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. 15, No. 1, January/February

Celebrating Communicating: To Blog or Not to Blog?
Like other online communication tools, blogs are simply not for everyone. In my opinion, the plethora of choices available for internet communication is one of the exciting things about Web 2.0 resources.DID I show up for the party too late? I am hearing...
Did You Hear That?: The Internet Firmament Is Shifting
Strap yourself in because the rest of 2008 is going to be a fine ride. Library folk are the stars in this new knowledge and relationship-based economy. Let's start building the tools and lessons that deliver the future.Fall 2007: Two months that shook...
General Interest Software/websites
Fluent Reading Trainer (FLRT)**** REPORT CARDInstallation AContent/Features AEase of Use A_Product Support ACompany: MindPlay Educational Software Co., 440 S. Williams Blvd., Suite 206, Tucson, AZ 85711. Phone: (800) 221-7911; Internet: www.mindplay.com.Price:...
Hardware
HARDWAREGeoSafari Quiz BowlCompany: Educational Insights, 18730 S. Wilmington Ave., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220. Phone: (800) 995-4436; Internet: www. educational insights.com.Price: $500-Complete system for two teams of five players each. $200-Additional...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCTSally Ride ScienceK-12 Education ProgramsTHE COMPANYSally Ride Science9191 Towne Centre DriveSuite L101San Diego, CA 92122Phone: (800) 561-5161Internet: www.sallyridescience.comSally Ride, America's first woman in space, founded Sally Ride...
Is That Really True? Urban Legends and Information Evaluation Skills
We frequently review website evaluation strategies with students and even have some 'quick and dirty' methods to help them develop information evaluation skills. Still, we find they are sometimes too trusting of the information they find on the World...
Net Watch
NetNEWSDistance Learning for Displaced ChildrenThe Clinton Global Initiative announced that UNICEF has teamed with Microsoft, HP, and the International Rescue Committee to launch a distance learning initiative that will help 150,000 displaced children,...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSStandards for the 21 st Century LearnerThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) launched the long-anticipated "Standards for the 21st Century Learner" at the 2007 AASL National Conference...
Reading Reconnaissance
Tracking down books that correlate with specific curriculum areas and topics for study can be daunting.FINDING just the right book that will grab a student's interest is like looking for Waldo. Tracking down books that correlate with specific curriculum...
Staff Development: Still an Important Role
Quite often if media specialists don't assume a leadership role in providing technology staff development, it simply doesn't get done.I'VE long believed that staff development is an important role for media specialists. Technology staff development isn't...
Supplemental Classroom Electronics
A LOOK AT . . .REMEMBER folder games and puzzles? Teachers have always used instructional aids of one kind or another to supplement instruction, such as calculators in Math class, games, puzzles, math aids, and other devices for small group or individual...
The POWER of RSS: Instant Information Updating Based on Quality Searches
With web tools at your disposal that allow for instant updating of information based on quality searches, all new information can be delivered to the client in two quick clicks. Ladies and gentlemen, that is the power of RSS.When does the reference interview...
The Summer Travel Blog: A 2.0 Travelogue to Bridge Summer 'Down Time'
Do you still remember the thrill of receiving a summer postcard from your teacher? How exciting it was to open the mailbox and find that personal piece of mail waiting-and to realize that your teacher was thinking of you. Perhaps the photograph on the...
The Year Ahead, in Print and in Conference
As usual, we'll be covering a wide range of technology-oriented topics and socio-technological phenomena of relevance to the library media specialist community.IT'S still 2007 as I put this issue to bed, but I'm looking ahead to 2008, to upcoming editorial...
Title Watch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12MatheMATICSMIND Research Institute Algebra Readiness is a 1-year intervention program designed to rebuild a solid math foundation for struggling middle and high school students and to prepare them for success...
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