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. 13, No. 5, September-October

Building Visibility in the Community
MEDIA specialists have numerous and varied opportunities to work with staff and students in our schools and districts. We can also have opportunities to interact with community members and groups if we proactively seek them out and take advantage of...
Database News: What's There and What' Coming Up, in the World of K-12 Content, Part 3
K-12 school classrooms are increasingly turning to electronic databases for use as research and curriculum learning tools. In support of this trend, commercial vendors are releasing online versions of their print products and creating original online...
Everyday Artifacts
WHAT do tombstones, driver's licenses, and a sound recording have in common? They are primary sources. In an Information Age, students have more access to primary source material than any previous generation. A primary source can be current or historical....
Internet2, K-12 and Librarians: In the Year and a Half since Our School District Has Been Connected with Internet2, I Have Begun to Explore a Small Part of Its Capacity. This Little Taste Has Been Enough to Make Me Feel That I Have Opened a Book of Wonderful New Adventures, One I Feel Compelled Both to Share and to Further Explore
BACKGROUND The Internet2 (I2) consortium is part of a worldwide chain of 47 systems that communicate through a series of high-speed broadband net works. In the U.S., the I2 system is being developed among academia, industry, and government to expand...
Issues and Controversies in American History
Company: Facts On File News Services, 512 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10018; Phone: 800/ 363-7976; Internet: http://www.facts.com. Price: $395--single purchase. Volume pricing available. Audience: 7th grade-high school. Format: Online database....
Let's Go Learn/Reading
Located online: http://www.letsgolearn.com. Company: Let's Go Learn (in partnership with Sunburst Technology), 705 Wellesley Avenue, Kensington, CA; Phone: 888/618-7323 or 888/492-8817; Internet: http://www.letsgolearn.com or http://www.sunburst.com....
Library Automation in K-12: A 2006 Update, Part 1
LIBRARY automation continues to evolve, so I've enjoyed connecting with several companies for first-time coverage in this series as well as reconnecting with companies I've spoken with previously. They're all listening carefully to customers to meet...
Lively Language Arts: The Digital Age Invades the English Classroom
New and exciting uses of digital technology in language arts are appearing all the time--a very good thing in view of the digital nature of the lives of today's K-12 students. As we all know, the amount of time that students spend with television,...
MathAmigo 4
Company: Valiant USA, P.O. Box 639, Forest Park, IL 60130; Phone: 888/366-6628; Internet: http://www.valiant-technology.com. Price: $99--single user; $495--10 users; $995--20 users; $1,495--30 users; $1,995--unlimited use. Audience: K-8. Format:...
Nova5000EX
Nova5000EX Company: Fourier Systems, Inc., 211 RR 620 South, Suite 112, Austin, Texas 78734; Phone: 877/ 266-4066; E-mail: info@fourier-sys.com; Internet: http://www.fouriersys.com. Description: The Nova5000EX is a full-featured tablet computer...
Scrubbing Elephants with Toothbrushes!
BACK when I was in charge of a junior high school library, there was period of several years when I had the additional duty of being the campus technology specialist. Then one fall, to everyone's delight, we were blessed at my campus with a person...
Some Tricks to Build Information Fluency-Part 1
EDUCATORS have long been harvesting ideas from popular culture to imbue excitement into lessons and engage learners. We've used contests, treasure hunts, quizzes, creative works, and more to make the lessons interesting and fun. We know that play is...
The Product: Incite! Learning Series
THE COMPANY: Don Johnston, Inc. 26799 West Commerce Drive Volo, IL 60073 Phone: 800/999-4660 Fax: 847/740-7326 Internet: www.donjohnston.com The Incite! Learning Series for grades 4-8 offers a set of original short films in an...
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