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Mar/Apr 2009: Features

A LOOK AT... Mobile Devices

A mobile device—also known as a hand-held device, handheld computer, ultrasmall laptop, tablet, palmtop, or simply a handheld—is a small, very mobile computing device. Many mobile devices have features that make them especially useful tools for educators, teachers, administrators, students, and others. This article will take a brief look at some examples of ultramobile PCs, handhelds, probeware, portable gaming devices, and digital media players that could be useful in an education setting.

After School in the Library Media Center

For one afternoon every week, Bob Hassett’s middle school library becomes a gamer’s paradise. Free snacks, loud music, Guitar Hero, and Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi. But even though it’s very much about gaming and hanging out, there’s so much more to it than that. Check out Bob’s feature to see what all the fun … and learning … is about.

Celebrating 21st-Century Learning at the International Student Media Festival

It’s a celebration of creative learning through technology. It’s a day filled with minds-on, hands-on, collaborative learning experiences. It’s a mini-Oscar event, complete with red carpet, lights, and paparazzi. It’s the 34th annual International Student Media Festival. Read all about it in Johanna Riddle's report.

Cool Tools for Content Creation: More Than Blogs or Wikis [Available Full-Text, Free]

We live in a Web 2.0 world where everyone is capable of creating content and sharing it, not just accessing what someone else has created and shared. Tools to create content are now readily and freely (or somewhat inexpensively) available to the general population. Content creation tools can aid in instruction and teaching, providing another avenue for students to access and learn material. Want some ideas and products to play/teach with? Read on as Karen Klapperstuck and Robert Lackie provide you with a great rundown and roundup.

The TIGed Program: A Model for Taking Classrooms Global

Online “global classrooms” empower educators to leverage the power of social networking to create curriculum that is more interdisciplinary, more effective, and more relevant to students’ lives. The global classroom represents the future of learning—and the future is now! This article offers a nuts-and-bolts guide for developing a global classroom, using TakingITGlobal’s “virtual classroom” platform as a model. It begins by describing TakingITGlobal for Educators, or TIGed, and how it works; it then offers a step-by-step guide for educators who want to establish or modify their own online global classrooms.
 

Mar/Apr 2009: Product Reviews

Learning Plans on Demand

Susan Hixson reviews Learning Plans on Demand, an online program that provides teaching tools for differentiating instruction, constructs response assessments, and offers tutorials and practice activities.

Miller & Levine Biology/Biology.com

Sally Finley reviews Biology.com, an online student and teacher edition of Pearson's "Miller & Levine Biology" textbook.

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection

Charles Doe reviews PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection, a web-based instructional and professional development resource.

World Book Student

Alice Kurtz reviews World Book Student, the redesigned and upgraded version of the World Book Online Reference Center.
 

Mar/Apr 2009: Columns

THE PIPELINE: Preparing for the New Media Literacies

There’s a sea change in how people around the world receive their news. Among other things, surveys show a strong increase in the role of internet news. When we think about our learners’ and our communities’ ability to receive and filter news on a local, national, and international scale, are we preparing them with the skills they need? Are we preparing our learners for the world that they will inevitably encounter? Stephen Abram weighs in on these questions in this month’s Pipeline.

THE MEDIA CENTER: You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail

We’ve all got too much email. Mary Alice Anderson notes she has four accounts: one for her district job, one personal, and two for online teaching work at two universities. Without careful management, we can find ourselves confused and spending too much time sorting it all out. What’s a busy educator to do? Well, start by reading Mary Alice's tips, along with a few illustrative anecdotes, in this month's column.

BELLTONES: Anti-Filtering Snapping Turtle Answers Fearmongers and Naysayers

Mary Ann is still on the warpath! Her purpose in this article is to enumerate some of the most common “reasons” that are used to support the overly restrictive filtering that is prevalent in all too many schools and districts. “I put the word reasons in quotations because it is my opinion that, very frequently, these are excuses rather than reasons,” she notes. Here are some arguments, and her responses.

EDITOR'S NOTES: Conferences and Columns

 

Mar/Apr 2009: In the Spotlight

Learn360

The Learn360 video streaming service for K–12 education now offers a My Learn360 homepage designed to individualize the user experience for educators.
 
 
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