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. 16, No. 1, January/February

Adaptive Curriculum
MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEBSITESCompany: Sebit, LLC, Arizona State University, Sky Song, Suite 200, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257. Phone: (480) 884-1689. Internet: www.adaptivecurriculum.com.Price: An annual license for the...
Authentic, Technology-Based Activities in the Era of NCLB
A fourth grade teacher described it best: "There's so much in the curriculum pushing at us."Media specialists everywhere have stories to tell about teachers who believe they no longer have time to teach their favorite units, collaborate, or use technology...
Do You Want Kids to Be Safe Online? LOOSEN Those Filters!
I AM on a mission to spread the word that Draconian filtering at schools is a practice that produces negative outcomes. The time to speak out about such constraints is now! As I write this, on a warm sunny day in September 2008, I am conscious of the...
Ebooks and 21st-Century Learning
School libraries are filled with traditional paper books - great resources for the students who take the time to go into the library, locate the book on the shelf, leaf through it to see if it has potential to provide the information they need, and then...
Energy Challenges
ENERGY is an essential and, at times, a controversial subject. At EPCOT Center's Universe of Energy exhibit, the lyrics, "Energy makes the world go round," sum up the role it has in the daily lives of people everywhere. From a global perspective, there...
ESL Resources
MANY of the challenges facing those who learn English as a second language (ESL) are the same as those facing anyone learning a language. In fact, I sometimes think ESL is an artificial distinction, although the problems confronting an American learning...
Global Projects and Digital Tools That Make Students Global Learners
Back in 1988, the dean of the school of education from the City College of New York was visiting London, and she met with the director of the Polytechnic of South Bank (now called the South Bank University). The director, Lady Perry, informed the dean...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCTGreenovation Lighting System Upgrade & Companion CurriculumTHE COMPANYLutron Electronics Co., Inc.7200 Suter RoadCoopersburg, PA 18036Phone: (610) 282-3800Internet: www.lutron.com/greenovationGreenovation, a sustainable lighting system...
Net Watch
Net NEWS'Teens, Video Games, and Civics'The Pew Internet & American Life Project released the results of the first large-scale study examining the relationship among specific aspects of gaming and teen civic activities and commitments. The research...
News Watch
NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12NEWSAlice Kurtz Named American Star of TeachingMultiMedia 6 lnternet@Schools product reviewer Alice Kurtz was named an American Star of Teaching by the U.S. Department of Education. Kurtz, a 5th and...
Talking Tech with Leaders: Getting Buy-In and Understanding
HOW well are you faring with getting your technology agenda endorsed and funded by your management team or district? Is everything going swimmingly? No one is trying to block useful applications such as YouTube or blogging? Your filters aren't obstructing...
Teachscape XL
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEBSITESCompany: Teachscape, 731 Market St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103. Phone: (877) 988-3224. Internet: www.teachscape.com.Price: $1,500 per school site, per year, for a single content family. $2,500 per school site,...
Title Watch
New Software and ElectronicMedia Titles for K-12CROSS CurriculumAventa Learning added 20 online middle school courses to its grade 6-12 catalog covering core and elective subjects in the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, world language,...
Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information
Company: Sunburst Technology, 1550 Executive Drive, Elgin, IL 60123. Phone: (800) 312-7511. Internet: www.sunburst.com.Price: $79.95-single user, CD-ROM version. $89.95-single user, web subscription. $199.95-five-user lab set. Site license pricing is...
Video on the Web: The Basics
This article provides an overview of the web video phenomenon: what it is; why it's great for teachers, librarians, and students; what tools you need; and a bit of how-to as well.Most likely, your students discovered YouTube a couple of years ago. You...

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