It’s a new year, and with our January/February 2011 issue, we’re introducing our newly updated magazine, as Multimedia & Internet@Schools becomes simply Internet@Schools, reflecting our editorial attention to the ubiquitous role the internet is now playing in all aspects of education.
In this issue, the focus is on mobile learning devices and applications, enabled by … you guessed it … the ubiquitous role the internet is now playing in all aspects of education. We’re taking a look here at the new, the powerful, and the creative devices and apps that kids are already wielding and schools are increasingly incorporating into their teaching and learning efforts.
In particular, dig into Victor Rivero’s Tools for Learning feature this month, Connected and Engaged! (p. 8). In the roundup, he gives an overview of how “Mobile learning is moving the ‘class’ out of the ‘room,’ where academic use of e-readers, handhelds, iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Androids are signaling a mad rate of growth … to become the most popular path onto the web within 5 years …” by some measures. And he then delves into some specific applications such as the Edmodo academic networking site for teachers and students, Discovery Education on the iPad, and his own list of the top 10 coolest apps for education (as of his deadline, at least).
For more on mobile learning, see this month’s reviews as well, starting on page 28, where Charlie Doe covers Blackboard Mobile Learn and mobl21.
We hope you like the new look and the renewed focus!
Internet@Schools, the Show
Our magazine now carries the same “brand” as the library and ed tech conferences we produce, Internet@Schools East and West. Makes sense, because we’ve had, and will continue to have, a good deal of cross fertilization and integration in terms of content between the shows and the publication as well as their websites. We’ve also worked to integrate the Internet@Schools shows more closely with their “big brother” conferences, Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian. Internet@Schools East and West will now be full-fledged tracks at those 3-day conferences, respectively, although special pricing will enable the K–12 educators among you to attend the 2-day Internet@Schools tracks exclusively if you wish. We’ve recently nailed down the program for “East,” which takes place in Washington, D.C., March 21–22. Check it out at www.infotoday.com/I@SE2011/Program.asp. More on that in this space next time!
David Hoffman , editor