Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

A Look at . . . Secondary-Level Software and Webware

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

A Look at . . . Secondary-Level Software and Webware

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TODAY, computer-related resources for secondary education include everything from exciting new software for video-editing tasks that weren't really possible in high schools 20 years ago to extraordinary subscription databases. In between can be found Web-based courseware that is becoming larger and larger in scope, more sophisticated assessment tools, and some programs with intriguing electronic delivery methods.

Many of the programs discussed here can be useful in schools with limited computer access. Teachers can encourage and train small groups of students to develop video projects and incorporate them into other course work through video editing software. To take advantage of Web- or network-based assessment programs, educators can modify lab and class schedules.

Computerized remediation programs offered during or after school or in the summer can be extremely effective for struggling students. These remediation programs seem to be called "credit recovery" programs more often now.

The programs discussed in this article are aimed at students in middle or high school. These titles do not cover all subject matters; the purpose of this article is to represent some current trends in educational technology, not to extensively review the categories.

CROSS CURRICULAR

Avid Xpress Pro Academic

Avid Technology, Inc.

www.avid.com or [800] 949-2343

Avid Xpress Pro Academic is a type of software that was neither necessary nor possible for school use before current technologies made student-created video feasible. The program combines professional video, audio, film, effects, and DVD-authoring tools.

Students can create productions while learning about the tools used in the movie and television industry. The software was designed with an academic setting in mind; features include customizable settings and preferences for multiuser environments. Students and teachers can enter personalized logins for their own projects, media management, keyboard, and other preferences. DVD-editing features and tools for capturing and editing HD (high definition) clips are also included. Avid Xpress Pro Academic is available on disc in a Mac or Windows package for $295.

Maps101

Located online: http://maps101.com

Nystrom

www.nystromnet.com or (800) 621-8086

Maps101, a subscription database, offers more than 4,000 printable maps, 200 K-12 lesson plans, up-to-date world and U.S. reference atlases, daily and weekly current-events articles, and educational quizzes and games.

This site offers an extensive collection of maps in formats usable for schools. Nystrom has been in the education field and recognized as a leading publisher of maps, globes, and atlases for more than 100 years. A free trial is available online at http://mapsl01.com.

Qwizdom Student Response System

Qwizdom

www.quizdom.com or (800) 347-3050

Qwizdom provides interactive curriculum material in a variety of K-12 subject areas for use with the Qwizdom interactive remote response system. Matched to national education standards, the materials are available in individual curriculum units. Each unit includes hundreds of Q&A sets with step-by-step solutions, lessons and quizzes, photographs, illustrations, animations, and learning games (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Quandary, and others).

Using the Qwizdom remote, students punch answers to questions into a small electronic handheld that beams the answers to the teacher's handheld or computer. Teachers can gather data instantly to assess comprehension, gather opinions, etc. The results can be tabulated in tables and charts. The system offers some unique evaluation possibilities.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Service

ETS

www.ets.org or (609) 921-9000

The Web-based Criterion Online Writing Evaluation Service assesses student writing, providing scores and diagnostic feedback to teachers and students within seconds. …

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