. Price: $90--single computer or a lab pack of 10 CDs. $700--unlimited/network license. Audience: Publisher recommends...
Let's Get Technical: Online Learning Opportunities for Science Education
"Honey, girls, just aren't good at science and math," said my Deep South daddy, which delighted me. I could make a "C" in these two courses. "A" was his goal for the rest of the curriculum, and I usually work up to expectations. Today, I teach sixth...
New Planning Model: A Matter of Cycles. (Thinkfest!!)
In this installation of the "ThinkFest" column, we will take a brief glance back at the accountability matrix I offered last issue and see how it fits into the grander scheme of a new technology planning model. Before getting into the thick of the...
Reading for Meaning. (Elementary School Software/Web Sites)
Located online at http://www.Reading ForMeaning.com. Source: Tom Snyder Productions, 80 Coolidge Hill Road, Watertown, MA 02472; Phone: 800/342-0236; Fax: 800/ 304-1254; Web: http://www.tomsnyder. com/; ask@tomsnyder.com. Access Fee: $60--annual...
Star Wars DroidWorks. (General Interest Software/Web Sites)
Company: Lucas Learning, P.O. Box 10667, San Rafael, CA 94912; Phone: 415/444-8800; Fax: 415/444-8898; Web: http://www.lucaslearning.com/. Price: $20, single copy price, hybrid Mac/Win CD-ROM. Audience: Ages 9 and up. Format: CD-ROM: text,...
Strategies for Grant Writing That Turn Plans into Dollars
You have just returned from summer vacation when your principal hands you a budget so small that you can hardly believe it! What do you do? Requests for new reading materials are on the increase, equipment needs to be replaced since some of it is older...
Technology across the Curriculum. (Direct Connect)
When the goal of high-quality content that spans the curriculum encounters a plethora of standards, we see a contemporary Tower of Babel scenario. Curriculum Integration is the Holy Grail, sought alike by users (teachers, students, districts, and...
TitleWatch: New CD-ROM, Videodisc, and Software Titles for K-12
TitleWatch lists recently released educational software products that relate to the K-12 curriculum. This list is primarily but not exclusively comprised of CD-ROM products; other formats (diskettes, videodiscs, and videos) are noted in the text. Suggestions...
What Are Your Challenges? (the Media Center)
What are the most pressing challenges facing school media specialists? The answers are as varied as our jobs and schools. Some of us are new to the media profession and wondering how to survive the first year of day-to-day media program management;...