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Sep/Oct 2007: Features

A LOOK AT … Presentation Systems: The Whiteboard Grows Up

Presentation systems are an exciting and expanding mixture of educational tools growing from computer, projection, and other technologies. The systems examined in this article are built around interactive whiteboards, devices that interpret projected surfaces and interact with a computer desktop. This article takes a look at some complete presentation systems and their components.

Database News: What’s There, and What’s Coming Up, in the World of K–12 Content, Part 5

In this article, Part 5 of his series of reviews, Robert Congleton continues his conversations with representatives of vendors--in this case, ePals, LearningExpress, and Teen Health & Wellness--about how they are addressing the growing K–12 classroom reliance on electronic resources, the products they currently offer, and what new resources they plan to release in the near future. The article also describes updates on enhancements and new products that have been released in the last year by five of the vendors previously reviewed in this series: Gale, Greenwood Electronic Media, TeachingBooks.net, World Book, Grolier Online/Scholastic, Inc.

School Library Automation Revisited—2007!

Northern Illinois University library science professor Barbara Fiehn is back again, reporting on library automation for the school media community. This year, after working hard with an automation system to gain some new perspectives, she talked to other users—see her survey results—and to the vendors.

Tapping the Tools of Teen Culture in the LMC [Available Full-Text, Free]

While our students might be able to click through Web sites with ease and change the layouts of their MySpace profiles in the blink of an eye, there are still many things we can teach them about the read/write Web. There are also many ways we can teach our students using the read/write Web. Underlying these opportunities is the possibility to use the read/write Web to discuss the issues of authorship, authenticity, and the production of information—all topics for rich discussions of information literacy. This article provides a review of some of the best online tools you can use to excite teachers and to prepare students to be active agents in today’s participatory culture.
 

Sep/Oct 2007: Product Reviews

Holt Virtual Investigations

Sally Finley reviews Holt Virtual Investigations, a science simulation available in middle school and high school editions.

Simon S.I.O. (Sounds It Out)

John Drag, Jr. reviews Simon S.I.O. (Sounds It Out), a tutor-led phonics intervention program for students of all ages who may be experiencing difficulty in mastering phonological awareness.

TeacherFileBox.com

Charles Doe reviews TeacherFilebox.com, an online collection of instructional resources for PreK-6 educators.

World Book Advanced

Susan Hixson reviews World Book Advanced, designed for use in high school and beyond. This database also has been used successfully in middle schools.
 

Sep/Oct 2007: Columns

EDITOR'S NOTES: Internet@Schools West--Be There!

CYBERBEE: Global Connections

Finding safe, engaging collaborative projects for your classroom doesn't have to be a challenge. There are many mentored and data-entry activities that allow your students to participate with classrooms across the country and around the world. Many of the Internet projects have been around for years with proven track records. Others have the backing of nonprofit foundations. This month, Cyberbee directs you to a range of such sites where you can find a project that is just right for your classroom.

THE PIPELINE: K-12 Information Literacy--Teacher Librarians: Sharing and Taking Care of Themselves

Stephen Abram has no worries about great new ideas being developed throughout libraryland, but he is concerned that such ideas are not diffusing fast enough. In this Pipeline column, he ponders why this is and how the tendency can be combatted, and also offers a rich list of creative librarians' blogs and other resources that will help you speed that diffusion yourself.

THE MEDIA CENTER: Axioms, Maxims, and Other Advice

You can eat an entire elephant if you cut it into small enough pieces. That well-worn advice is worth remembering; it helps us through those times of feeling overwhelmed … which explains why a collection of small elephants decorates my office. They inspired me as we moved into a new media center, implemented a new automation system district wide, and worked toward other major program changes. Are there similar daunting tasks in your future at your media center? Here are some more axioms, maxims, and just plain sage advice that may help you, whatever the task you're facing.

BELLTONES: Avoiding Tech Terror Attacks

It happened to Mary Ann recently, for the first time in ages. She had a near meltdown because of a glitchy computer problem. … Actually, she had several problems. … In fact, it was a perfect techie storm!!! ... So for this month's Belltones column, Mary Ann has thought through and compiled a range of tips and advice to help herself--and you!--deal with such eventualities, or should we call them inevitabilities.
 

Sep/Oct 2007: In the Spotlight

ProQuest African Writers Series Digital Collection

ProQuest’s African Writers Series offers a digital collection of key texts in 20th century African literature.
 
 
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