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TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Spirit of Play, Game-Based Learning--A Serious Look at Companies ‘Gaming the System’ for Academic Excellence

Gaming in education is big, and growing bigger, which prompts questions such as "How will serious games integrate into existing learning experiences?" and "Are they actually proven to get results?" Victor offers some thoughts from a market report, then lays out "games, games, games," plus some resources for more information.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2017 - Sep/Oct 2017 Issue By


eBackpack is a management system that assigns, annotates, collects, and grades assignments and assessments. It offers classroom management, online file storage, and collaboration tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2017 - May/June 2017 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Hands-On Handheld Tools: Getting a grip on some great technology for learning

Here are somewhat physical artifacts, actual or nearly actual objects that you can pick up and use. They have some weight, they involve dexterity, they are extensions of our hands and minds, and they do well to serve us in learning and experiencing the world around us.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2017 - May/June 2017 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: What’s in the Pipeline? Part 2. What I Watch

Since change is the norm, and staying on top of things is obligatory, Stephen keeps watch! Here, he discusses some trends that continue from the past and some that are just entering our field of vision now. And he offers up "a highly personal list of the kinds of stuff [he finds] interesting to track."
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2017 - May/June 2017 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Mobile Technology Goes Virtual–Using Virtual Reality in Education

Virtual reality was a hot topic at Austin's SXSWedu and SXSW Interactive conferences this past March. Carolyn looked and listened, with an ear to learning how VR can best be used in educational settings, and how to "not only consume it but turn our attention to student creation and what students can learn from being intentional creators of VR content."
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 May 2017 - May/June 2017 Issue By

Panorama Education Launches Panorama Student Success

Bringing together academic, attendance, school climate, and social-emotional learning data, Panorama's platform allows schools and districts to track and support the holistic progress of groups and individual students in real time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2017

New Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Digital Services Boost Educators’ Ability to Connect with Peers and Differentiate Instruction

Discovery Education has unveiled two new enhancements to its digital services. These features, added to Discovery Education's Streaming and Techbook services, support educators' efforts to network with their peers and differentiate instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Mar 2017

Discovery Education Announces Dates for 2017 Day of Discovery Tour

A series of no-cost, full-day, professional development opportunities, the Day of Discovery Tour helps teachers and administrators learn more about integrating digital content into their curriculum, provides opportunities for participants to share strategies that are working, and connects attendees to their most valuable resource: each other.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Mar 2017


Passport is a world language learning environment based on a research platform that allows teachers to assign classwork and track and report student progress.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2017 - Mar/Apr 2017 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER–Integrating Technology Then … And Now: From Computer Lab to Design Flexibility

Integrating technology in education has been a catalyst for significantly repurposing the physical structure and programs of school media centers. Mary Alice queried some colleagues for help in looking back at the process during the past couple of decades to see how it has evolved and to see what works bestfor today and the future.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2017 - Mar/Apr 2017 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Reaching Out to the World: Foreign Language (and ESL) Technologies

Learning a language in an age of collaborative technologies, such as are now available with video-based and other interactive, adaptive, and personalized learning platforms, has made for a different experience! If you grew up sitting in a high school language class, try some of the tools Victor reports on and you'll see!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2017 - Mar/Apr 2017 Issue By


Educurious provides an online experience that connects educators, students, and experts through project work using technology.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2017 - Jan/Feb 2017 Issue By


Bloomz is a free app for facilitating parent-teacher communication in any situation in which educators, instructors, and teachers need to be able to communicate quickly with parents. Bloomz has successfully been implemented in preschools, middle schools, and high schools, as well as adult education programs and PTAs.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2017 - Jan/Feb 2017 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: School Libraries, Librarians, and Project-Based Learning–“Flexing” Library Spaces for Learning

Carolyn builds the case for flexible library spaces that support authentic inquiry and promote the kind of collaborative energy inherent in effective project-based learning.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Jan 2017 - Jan/Feb 2017 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Project-Based Learning: Engagement, Authenticity, and Collaboration on a Mission

Taking on a common task with others—collaborating in an authentic, engagement type of situation—is not merely busywork. It's either practice for real work, or real work itself! That's what project-based learning offers, and Victor offers lots of PBL-oriented resources.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2017 - Jan/Feb 2017 Issue By


The basis of all Knovation services and resources is the Knovation Content Collection, an organized collection of quality internet resources for K-12 use. It includes nearly every kind of resource available on the internet—digital, graphic, video, and more—at all age and grade levels for student and professional learning use.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2016 - Nov/Dec 2016 Issue By

ThinkCERCA Launches Online Resource for Teaching the Election

The web-based election center is designed to help teachers get students thinking critically about the 2016 presidential election.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Oct 2016

Free Resources: Generation Global's Safe Online Environment for Students to Explore Cultural Differences Through Dialogue

The non-profit program provides free educational content, curated videoconferences, and a safe online community where students can connect with peers from around the world.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Sep 2016

Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia's ELECTION CENTRAL, an Online Destination Providing Educators With Curated Content to Teach Students About the Political Process

Election-related resources, collections and an interactive map will be available through November.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Sep 2016

Ideaphora Classroom Empowers Students to Construct Lasting Knowledge from Digital Content

New online concept mapping environment makes students' thinking visible as they interact with digital content to support formative assessment, personalized learning
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2016

IDEA WATCH: Getting on Board With the DOE’s Future Ready Initiative

In June, the Department of Education Office of Ed Tech rolled out a new Future Ready Librarian initiative and framework that highlights the ways librarians can accelerate change to help their districts build future-ready schools. Learn more from Carolyn, and get on board!
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2016 - Sep/Oct 2016 Issue By

Discovery Education Adds Inquiry-based Projects, Virtual Reality Experiences, and More to Its Digital Services

All new, inquiry-based projects from GlobalLab help students around the world develop creative, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2016

TOOLS FOR LEARNING - Flipping Forward: An Early Pioneer Shares Successful Actions for Classroom Magic

Victor spoke with a range of luminaries—from the Flipped Learning Network, SolidProfessor, and Techsmith—plus an in-the-trenches educator to illuminate the flipped learning concept and bring you both up-to-speed and up-to-date on "The Key to Flipped Learning."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2016 - Sep/Oct 2016 Issue By

Free Resources: Letters to the Next President 2.0 Gives Voice to Teens' Opinions in Election

The newly launched publishing site from KQED and the National Writing Project provides a platform for teens to share their insights on issues that matter to them during this year's election.
News/Free Resources - Posted 30 Aug 2016

Cyberbee's 2016 Election Lessons

For August 1, 2016: Now that the Republican and Democratic conventions are over and the candidates selected from both major and minor political parties, it is time to focus on the campaigns. Time for ... Cyberbee's 2016 Election Lessons!!!
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Turnitin Integrates Formative Writing Tools into College Board Programs to Support Student Practice

Turnitin and the College Board will partner to provide students with productive writing practice opportunities and help develop college ready skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2016

Photos for Class

For June 1, 2016: Teachers who are looking for a safe place for their students to find images that they can use in projects and reports should look at the Photos for Class site, from StoryboardThat and their digital storytelling resources.
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itslearning Partners with Gooru to Enhance LMS Platform

The partnership is designed to enhance itslearning's platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. The alliance will initially give teachers up-to-date avenue to find, remix and share collections and courses of open content designed for future-ready learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2016

LearningExpress Announces PrepSTEP High School Edition

PrepSTEP High School Edition is an extensive collection of academic, college preparation and career-related resources that supports college-, career- and military-bound students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2016


Remind is a communication tool that helps teachers or administrators connect instantly with students, parents and/or teachers, and teacher-librarians. Once set up, Remind sends quick, simple messages to any device.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2016 - May/Jun 2016 Issue By


i-Ready is an adaptive K-12 diagnostic tool combined with individualized K-8 student online and teacher-led instruction in language arts, reading, and math.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2016 - May/Jun 2016 Issue By

Follett Challenge Announces Grand-Prize Winning School

Alaska's Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High ‘Aims High' and earns first place.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Apr 2016

Imagine Easy Classroom Suite

The Imagine Easy Classroom Suite delivers standards-aligned, subject-specific instructional content combined with practice and application opportunities so students can prepare for college and/or careers. Assessment and analytical tools allow teachers and administrators to track and monitor student progress so informed classroom, school, and district-wide instructional decisions can be made.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2016 - Mar/Apr 2016 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Building Digital Research Skills

Victor provides today's budding researcher-students with basic advice to consider before diving into a research project and with an array of online tools and resources to tap into once the project is underway.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2016 - Mar/Apr 2016 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Serving Special Populations and Making a Difference–Refugees

Librarians are "programmed" to serve the public, serve their patrons-all their patrons—and to make a difference in their communities. That's just who they are. So this month, Stephen recounts how librarians in his hometown community are reaching out to serve some brand-new patrons: refugees!
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2016 - Mar/Apr 2016 Issue By

Little Bird Tales

For February 15, 2016: Elementary and Middle school teachers will appreciate Little Bird Tales, a simple storytelling program that they can use to create lessons or engage their students.
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Promethean Introduces Next Generation of its ActivWall System

Advanced surface technology for the Modern Classroom, the widescreen surface of the new ActivWall product line is designed as a comprehensive collaborative learning solution, offering multi-touch interactivity, HD viewing and dry-erase writing. Directly from the home screen, teachers can browse the web, start a white-boarding session and wirelessly connect to mirror their devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops to the surface.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2016


For January 15, 2016: Screencast-O-Matic is an easy to use tool for capturing screen or webcam shots up to 15 minutes in length. You can record in your browser or download an app.
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MindTap is a mobile app used in conjunction with a high school AP course or college-level course. It acts as a personalized teaching experience, with relevant assignments to guide students to analyze information as well as apply and improve thinking as it relates to a specific course.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By


MobyMax is a personalized, blended learning curriculum for K-8 students. It is an online learning tool that includes math, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and more.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By

BELLTONES: Back on My Bandbox--Internet Filtering and Diversity

Due to the current atmosphere in our country, with so many people afraid and angry about racial and religious differences and people's lifestyles, Mary Ann recently began to wonder how American schools are handling filtering with regard to diversity, especially relating to race, religion, and GLBT issues. Time for another survey? Yes!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By

Meet Your Learners Where They Are: Virtualizing the School Library

As author Brenda Boyer notes, the proliferation of BYOD, 1:1 device programs, and blended and online learning opportunities for students makes it critical for school libraries to meet the challenge of providing services, resources, and instruction in virtual environments. To that end, Boyer lays out a comprehensive road map to building and maintaining that virtual environment.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2016 - Jan/Feb 2016 Issue By

Make Beliefs Comix

For December 15, 2015: If you need a fun tool to keep kids engaged on a rainy day, try introducing them to Make Beliefs Comix, an interactive comic strip maker.
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Achieve3000 Releases Leadership Edition Digital Dashboard

Designed to help educators gain a deeper understanding of the literacy needs of their various student populations, Leadership Edition presents key metrics such as student usage, performance, and progress towards college and career readiness in easy-to-read, visual formats.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Dec 2015

Learning Bird Announces Update to Learning Platform

The latest release is designed to further empower teachers in offering differentiated instruction in their classroom by allowing them to easily assign specific lessons to individual students or groups of students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Nov 2015

Promethean Introduces ClassFlow Connect Wireless Collaboration Solution

With ClassFlow Connect, the entire class can simultaneously interact or view and share resources from any mobile device, including smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and notebook computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Nov 2015

Follett Announces Follett Community

The site is an online gathering place where teachers, administrators and librarians can share knowledge and engage in discussions on a wide range of topics. Follett Community provides members a space to share ideas, solutions, and collaborate with other K-12 learning professionals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Nov 2015

Gale Expands Integration of Google Apps for Education into Popular Product Lines

Researchers can seamlessly log into many of their school or library's Gale resources with their Google Account credentials and easily save, share, and download content (including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes) using Gmail, Drive, and Docs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2015

Mimio Launches MimioMobile for the Web

The web application enables educators to deliver collaborative lessons and assessments to an entire class. This release, coupled with the existing Apple and Android apps, allows the MimioMobile app to work on virtually any device the student may have in the classroom: tablets, smartphones, and laptops.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2015

Modular Management System for Schools

MMS is a fully integrated student information system that lets the user manage daily operations of a school or district.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2015 - Nov/Dec 2015 Issue By

Gaggle Safe Classroom LMS

The Gaggle Safe Classroom Learning Management System (LMS) promotes student and teacher productivity using current technology and social media. Teachers can create, assign, collect, and correct digital worksheets, such as assessments, assignments, tests and quizzes, and increase student engagement and performance through email, texting, blogs, and other LMS features.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2015 - Nov/Dec 2015 Issue By

Skyward Student Management Suite

The Skyward Student Management Suite is a student information system focusing on tools for office and administration, family engagement, student services, and the classroom.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2015 - Nov/Dec 2015 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Next-Generation Learning Management–Improved Systems for an Improved Educational Experience

LMSs have come a long way. As author Victor notes, today's systems are more accommodating to social learning and collaboration and to mobile learning, allowing for course content delivery, student registration, curriculum management, assessment, reporting, and more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2015 - Nov/Dec 2015 Issue By Increases Integration with Google Classroom

Teachers can now import their rosters from Google Classroom into OpenEd with a single click. This roster integration means that any OpenEd resource shared onto Google Classroom will be graded automatically.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2015

