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Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

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NEWS of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12

NEWS

How Teachers Use Technology

NetDay, in partnership with BellSouth and the National Education Association (NEA), has released the results of a national survey of educators' personal and professional use of technology and the Internet. According to the survey, teachers said they are increasingly more comfortable with technology, but need better training and a greater voice in technology decisions. A total of 75 percent of the teachers surveyed feel strongly that their work conditions mostly encourage technology use. While 68 percent of teachers reported that their primary location for doing school-related computer work is their classroom computer, 25 percent said they spend 50 percent or more of their home computer time on school-related work, averaging 1-5 hours a week. NetDay, 949/609-4660, http://www.netday.org and BellSouth Foundation, http://www.bellsouth foundation.org/.

Profiling Educational Technology Integration

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has released free tools for assessing the readiness and use of technology integration. The resource package, Profiling Educational Technology Integration (PETI): Resources for Assessing Readiness and Use, contains a group of materials validated through pilots in five states and peer-review examinations. The tools include a framework for assessing educational technology; a matrix linking questions and indicators to NCLB goals; district, building (administrator and teacher), and classroom observation tools; methodologies and protocols; sample reports; and a corporate matrix listing the organizations and corporations that provided information on how PETI can be implemented. The materials can be accessed at http://www.metiri.com/SETDA/PETI/. SETDA, 7031533-3770, http://www.setda.org/.

Library NEWS

New Books from AASL

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced the release of three new publications. Portfolio Guide for the School Library Media Specialist by Gail Dickinson covers instructional and future uses of portfolios, how to maintain a professional portfolio, and the National Board professional portfolio process (31 pp., $8). A Student's and Parent's Guide to Evaluating Libraries in Independent Schools by the Independent School Section of AASL considers three critical areas in library evaluation-facilities, resources, and services (pamphlet, $7 per pack of 25). Program Standards: School Library Media Specialist Preparation by AASL examines the process of preparing a curriculum folio for review by representatives of AASL as part of the accreditation process conducted by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (52 pp., $10). AASUALA, 8001545-2433, http:Hwww.ala.org/aasl/.

Wilson Launches Science Full Text Select

Science Full Text Select, a combination of the full-text content of all of the Wilson science databases, provides articles from a total of 320 sources. The material includes visual content such as charts, diagrams, and illustrations in PDF page images. Also provided are daily content additions, summaries in 50- to 150-word abstracts, and up-to-date subject headings. H.W.Wilson, 800/367-6770; http:llwww.hwwilson.coml.

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