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May/Jun 2007: Features

A LOOK AT... Administrative and Counseling Software and Webware

Charles Doe's Look At ... this month surveys software that includes student management systems featuring record keeping, scheduling, and other similar tasks; teacher evaluations; online learning environments; communications (usually email); grades and grade books; reporting; and more.

Building Enthusiasm for a New Library

Sarah Cooper teaches at an independent school where a new library is being built. “Once this facility opens in September 2007, we want our students and teachers to use it as an intellectual hub for innovative research projects,” she writes. In this article, she describes the successful methods and tactics she and her team are using to make sure this happens.

Building Student Data Literacy: An Essential Critical-Thinking Skill for the 21st Century

Traditionally, we have defined literacy as the ability to read and write. However, 21st-century literacy has moved beyond that into the realm of possessing the critical-thinking skills necessary to delve into information or data and figure out what it really means. Students need the ability to synthesize and evaluate data and to create new information and knowledge after they have determined its quality. To prepare our students to be informed, successful citizens, we must teach them to see beyond numbers and simple functions. They must have the skills to evaluate and analyze the data put before them. In other words, they must also be data-literate. Dr. Glenda Gunter offers strategies for building data literacy and a great deal more in her article.

Collaboration in Today’s Classrooms: New Web Tools Change the Game [Available Full-Text, Free]

Technology is playing a key role in various types of communication within the classroom today, changing the way communication takes place in a way that is having a real impact on learning. A different breed of technology, leveraging the power of simplistic Web 2.0 design principles, is proving to finally break through with a real impact on students and teachers. Technology such as online learning communities is proving to offer a more dynamic learning experience, with direct benefit to students and teachers. It’s a refreshing change for educators who have struggled with the complexity, cost, and practicality of the last generation of technology tools.

Cyberbullies, Online Predators, and What to Do About Them

You’ve read the news articles, seen the stories on TV news, or possibly heard them on the radio: Bullies have gone online, predators are lurking everywhere, and MySpace is a nightmare for kids and teens. What the media doesn’t tell you are the facts about how kids and teens can stay safe online. They tend to focus on the sensationalism and not the realism. Now you can learn what to look out for, what to advise parents about, and how to help students who may be experiencing problems online.
 

May/Jun 2007: Product Reviews

InspireData

Sally Finley reviews InspireData, database software focused on the concepts of visual learning and data literacy.

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society

Reviewer Alice Kurtz takes a look at Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society, a ready-reference database that examines today's major social issues.

Study Island

Susan Hixson reviews Study Island, an online program that delivers curriculum content and assessment features tied to state standards.

The Bridge of Vocabulary

Charles Doe reviews The Bridge of Vocabulary, a program that includes a book with 100 vocabulary activities and a companion CD-ROM that provides more than 300 additional activities.
 

May/Jun 2007: Columns

EDITOR'S NOTES: From Nuts and Bolts to Web 2.0

CYBERBEE: Plant a Prairie Garden

Before the European settlers arrived, there were huge prairies stretching for miles across the North American continent. Only remnants—about 1 percent to 2 percent—of this environmental habitat remain. This has prompted restoration projects by government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations in several states. Teachers and students can learn about prairies through virtual field trips or by visiting a nature center nearby. Back in the classroom, students can use this knowledge to design and plant their own prairies as part of the school landscape. Let Cyberbee be your guide to Web resources on the subject!

THE PIPELINE: Future School Libraries--A Third Presence in Second Life?

You've likely heard the numbers. Conservative recent estimates describe Second Life as a pretty huge virtual ecology. More than 1.2 million people have created avatars in Second Life, and 1,525,670 unique people have logged into Second Life at least once. Of that number, 252,284 people have logged in more than 30 days after their account-creation date. The conservative monthly growth rate is about 23 percent. Twenty-three percent growth will mean 3 million in a year's time—a healthy number, but not hyperbolic growth. It can be managed, and we can see the effects and react—unlike other Web-based changes we've lived through. Stephen Abram finds this enormously engaging and interesting to a profession that thrives on being interested and making things interesting. Read on ...

THE MEDIA CENTER: Early Technology, Why We Love It, and What We Learned from It

Mary Alice spent part of New Year's Day setting up her new computer and putting obsolete technology in storage—floppy disks, applications for earlier operating systems, assorted wires and cables, and even old automation system disks that ran on a 48K Apple II! The occasion led to reminiscing and wondering what memories other media specialists have of outdated technologies. A quick post on LM_NET brought an instant response; apparently, many media specialists were eager to share their fond memories and favorite experiences with the technology they experienced as technologist pioneers.

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--Focus on Listservs

Mary Ann Bell was recently housebound during an infrequent ice storm in the Texas Hill Country. But, she writes, "I am far from lonely. The main reason for this is my connection with people all over the world via listservs." Thus her topic for this issue: communication. Read as she celebrates the many ways is able to be in touch with others via the Internet.
 

May/Jun 2007: In the Spotlight

Qwizdom ReadySet State Standardized Curriculum

Qwizdom ReadySet combines a standards-based curriculum package with instant assessment features and an automatic reporting system.
 
 
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