Common Sense Media, SETDA Unveil New Toolkit to Help States and Schools Access E-Rate Funds

The collaboration is intended to help finish the job of connecting every U.S. classroom and library to high-speed internet.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2015

Mobiliya Edvelop Launches Virtual Bag to Provide Offline Access to Books for Students

The virtual bag is intended to replace the school bags that the children carry to school on their shoulders and gives access to curriculum text books on the Mobiliya Edvelop platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2015


For September 15, 2015: Use InstaCollage to create a delightful collage of photographs of your students and their activities to share with parents via social networks like email, Instagram, Twitter, Flicker, Facebook, and more.
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GoGuardian Launches Digital Classroom Solution

GoGuardian for Teachers is a Chromebook-based application that allows teachers to maximize the benefits of digital learning in their classrooms, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2015

Discovery Education, American Bar Association, National Constitution Center Host Interactive Virtual Field Trip on Constitution Day

Hosted live from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, this event will explore the history of the U.S. Constitution and introduce students to the Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeal judges.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2015


Brainly is a social learning network connecting middle and high school students who ask questions and teach each other how to answer homework and schoolwork questions.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2015 - Sep/Oct 2015 Issue By


ePals Global Classroom, ePals Clubhouse, and ePals SchoolMail365 and the ePals Global Community facilitate learner connections around the world with safe and secure educational communities. These provide excellent digital content and foster collaboration between classrooms. Digital content aides self-study, and work can be shared between classes.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2015 - Sep/Oct 2015 Issue By


iEARN is a nonprofit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects worldwide.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2015 - Sep/Oct 2015 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Media Center Design Principles Worth Fighting For

Mary Alice has been involved in many media center designs over her long career. This month, she discusses design ideas that enable school libraries to function well upon being redesigned   and  to continue to function well as needs change!
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2015 - Sep/Oct 2015 Issue By

Follett Unveils Lightbox — Interactive Multimedia Springboard for PreK-12 Learning

Designed with digital natives and the way they learn in mind, Lightbox supports instructors with varied approaches to teaching topics, while its built-in tools create a student-centered learning experience for even the most disengaged students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2015

New Interest Discovery Tool from NextLesson Brings the Real World into the Classroom

InterestID enables teachers to discover their students' interests and easily find standards-aligned lessons on topics students love.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2015

Discovery Education Announces New Services for STEM Teaching and Learning

These new resources support school systems in building and sustaining a culture of STEM education through a combination of immersive professional development initiatives, job-embedded instructional coaching, rich digital content, and extensive community engagement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2015

Skyward Partners with Certica to Launch Formative Assessment Solution

At the center of this platform is Certica's Formative Assessment Item Bank (FAIB), which features over 80,000 items, including more than 50,000 Common Core-aligned Math and English Language Arts selections.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2015 Author Name Pronunciation Guide Reaches 2,000 Audio Clips

Ever wondered how to pronounce a favorite author's name? Since 2007, almost half-a-million readers have visited to hear authors and illustrators say their names and recount brief stories about them.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2015

Promethean Introduces New Blended Learning Features in ClassFlow

ClassFlow is a comprehensive instructional delivery system designed to increase the depth of student engagement by providing interactive and collaborative use of classroom devices, digital curriculum and assessments for learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 2015

Mimio Unveils MimioMobile for Web Browsers, Gives Educators First Public Demos of the Touch-enabled MimioProjector 280T

Mimio is introducing two major updates to its MimioClassroom family of interactive teaching technologies at ISTE 2015: the MimioProjector 280T touch projector, and expanded device compatibility for the MimioMobile application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2015

Free Resources: Autodesk's Project Ignite Design Software and Tools for K-12

The Project Ignite learning platform adds to Autodesk's comprehensive free offerings in education by delivering a package of technology, learning content and services created specifically to bring the Maker Movement into the classroom.
News/Free Resources - Posted 24 Jun 2015

Lexia Learning Introduces ‘From the Wrist’ Progress Monitoring App for Apple Watch

Educators can oversee students' reading progress anytime, anywhere using the myLexia app to access real-time data from Lexia's personalized learning program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jun 2015

Apex Learning Launches Educator Academy

Developed to offer immediate access to information at the critical moment it's needed, the new Educator Academy is one component of the comprehensive services offered by Apex Learning. The Academy enables educators to complete on-demand training at their convenience, learn about best practices and successful implementation models, access a range of resources, and connect with other educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2015

Stick Around

For May 15, 2015: Play, design and share puzzles with your friends and family using the Stick Around app.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 May 2015 By

TIME for Kids Announces Time Edge

The new digital resource features rich current events content and primary source documents from TIME's vault, to support 7th and 8th grade students and teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2015

IDEA WATCH: Wear to Learn!?! Wearable Technology—Promises and Problems

From the Apple Watch to Fitbits to tech jewelry, the wearable technology market is beginning to take off. Other than geeking out at what will be possible with wearables like some futuristic fantasy out of a sci-fi movie, how does this apply to schools?
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 May 2015 - May/Jun 2015 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Next Up--Beacons!

This month Stephen writes about some technology that is just entering the pipeline and has the potential to change everything … yes, again ... in libraries, in schools, in retail, and in every community engagement space.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2015 - May/Jun 2015 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Tools and Tactics to Measure Students’ Mastery of the Common Core Standards

Like them or not, after years of development and adoption, 2014-15 marks implementation year for CCSS. In the assessment realm, there are innovative solution providers out there, many with die-hard educators among their ranks, that have toiled tirelessly toward authentically improving learning and assessment for students and teachers. Victor walks us through a range of them.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2015 - May/Jun 2015 Issue By

Explain Everything

For May 1, 2015: Wow! You can have a whiteboard on your handheld device. Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screen casting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 May 2015 By Announces Curriculum Foundry Integration with Google Drive

Ready for fall 2015, new functionality will provide districts more flexibility in using digital content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2015

PBS KIDS Launches Its First Online World: Kart Kingdom

Kart Kingdom features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids ages 6-9 learn systems thinking skills. The game also helps children build collaboration skills as they work together to create gadgets and unlock rewards for the entire Kart Kingdom community.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2015

Cool Tool: The Background Eraser App

For April 1, 2015: You don't need a high priced photo editing tool to erase backgrounds in your pictures. Try the Eraser app.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Apr 2015 By

Science Channel and Discovery Education Partner to Launch the 'Support Our Science' Initiative

Through a combination of digital content, customized educator support and professional development, student engagement activities, Science Channel content and hands-on digital tools and resources, this on-going effort is designed to ignite students' curiosity while providing educators with the means to build skills and knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2015

Showbie iPad App for Classroom Workflow Now Available for iPhone and Web

The new version of the Showbie app allows teachers and students to keep on top of assignments, tasks and feedback anywhere, anytime and on more platforms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2015

Teacher Dashboard

Teacher Dashboard is an online organizational and management tool for teachers using Google Apps in their classrooms. Teachers electronically keep track of, distribute, and edit student work through this product.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2015 - Mar/Apr 2015 Issue By

Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center

Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center is a collection of student applications to create maps, sketches, and progress charts through collaboration with peers. It includes a management system "in the cloud." Khan Academy, a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos featuring learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep, provides resources through the WeKhan tool.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2015 - Mar/Apr 2015 Issue By

BELLTONES: Embrace Your Inner Doodler. Join the Sketchnoting Revolution!

Still smarting from a scolding in first grade for doodling on her paper in class, Mary Ann is gratified that educators have finally seen the light … and the learning value … in doodling, or, let's call it "sketchnoting."
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2015 - Mar/Apr 2015 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: The Bring-Your-Own Dilemma

Student devices are enjoying widespread use in classrooms. The usage question is no longer about "how much," but about "how well." Victor's got some stats, plus views and advice from a range of educators.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2015 - Mar/Apr 2015 Issue By

Skyward Announces Test Bank Management Solution

Test Bank Management supports in-district test bank management, collaboration among Skyward customers and integration with online test bank providers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Feb 2015

ParentSquare's Analytics Dashboard to Help Schools Measure and Improve Parent Engagement

The Analytics Dashboard is designed to allow school leaders to leverage data and make sense out of parental involvement and take well-informed steps to improve upon it over time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Feb 2015


For February 15, 2015: The Footprints app that was designed to allow parents to keep track of their kids has some upbeat educational uses as well. For example, it can be used on field studies of ecosystems.
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SMART Technologies Announces SMART Notebook 2015 Collaborative Learning Software

The latest version of the collaborative learning software will offer a number of new features, including the lesson activity builder and concept mapping. Additionally, new features and content partners for SMART amp will, together with Notebook, unlock the full collaborative potential of students, teachers, interactive displays and mobile devices, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2015

WizIQ Introduces Mobile Learning Platform for Live Interactive Classes on Mobile Devices

The cloud-based platform works with iPhone and provides a host of advanced features, giving students the freedom to participate in live classes anywhere/anyplace and providing teachers a vital conduit for live engagement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2015

New Mobile App from itslearning Keeps Students Updated on School Work and Teacher Feedback

Available for free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, the itslearning app gives students a quick and easy overview of their upcoming tasks and events and also lets them send and receive messages.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2015

Skaffl, LLC

The Skaffl app is designed for iPad classrooms to allow teachers to distribute and collect assignments digitally. Students can complete their assignments and teachers can assess them all directly on Skaffl.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2015 - Jan/Feb 2015 Issue By

Gradeable is an online program that allows educators to grade student work using a printer/scanner, computer, and internet access.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2015 - Jan/Feb 2015 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Influence--Real Makerspaces in School Libraries

Makerspaces: flashy trend or core to school libraries' mandate? Stephen asks the question, explores "making" in depth, and, unsurprisingly, urges you to support all types of spaces and the maker movement.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2015 - Jan/Feb 2015 Issue By

Follett Introduces Destiny Resource Manager

Destiny Resource Manager is a new, universal system that enables K-12 districts to track and manage all school assets. It represents an evolution from Follett Destiny Asset Manager as it will monitor barcoded textbooks in addition to traditional assets such as laptops, tablets and equipment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2014

Carnegie Learning Partners with Clever to Provide Secure, Seamless Data Integration for School Districts

The seamless integration of Clever's capabilities with a school's student information system (SIS) grants students and teachers instant access to Carnegie Learning's MATHia and Cognitive Tutor software with a single login.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2014

Hangouts with Matt Gomez

For November 15, 2014: Never been on a Google Hangout? At Hangouts with Matt Gomez you'll learn how to create and use this feature for professional development as Matt demonstrates great ways to use technology through a series of You Tube Videos.
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STEMcoach provides STEM teachers with science curriculum resources, hands-on investigations, ready-made research lessons, classroom tips, online chats with other teachers, and videos.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 Issue By


For November 1, 2014: Check out StoryBee--a great starting point for language arts teachers--to hear professional storytellers like Native American Debra Morningstar spin tales such as How Raccoon Got His Mask.
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Schoology Portfolios Highlight Academic Achievement

Portfolios in Schoology is a new solution for digital portfolios, enabling students to store and manage their own customizable, portable digital profiles, attaching research papers, certificates, endorsements, test results and other learning projects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2014

Change the Headlines! Gale’s New Library Campaign Asks Public to Share “My Library Story”

Gale will donate $1 for every story that demonstrates the value and impact of today's libraries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2014

Discovery Education, Science Channel Launch Epic Story

Epic Story gives students the opportunity to learn from a Science Channel producer and use cutting-edge digital tools to empower them to create and present their own stories.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Sep 2014


Goodreads, a social media site for finding and sharing book titles, has more than 20 million members. The site enables people to share books they are reading, rate books they have already read, and list what they are considering next. They can do this publicly or among a self-selected network of online friends.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2014 - Sep/Oct 2014 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: The Twitter Edchat--A Global Tool, a Local Focus

Many techie educators rely on Twitter for their own professional development-culling helpful links or attending thematic edchats online that cross the boundaries of states and countries. But there is a growing movement to bring that Twitter PD opportunity home, within the boundaries of a district. Carolyn's got some ideas and example of what that looks like.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2014 - Sep/Oct 2014 Issue By

New Release from Itsleaning Addresses Key Needs For Student Mobility And Teacher Collaboration

Students and teachers will be able to take advantage of enhanced access options, more streamlined processes and several more upgrades.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2014

Knovation Announces netTrekker’s Interoperability with SAFARI Montage

Knovation's expanding list of integration partnerships deliver high-quality digital content through a wide range of education technology solutions, the announcement states
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2014

Free Resources: Snapwiz's Edulastic, Formative Assessment Platform Sporting Student Mastery of Common Core Standards

Edulastic saves time and boosts classroom efficiency by enabling teachers to continuously track student mastery and provide differentiated instruction, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Jul 2014

Lexia Releases Lexia Reading Core5 Android App

Students will now have greater access to the program in tablet-enabled classrooms and computer labs, and they can extend their use outside of the school day in blended learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2014

MimioStudio Software Now Available for Purchase with Epson BrightLink Interactive Projectors

MimioStudio software licenses are now being sold with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors through Epson's reseller network. The software may also be purchased separately by existing BrightLink customers who wish to create collaborative and engaging classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2014

Kids: Treasure/Scavenger Hunts

For June 1, 2014: School's out (or soon will be)! Send kids exploring inside and outside with ideas about scavenger hunts from the Pinterest Kids Treasure/Scavenger Hunts website.
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SunGard K-12 Education Selects Schoology As Premier Learning Management Solutions Provider

The alliance pairs eSchoolPLUS's Teacher Access Center with Schoology's platform for managing instruction, communication, and collaboration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2014

Netop Releases New Version of Classroom Management Software

Schools with BYOD initiatives and mixed tech environments now have classroom management support From Netop.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2014

WizIQ Announces WizIQ Learning Marketplace, Comprehensive Online Teaching System

The WizIQ Learning Marketplace enables students to choose from courses offered by thousands of instructors. Educators and organizations can create a comprehensive quality online course - with live or self-paced instruction - quickly, and teach any learner or employee anywhere in the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 May 2014

Drawp for School

Drawp for School is a children's iPad app that fosters self-expression and communication. Using the app, kids can create and share art using creativity tools and the app's SimpleShare technology.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

BELLTONES: What About the Kids?

