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. 1, January/February

A Look at ... Elementary-Level Software and Webware
A S technologies evolve, computer programs seem to be moving away from software-based models to something more complex that takes advantage of the far-reaching possibilities of the Internet. Learning is evolving, too, as educators work with "traditional"...
Amazon.com as the Librarian's Assistant for Book Analysis
WHILE you might not have noticed, Amazon.com's online bookstore section is supplying some excellent reading analysis resources that can be useful for teachers and students. Using its online abilities for providing more information than a regular "in-person"...
An Author in Every Classroom
Multimedia online technologies now offer an unprecedented ability to enable every student, teacher, and even every family to "meet" the authors of books they are reading. Just imagine the impact on student reading, writing, and enthusiasm for books if...
Creating a Broadcasting Empire ... from the Corner of Your Classroom!
Podcasting gives students, quite literally, a global voice from which to share their experiences, research, ideas, and points of view. When we place an emphasis on student voice, we are really saying that we value the unique ideas and work of each student...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT:World Book KidsTHE COMPANY:World Book, Inc.233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000Chicago, IL 60601Phone: 800/975-3250Internet: www.worldbookonline.comWorld Book Kids, an online product designed for younger users, English-language learners, and...
Justifying the Social Tools: Improving the Conversation
EDUCATURES have long been harvesting ideas from popular culture to imbue excitement into lessons and to engage learners. It's truly the definition of the teachable moment when we employ engaging current events such as elections, hurricanes, earthquakes,...
Keeping Safe in Cyberspace
RECENTLY, I spoke with a technology coordinator who had just completed a monthlong Internet Safety unit for fifth graders. Here is what she had to say about her students and the lessons learned:I think the most interesting thing is how stunned I was...
Math'scool
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEB SITESMath'scoolCompany: BestQuest Teaching Systems, LLC, 10816 Executive Center Drive, Suite 109, Little Rock, AR 72211. Phone: (866) 882-2665; Email: info@bestquest.com; Internet: www.bestquest.com.Price: $2,950-complete...
Moving a Boatload
"YOU folks have a boatload to handle." Having survived one of two media center moves our district is making this year (this is my third experience with moving a media center), it's time to share a few thoughts about what worked and what didn't.Preparing...
Net Watch
<NetNEWS>Google Goes to SchoolGoogle launched Google for Educators, a collection of online tools for grades K-12.The site includes a teacher's guide to Google products, examples of ways educators are using these tools, and lesson ideas. Lesson...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSBuilding Wings: Don JohnstonDon Johnston, the founder and leader of the multimedia company that bears his name, has written an autobiography designed to inspire struggling students to become self-learning...
Rand McNally Classroom
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEB SITESRand McNally ClassroomCompany: Rand McNally Education, 8255 N. Central Park Avenue, Skokie, IL 60076. Phone: (800) 678-7263; Internet: www.randmcnallyclass room.com.Price: Pricing on this product varies and is based...
Should We All Be Technophiles?
IN the column immediately preceding this one, I wrote about technophobes versus technophiles and ways to win over colleagues who dislike or fear all things digital. In the course of gathering information, I polled my friends in several listservs, asking...
Super Size Me: Educationally Enhanced DVD
Super Size Me: Educationally Enhanced DVDCompany: Hart Sharp Video, 575 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10012. Phone: (800) 870-9879; Fax: (212) 475-5487; Internet: www.hart shar pvi deo.com.Price: $39.99.Audience: Grades 6-12.Format: DVD, CD-ROM:...
Technology-Fostered Creativity
BEFORE highlighting content from this month's issue, I want to draw your attention to the upcoming April Internet@Schools East 2007 conference in Arlington, Va. We've built the program, and it looks powerful!As we did last November at Internet@Schools...
Title Watch
New Software and Electronic Media Titles for K-12Language ARTSThe Bridge of Vocabulary, a book and CD set, offers a vocabulary intervention program for use in general and special education.The material targets five age levels, from preK to adult. Early...
WriteBrain
WriteBrainCompany: Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60123. Phone: (888) 492-8817; Email: Service@sunburst.com; Internet: www.sunburst.com or www.sunburst .com/writebrain.Price: A 1-year contract is $20 per student; the minimum required...
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