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. 14, No. 3, May/June

Administrative and Counseling Software and Webware
WHEN looking at software for K-12 administrators and counselors, we are looking at software and Webware focused on tasks or processes that make K-12 education possible on a large scale.Administrative software includes the student management systems that...
Building Enthusiasm for a New Library
The independent school where I teach is building a new library that's set to open this fall. Our library is growing from one story to two, from 3,200 to 8,000 square feet, from 14,000 to 18,000 volumes, from zero to six study and meeting rooms, and from...
BUILDING STUDENT DATA LITERACY: An Essential Critical-Thinking Skill for the 21st Century
Is the world truly flat as author Thomas L. Friedman suggests in his landmark book, The World Is Flat? How do we prepare our students for success in a connected society where the power to change the world has moved from major corporations and giant trade...
Celebrating Communicating: Focus on Listservs
AS I write this column, I am housebound during an infrequent ice storm in the Texas Hill Country. My dad is in the hospital here in my old hometown, hence my midweek visit when I should be at my office. But I cannot even get out to visit, him, and if...
Collaboration in Today's Classrooms: New Web Tools Change the Game
The new-generation Web 2.0 solutions are easier and more engaging to use, and they are proving to have a larger impact on collaboration and communication in the classroom than complex technologies of the past.Technology is playing a key role in various...
Cyberbullies, Online Predators, and What to Do about Them
You've read the news articles, seen the stories on TV news, or possibly heard them on the radio: Bullies have gone online, predators are lurking everywhere, and MySpace is a nightmare for kids and teens.What the media doesn't tell you are the facts about...
Early Technology, Why We Love It, and What We Learned from It
I SPENT part of New Year's Day setting up my new computer and putting obsolete technology in storage-floppy disks, applications for earlier operating systems, assorted wires and cables, and even old automation system disks that ran on a 48K Apple II!...
Electronic Resources for Schools
REPORT CARD***** = Highly Recommended**** = Recommended*** = Good** = OK in some cases* = Don't considerThis section provides concise, original reviews of new or important hardware, software, Web sites, & electronic media that relate to the K-12...
From Nuts and Bolts to Web 2.0
AS I review the conference program for Internet@Schools East (which will have happened by the time you read this) and the program we're just building for Internet® Schools West in October, I note with satisfaction that we continue to succeed in covering...
Future School Libraries: A Third Presence in Second Life?
SECOND LIFE: definition-"Second Life is an openended virtual world created by San Francisco-based Linden Lab. It is similar to There, another such world created around the same time, in that one of its primary focuses is socialization, but the similarity...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT:Qwizdom Read/SetState Standardized CurriculumTHE COMPANY:Qwizdom, Inc.12617 Meridian EPuyallup, WA 98373Phone: (800) 347-3050Internet: www.qwizdom.comQwizdom ReadySet combines a standards-based curriculum package with instant assessment features...
Net Watch
< Net N EWS >Teens and Online Social NetworkingSlightly more than half (55 percent) of all young Americans online aged 12-17 use Internet-based social networking sites, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project....
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSNew Open Technologies Implementation StudyThe Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released the second in a series of implementation studies as part of the organization's ongoing K-12 Open Technologies...
Plant a Prairie Garden
"It appears as though the stars from heaven have fallen on the earth."-Charles DickensBEFORE the European settlers arrived, there were huge prairies stretching for miles across the North American continent. Only remnants-about 1 percent to 2 percent-of...
Title Watch
New Software and Electronic Media Titles for K-12SciENCEThe NOVA/FRONTLINE documentary, "Global Warming: What's Up with the Weather?" is available on DVD from WGBH Boston Video. The documentary investigates whether recent weather events are natural temporary...

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