Mary Ann has written in the past about schoolteachers and librarians coping with hard times resulting from budget cuts. But lately, in view of standardized testing and mandates for scripted lessons, she has been worrying about the children, too many of whom, she feels, are unhappy at school right now.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Learning by Design--Common Sense, Common Core, and Tools for a STEM to STEAM Approach

With increasingly widespread adoption and integration of Common Core's Next Generation Science Standards and Visual and Performing Art Standards, and with educators seeking solutions to combine the best features in a cross-discipline approach to science and the arts, the time for STEM to STEAM has come.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2014 - May/June 2014 Issue By

Teachscape Introduces New Online ELA & Literacy Courses to Help Educators Navigate the Common Core State Standards

The new courses include video exemplars, expert commentary, standards-aligned teaching cases, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Apr 2014

Odysseyware Enhances Notes Feature In Online Curriculum Platform

With the redesigned Notes feature, both students and teachers can now write multiple notes directly in the margins of every assignment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Apr 2014 Offers Author Morph App. One Day Only!

The brand new app magically transports kids right into studios of award-winning authors, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Apr 2014

Free Resources: Discovery Education's DENapalooza Tour PD Opportunities

The Discovery Educator Network's DENapalooza will visit 12 locations across the U.S. and Canada, providing attendees creative and effective ways to integrate 21st century technology into classroom instruction.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Mar 2014

itslearning Adds Features to Its Digital Learning Platform

The new tools enhance personalized learning, communication and development for administrators, teachers and students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Mar 2014 Launches Digital Citizenship App for Middle and High School Students

The new app addresses the need to prepare students to become good digital citizens with instruction on online safety, cyberbullying, and the ethical use of digital resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Mar 2014

Common Core Explorer Helps K-12 Educators Find Quality Digital-Learning Media Aligned to Common Core State Standards

Common Sense Media's new search tool is the latest feature on Graphite for sourcing quality digital-learning media to meet specific curricular goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2014


Using the app or website, eBackpack enables the educator to create assignments and then view and grade completed assignments online. Notes and annotations can be made on top of the document and then returned to students. It offers classroom management, online file storage, and collaboration tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By


digedu is a technology tool for teachers to design differentiated and interactive lessons using any digital device.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Preparing Our Schools for the BYOD World

As with one-to-one computing, the BYOD and mobile movements have arrived, are being scrutinized, and are showing mixed results. Proponent Stephen Abram suggests why, in pithy form! And, of course, he points the way to success going forward.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Dissecting Ebooks and Libraries--An Evolving Market

In theory, ebooks can provide your students with easy access from all of their devices to reading material, writes Carolyn. But for libraries, there are all sorts of issues to be resolved in order to offer ebooks to our students. Developing an ebook collection is more fraught with questions than answers.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By


For March 1, 2014: Select, organize, and share your Webmix (a group of websites) with students using this handy tool from SymbalooEdu.
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Triumph Learning Unveils, Featuring Practical Advice for Teaching the New Standards

The interactive clinics, videos, lesson plans, blogs and white papers featured on the site provide educators and parents with best practices and practical information on the new, more rigorous learning goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Feb 2014

SIIA Announces Industry Best Practices to Safeguard Student Information Privacy and Data Security

The privacy and security best practices are intended as guidance for providers of educational services to educational institutions to the extent that they collect, disseminate, use or maintain personally identifiable information about students (student PII).
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2014

Skyward Debuts New Data Analytics Tool

myDistrict360 allows district staff to develop, refine and adapt sophisticated data analytics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2014

Story Arts Online

For February 15, 2014: At her Story Arts Online site, accomplished storyteller Heather Forest masterfully walks you through the storytelling process.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Feb 2014 By Updates App With Tablet-Ready Assessments

Educators and students can now access 21st Century Skills, TechLiteracy, and WayFind Teacher Assessments on tablet devices through the app.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2014

Belkin Unveils Portable Tablet Stage

The portable version of State transforms tablets or smart phones into interactive digital creation and presentation tools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2014

Alma Launches Free K-12 School, Learning and Information Management System

Alma consolidates school, classroom and information management into one simple, intuitive and secure cloud-based system that minimizes busywork and improves efficiency, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2014

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Teaching and Learning the Ways of Our Brave New Digital World

There's a place for digital citizenship education throughout our school experience, from elementary to post-secondary. So this month, Victor has gathered some excellent resources on the subject of teaching this timely topic. Read 'em, use 'em. It's practically an educator's digital civic duty!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Feb 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By


Blendspace is a tool that allows the user to employ videos, images, plain text, and URLs in creating multimedia presentations.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 27 Jan 2014 - Jan/Feb 2014 Issue By

Evanced Solutions Launches Beta Version of Wandoo Planet

The software empowers children ages 6-14 to explore their keenest interests by playing an interest-finding game. After they've decided on a few interests, they can then discover relevant books and movies via a personalized recommendation engine.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2014

SMART Software to Empower Student Creativity and Collaboration Through 3D Printing

The company plans to integrate SMART amp and SMART Notebook collaborative learning software with 3D printing technologies to unlock new ways to engage students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jan 2014

EDUonGo Learning Platform Facilitates Flipped Learning Lessons

More than 300 educators and schools are implementing the company's learning environment to enhance student engagement and comprehension with flipped learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Dec 2013

Promethean Introduces ClassFlow Classroom Orchestration Tool

ClassFlow is a new learning platform for teachers designed to make lesson planning more efficient and lesson delivery more impactful.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2013

Cool Links: Edtech Digest on Epson's Free iProjection App

A nod and a Cool Link to Victor Rivero's Edtech Digest for noting this cool tool—Epson's free iProjection App.
News/Cool Links - Posted 25 Nov 2013


VoiceThread is a cloud application that enables the user to create, upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos. Five options (microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload) provide a commenting capacity on VoiceThread slides.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Skype in the Classroom

Skype is an internet-based communications technology that can be used to connect classrooms the world over for projects using voice, video, or text.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Embracing Mobile Learning--Think "Flexibility" and "Adaptability"

As more mobile devices enter our schools, libraries have to be responsive, in the tools we use and also in the design and functionality of our physical spaces. We need to examine how our policies support what students need, rather than act as obstacles.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Meaningful Connections--What's New in the Social Media Sphere?

Victor offers up some excellent views on the current state and trajectory of social media in K-12 education. And he then connects you with a half dozen currently hot spaces, places, and tools you can use to leverage the concept.
Editorial/Features - Posted 06 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Nepris Service Connects STEM Professionals, Students, and Curriculum

Nepris fires up students by showing them STEM professionals in action through highly interactive web-enabled video chat sessions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2013

Cool Links: About Google's Launch of Connected Classrooms

Google has passed the word EVERYWHERE that it just launched Connected Classrooms, "a program to connect K-12 teachers with the resources to provide virtual field trips and exchanges through Google+."
News/Cool Links - Posted 04 Nov 2013

Creating a Safe Social Learning Environment to Improve Student Success

This issue focuses on social media in K-12, and this previously published article from the folks at Schoolwires so closely fit what we editors were looking for that we sought, and received, permission to republish it and expand its distribution.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2013 - Nov/Dec 2013 Issue By

Make It @ Your Library Launches, Connecting Librarians With Makerspace Projects and DIY Resources

Created in collaboration with and the American Library Association, Make It @ Your Library is tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries. The fully searchable site connects users to projects based on library-specific search criteria.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2013

Scholastic's Common Sense for Common Core Website Upgraded

The enhanced site offers expert videos focusing on Common Core themes, an easy-to-use product finder tool, grade-leveled book lists for nonfiction and literature, and access to expert advice to help teachers and administrators implement the Common Core at school and parents encourage learning at home.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2013

SETDA Releases Tools for Next Generation Standards Alignment of Digital Education Resources

The resources released by SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, provide recommendations for how the Common Core State Standards could be digitally encoded to support the transparent high-quality alignment of education resources to those standards, including an approach to encoding state-adopted extensions of the CCSS.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2013

Lectora Launches New, Quick-Deploying Learning Management System

Lectora Express is a cloud-based LMS designed to allow users to easily host, deliver and track e-Learning content in just minutes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Oct 2013

Free Resources: Discovery Education's No-Cost Professional Development Sessions for Educators Implementing Common Core State Standards

Designed specifically to support educators using digital media to enhance instruction and engage students, the Common Core Academies provide practical strategies and tactics that support long-term action planning as well as immediate implementation.
News/Free Resources - Posted 02 Oct 2013

Net Texts Announces New Version of its Content Management System for Open Educational Resources

The latest version of the Net Texts solution includes a variety of upgrades and new features that allow teachers to more quickly and easily create and deliver lessons, units and complete courses using free, high-quality open educational resources (OER).
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2013

Schoolwires Announces Symposium on Parent Engagement

Participants can learn effective new strategies for communicating with digital parents during the online Symposium on Parent Engagement on Oct. 22 from 11 am to 4 pm Central Time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Sep 2013


Teachers use Mobl21 programs to create structured student learning materials. After those materials are transferred to student devices, students can use them anytime, anywhere. Emantras has created communities for sharing teacher-created materials.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Making Space for Makerspaces

Makerspaces in school libraries are a natural fit with the mission of the library—and they are springing up in public libraries all over, providing excellent models for school libraries.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

BELLTONES: Picture This! Using Instagram With Students

One of MaryAnn's favorite things about Web 2.0 applications is the options for working with images. Read all about Instagram, what she does with it, and how you can use it with students.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

Interview | Tim Springer: A New Mobile Approach to the Learning Space

Tim Springer (HERO, Inc.), Don Orth (director of technology at Hillbrook School), and Chris Petrick (Bretford Manufacturing) discuss what it takes to create a mobile world for an academic setting, the issues and challenges, advice on managing the process, and the purposes behind it all.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2013 - Sep/Oct 2013 Issue By

Follett Launches New Release of FollettShelf with an Enhanced HTML5 Reading Environment for K-12

FollettShelf with the new Follett Enlight reader connects districts, classrooms, and libraries with easier access to digital content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2013

Free Resources: Follett's Common Core Webinar for Educators

Follett is hosting a free webinar designed to help educators gain practical ideas for effective Common Core State Standards implementation. The webinar will be held this Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. CDT.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Aug 2013

NEA Back to School Guide

For August 15, 2013: School is just around the corner and teachers are looking for ideas to create inviting learning spaces. The National Education Association has compiled a wealth of resources with ideas to brighten the decor of any classroom and coordinate with the subject matter that is being taught.
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Edmodo Unveils Streamlined Redesign at Third Annual EdmodoCon

The social learning platform has also launched its latest iPad App and made free third-party apps available internationally.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Aug 2013

Knovation Adds Customer-Driven Enhancements to netTrekker Digital Education Content Solution; Forms New Content Partnership with Sophia Learning

netTrekker and icurio subscribers will benefit from expanded content and enhanced overall experience in netTrekker.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2013

Toshiba Introduces New Education Solution Program for K-12

The software available through the program addresses five key elements important to K-12 educational institutions: Creation, Collaboration, Investigation, Validation and Protection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2013

Turning Technologies Releases Latest Version of TurningPoint Polling Software

TurningPoint consolidates the company's most popular products into one simple interface for polling in PowerPoint on both PC and Mac, polling in any application and self-paced polling.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2013

Promethean Advances Connected Learning with First Free Multi-Device Education App

With the release of CoolStreet, Promethean demonstrates how a connected learning environment can be created in a mixed digital device classroom. The app allows teachers to take advantage of mobile devices, ActivBoards, ActivTables and laptops to complete a simulation that reinforces basic economic principals through practical application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2013

SunGard K-12 Education Releases eSchoolPLUS 3.0

Developed in collaboration with school districts nationwide, eSchoolPLUS 3.0 provides a host of new functionality that responds to the needs of 21st-century schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2013

Edmentum Unveils New Platform for Targeted Learning

Edmentum Sensei manages student-performance data across multiple levels to give educators real-time insights into learners' needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2013 Launches SIS Integration, Partners With Clever

The new capability syncs customer accounts for instant, up-to-date student information.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2013


For June 1, 2013: Add pizzazz to your online lessons with the free voiceover tool Voki.
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Netop Introduces Version 8 of Vision and Vision Pro

The first in a series of new features designed to support smart devices, version 8 of Vision and Vision Pro classroom management programs enables teachers to demo from their PC to any web-enabled student device, including iPads, Androids, Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2013

SIIA Announces Top Innovators in Education Technology

simCEO and See.Touch.Learn. were voted the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed, respectively. Citelighter was voted runner-up for Most Innovative, and scrible was voted runner-up for Most Likely to Succeed.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2013

Skyward Launches Course Learning Center for Student Management Suite

The Course Learning Center provides teachers and students with a simplified way to manage daily classroom activities and improve collaboration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2013

Discovery Education to Release Interactive Educational Materials In Conjunction With Discovery's 'North America' Series

Teachers and students across the country have an exclusive opportunity to participate in virtual field trips to the continent's most awe-inspiring destinations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 May 2013


myON Reader is a personalized library of more than 3,000 digital books at all reading levels. Books can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By


Kno offers interactive K-12 textbooks with links to content, the web, and interactive modules.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Discovery Education Techbooks

Discovery Education Techbooks are a complete text solution that addresses each state's Core Standards (currently available in 36 states), with a simple-to-use system that helps teachers transition to digital resources while substantially lowering district costs. This primary instructional resource provides dynamic, interactive resources that support the 5E model of instruction (engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate) with a variety of digital resources.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Digital Textbooks--Show Me the Future!

