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Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

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Online Grading Finds SAT Essays Need Work

Most of the 14,500 practice SAT essays received online by the Princeton Review for its free LiveGrader launch received lackluster scores, earning between 6 and 8 points out of a possible 12. A score of 6 indicates an essay is inadequate: The writer may have oversimplified the issue, gone off topic, or lacked organization. A score of 8 indicates a competent but not outstanding essay that may contain obvious vocabulary or grammar errors or the use of simplistic examples discussed insufficiently. A total of 104 students received a perfect essay score and 277 students needed the maximum amount of improvement. The new essay section is the largest of several changes made to the SAT by the College Board. According to the Princeton Review, an average student improving his score by a single point on the New SAT essay will increase an overall Writing score by 20-50 points on the 200-800 scale. The Princeton Review, 800/273-8439 or http://www.PrincetonReview.com/.

CoSN Technology Webcasts

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will host two Webcasts in January and February. "Accessible Technology for All Students" is the subject of the Webcast to be held January 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. EST Participants will discuss the ways that some districts are engaging in a new dialogue between special education and technology."Beyond Wires and Boxes: Technology as albol for Educational Transformation," the February 9th Webcast, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. This session will present a look at the ways schools can regain momentum and excitement about the ability of technology to improve teaching and learning. CoSN members receive six complimentary Webcast registrations each year. Additional registrations are priced at $39 each. Non-member registrations are $59 each. CoSN, 866/267-8747, http://www.cosn.org/.

Ancient and Medieval History Online

ABC-CLIO World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras offers lessons organized chronologically covering ancient and medieval times-from human prehistory through the early empires to the beginnings of the Renaissance. Research functions are combined with primary and secondary sources, interactive lessons, and instructor support. Sources range beyond Western civilization to include ancient Africa, the Muslim world, and the Orient. Features include interactive timelines, profiles of city-states of the ancient world, and current events-related features on the home page that draw connections between the history currently being made and its ancient and medieval origins. A 1-year subscription is priced at $599. ABC-CLIO, 8001368-6868 or http://www.abc-clio.com/.

Science Online for North Carolina

Holt Science and Technology, North Carolina Edition (HST North Carolina), is designed for North Carolina's middle school science curriculum and meets the academic standards in the state's Standard Course of Study. A complementary Online Assessment resource diagnoses student understanding of science, assigns interventions, and tracks improvement with benchmark practice tests. HST North Carolina is available in an online learning version with animated Visual Concepts, interactive quizzes and activities, teacher management tools, and links to the National Science Teachers Association's SciLinks site. …

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