Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Nuts and Bolts and Other, Newer Tools of the Trade

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Nuts and Bolts and Other, Newer Tools of the Trade

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YOU'RE well into the school year now, with routines and systems functioning smoothly, we assume. With that in mind, this month we bring you a collection of features and columns that shed new light on practical uses of technological tools and resources, both familiar and new. We think you'll find in this material some new ideas you can use to tweak those systems and routines, freshen them up, and make them even more effective. This issue's authors touch on the tried and true as well and the hot and new.

NUTS AND BOLTS ...

Sarah Cooper's "Digging into Databases" (page 8) offers new insights into the use of those venerable and ever-improving resources. She names names and develops some terrific ideas in presenting "five projects where librarians can take the lead in helping history and English teachers see the potential of this new world of sources."

As a complement, Linda Joseph's CyberBee describes a set of "Handy Reference Tools" (page 13)--electronic, of course--from almanacs and encyclopedias to dictionaries, maps, and stats.

Stats? Data? In this era, one thing is sure: You've got to have and use data. And two authors this month have focused on data collection and use. Mary Alice Anderson's Media Center column title tells succinctly what she has for you: "Data Gathering, Part II: Developing Your Spreadsheet to Get the Numbers You Need" (page 34) will get you started smoothly collecting and using media center statistics. …

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