In 2010, digital textbooks accounted for just 1% of the U.S. textbook market. In 2012, it was 5.5 percent. And it's climbing. Victor offers a company-by-company look providing you with some idea of what lies ahead.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

Scholastic Summer Challenge

For May 1, 2013: The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge begins May 6 and is designed to keep kids reading and prepared in a friendly, competitive way. Educators can track the reading progress of their students and access classroom resources by registering their classes.
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Sony K-12 Initiative Now Accepting Applications for Education Ambassador Program

Interested educators are encouraged to download the application from the Sony Education Ambassador community website, a free online destination that provides solutions for educators looking to implement technology in the classroom and fosters dialogue about how technology can enhance student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2013

Edmentum Expands Plato Courseware Curriculum With 30 New Courses

With the addition of these 30 new semesters, Edmentum has increased its Plato Courseware secondary library by 17 percent and its individual middle school and high school libraries by 30 percent.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2013

Mimio Hosts Live Webinar Series on Fostering Collaborative, Concept-Focused, Interactive Learning

Each of the live 30-minute webinars is presented on two different days to better accommodate educators' schedules. The majority of the webinars are hosted by school teachers and instructional technology specialists who have gained expertise with Mimio's collaborative technologies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2013

Scholastic Announces Largest Educational Technology Product Launch in the Company’s History

The suite of reading and math products includes MATH 180, iRead, System 44 Next Generation and READ 180 on the iPad.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2013

ASCD Launches Interactive 2012 Annual Report

"Creating Solutions: The ASCD Revolution in Motion" showcases the association's achievements and serves as a resource discovery tool for educators who seek programs, products, and services that empower them to support the success of each learner.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2013

PBS LearningMedia Launches Teacher Core Program to Support Teachers Using Digital Media

The PBS LearningMedia Teacher Core is comprised of K-12 educators and library media specialists from across the country. In partnership with their local PBS member station, they will work to champion digital learning in their communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2013

CoSN Releases Results of First National K-12 IT Leadership Survey

The results will help K-12 decision makers better understand how education leaders are leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning, how these practices have changed over time and how current choices will affect the future of elementary and secondary education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2013

Cool Links: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways into Inquiry Learning

From the Mindshift blog, here's a post by Tina Barseghian that's well worth reading and pondering, featuring Diana Laufenberg, SXSW presenter, TED Talker, and ed tech thought leader.
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Mar 2013

ASCD Releases Two New PD In Focus Videos, Three New PD Online Courses

These new resources address a variety of important topics, including instructional leadership, formative assessment, and Common Core State Standards implementation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2013


Turnitin is a tool for use with student writing whether in a writing instruction class or as part of other subjects, such social studies classes. The teacher sets up a class and assignment(s) in the Turnitin service. Students or instructors then submit papers to Turnitin via file upload or cut and paste. Turnitin then evaluates the writing using three core tools so students and teachers can see the results as layered feedback.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Compass Learning Odyssey

Compass Learning Odyssey, which is fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards, includes complete K-12 math, language arts, social science, and science curriculum, which are research-based and include interactive activities, manipulatives, videos, graphics, and animations along with audio reading passages in digital format.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

LearningStation Insight

LearningStation Insight provides educators with a tool that can create assessments aligned to state standards, can identify achievement gaps, and can access aligned resources for immediate remediation. Student progress is monitored through daily and weekly reports.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Live-Blogging Learning

Live-blogging is commonly used for online events, but it has made only a slow entry into the classroom and into library instruction, despite the fact that research studies show it to be an effective learning tool, not to mention a means of communication that students are familiar with.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

BELLTONES: What I Really Meme Is ... -- Anatomy of a Happenin’ Thing

Just what is a meme, anyway? Mary Ann explores the phenomenon and then discusses why and how memes are important to educators.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Makerspaces in Libraries, Education, and Beyond

What do the arts, literature, cooking, 3D printing, LEGO, libraries, and education have to do with each other? They can all be supported and encouraged by makerspaces aligned with library collections, programs, and services.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What Our Schools Have in Common--Technology and Teaching to the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core offers a uniform, nationwide measure of where our students are and where they need to be, and Victor's Tools for Learning feature this month provides you with a descriptive list of companies that can help you get started.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Effective Web-Based K–12 Common Core Tools … and They’re Free!

Worried about the Common Core State Standards? If you are a teacher, you don't have to be. Granted, it will take time and effort to adapt your teaching plans to meet these standards. But there are a lot of tools to help you do it, available right now on the web.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2013 - Mar/Apr 2013 Issue By

Skyward Launches Student Reward System Integrated With its SIS Software

Skyward Student Reward System is designed to motivate students by proactively rewarding themfor positive behaviors and accomplishments in a game-like environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Feb 2013

Three New Mimio Tools Expand Collaborative Learning and Integrate with iPads

Designed to create more flexible and collaborative learning environments, the new MimioMobile application for the iPad, the MimioStudio 10 classroom software and MimioPad wireless pen tablet are scheduled to ship Feb. 28, 2013.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Feb 2013

Mimio Announces Interactive MimioProjector

The MimioProjector device is an affordable and easy-to-use solution that includes built-in tracking technology, a stereo amplifier, speakers, and MimioStudio classroom software.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Feb 2013

Follett Challenge Helps Schools Share their Innovation with the World

The Follett Challenge will award $200,000 worth of Follett products and services to six winning schools, and also provide educators with a platform to show off their innovative teaching programs to the world through traditional and social media.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2013 Unveils Custom Curriculum Publishing Tool

The newest feature of the award-winning platform, Custom Curriculum Publishing allows districts and schools to build and publish custom digital units that align with their curriculum maps and instructional goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2013

Promethean Announces Alliance with Microsoft to Deliver Interactive and Collaborative Education Tools and Services

Working together the two companies will develop a suite of Windows 8 and Windows RT applications giving educators the ability to use collaborative, interactive and real-time assessment technology to personalize learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2013

Free Resources: Scholastic's 'Common Sense for the Common Core' Website

The site is intended to give teachers, school leaders and parents help in understanding and unpacking the new standards, as well as instructional and professional development programs to implement the CCSS.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Jan 2013

OverDrive and SirsiDynix to Deliver eResource Central Integration

SirsiDynix' eResource Central will provide one-click electronic resource and e-book delivery. The initiative with OverDrive is a major step forward in the project, making available OverDrive content in a meaningful integration that will benefit both libraries and their users.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2013

Edmentum's Study Island and NWEA Partner on MAP Solut

Study Island NWEA MAP Link is a new fully integrated solution that uses a student's Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment results to create an individualized learning path, delivered through the Study Island program.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2013 is a media-hosting tool that enables users to upload videos or images to share information and knowledge on the web in multimedia formats.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos that provide learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By


Globaloria is a social learning network that enables students to develop STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge and job skills through game design. It includes a set of simple examples, tutorials, and simulations in a customizable, 1-year curriculum.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Meeting Mania or Mayhem? Scheduling Software Can Help

Finding a common meeting time for just three colleagues can be more work than it should be. Mary Alice looks at several easy-to-use tools that make scheduling easier for media centers that need volunteers and for the volunteers who want to help.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Flipping Out--A New Model to Reach All Students All Ways

In this Tools for Learning feature, Victor explores some of the technologies, tools, and platforms that will enable you to succeed in implementing the new flipped classroom teaching and learning model.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

Knovation Launches New netTrekker Search Navigator Program

Developed to foster the growing community of netTrekker Search users, the Navigator program empowers educators to work collaboratively with colleagues to leverage the power of digital resources and netTrekker Search to create engaging 21st century learning environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Dec 2012

Free Resources: EBSCO Publishing's Points of View Debate Blog

Using the blog as a teaching tool at the high school, junior college and college level, instructors can encourage students to submit their own topics for discussion. EBSCO editors select a new topic monthly and publish related entries throughout the month. Every thread is monitored and moderated to insure a safe, instructive environment.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Dec 2012

Pearson, Flipped Learning Network Announce Professional Development Partnership

The joint venture will result in a comprehensive professional development course for the rapidly increasing number of educators looking to switch to the new "flipped learning" teaching model.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2012

eChalk Launches Custom Web Design Services to Help Schools Personalize Sites

The company's new offering blends content management functions with custom design features that enable schools to better engage with communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2012

ePals Launches News Now Journalism Center

The center provides resources aligned with "real world" journalism practices and communications standards such as the Common Core Standards in the United States, and encourages students to develop and showcase their own reporting and journalism skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2012

Netop Unveils New Student Response System That Turns Any Smart Device Into a Clicker

Using QVR, a virtual remote technology from Qwizdom, Netop Response provides a browser-based clicker that runs on any smart device, including iPads, PCs, smartphones and other web-enabled devices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2012

Follett Integrates Destiny 10.5 with FollettShelf, Follett Digital Reader

The integration is designed to make a district's library more efficient and effective by providing engaging tools for students and teachers to find, share and use digital resources more efficiently, and to support anytime, anywhere learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2012


Nearpod is a classroom collaboration tool that allows instructors to create their own custom, interactive presentations that they can push onto student iPods or computers with the School or Gold edition.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

BELLTONES: Massive Open Online Courses--Moving Ahead With MOOCs

MOOCs are new kids on the online instruction block. Like many other online phenomena, they are growing in popularity at a rapid rate. Mary Ann takes an enthusiastic look.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: The Big Bang--Charting the Expanding Universe of Mobile Education

Under the sun, moon, and stars, there's plenty to explore when it comes to "mobile in education," and the success of BYOD as a concept is a compelling reason to start exploring
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

ePals Announces World Elections Center for Students Around the Globe

ePals' student-focused, international election site offers activities, projects, and games on 2012 elections in the U.S., Venezuela, Sierra Leone, South Korea and other countries globally.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Oct 2012

Free Resources: Edutopia's Guide to Help Educators Bring Mobile Devices into the Classroom

The guide, "Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know," recommends taking advantage of mobile devices to engage students and help them develop digital media and technology skills, and suggests specific tools that educators can begin using today.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Sep 2012

ePals and Curriki Partner to Strengthen and Expand Open Educational Resources for Students and Teachers

Two leading global collaborative networks team up to offer a robust collection of tools and curriculum resources for classrooms and independent learners around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2012


For September 15, 2012: If you are looking for a course or learning management system for your school, consider the free open source tool called Moodle.
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Follett Software Announces Digital Content Partnership with Curriki

Curriki's database will be integrated into Follett Software's Destiny Library Manager and Aspen Curriculum & Learning solutions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2012

Follett Software Unveils Aspen Curriculum & Learning

Aspen's newest chapter - the addition of curriculum and learning - creates a collaborative environment for curriculum teams, media specialists, librarians and teachers, bringing paid digital content, free and open-source content, and locally created resources together in a single system.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Sep 2012


Schoology is a learning management system (LMS) like Blackboard or Moodle, but it has more features. It offers a way to manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators. It is an easy-to-use, easy-to-implement online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform that improves learning through better communication and collaboration and increased access to curriculum and supplemental content.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: Data Delivery--Getting the Story Out

Carolyn considers this time whether educators—and school librarians in particular—are getting the right message out to administrators, in the right way, and even to the right audience. Read her conclusions here. Hint: Don't dump data; tell a story!
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

iBooks Author

For September 1, 2012: Take your lessons to a whole new level with the free iBooks Author app for Mac. Create dynamic content for your students, including text, photo galleries, interactive visuals, movies, chapter reviews, and more.
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THE PIPELINE: The New Learning Imperative--Social Sharing and Collaboration

To be successful, everyone depends on the support and collaboration of talents and teams that expand our own success. This month, Stephen riffs on the need to harness new and emerging technologies to boost sharing and collaboration skills in our students.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Content Collaboration--25 Resources for Accessing (and Sharing) It All

Teachers, librarians, media specialists, and others, including students themselves, need resources for accessing and sharing it all. With search, mobile, and social networking, there's a whole lot more help out of the quicksand.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2012 - Sep/Oct 2012 Issue By

Follett Sponsors Website

Follett Library Resources and Follett Software, part of the Follett School and Library Group (FSLG) that also includes Follett Educational Services and Follett International - sponsored the website to serve as a one-stop resource for school and district librarians and administrators to find the information that will help them create the best digital strategy customized to their specific needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Aug 2012

ASCD Launches Free Digital Common Core Implementation Tool, Announces Fall Common Core Webinar Series

Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the CCSS. The series of new, free webinars provide educators actionable strategies and tactics for integrating Common Core standards into classroom activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2012

Free Resources: ASCD's Online Needs Assessment and School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and school systems around the world, and targeted to schools developing and refining strategic plans, the online tool offers educators a comprehensive needs assessment as they embark on the new school year.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Aug 2012

iEARN Launches New Global Online Collaboration Centre

The mission of iEARN is to enable young people worldwide, working in collaboration and respectful dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. This new platform is a key piece of fulfilling that mission.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Aug 2012

Steve Spangler Science

For August 15, 2012: Science teachers looking for supplies and classroom experiments will be delighted with the wealth of resources available at the Steve Spangler Science website. Sign up for the experiment of the week or deal of the day.
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New Version of ePals' Launches

The new ePals site promotes global learning with intelligent classroom matching, upgraded collaboration tools, project library and top-quality content from the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, Cobblestone & Cricket, Educurious, and ONE DROP.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jul 2012

SIIA Vision K-20 Survey Finds Technology Progress in U.S. Schools and Universities

The 2012 survey reflects a desire for growth in Vision K-20 goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2012

Cengage Learning and Desire2Learn Deliver Interoperability of Digital Content and Solutions

The integration provides Desire2Learn users with direct access to Cengage Learning's digital content and core curriculum solutions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2012

Turnitin and Desire2Learn Release Milestone Integration

The enhanced integration of Turnitin's online grading tool provides Desire2Learn users with richer grade collection capabilities in Grademark and the ability to transfer grades to Desire2Learn Learning Environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2012

Edmodo Annouces Topics for Free EdmodCon Virtual Educator Conference

Wednesday, August 8, more than 4,000 attendees worldwide will connect online for a free one-day professional education workshop. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2012

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Promethean Unveil the First Complete Set of Common Core Aligned Interactive Whiteboard Lessons for K-12 Educators

These new lessons integrate content from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with interactive and touch-screen technology from Promethean to create learning activities that promote problem solving, critical thinking, and class discussion.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2012

Is Your School In Compliance With The July 1 Internet Safety Regulations?

Web Wise Kids provides fun and educational games to help E-Rate schools comply.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2012

Blackboard Launches 2-Way SMS Platform in United States

With Blackboard ConnectTxt, users can send text messages and emails to a broad audience, through an inbound messaging engine, and receive replies via text as well.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2012

Compass Learning's Odyssey 2012 Debuts

The new version empowers educators with custom courses and grade management solutions, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Jun 2012

Kid Blocks

For May 15, 2012: Create and build in 3D with Kid Blocks from miSoft, a free app for iPhone and iPad.
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Turnitin Study Reveals 10 Most Frequent and Problematic Types of Plagiarism in Student Writing

The survey asked higher and secondary education instructors to rank the frequency and problematic nature of 10 distinct types of plagiarism as defined by the Turnitin Plagiarism Spectrum. The Spectrum uses digital terminology to identify the types of plagiarism and assigns a severity level for each form based on the degree of student intent.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2012

Panarea Digital Announces Launch of Nearpod

Now available for free on the App Store, Nearpod allows teachers to create and share interactive lessons, receive feedback on student device use, assess learning in real time, and personalize instruction for students who are logged into the Nearpod Student app. 
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2012

ASCD Expands Support for Common Core State Standards Implementation with New Professional Development Resources and Events

The new series of two-day institutes focuses on the theme "Leading the Change to Common Core State Standards: Essential Tools for School and District Leaders" and addresses how superintendents, principals, and key administrators can best implement the new standards in their schools and school systems.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 May 2012

Adobe Creative Suite 6 Now Available

The CS6 product line includes powerful new releases of Photoshop, InDesign, lllustrator, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Professional and other products as well as four suite versions - Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium; Creative Suite 6 Design Standard; Creative Suite 6 Production Premium; and Creative Suite 6 Master Collection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2012

Knovation Launches Online Community for Educators

Know New Ideas is an online resource for educators who want to connect and learn with peers and other professionals who are interested in advancing the delivery of personalized learning and digital transformation at the classroom, school and district levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2012

Insight 360

Insight 360 is an integrated system of mobile, interactive hardware, and intuitive software that delivers formative ongoing assessments to track student progress.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

IDEA WATCH: The Power of Gaming--Student Engagement, Buy-In, and Fun

Carolyn Foote, our newest columnist, recently attended the South by Southwest Education Conference in Austin, Texas, where she was intrigued by the ideas of author and game designer Jane McGonigal. That got Carolyn thinking about the emotional benefit we get from game-playing.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

BELLTONES: Communication Gravitation--Which Environment Is Best?

With the advent of Web 2.0, our options to connect with colleagues online have increased dramatically. Each environment has vehement detractors as well as loyal fans. Mary Ann and her survey respondents weigh in!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: What Is It About The Oregon Trail? -- Letting Learners 'Drive'

The Oregon Trail! Ask a group of adults about this memorable computer game and often they mention how this type of program motivates by putting kids in charge of their own learning.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Planning for the Future--Shades of Gray, Plaid, and Paisley

We need to encourage debates, pilots, and experiments in the learning space that are not couched in terms of black and white, but that focus on opportunities in the gray zone, according to Stephen (and many others).
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By


As textbooks give way to digital content and the Common Core standards ripple outward across more than 45 states, how best to align instruction with learning goals and assessments is an issue that lingers on educators' minds. These companies understand this well and have provided tools to help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Geocaching with Kids

For May 1, 2012: Find treasure caches and solve problems by using a GPS with your students. Teachers, parents, and students will be able to gather many ideas for their GPS trek by visiting Geocaching with Kids.
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Why Technology Is Essential in Curriculum and Content Alignment

Compass Learning's Ann Henson asserts that a fulfilling educational experience starts with curriculum alignment and content, and that technology will play an increasingly important role in the interplay between the two.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2012 - May/Jun 2012 Issue By

Promethean Releases ActivTable Collaborative, Interactive Education Solution

The touch-screen interactive table is designed to empowers students to take a more active role in their learning. The more than 25 activities, mapped to standards, inspire students to get involved and participate in group-based projects, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Mar 2012

Teachscape Announces iPad App for Teachscape Reflect Live Classroom Observation Software

The application allows observers to quickly and accurately collect classroom evidence in an offline environment and then upload that data when a Wi-Fi connection is available, making it easier to conduct classroom observations in schools that are lacking stable internet connectivity.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2012

Cool Links: Building Your Own Textbook

Here's a brief piece from Edutopia that adds a lot to the discussion on etexts and ebooks, in our opinion, largely owing to its focus on resources for "doing it yourself."
News/Cool Links - Posted 13 Mar 2012


For March 1, 2012: Want to easily integrate digital storytelling into your elementary classroom? Then, try StoryKit, a free app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
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Educational facilities serving K-12 students need to provide safe access to Web 2.0 resources for students and staff, while also complying with laws such as the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and data retention and retrieval requirements. Another challenge faced is savvy students attempting to circumvent acceptable use policies. Websense security solutions help K-12 schools address these challenges, enabling productive use of the web; protecting against inbound threats such as spam, malware, and blended threats; and helping to ensure compliance.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By


Gaggle online tools are used by K-12 students to communicate safely using Web 2.0 technologies, providing a secure online social learning environment made specifically for schools. Gaggle Apps are tightly integrated into the complete Gaggle system.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

BELLTONES: Take Courage! You Can Cope With the Times

In her previous column, Mary Ann talked about some nuts-and-bolts, practical steps educators can take to help cope with shrinking budgets. This time she broadens the topic to talk about how we can use the internet to mitigate negativity resulting from any type of hard times.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Students and Local History--Making the Connection

In this month's column, Mary Alice takes a look at how local history, primary sources, and a few technology tools can be just the right mix to enable you to inspire your students.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Changing Ecology of Reading--Learners, Teachers, Librarians Take Note!

Stephen points out that the reading ecology is changing. Reading may be fundamental, but the way we use reading materials in teaching and libraries will necessarily change as that ecology does.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

Interview | Watching Over Your Gaggle With Jeff Patterson

As the founder of Gaggle.Net, Jeff Patterson has led the company's technology team for the past 9 years and is well- versed in the intersection of media literacy and web security. In this interview, Victor talks tech with Jeff for Internet@Schools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Into the Zone--Media Literacy and Security

"Kids these days. They're in the zone," says Victor Rivero. It's a media-saturation zone he's talking about, owing to the device-saturation that's keeping kids perpetually connected. Educators must offer guidance so kids can navigate through this zone, for reasons of safety, security, and efficacy. Victor proffers the tools that can help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2012 - Mar/Apr 2012 Issue By

Adobe Photoshop Touch Now Available for iPad

Adobe Photoshop Touch offers core Photoshop features, as well as new capabilities for creating and sharing in an app custom-built for tablets. The app is a central component of Adobe Touch Apps, a family of six intuitive touch screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite software.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2012

Knovation (Formerly netTrekker) Launches icurio Digital Curriculum Content Solution

The icurio solution is designed to break down barriers to learning and transform the way teachers teach and students learn in a modern-day educational environment, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2012

Educational Content Provider netTrekker Becomes “Knovation”

According to the announcement, the new entity reflects a transformation of the company's strategic growth plan and ongoing endeavor to create breakthrough digital content solutions for K-12 education that remove the barriers to learning and address the unique needs of students, teachers, parents and educational administrators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2012

CollegeWeekLive Connects Students and Colleges Live Online

The company's enhanced AlwaysON Platform and Mobile Chat application enable students to connect to colleges anytime, anywhere via
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2012

Pearson Education’s Alleyoop College Readiness Website Launches

Alleyoop is designed to speak directly to teens looking to take control of their futures by better preparing themselves for college and beyond. Alleyoop mashes up tailored guidance, rich educational activities and game dynamics to help them succeed
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Feb 2012

Inspiration Software Introduces Visual Mapping for iPad

This spring, Inspiration Diagrams will join the company's family of tools based on proven learning methodologies that help students and educators think, learn, brainstorm, analyze and write.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2012

Pearson Launches PowerSchool Mobile for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

Now available on the App Store, these apps provide real-time access to attendance, grades, assignments, scores, and more to the 10 million students and their parents whose schools use PowerSchool, Pearson's web-based student information system.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

DYMO/Mimio Announces MimioStudio 9 Software

MimioStudio 9 features the MimioStudio ActivityWizard, a solution for generating interactive, high-quality activities and lessons in minutes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2012

Adobe Foundation Announces Call for Entries for the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards

The AYV competition is a new opportunity for youth worldwide to submit their most compelling digital work to an international, online media competition.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2012

Apple Unveils iTunes U App for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

The iTunes U app gives iOS users access a catalog of free educational content from top universities including Cambridge, Duke, Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, and any K-12 school district can offer full courses through the iTunes U app.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Pearson Launches PowerSchool Mobile for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

New apps track real-time grades, homework, attendance, and more with Facebook and Twitter integration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2012

Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networking Institute and Web Wise Kids Introduce Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids to the Android Market

In collaboration with The Wireless Foundation and Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families, the new "BeSeen" educational app helps teach kids how to use social networks safely and wisely.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2012

ASCD Announces Seven New PD Online Courses for Educators

The new courses from ASCD support educators implementing Common Core State Standards. Three support implementation of new math standards; four subject-based courses focus on supporting educators in integrating the new literacy standards into science, history/social studies, English language arts, and mathematics lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2012


HotChalk is a learning management system that includes a lesson plan library. Teachers can manage curricula, develop student rosters, distribute assignments and quizzes, create lesson plans, post messages, share resources and best practices, and maintain an electronic gradebook.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

Blackboard Learn 9.1

Blackboard Learn 9.1 is intended to be a complete learning management system for course delivery. The Content Management, Course Delivery, and Community Engagement modules make up the Blackboard Learn platform. Blackboard Drive, the newest feature of the Content Management module, allows educators to save time by editing and managing Blackboard Learn content straight from the desktop.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

SharePoint LMS

Through software installed on the server, SharePoint LMS enables users to create and administer multimedia courses on the internet.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

BELLTONES: Sourcing the Crowd--Common-Sense Measures for Hard Times

A song that keeps repeating in Mary Ann's head these days is "Hard Times Come Again No More," no doubt owing to the hard times and education budget cuts her public school colleagues are experiencing in Texas. In an effort to chase away this earworm with some positive thinking, she asked herself and other educators what they can do in the face of these cuts. See what the crowd came up with.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Technology Management--Daily Realities and Lingering Concerns

Media specialists know to double-check that all technology is in working order, even when the activity has previously worked well. Springboarding off her updated Tips for a Successful Internet Experience planning checklist for media specialists and teachers, Mary Alice delves this month into continuing questions about lab scheduling, file storage, and printing.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

Learning Together: The Evolution of a 1:1 iPad Program

At Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, an iPad pilot initiative is exploring how a new portable technology, in the hands of teachers and students, can affect teaching and learning. Librarian Carolyn Foote describes how they are proceeding, keeping a close eye on what is working and what the impacts of the project are.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: How to Manage All That Learning

A learning management system (LMS) is the Holy Grail of education: an online system to manage it all. In this month's Tools for Learning feature, writer Victor Rivero names a range of companies that have ventured into this territory, along with the products and services they offer.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2012 - Jan/Feb 2012 Issue By

Adobe Announces Latest Edition of Digital School Collection

The bundle - which gives students, including those with learning disabilities, a way to visually express what they've learned across curriculum - incorporates the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat X Pro.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2011

