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May/Jun 2005: Features

A LOOK AT ... Web-Based Assessment

Expanding educational (and other) assessments and the explosive growth of computer and Internet technologies have produced an ever-increasing number of online assessment tools for nearly any imaginable purpose. Formal assessments, including standardized tests, and more informal assessments, such as those used by classroom teachers, are included in this boom. The assessments discussed here include everything from programs that administrators might look at for standardized testing for an entire district to programs that individual teachers might purchase for their own use or for use within a department.

A.I. vs. the Pen: Cutting-Edge Tools for Teaching Writing [Available Full-Text, Free]

Advances in technology—including artificial intelligence (AI), as well as computer- and Web-based technologies—have led to the development of exciting instructional and testing applications for teaching writing. Some of the more radical changes are stemming from the development and relatively widespread use of computerized essay correction technology. In this article, learn about an array of essay-scoring products from some of the top testing companies, including Educational Testing Services (e-rater), Pearson Knowledge Technologies (Intelligent Essay Assessor), and Vantage Learning (IntelliMetric).

Job Security: Keeping a Licensed Library Media Specialist at Your School

School administrator Scott Hannon sets forth ways and means for building a strong partnership between the library media specialist and the principal, which he sees as the cornerstone of an effective library media program. "If both parties--the principal and the LMS--'get it,'" he writes, "then we have the beginnings of a good relationship. Together, these two people comprise a powerful partnership that can take a school to new heights, maybe greatness."

The Voice of the Vendors: Futures in School Library Automation, Part 1

For this article, author Dr. Barbara Fiehn spoke with four vendors—Follett, Sagebrush, Companion Corp., and Dynix—to determine what, in their estimation, would be "coming soon," what would be coming "within five years," what the salient trends to watch might be, and what else mattered in the world of library automation for K-12. (Note that she’ll be speaking with another group of auto­mation vendors for their perspectives in Part 2 of this story, for the July/August 2005 issue.)

May/Jun 2005: Product Reviews

Discovery Health Connection

Discovery Health Connection is a Web-based subscription service that provides a digital library of health and prevention resources for K-12 teachers including curriculum guides, worksheets, videos, and extension activities that address nine health and prevention issues for students.

Key Skills for Reading: Spelling & Phonics

Key Skills for Reading: Spelling & Phonics, part of the Key Skills series, is a multimedia program that offers creative ways to learn and practice phonics and spelling skills. The program's multi-leveled activities are designed to meet national standards for language arts.

Soliloquy Reading Assistant 3.0

Soliloquy Reading Assistant 3.0 helps students improve reading skills by providing additional practice at reading aloud at school, supplementing teachers' reading lessons. The program listens to students as they read, provides intelligent intervention when needed, and reports student performance to the teacher. Both grade-level reading material and excellent managing software is available.

Take It to the Computer: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs

Take It to the Computer: Writing Sentences and Paragraphs provides center activities for writing using practice exercises, graphic organizers, and a drawing program.

Teaching Mathematics to All Students, Grades 6-8

Teaching Mathematics to All Students is a professional development course that combines Internet-based training content with CD-ROM video elements.

May/Jun 2005: Columns

THE PIPELINE: Once More with Feeling--What Does Information Literacy Look Like in the Google World?

Recognize the need for information to solve problems and develop ideas; pose important questions; use a variety of information gathering strategies and research processes; locate relvant and appropriate information ... These are some information literacy benchmarks listed by the Canadian Association of School Libraries. "Seems simple enough ... But what does it really mean in grade 1? grade 3? grade 9?" asks Stephen Abram as he re-examines this all-important topic for educators in general and librarians in particular in light of 21st century realities.


In this issue, CyberBee has hunted down a collection of zoo Websites comprising a treasure-trove of educational information that will captivate kids for hours.

THE MEDIA CENTER: Organizing Stuff--We ARE Going to Clean Out That Cupboard ... Eventually

“We really are going to get this cupboard in better shape—eventually!” How many times have typical LMSs said that? Yet their software storage cupboards have probably never been ideally organized. Media specialists and technology staff discuss ways to manage networks, set up servers, or configure computers, but they don’t take much time to share ideas about how to organize the physical stuff in their cyber environments. In this issue's column, Mary Alice Anderson take time to do just that.

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Getting Parents and Teachers to Buy In to Our Tablet PC Program

Change can be hard to swallow, and the introduction of one-to-one computing has presented massive changes for virtually everyone involved in Trevor Shaw's school's technology initiative, Learning Unleashed. In this column, Shaw discusses their experiences with getting parents and teachers on board with the initiative, in the face of resistance to change. And he comments on new tactics they evolved that helped.

EDITOR'S NOTES: Fresh Concepts and Content


May/Jun 2005: In the Spotlight

Math + Music

Math + Music is a nonlanguage-based program that combines computer activity-based instruction with specialized piano training designed to help teach K-5 math standards, enhance problem-solving skills, and raise math scores on standardized tests.
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