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. 1, January/February

Achiever!
GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEBSITESCompany: Brainchild Corp., 3050 Horseshoe Drive N., Suite 290, Naples, FL 34104. Phone: (800) 8112724; internet: www.brainchild.com.Price: $147 per class per subject. Quantity discounts are available.Audience: Ages 6-adult.Format:...
A LOOK AT ...: Interactive Whiteboards
IN a year's time, our district has placed interactive whiteboards in about 30% of our elementary classrooms and, in doing so, has made interactive whiteboard technology the envy of the district. I was absolutely amazed to see this happen - and to happen...
Beaming the World into Our Schools
Getting Into Interactive VideoconferencingSome say that the first time they saw videoconferencing was in the 1 968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, when one of the main protagonists chats with his daughter back at home while he is in a weightless environment...
Inside This Issue, and Coming Up in Arlington
IN this, our first 2010 issue of Multimedia & Internet@Schools, we'd like to introduce a new feature series, Tools for Learning. Throughout the year, our Tools for Learning writers will be focusing on the companies that serve our readers' need in...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCTThe Epson PowerLite 450W and 460 ultra short-throw projectorsTHE COMPANYEpson America, Inc.3840 Kilroy Airport WayLong Beach, CA 90806Phone: (800) 463-7766Internet: www.epsonbrighterfutures.comThe Epson PowerLite 450W and Epson PowerLite 460...
It's Learning
Company: it's learning, Inc., U.S. headquarters, 265 Winn St., Suite 303, Burlington, MA 01803. Phone: (888) 853-2761; internet: www. its learning.net.Price: The annual fee for grades K-12 is $10 per user. Hosting and 24/7 staff support is included in...
Podcasting in the Classroom: A Sound Success
IN the spirit of making the most out of the tools at hand, today's savvy teachers create innovative, and often unexpected, applications for available technologies. Flatbed scanners become tools to record visual book reports. Cell phones are pressed into...
Read:OutLoud 6
Company: Don Johnston, Inc., 26799 West Commerce Drive, Volo, IL 60073. Phone: (800) 999-4660; internet: www.donjohnston.com.Price: $299 per computer for one to four computers; $209.30 per computer for five to nine computers; $200.33 per computer for...
The Power of Primary Sources, Part 2: Build Your Own Professional Development
IN my last Media Center column (November/December 2009), we examined the power of primary sources and shared ideas for using them to enhance student learning. Educators can now learn how to add power to their teaching by using Teaching With Primary Sources...
Tools for Learning: Assessment Tools
According to Vision K-20, a spring 2009 survey of a cross section of more than 500 U.S. educators and administrators by the Software & Information Industry Association (SUA; the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry),...
Using Technology to Drive Innovative Teaching and Learning
The Evolution of Reading and Language Arts ResourcesOver the past 20 years, the array of reading and language arts resources and products has grown dramatically. The use of computer hardware and software in education has driven an unparalleled metamorphosis...
What Kids Know (and Don't Know) about Technology
IN my last column, I wrote about how to keep up in today's fast-moving world of technology. As part of my preparation, I posted a survey seeking ideas about how to stay current. One suggestion that was repeatedly offered was to "keep a kid around." In...
What You Aren't Seeing Anymore: Has Technology Changed Our Learners' Futures Forever?
MY title for this month's column poses an important question and presages a bunch more: Are we preparing our learners for a world that we have already successfully traversed but also one that no longer exists? Are there certain core principles and skills...

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