Gale Cengage Announces Redesigned User Interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library

After extensive user analysis and market feedback, the interface for Gale's online ebook platform has been overhauled with improved navigation and organization, and a vibrant and engaging display to draw in students, researchers, professionals and general readers, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2011

StudyBlue Data Suggests Mobile Users Study More and Cram Less Than Website Users

An infographic developed by StudyBlue demonstrates several benefits for students who power-up their smartphones for study sessions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Nov 2011

Teachscape Announces Data-Driven Instruction Series Content Library

Comprised of four new modules - two for instructional leaders and two for teachers - the series helps educators use data to make informed decisions for planning and implementing effective instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2011

Four New Grammar Apps from Super Duper Publications

Super Duper Publications, a company that creates educational materials for children with special needs and communication or language delays, has introduced four new educational, grammar-based mobile applications for students — How?; Irregular Verbs; Plurals; and Yes or No? Fun Deck Apps.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Nov 2011

Students Create and Study Flashcards with Free StudyBlue Mobile App

The iPhone and Android app features speech-to-text and picture-taking functionality.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Nov 2011

THE PIPELINE: Whither the Textbook? Opportunity Knocks, LOUD

The textbook is evolving, to say the least. Stephen is excited by the opportunities this presents for educators. So this month's column explores the opportunity to enhance a learner's experience and success with next-generation textbooks.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Where Are They Now? Looking Back Before Moving On

Johanna winds up her stint writing for Internet@Schools by revisiting some of the tech innovators she wrote about to explore what they're up to and the "tech effect" of their efforts.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What’s New in Online Teaching and Learning? Solution Providers Improving Student Achievement

Online education is a $34 billion industry, and it has been growing by an astronomical rate. Today, says author Victor Rivero, elearning is a paradigm shift. Here are some of the companies he's identified as being on board with this 21st-century transformation.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 Issue By Launches, Offering Access to Writing Instructors and Writing Programs

The new company provides one-to-one instruction from highly-experienced tutors in subjects ranging from general academic writing to college admissions essay help and even novel and screenplay writing, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2011

Inspiration Software to Offer New Hands-On Professional Development Workshops

The three-hour, on-site workshops will help participants increase their knowledge of visual learning concepts and techniques, as well as how to apply these techniques to increase students' critical thinking, planning, organization, outlining and writing skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2011

Carnegie Mellon’s Information Networks Institute and Web Wise Kids Launch Free Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids

The BeSeen app is designed to teach kids how to responsibly use social networks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2011

Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up 2011 Survey Open through December 23rd

Students, parents and teachers can share their opinions on schools; more than 23,000 schools have pre-registered from all 50 states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2011

Free Resources: Discovery Education and Partners’ Supplemental Classroom Materials, Grants, Award Programs

Focused on providing fun and engaging tools to classrooms and homes, these joint efforts include components like supplemental family activities, K-12 curriculum programs, interactive classroom lessons and more.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Oct 2011

Kaplan K12 Learning Services Offers Online Educator Toolkit for Differentiated Instruction and Professional Development

Teach! Strategies & Resources is designed to help schools bridge current instruction and future Common Core expectations with on-demand instructional professional development support.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2011

eChalk Releases New Mobile App to Access eChalk’s Online Platform

The new app provides parents and students with mobile access to the eChalk online platform to receive timely notifications of school activities, and to view grades, homework assignments, learning resources, and class discussions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Oct 2011's Treebanding Project

For October 1, 2011: It's not too late to get involved with the Smithsonian's tree banding project You can do it now through
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Winners Announced in Ninth Annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes from CDW-G and Discovery Education

The 2011 sweepstakes awarded nearly $200,000 in customized classroom technologies to 53 schools nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2011

Cerebellum Releases the ‘4th Edition Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management Curriculum’

The 4th Edition operates on the same core concepts and philosophy as its predecessors - every child is capable of becoming a peacemaker - but has been further divided by grade levels to address the developmental difference for grades K-3 and grades 4-5.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2011

Teachscape Reflect Live Helps Accelerate Shift from Paper-Based to Technology-Enabled Classroom Observations

The online system allows observers to move from traditional paper forms to a technology-enabled process that allows them to seamlessly schedule classroom observations, collect and organize observation data, align evidence with a framework, and then store it on one secure platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2011

Adobe Announces Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10

New features enable students to more easily produce meaningful images, professional-looking movies, and digital stories that combine photos and videos in creative ways. Teacher resources, including step-by-step tutorials and ready-to-use lessons for incorporating the software into classroom learning, are available online at the free Adobe Education Exchange.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2011

New MyLexia App for iPhone Provides Real-Time Performance Data

The MyLexia App helps teachers recognize which students are struggling, grouping students by specific skills for individual or small group instruction. As students complete each skill level, the MyLexia App helps celebrate student progress by notifying teachers when students have earned a certificate of achievement, which can then be emailed to parents or sent to a wireless printer.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Sep 2011

Pearson Announces Webinars on Online Assessment Practices

In these two new online workshops, participants will be walked, step by step, through Considerations for Next Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014, a comprehensive guide for making the transition, released by Pearson earlier this year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Sep 2011


For September 15, 2011: Teachers looking for a free and safe place to share student-produced videos should check out SchoolTube, the largest K-12 moderated video sharing website in the country.
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Teachscape and ETS Join Forces to Develop Online Observer Training and Testing System for Teacher Evaluations

Based on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching, the new system helps observers to make reliable, consistent, and defensible judgments of teaching practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Sep 2011

Free Resources: A Discovery Education Day of Instructive Webinars on 21st Century Learning Tools

The special live student session will feature acclaimed children's author Jean Craighead George.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Sep 2011

CoSN Launches Nationwide Search for Innovative K-12 District Leaders to Develop Best Practices on Using New Media to Invigorate Learning

The effort is part of CoSN's Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy initiative, which is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Initiative.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2011 Announces New Features in Maps101

K-12 Students can now visualize and compare 2010 Census Data with interactive maps.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2011

Don Johnston Announces Bookstream for Ebook Delivery

Bookstream makes it easy for educators to hop on the internet, upload ebooks and share them with students for anytime reading, the announcement states. It was designed to help educators comply with IDEA 2004 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) that require schools to deliver core curriculum in accessible formats to support students with disabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2011


Quizlet is a flashcards and study games website offered in multiple languages, with visuals and voice in some languages. All flashcards are user-generated. Quizlet contains elements of social networking to promote learning through groups and a blog.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By


Sokikom is a single-player, skill-based math program that adjusts activities to individual students.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

Room 21, from Super Star Learning

Room 21 is an online learning management system designed to bring education into the 21st century. Students take online classes, and teachers design lessons to capture the spirit of 21st-century learning. Designed as a social learning platform, Room 21 provides tools for parents, students, principals, and teachers to collaborate, and it supports comprehensive skills needed to meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

BELLTONES: Terrific Tried and True Techie Teachers!

Mary Ann decided she wanted to know more about her peers—educators "of a certain age"—and their level of adoption of computer technology in education. One informal survey and a large number of responses later, she has her answer.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: School Library/Public Library Partnerships

As you start the school year in this era of economic challenges, Stephen offers a range of strategies for partnering with your local public library.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: An Ebook Update—The Latest Sources, Resources, and Options

The e-everything revolution charges ahead in the education realm. This month, Victor Rivero reprises and updates the discussion he started last year in his article "E Is for Explosion: E-Readers, Etextbooks, Econtent, Elearning, E-Everything."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

Electronic Resources and Etextbooks in the High School Curriculum: Creating a Flexible, Inclusive, Dynamic 21st Century Classroom

Teacher and information technology integrator Craig McMichael reports on successful efforts at his school to integrate Cengage Learning ebooks and other electronic resources into the everyday fabric of learning … largely in place of print-based textbooks.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2011 - Sep/Oct 2011 Issue By

Cool Links: The International Association of School Librarianship’s Skype Project

The International Association of School Librarianship (ISLM) offers ideas for taking your classroom global. An interesting one we just got word of, among several projects for International School Library Month, is ISLM's Skype Project.
News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Aug 2011

Cool Links: Teaching to the Common Core Standards

Seen on Victor Rivero's A great article/posting by Greg Limperis—Teaching to the Common Core Standards.
News/Cool Links - Posted 18 Aug 2011

The Library Corporation/TLC Releases LS2 Mobile for Android

Originally released in November 2010 for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, LS2 Mobile allows people to connect with their public or school libraries 24 hours a day from any place with mobile or Wi-Fi Internet service.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2011

CoSN Releases Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition Toolkit

Produced by the New Media Consortium (NMC), the Report details emerging technologies likely to have a significant impact on teaching and learning around the globe. The Toolkit is geared toward education leaders who wish to learn more about and further the dialogue on the emerging technologies identified in the Report and their potential to re-imagine K-12 education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jul 2011

Lexia Announces Lexia Reading v 8.0

The new version of the technology-based reading curriculum is designed to predict student performance on year-end, grade-level assessments and offers prescriptive recommendations for the intensity of instruction needed to improve each student's performance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2011

e2020, Inc. Offers eLibrary Search Tutorial System Add-On to Virtual Classroom and Virtual Tutor Products

The eLibrary feature program is a keyword search tutorial system that gives students access to more than 4,600 Common Core state standard aligned lessons (language arts, math, science, social studies, and electives) for grades 6-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jul 2011

Free Resources: PBS LearningMedia

In addition to a rich public media library, PBS LearningMedia has content contributed from other publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, as well as content funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Education, to deliver thousands of resources for use in the classroom and with home-schoolers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 20 Jul 2011

Cool Link: Twittered Up Re: Education

Victor Rivero's just passed along a link to a great list of influential education and ed tech Twitter Tweeters and their Twitter handles that you should consider following.
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Jul 2011

Edmodo Teacher Profiles Help Educators Connect and Collaborate

New updates enable educators to create public profile pages and connect through mobile devices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2011

Arcademic Skill Builders Introduces Score Tracking and Learning Management System Features

The online resource now offers a subscription option allowing teachers to track progress and metrics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2011

SETDA’s 2011 National Trends Report Shows State Leaders Leveraging Technology to Transform Teaching and Learning

The annual report highlights innovative educational technology activities that are playing a crucial role in K-12 school improvement efforts in states and local communities across the country.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jun 2011

CDW-G Releases Results of Cloud Computing Tracking Poll

The poll assesses current and future cloud computing use in business, government, healthcare and education based on a survey of 1,200 IT professionals familiar with their organizations' use of, or plans for, cloud computing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 May 2011

Pearson, TakingITGlobal Collaborate on myWorld TIGed

Through a new initiative, called myWorld TakingITGlobal, educators have immediate access to digitally driven content that makes global collaboration a reality for America's middle schoolers with the click of a mouse, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 May 2011

Cool Links: Why the first true post-PC era device isn't the iPad. It's the Chromebook.

So the announcement about Google's Chromebook is out! And so is a river of informed commentary. Read this to find a really good take on the device and what it means, or might mean, ... or ...
News/Cool Links - Posted 13 May 2011

EBSCO Publishing Releases New iPhone Application

Building on the success of EBSCOhost Mobile, a website application designed for internet-capable mobile devices including smartphones, the new iPhone application (app) provides a quick and convenient way for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users to access quality content via EBSCOhost.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2011

ASCD Introduces Four New Courses to PD Online Series

With a flexible, multimedia design and a deep course catalog, the PD Online series supports the needs of almost any type and size of learning group—from individual learners and small professional learning communities to districtwide professional development, and integration into university courses and programs, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2011

ePals LearningSpace

ePals LearningSpace is a web-based communication and collaboration tool for district and school use.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By


Kidblog's simple tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs including giving final approval before student blogs are posted.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By


Edublogs is for creating and managing student and teacher blogs with customizable designs. Blogs can be created and managed by individual teachers or school districts for as many students as needed, all in a secure environment. Edublogs also hosts the blogs, which can be public or private, as well. Its site features a "community" with more than 688,000 public blogs on educational topics.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

Capstone Digital’s is a personalized learning program and the first digital platform to recommend books to students based on interest and reading level. Hundreds of digital books are available from several publishers and are shown in color with features such as highlighting text or reading text aloud to students who need those features.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

BELLTONES: Collaboration or Extermination!

