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Jan/Feb 2006: Features

A LOOK AT ... Scanning into the Digital Age

Charlie Doe covers scanners in this "Look At ...," discussing how they can be effectively used and what you need to know about them to make an informed buying decision, then describing an array of scanners from "basic" to "multi-function."

A Thousand Words: Promoting Teachers' Visual Literacy Skills [Available Full-Text, Free]

How can teachers help students develop visual literacy skills that complement and deepen phonemic literacy? How can teachers help students develop critical thinking skills so they can analyze, reflect upon, evaluate, and make inferences from the images they see and not be the passive recipients of visual information? The answer in part is for teachers themselves to develop the conceptual, instructional, and technical skills so that they feel comfortable incorporating visual learning into traditional learning. Mary Burns' article discusses a series of professional development activities that can help.

Library Media Specialists and the Future: A Conversation with Ken Haycock

In her newly published book Super Searchers Go to School, Joyce Kasman Valenza interviews a dozen prominent K–12 educators and educator-librarians who share their strategies for helping students become effective, lifelong information users. In this excerpt, Joyce elicits wisdom that points the way toward a successful future for K–12 libraries from Ken Haycock, whose impressive professional experience includes being a school librarian; principal; school board president; president of the American Association of School Librarians; and, currently, director of the school of library and information science at San Jose State University.

You CAN Get That National Board Certification!

In this feature, board certified media specialist Jan Ross convincingly and helpfully lays out the whats, whys, and how tos you need to know in order to obtain your own Certification for School Library Media Specialists.
 

Jan/Feb 2006: Product Reviews

Go! Motion

Sally Finley takes a lookat Go! Motion, a motion detector that connects directly to a computer's USB port to collect position, velocity and acceleration data for moving objects.

Mobilepresenter BT

Reviewer Charles Doe takes a look at the Mobilepresenter BT, a wireless tablet used to annote presentations and run computers while a teacher or presenter is moving around a room.

P.E.T. Learning Styles Solution

Reviewer Susan Hixson examines P.E.T. Learning Styles Solution, an online program based on the work of Carl Jung that evaluates teaching and learning styles.
 

Jan/Feb 2006: Columns

EDITOR'S NOTES: Professional Development, Goodbyes, and Hellos

CYBERBEE: Shaping Minds with Puzzles

CyberBee, aka Linda Joseph, takes a tour of Web sites all about puzzles in this issue, covering puzzle history, puzzles for learning, puzzle generators, and more.

THE PIPELINE: Thinking About Phones

In thinking about phones, Stephen Abram asks, "So, what does it mean when I see a short video of a kid keyboarding over 40 words per minutes with his thumbs on his phone? What does it mean when I call 411 and get Silicon Sally, who is just a computer but asks me questions and (mostly) understands and answers? And what's this got to do with learners?" And then he gives some answers!

THE MEDIA CENTER: Advocacy in Action--When Company Comes

Mary Alice Anderson writes, "In recent months I've had numerous opportunities to visit media centers in other districts as we plan for media center renovations and program improvements at our senior high. Our visitation team included media specialists, board members, architects, administrators, local press, and community members who care about media centers." And then she draws on this experience to give you expert advice on how to prepare for visitors to your own media center ... and why ... and how doing so will benefit you and your program.

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Simple Questions, Difficult Answers

In the last installment of the two-year run of Learning Unleashed!, Trevor Shaw looks back and takes stock of what they have accomplished over the past 2-and-a-half years of their technology infusion and integration program at his school.
 

Jan/Feb 2006: In the Spotlight

Standard Deviants School Teaching Systems

The Standard Deviants School Teaching Systems provide multimedia programs and classroom materials in 10 subject areas: Algebra, American Government, Biology, Chemistry, English Grammar, Physics, Basic Math, Nutrition, Shakespeare, and Spanish.
 
 
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