Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Consumer guide to high-tech school products. Includes purchasing recommendations, cost-saving tips, and technical advice. Written for and by K-12 school professionals.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, March/April

21 Things: Kinder, Gentler Tips for Effective Technology Infusion
The need-to-know moment for technology infusion has arrived with bells on, in the form of mandated technology testing. NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) has already released a trial run, with a target date of 2012 for implementation...
Be Your Own Coach
I understood the discouragement that many media specialists shared in a late December 2009 discussion on LM_NET. One media specialist was dismayed about being left out of a reading initiative. Another shared the familiar story about not being perceived...
Do You See What I See?
Every now and then, I am seized by an idea or topic that really piques my interest and engenders new enthusiasm for learning and exploring. This year's big idea has been data visualization.EVERY now and then, I am seized by an idea or topic that really...
Educational Networking
The Role of Web 2.0 in EducationThe advent of the internet, and in particular what we are calling Web 2.0, has so significantly changed our relationship to information and personal learning opportunities outside of formal education that we're beginning...
Empowering Students for Life
RESEARCH SKILLS IN THE AGE OF TESTINGEmpowerment. Is that a term we think of when we think libraries? We should.Because that's what libraries and school libraries have done for eons - empower learners to become independent and productive citizens.In...
Epson PowerLite Presenter
HARDWARECompany: Epson America, Inc., 3840 Kilroy Airport Way, Long Beach, CA 90806. Phone: (800) 463-7766; internet: www.epsonbrighterfutures.com or www.epson.com.Description: The Epson PowerLite Presenter is a portable projector/ DVD/speaker combo...
Interactive Science Middle School Program
Company: Pearson Education, Inc., 1 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Phone: (800) 234-5832; internet: www.interactivescience.com.Price: The Interactive Science digital program is priced at $9.97 per student for a single year of access and $19.97...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCTST Math: K-5 Integrated Instructional SystemTHE COMPANYMIND Research Institute3631 S. Harbor Blvd.Santa Ana, CA 97704Phone: (888) 751-5443Internet www.mindresearch.netThe web-based ST Math: K-5 Integrated Instructional System includes enhanced...
Online Learning Communities/ Learning Management Systems
AN online learning community is a place designed to help users achieve learning goals of some sort through collaborative partnerships, including varying degrees of social networking and internet-based and computermediated communication. These communities...
Technology-Based Professional Development
We know you are charged with guiding your schools and districts toward the fulfillment of NCLB and state mandates for highly qualified teaching staff and the integration of technology into the curriculum.TECHNOLOGY-based professional development opportunities...
Technology-Based Professional Development
Teachers are students too. With online learning growing by a rate of 30% over the past few years, according to the International Association for K- 12 Online learning, once-lonely and isolated education professionals are now taking advantage of tech-based...
The Historian's Apprentice
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEBSITESCompany: Social Studies School Service/MindSparks, 10200 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Phone: (800) 421-4246; internet: www.social studies.com.Price: $499- Complete set; $40-Individual titles. Site license...
Why Do People Read?
Is reading in jeopardy? Personally and professionally, I really doubt it. I agree with Tom Peters' point that libraries must focus on the reading experience and less so on the traditional book format.TOM Peters wrote an interesting thought piece for...

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