The results of November 2010's elections coupled with the ongoing financial woes have brought threats to schools, libraries, and educators according to Mary Ann. What can teachers and librarians do? She's got lots of ideas.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Real Staff Development and … YOU

Too often, says Mary Alice, obvious and necessary training about the basics gets lost in training about "big picture" items such as cloud computing or data mining. So she brings us back to those basics and discusses where media specialists fit in.mary alice anderson
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: We’re Talking Social Media in Education

"As fast as a trending Twitterstorm and as powerful as a flood of Facebook fans, there's a curious phenomenon moving through our schools these days: social media." Read all about the phenomenon … and the tools that comprise it … in Victor's feature.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

From Social Networking to Academic Networking … A Paradigm Shift

Teacher Tim Childers has been a social networking tools evangelist for quite some time now. Here he reports on why and how, plus what tools he's leveraged, what barriers he's surmounted, and how you can do the same.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2011 - May/Jun 2011 Issue By

Scholastic, PBS Kids and iVillage Launch Summer Reading Programs

The three brands are running two summer reading challenges designed to be entertaining and easy enough to fit into every family's busy summer schedule. Both challenges, the Scholastic Summer Challenge and the iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge, will be available through
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2011

Free Resources: The Classroom Economist

From Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy's new INFOdocket blog of fabulous information and education resources: The economic education team of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank has developed a new online resource for teachers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Apr 2011

netTrekker Announces igotta Virtual Workspace

igotta is designed to provide a virtual workspace for students to find, analyze, organize, and use information to complete a wide-range of school assignments while developing the skills they need to be college- and career-ready.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2011

Follett Software Company Releases TetraData 8.5

TetraData is the company's suite of K-12 data management, analysis and vision alignment tools that enables districts to more quickly user their data to make informed decisions, drive continuous improvement, and impact student success.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2011

CTB Integrates SMART’s Interactive Response Systems with Acuity UnWired

The collaboration between CTB and SMART further expands the use of Acuity by classroom teachers to track student performance directly and use SMART Response interactive response systems in their formative instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Mar 2011

CoSN Launches Online Community of Practice Focused on Providing Access to Online Environments in K-12

The online community of practice will first focus on student-owned devices, followed by broadband. Future areas of focus may include cloud computing, mobile computing, enabling home access, wireless access and network design, among many others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2011

ITI Cross Links: Cengage Learning Introduces new 'MindTap' Personal Learning Experience

Information Today, Inc. news bureau chief Paula Hane has written a NewsBreak article on MindTap, an enormously interesting new release from Cengage. "New category." "Personal Learning Experiences." Big claims! If it sounds exciting to you, we think it indeed is, so check out Paula's report.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 14 Mar 2011

CoSN Releases Flexible Mobile Platform Report

The report explores the fundamentals of mobile devices for schools - from their education potential to the pros and cons of student- vs. school-owned devices. It also details four components of mobile learning that factor into technology planning and decision making, and highlights how some school districts are successfully leveraging mobile devices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2011

BELLTONES: Committee of One Gets Things Done

Mary Ann says there can be change even when there is just one person with vision, a message she wants to get out to those who struggle against the odds with efforts to bring 21 st-century skills to their libraries and schools!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Out of the Box … Media, Technology, and the Small School Initiative

Johanna reports on how Deborah Hargroves is providing "large school" media services to two separate "small school initiative" schools that could not otherwise afford them.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Thirty-Three Excellent Professional Development Resources for Teachers

The professional development scene for teachers has advanced to the point that the web is a true gift to educators. Here are some excellent online professional development resources to help move you toward a 21 st-century classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By


Edmodo gives teachers and students a secure and easy way to post classroom materials, share links and videos, and access homework, grades, and school notices. They can store and share all forms of digital content including blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, presentations, and more. Also included are features specifically for schools and districts that can be accessed for free by administrators.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning is a subscription service that offers online training and resources to educators and students for software, applications, and 21 st-century productivity skills. Training is delivered via short tutorial movies.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

PD 360

PD 360 is an on-demand (ready for use whenever needed) library of professional teacher development resources that makes professional development more effective, convenient, and sustainable.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Sublime Learning

Sublime Learning services offer training for educators in the effective use of technology as it is woven together with teaching best practices.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

Former ResourceShelf Publisher Launches INFOdocket Web Resource and Reference Material Site

Gary Price and colleagues will continue to provide valuable information and education resources through this new site as well as FullTextReports.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2011

The Hybrid Learning Community: A 21st-Century Teaching and Reform Model

Practically all education reform models use some form of learning community, each of which has benefits and drawbacks. But School Loop's Mark Gross writes that it's possible to use technology to create a hybrid learning community virtually that compensates for real-world problems.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2011 - Mar/Apr 2011 Issue By

SIIA Education Division Releases Don’t Copy That 2 – School Version

Don't Copy That 2 - School Version is a fun-to-watch rap music video that addresses the dangers of engaging in piracy and the importance of respecting the creative output of others.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Feb 2011

Follett Software Releases New Version of Aspen Student Information System

The new version offers an array of improved features focused in the areas of navigation, scheduling, health management, conduct and special education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2011

Netop Announces Additional Funding for Its Get A Grant for Education (NGAGE) Program

Available through June 30 or until the funding runs out, the grants are part of the company's commitment to ensure that all schools and teachers have access to tools for teaching with technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2011

Turning Technologies and BrainPOP Announce Strategic Alliance

The agreement with BrainPOP will allow BrainPOP's animated content to operate seamlessly with Turning Technologies' student response systems for immediate assessment of student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2011

Discovery Education’s Digital Content Now Compatible With

By making Discovery Education digital services compatible with Sky, users can now access the company's content using one single username and password.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2011

Capstone Digital Launches myON reader

The program offers a personalized literacy environment that provides access to an integrated library of digital books with multimedia supports, customized to a student's interest and reading ability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2011

Follett Software Company Releases Cognite 3.5

Version 3.5 of the learning management system features a new and more comprehensive database of content standards, a new mobile app for Android devices, and the ability to integrate with Turnitin.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Feb 2011

ePals Introduces SchoolMail365 Cloud-Based School and District-Wide Email

K-12 schools can deploy a full communication solution leveraging Microsoft Live@edu infrastructure and ePals' recognized learning platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2011

BookheadEd Learning Announces Launch of StudySync

The StudySync program combines classic and modern texts, digital media, mobile technology, and social networking designed to inspire students to achieve higher levels of critical thinking and academic collaboration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2011

netTrekker, Defined Learning Partner to Integrate Defined Learning STEM Content into netTrekker Search

The partnership will expand the netTrekker Search digital resource offering to bring real world relevance to STEM education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2011

Inspiration Software Launches Webspiration Classroom

Webspiration Classroom combines the power of visual thinking with innovative collaboration tools, offering students and teachers 24/7 access to an online environment where they can work independently, with their peers and in groups, to develop and strengthen their writing and thinking skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2011

DreamBox Learning Math App Now Available in Google Web App Marketplace

With DreamBox Learning Connect installed, teachers, administrators and principals now have one-click access to their DreamBox Teacher Dashboard for access to student and classroom performance data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2011

Pearson Launches Pearson Common Core Website

The new website offers states an integrated array of resources for the move to Common Core Standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2011

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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

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.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2011 - Jan/Feb 2011 Issue By

Pearson Launches New Product to Allow Schools Faster, Easier Way to Set Up and Implement Microsoft Live@edu Accounts

The CloudConnect product from Pearson Data Solutions allows districts and education agencies that rely on the Microsoft Live@edu free suite of hosted Microsoft applications (email, calendars, document sharing, instant messaging and video chat) to expand the set of services they offer their students and staff.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Dec 2010

SMART Introduces Entry-Level SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard

The SMART Board 400 series uses SMART's patented DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology to recognize both pen and finger inputs, enabling teachers and students to easily interact with digital content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Dec 2010

Safari Books Online Launches Free Global iPad App

The new "Safari To Go" app, built specifically to leverage iPad capabilities such as pinch-to-zoom and drag and drop functions, allows subscribers of Safari Books Online to view book content in their library.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Nov 2010

SirsiDynix launches BookMyne 2.0 iPhone Application

BookMyne features mobile access to in-demand library information, holdings and services.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2010 Announces To Go Education App

The first release, available now in the Apple App Store, gives students mobile access to's library of 9,000 online lessons, worksheets, videos and test-prep resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2010

Netop Releases Version 2.0 of MyVision Classroom Management Software

With version 2.0, both MyVision Basic and MyVision Free feature integration with Active Directory. This new feature allows teachers to monitor students wherever they choose to work - in the library, in a study room, or in an open computer lab.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Nov 2010

TLC Releases Smart-Phone App

LS2 Mobile is a smart-phone interface that allows people to connect with their public or school libraries from any place with mobile or Wi-Fi internet service.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2010

Adobe Introduces Adobe Connect 8 Software

Designed to work as an independent system, or in conjunction with a learning management system, Adobe Connect 8 software enables presenters to deliver engaging, media-rich experiences—live and on-demand—to widely dispersed learners and colleagues.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Nov 2010

Checking Out the iPad: A Pilot Project Tests the Hot New Tech Tool

Just carry an iPad into a restaurant or a school library and see how much attention you get! It's a device everyone wants to get their hands on, touch, and play with. But just what are its strengths and weaknesses as a teaching and learning tool in schools? That's what author Carolyn Foote and her colleagues wanted to find out in their district. Read on to learn about their ongoing iPad pilot project at Foote's high school research center as they examine whether the devices are helpful in a school and/or library environment.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: P-Books vs. Ebooks: Are There Education Issues?

In other columns this year, Stephen has explored the nature of the ebook in school libraries. But, he notes, he hasn't actually discussed the pros and cons of the print and electronic formats for books in general, nor focused on the classroom as opposed to the out-of-classroom library use of books. So that's what he covers in this issue, starting with a simple list of pros and cons.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Scholastic Launches Social Networking Site 'You Are What You'

Users log on to the site, list the five books that had the biggest impact on their lives, and connect with readers all over the world through these shared "Bookprints." More than 130 "Names You Know" - including Bill Gates, Taylor Swift, Daniel Radcliffe, Eva Mendes, Damien Hirst, Tony Hawk, R. L. Stine and Whoopi Goldberg - share the books that influenced them.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2010

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Libraries Get Social—Social Media, That Is!

There's a quiet—or not so quiet—shift happening in school libraries across America. The social media revolution—reflected in all manner of shiny iPhone apps, blogs, Nings, Facebook pages, and other social networking tools, sites, and platforms—is real, and it's running like a loud line of students straight through the stacks, into the common areas, taking a sharp turn, and heading right on up to the teacher librarian/media specialist's desk. Are you ready for it? In this article, Victor Rivero addresses issues, answers, and resources to help.
Editorial/Features - Posted 29 Oct 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Turning Technologies Releases New LCD Student Clicker and Self-Paced Testing Application

ResponseCard NXT and TurningKey software provide a user-friendly summative assessment solution.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2010

Adobe Releases New Digital School Collection for K-12 Classrooms and Districts

The bundle includes the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat X. Adobe Contribute CS5 and Adobe Soundbooth CS5 software are also included in the collection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010

SMART Introduces New Class of Interactive Whiteboard Offering Student Collaboration Features

The SMART Board 800 series interactive whiteboard supports multiuser writing and common multitouch gestures currently recognized in Microsoft Windows 7 and Mac Snow Leopard.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010

Follett Acquires X2 Development Corporation

The acquisition includes the Aspen Student Information System, a popular web-based solution designed to simplify school district data management through the integration of key K-12 applications.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2010

Archipelago Learning Releases Study Island Version 4.0

Enhancements in version 4.0 offer virtual student response systems, digital flashcards, customizable assessments, and a redesigned teacher page.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Oct 2010

Adobe Unveils Photoshop Elements 9 & Adobe Premiere Elements 9

Available as standalone products or as a single package, the Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 bundle offers a complete photo and video editing solution delivering the two products at a compelling price point for education, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2010

Project Vote Smart

For October 1, 2010: Midterm Elections are just around the corner. Project Vote Smart is loaded with information about the candidates, including profiles, speeches, voting records, and campaign finances.
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Thinkspiration, the Inspiration Software Blog, Launched

The new forum for dialogue about education is written by Inspiration co-founder and president Mona Westhaver.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2010

ePals Announces Advanced Caching Solution for its LearningSpace Product

The solution helps teachers and students create and collaborate on high-bandwidth multimedia projects in a safe environment, while satisfying the bandwidth needs of schools by ensuring reliable access for greater learning experiences.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2010

Tabula Digita Releases DimensionL Literacy-Based Interactive Video Game

With almost 200 literacy skills embedded in curriculum packs for elementary, middle and high school students, the highly interactive DimensionL instructional software introduces and reinforces such topics as language conventions, parts of speech, reading and writing processes, spelling, and vocabulary.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Sep 2010

Cognite, from Follett Software Co.

Victor Rivero reviews Cognite from Follett Software Co., a digital learning environment that integrates discovery and organization tools, collaboration, and communication.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

BELLTONES: Who Knows What About Technology?

