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. 5, September-October

A Look at ... Digital Photography in School
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DIGITAL images seem to have exploded into use by everyone, leveling playing fields everywhere. Television stations and networks broadcast storm photos sent in by viewers. Recent political unrest in Iran was exposed on the...
Classworks Web Edition
Company: Curriculum Advantage, 3885 Crestwood Parkway, Suite 200, Duluth, GA, 30096. Phone: (888) 841-4790; internet: www.classworks.com. Price: The pricing begins at $20,000 per site or school for a perpetual and unlimited site license. Discounts...
Internet 2 and School Libraries: The Time Is Now (More Than Ever)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Internet2. What does this word mean to you? Maybe it conjures images of a mythical realm off-limits to the masses of web-surfing plebeians. A forbidding place where computer engineers and the academic research elite speak...
In the Spotlight
THE PRODUCT RenderMan THE COMPANY Pixar Animation Studios 1200 Park Ave. Emeryville, CA 94608 Phone: (510) 922-3000 Internet: https://renderman.pixar.com RenderMan, the software used by Pixar Animation Studios to create Academy...
Maps101.Com
Company: Maps.com, 120 Cremona Drive, Suite H, Goleta, CA 93117. Phone: (877) 627-7101; internet: www.maps101.com. Price: Pricing is based upon enrollment and school size. The base subscription price is around $650 for a single site. A free 2-day...
Playing Tag Is Good for You!
WAY back in my early days, before I learned to be a junior-high conformist, I used to collect insects. To their credit, my parents nurtured my interest, helping me get the supplies I wanted--mounting pins, cardboard, boxes for my specimens, etc. I...
Social Networking through Your Library Automation System: What Librarians and Vendors Have to Say
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A year ago, Follett's Destiny was the leader among school automation vendors in implementing the social networking, or Web 2.0, features, and some schools and media specialists were getting on board. A good deal has transpired...
Study Buddy Handheld Tutors
Company: Brainchild Corp., 2706 Horseshoe Dr. S., Suite 102, Naples, FL 34104. Phone: (800) 811-2724; internet: www.brainchild.com. Description: The Study Buddy Handheld Tutor looks like a small handheld game. The device, which is designed for students...
The Changing Face of Reference
THIS class turned my idea of reference on it head," said the graduate student. Mine too--I'm the instructor! There is no better way to enhance your knowledge of a topic than to teach it and engage in discussion with a diverse group of graduate students...
The Collaborative Mind-Set
IN "The Collaborative Mind: Tools for 21st-Century Learning" (p. 10), author and school library and information services coordinator Ernie J. Cox notes, somewhat depressingly, "Some people believe collaboration is the next educational fad, and they...
The Collaborative Mind: Tools for 21st-Century Learning
A language arts class is in session, and the teacher needs a project that incorporates research, proper citation of sources, and a written product. Scenario One: Seventh-grade students are writing reports about what life was like in colonial America...
These Lessons Pop!
A 9-year-old girl is poised on the surface of the moon, a spaceship and stars in the background. Her fellow voyager, in the form of an orange, cylindrically shaped robot, responds to her conversation with an unintelligible mechanized beep. These two...
What Is in the Pipeline? Really! Part 1
MY wife, Stephanie, will be teaching grade four again next year. In a career spanning 30 years, she has taught every grade from fourth through 13th and has written her fair share of textbooks, books, curricula, and websites. She caught me off guard...

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