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Mar/Apr 2008: Features

A LOOK AT ... Literacy and Writing Resources

Among the most fascinating developments in language arts technologies are those driven by programs often called “engines.” This article takes a quick drive around the block to examine some of these engines, beginning with those found in web-based programs. The cruise then continues with a quick view of some interesting new web and CD-based software, as well as some computer-related devices using other developing technologies. The final stops on the tour will be some interesting and useful electronic devices for language arts learning.

Bridging the Gap: Tools for Elearning

In this article, Aline Soules discusses some current options for media specialists who want to adopt elearning tools and makes some suggestions about how to keep up … because, as she notes, "the pointers that will help you today will be old hat tomorrow and obsolete the day after."

Widgets and Widgetry for Librarians: Copy, Paste, and Relax [Available Full-Text, Free]

Students can easily overlook websites that aren’t filled with often changing content. Do you think you’re too busy to devote time and effort to attract users to the great resources available on your library website? If you can simply copy and paste, think again! With no coding skills you can set up your websites to continually display fresh content. Read how in Aaron Schmidt's article.
 

Mar/Apr 2008: Product Reviews

DOMA—Diagnostic Online Math Assessment

Susan Hixson reviews DOMA, an Internet-based supplemental math assessment program for use with grades K-12.

Evolver Pre-Algebra

Sally Finley reviews Evolver Pre-Algebra for grades 6-12.

LabQuest

Sally Finley reviews LabQuest, a handheld data collection tool that can be used as a stand-alone device or a computer interface.

WordBuild Elements Level 1

Charles Doe reviews WordBuild Elements Level 1, a spiraling vocabulary curriculum for grades 3-12.
 

Mar/Apr 2008: Columns

EDITOR'S NOTES: The Columns That Support the Structure

CYBERBEE: Seeds of Change

With agricultural commodities so readily accessible in the U.S., it is easy to forget how the baked ham, green beans, pineapple, and rolls with butter arrive on the dinner plate in some countries, but not in others. Learning about agricultural practices, economics, and the importance of farming will go a long way in helping students understand one aspect of global interdependence. Prepare your students for a trip to a working farm by visiting these websites, all vetted by Cyberbee, aka longtime MMIS columnist and educator Linda Joseph.

THE PIPELINE: Scaffolding the New Social Literacies

On top of reading literacy and numeracy, civic literacy, and all the rest … now we're hearing that schools must expand the teaching of information literacy, computer literacy, media literacy, critical literacy, health literacy, technacy (yes, it's a word) and transliteracy (and yes, it's also a word!). And, they must do it all across the curricula. Enough already?? Well, despite the likelihood he'll encourage some slings and arrows, in this Pipeline column, Stephen Abram highlights an emerging, important, new literacy—online social literacy.

THE MEDIA CENTER: Geocaching for Fun and Learning

Geocaching, using GPS technology, is loads of fun, and it offers lots of educational opportunities as well. Yes, even in the media center. Media specialists are good at making curricular connections, and, says Mary Alice Anderson, the curriculum connections with geocaching are easy to see. Don't believe it?? Read and learn.

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--Blogging Redux

In her previous column, titled "Celebrating Communicating: To Blog or Not to Blog?" Mary Ann Bell talked about the future of blogging and whether this particular communication tool was a bit passé, having been around for a while and now facing competition from other new and trendy ­options such as wikis, nings, and Twitter. As she developed that column, though, she realized that she could get through only the first half of her intended material to cover (discussing whether or not blogs are outmoded) and had not touched upon the rest of the material. So she weighs in now with a second column about blogging.
 

Mar/Apr 2008: In the Spotlight

Teacher One Stop

The new Teacher One Stop offers documents, tools, and multimedia files with search capabilities, technologies, and resources designed to streamline and simplify educators’ planning activities.
 
 
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