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Jan/Feb 2011: Features

How Google Works: Are Search Engines Really Dumb and Why Should Educators Care?

Given their popularity with students, knowing more about how search engines such as Google work is vital to understanding information access in a digital age.

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Connected and Engaged

Online. Blended. Mobile. 21 st-century. Collaborative. Project-based. Any way you label it, learning is changing. We're now settling into an exciting new paradigm of connected, engaged learning. To get a sense of all this, take a look at the sites, services, and resources we've noted right here in this article.

Jan/Feb 2011: Product Reviews

Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students and educators to access teaching and learning wherever and whenever they want through two-way interactions on mobile devices. Blackboard Mobile Learn extends the course experience of Blackboard Learn, a web-based teaching and learning platform.

Mobl21, from Emantras, Inc.

Mobl21 is an easy-to-use platform enabling educational mobility. With the editor, individual teachers, students, or institutions can create and share learning assets that complement formal courses, extending learning through the use of desktop widgets, social networking sites, and devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch. Facebook, iGoogle, Android, BlackBerry, and Flash Lite apps will be available soon.

SCAN by TregoED

SCAN by TregoEd is an interactive program that provides many lessons on social studies topics, current and past. The format is also available for teachers to create their own lessons or just enhance the lessons that are provided.

Science Power From World Book Classroom

Science Power from World Book Classroom is an interactive program that brings science alive for students. It includes multimedia, teacher guides and tests for each lesson. Lessons can be presented to whole groups, small groups, or individuals.

Jan/Feb 2011: Columns

EDITOR'S NOTES: Learning Goes Mobile

THE PIPELINE: Ten Tactics That Underpin Strategy

Stephen has been to a bunch of large conferences in the past month that were focused on the school library and teacher librarians. At each, he witnessed librarians' passion as it overflowed into real tears, anger, and hand-wringing about the state of staffing, budgets, and resources for libraries. This month, he offers validation and, more important, hints and strategies for moving forward.

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: The NEW Media Specialist

This column's new title has prompted Mary Alice to think about the skills that new media specialists need. Here, then, are some attributes and attitudes she believes are essential for the profession at this juncture.

BELLTONES: Happy New Year!

Not satisfied with how her 2010 was going, Mary Ann decided to reboot and upgrade last September to 2010.2—giving her a jump-start on New Year's resolution-making.

THE TECH EFFECT: When ‘Birds of a Feather’ Try Their Wings

In the scant time allotted for professional collaboration, teachers naturally tend to nestle into their grade- and discipline-specific niches. But they would benefit from shaking loose every once in a while to walk a mile in others' Keds.
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