Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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NETNEWS

Texas Gets Its Own Educast Channel

Knowledge Adventure has formed a partnership with the Texas Education Service Center, Region XIII, to provide a custom channel pilot program on Educast 2.0, the free Internet news and information service for educators. The pilot channel, tailored to deliver news, lesson plans, and professional information specific to the more than 17,000 educators in the region, launches in early 1999. The Education Service Center in Region XIII serves 59 school districts in the Austin area. Knowledge Adventure: 310/793-0600, ext. 1531 or http://www.educast.com/.

Phase II: Native American Students Online

U S WEST has launched the second phase of its program to help connect the more than 200 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) schools in 23 states on 63 reservations, bringing more than 53,000 Native American students online. This phase connects 40 additional schools to the Internet with a T-I speed access line (1.544 Mbps). Each school will be configured to operate across the Department of the Interior's national communications network backbone. To make the local connection, U S West will install its frame relay service. U S WEST; 503/425-3325 gkonn@uswest.com or http:((www. uswest.com/.

Online Guide for District Administrators

The District Administrator s Guide to Planning for Technology is now available online at the Smart Valley Web site. The Guide takes a process improvement approach to assist district staff to review goals and determine if and how network technology can be used to achieve them. Based on the SmartSchots Leaders Online project, the guide incorporates lessons learned from four pilot school districts in California's San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, as well as planning process strategies and technology demonstrations from Silicon Valley companies and management consultants. Smart Valley, Inc.; 650/577-8907 or http:/;www.svi.org/leadersonline/.

Microsoft Aids Canadian Students

Industly Canada has launched the SchoolNet GrassRoots National Campaign to make Canada the most connected nation in the world. The campaign's objective is to raise $15 million in the next three years to develop 20,OOQ new projects to reach an estimated five million students. Founding partner Microsoft has committed 5I million to the project over the three years to provide teachers with software, funds, and access to training to develop Web-based curriculum to use in classrooms and share with teachers around the world. SchoolNet; http://www.schoolnet.ca or Microsoft; http:/',www nicrosoft.com/canada/.

NETTOOLS

TechBuilder

Compaq has introduced TechBuilder, a free Web-based technology planning and assessment tool. The software helps schools build or expand upon an existing or new technology infrastructure. Compaq: 800/88-TEACH or http://www.compaq.com/.

Web Products from Scantron

IntraSchool Web server software turns teachers and administrators with basic word processing skills into Web content managers and publishers. The Web authoring system gives schools the option to later take control of their Web site maintenance with minimal training. HomeRooms, an IntraSchool hosting service, provides schools with the hardware and technical expertise needed to establish and maintain a successful Web presence. Scantron; 800/722-6876 or http://www.scantron.com/.

Creating Collaborative Projects

Zebu, from MC^sup 2^, is a network-based software tool designed to construct online collaborative projects. Created for the K-12 environment, Zebu provides a simple interface to introduce students and teachers to Web development without the need to learn HTML. The company supports communities of educators through programs such as its Empowering Educators Program, the ZUE (Zebu-Using Educators), and ZUE-ology (Faculties of Education Program). MC^sup 2^: 888/808-0388 or http://wwwmc2learning.com

PBS TeacherSource

Public broadcasting provides preK-12 educators with a growing inventory of more than 1,000 free lesson plans, teacher guides, and online activities. …

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