Since the new year and the new decade of 2010 was ushered in with the usual hoopla in January, Belltones columnist Mary Ann Bell began to wonder how educators are faring when it comes to using technology. She has conducted a number of surveys online on the subject. This month, she shares the results for administrators, compares them with teachers' answers, and offer her thoughts about the similarities and differences.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Teachscape Launches iPad Application for its ‘Classroom Walkthrough’ Users

Teachscape Instruction | Mobile version 1.4, optimized for the iPad, further expands the number of devices that educators can use to collect data during their classroom visits.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2010

THE MEDIA CENTER: Your Circle of Influence

School maintenance staff along with school secretaries always appear on lists of the key people a media specialist must get to know at the start of a career. Who else do you work with and depend on as you build successful media programs? Who else depends on you? Who else can we potentially add to what Gary Hartzell calls our "Power/Dependency Map"? In this month's column, Mary Alice walks you through an exercise to help you explore this issue.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: How Sweet It Is--One Teen’s Take on Classroom Management Software and the Future of School-to-Home Communication

This month, Johanna describes a remarkable high school student's work to create something he calls "EduSweet," an engaging solution to keep the school-to-home connection alive and kicking that marries the traditional components of online grades, assignments, calendars, and notes with one-step social networking.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

Online Tools for Research—Elementary and Middle School Style

One of the most challenging areas in education today is helping students navigate through the ever-increasing world of information. There are many estimates out there on how fast the internet is growing, but everyone agrees it is the fastest-growing technology humankind has ever created! To get a handle on this 21st-century repository of information, librarians, teachers, and students need to harness the power and flexibility of the more-powerful, flexible, and varied online tools being developed … tools that can help them find, evaluate, and organize the megaloads of information out there. This applies not only to high school students but to younger students as well.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: 21st Century Learning in 2010--A Global Imperative

In this article, Victor Rivero draws on educators' and educational technology product developers' thinking that he picked up during a visit to this summer's ISTE conference. Victor cruised the show, talking with attendees and presenters, as well as with representatives from organizations such as the Partnership for 21st-Century Skills and The Software & Information Industry Association, to get their opinions on 21st century education.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2010 - Sep/Oct 2010 Issue By

School Loop Introduces Student Tracker

The Student Tracker system helps identify students who need support and creates a call to action for their education teams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2010

Turning Technologies Launches New Assessment Reporting Application

ResultsManager extends the existing reporting functionality of the company's TurningPoint and TurningPoint AnyWhere software to allow instructors and presenters to store, track, and administer multiple interactive polling sessions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2010

Gaggle Releases New Online Tools for K-12 Students to Communicate Safely

Gaggle's online learning tools bring students' and teachers' most wanted Web 2.0 abilities to their classrooms in a safe and secure online social learning environment made specifically for K-12, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Jul 2010

BELLTONES: What Teachers Know (and Don’t Know) About Technology—And Does Anybody Know They Don’t Know?

Having written a column several issues back entitled "What Kids Know (and Don't Know) About Technology," Mary Ann has now been inspired to address the same subject and questions to teachers and then also to administrators. So this is what she'll be covering in this month's column and the one to follow.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Expanding the Power of Primary Sources With Web 2.0

This month, Mary Alice offers advice and discusses tools, such as Edmodo and VoiceThread, that will help you and your students do lots more than they have in the past with primary source materials they have gathered.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Student Response Systems

Student response systems, also called "clickers," are handheld devices that help teachers poll students during class sessions and tabulate the responses. This technology is the same as that used when audiences are asked to vote on something during a television quiz program. The advantages of student response systems include increasing student involvement and allowing rapid and accurate assessment of understanding, knowledge, or interest. In this month's roundup, author Charles Doe provides a look at a representative sampling of these systems.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Through the Computer Screen--On the Other Side of the Webinar

Like most educators, Johann has logged in to her fair share of webinars. These seminars, conducted through the internet, have some distinct advantages over the traditional, face-to-face group meetings. But they're "different," so Johanna has used this month's Tech Effect column to talk about how you, as a webinar instructor or presenter, can make them work well.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

Follett Software Unveils Cognite, New Digital Learning Environment

Cognite integrates discovery tools, retrieval, collaboration and communication with the goal of creating a vibrant experience where K-12 students excel, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2010

netTrekker Adds New Features to Search Tool

The company has rolled out 'netTrekker Search,' plus plans for teacher and student productivity tools to support project-based learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2010

Pearson to Sponsor Free Access for Educators on Ning currently hosts 6,500 K-12 and 2,100 higher ed social networks that run the gamut from Ning Networks designed for novice teachers, or for teachers of specific subject areas, to individual school and alumni networks and those where teachers offer help to students outside of the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2010

Epson, Discovery Education Partner on Interactive Learning Courses

Discovery Education experts will provide interactive learning professional development courses using the Epson BrightLink 450Wi interactive projector.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jun 2010

Elluminate Announces Elluminate Live! V10

This new version of Elluminate Live focuses on accessibility, providing a richer, more interactive online teaching and learning environment for all participants, including those with disabilities, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jun 2010

ePals Announces Winners of 2010 Teacher Ambassador Contest

Winning teachers have been showcased for providing students authentic, collaborative learning experiences; their projects and corresponding student work are featured on the ePals website and can be downloaded for replication in any classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Jun 2010

Discovery Education Introduces U.S. Geography App for iPhone, iPod Touch

Conceived and developed in conjunction with Phunware, the U.S. Geography by Discovery Education App delivers a fun and educational solution to engage students in learning about United States geography, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2010

Califone International Launches Assistive Listening System for Differentiated Learning

The Assistive Listening System enables educators to provide any number of designated students with a listening device to clearly hear the teacher or other amplified audio.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jun 2010

Gale Announces New iPhone Application for School Libraries

Students can use the application to locate their school and then will be required to authenticate for the school year, using a password provided by the school.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 May 2010

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Safety, Security, and Access

In this age of technology-enabled openness, how much protecting is too much? And, going further, if our students are completely isolated from the benefits of the information age, will they ever learn? In this month's Tools for Learning feature, Victor Rivero examines some products, services, and solutions that address the question "How can our students stay safe and secure while simultaneously getting access to rich learning resources—and continue to fall in love with learning?"
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: A New Kind of Book Club

Teachers are entrusted to provide a broad and lasting education to their students. That means, in part, exposing them to both many forms and many formats of literature. If we can help them to see the connections between those formats, then all the better. When we can lead them to see, understand, and thoughtfully combine print and nonprint formats as tools for their own expression of ideas and mastery, then we have begun to arm them with the tools necessary for lifelong learning. The faculty and staff of Chets Creek Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla., have managed to do just that, as Johanna Riddle demonstrates in this month's Tech Effect column.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

School Town

Susan Hixson reviews School Town, an online collaborative learning resource.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers—Part 1

It's clear that concerns about internet risk and the ineffective way in which schools are now trying to manage internet use are a major barrier to moving schools forward to embrace 21st-century learning environments. Nancy Willard says it's time for schools to address these issues in a more comprehensive manner. In this two-part article (Part 2 will appear in the next issue), she outlines how cyber-savvy schools can embrace the future.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

Adobe Creative Suite 5 Ships With Discount Pricing and Instructional Resources Available

The software suite includes Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium, and Design Standard.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Apr 2010

Blackboard Releases Major Update of Blackboard Learn

Release 9.1 of Blackboard Learn emphasizes social learning and student engagement, and brings upgrades for K-12 and former WebCT Clients.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Apr 2010

Microsoft, ePals Sign Strategic Technical Collaboration Agreement

Under the agreement, ePals will offer Microsoft Live@edu email and calendaring platform and other capabilities to its users, expanding ePals' services with enterprise-grade collaboration tools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Apr 2010

NAMTC and EduTone Launch Digital Marketplace for K-12 Schools

The NAMTC Digital Marketplace is powered by the EduTone Xchange platform, enabling education service agencies to purchase, provision, and access on demand the web-based applications and content offered in the Digital Marketplace.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Apr 2010

Adobe Announces Creative Suite 5

With the new release, Adobe is offering new curricula, a certification program, and learning resources to better train students and faculty in the digital communication and collaboration skills vital to 21st century employment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2010

Chautauqua Institution Launches Web-Based Learning Experience

For 2010, beginning on April 7, the In Depth web-based program will explore the Institution's Week Six (August 2-6) theme, "Excellence in Public Education."
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2010

Netop Announces Update to MyVision, New Volume Purchase Program

Now both MyVision Basic and MyVision Free classroom management software will support mixed platform environments, allowing teachers to manage students working on both Macs and PCs simultaneously.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2010

Maplesoft Releases Maple T.A. 6

The latest version of its testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A. 6 enables significant levels of integration with course management systems, as well as internationalization tools and increased performance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2010

Moodlerooms Releases joule 1.1

Changes to the learning management platform include enhanced administrative functionality, integrated synchronous chat and presentation tools, and advanced forum features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2010

Teachscape Launches Teachscape Instruction | Desktop

Expanded the number of devices usable for collecting classroom walkthrough (CWT) data, the application allows users to gather instruction data through classroom walkthroughs on a netbook, laptop, or tablet PC, with or without an internet connection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2010

FileMaker Announces Release of FileMaker Pro 11

With its new features, including charting, "on the fly" reporting, a new Quick Find capability, and productivity tools for easier database creation, FileMaker Pro 11 makes using databases easier and quicker than ever, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2010

Blackboard Introduces Blackboard Connect for Teachers

The new feature of Blackboard's communication platform lets teachers communicate easily with students' families - in their preferred language - helping to improve parent involvement and student engagement in the classroom, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2010

A LOOK AT ... Online Learning Communities/Learning Management Systems

An online learning community is a place designed to help users achieve learning goals of some sort through collaborative partnerships, including varying degrees of social networking and internet-based and computer-mediated communication. Charlie Doe takes a look this month at some of the more formal versions of online learning communities—often called learning management systems (LMSs)—which are usually developed by professors or teachers to achieve academic goals via web-based services.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Why Do People Read?

After reading an interesting Library Journal piece by Tom Peters entitled "The Future of Reading: As the Book Changes Form, the Library Must Champion Its Own Power Base—Readers," Stephen Abram is moved to ask, Is reading in jeopardy? Personally and professionally, he says, he really doubts it, but …
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

Educational Networking: The Role of Web 2.0 in Education

The advent of the internet and Web 2.0 has significantly changed our relationship to information and personal learning opportunities outside of formal education, notes author Steve Hargadon. The technology that took this amazing change and multiplied it tenfold is an underlying theme of Hargadon's article, which ranges across social networking, Web 2.0, the emergence of educational networking, and what he sees as the first real area of significant adoption for educational networking: professional development for educators.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

Archipelago Releases Study Island Version 3.0

This newest version of the online standards mastery program offers enhanced assessment, instruction, communication and collaboration tools to help schools maximize their return on investment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2010

Califone International Launches the Spirit SD Multimedia Player/Recorder

The unit's built-in SD card slot and USB port allow the Spirit SD to work with the latest digital file formats, providing educators with the technology to play pre-recorded instructional resources, stories, and music for the whole class.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jan 2010

Time To Know Launches One-to-One Curriculum System

With Time To Know, the teacher guides the class using an engaging curriculum that is integrated with tools for classroom management, planning, assessment, and collaboration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jan 2010

Florida Virtual Partners with Blackboard to Improve Virtual School Experience for Its Students

Under the agreement, FLVS will move all of its more than 100 courses to a fully hosted Blackboard Learn platform by the beginning of 2011.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jan 2010

SIIA, JDL Horizons Launch the Vision K-20 Video Portal

The platform will enable easy sharing of educator-generated success stories on technology use in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jan 2010

STI Adds "Go Green" Features to InformationNOW Student Information System

The new features are intended to help schools eliminate paper waste and conserve energy while saving money by offering parents more choices.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Jan 2010

Heinle ELT, ePals Launch Virtual Community for English Language Learners

The companies have partnered to create the Heinle Community, intended as a safe and secure virtual workspace designed for learners to practice English through collaboration on projects in an authentic learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2010

Inspiration 9 Unveiled by Inspiration Software

The newest version of Inspiration's flagship software is designed to build 21st century communication and thinking skills, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jan 2010

A LOOK AT ... Interactive Whiteboards

In a year's time, Charlie Doe's district has placed interactive whiteboards in about 30% of their elementary classrooms and, in doing so, has made interactive whiteboard technology the envy of the district. That sparked his interest, so for this roundup, he takes a brief look at several products that offer a variety of approaches, from full whiteboards to equipment that makes a standard dry-erase whiteboard become interactive.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: Podcasting in the Classroom--A Sound Success

Podcasting, a morph of the words "iPod" and "broadcast," was first coined by U.K. journalist Ben Hammersley. (In fact, it was declared to be 2005's Word of the Year by The New Oxford American Dictionary, edging out both "Sudoku" and "trans fat" for the philological nod.) The digital medium quickly found its way into the classroom, and why not? After all, it's free, easy, and accessible, and it has the ability to power up education for students from kindergarten to college.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

Beaming the World Into Our Schools: Getting Into Interactive Videoconferencing

There is an economical way to introduce videoconferencing that involves inexpensive laptop computers and programs such as iChat, Skype, and ooVoo. A technology integration plan shared by a few pioneering districts in the author's area proves this point. Through it, schools have been able to make a serious commitment to the "new wave" of interactive technology at a minimal cost.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

Netop Education Software Now Supports Windows 7

Schools can now download updates to Netop School6 and Netop Vision6 classroom management software at
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2009

Turning Technologies Announces New Release of TurningPoint AnyWhere

To accommodate various presentation styles and technology integrations, TurningPoint AnyWhere combined with Turning's ResponseCard keypads or ResponseWare, a web-based polling application, creates a wireless response and voting system allowing presenters to ask interactive questions within their preferred presentation application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2009

Zula USA Launches

The website is an online destination designed to offer kids ages six and older, along with their peers, parents and teachers, a chance to explore the galaxies in fun and challenging ways.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Nov 2009

Faronics Announces Release of Insight 7.4

Insight enables instructors to teach, monitor, and communicate with an entire class from one central computer. This latest version extends Insight's platform compatibilities, allowing teachers to run the console within the Mac OS X operating system.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2009

Moodlerooms Unveils Joule Enterprise Learning Management Platform

Joule features next-generation functionality, dedicated service, a growing partner program, and the open-source LMS Moodle at its core.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2009

Netop Launches MyVision Classroom Management Software

MyVision Basic provides four essential tools for teaching with computers, so any teacher can supervise student computer work, share engaging on-screen demonstrations, instantly capture the attention of the class and control student internet access.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2009

BELLTONES: This I Know Is True

How does one keep up as the tools and resources for educators. Mary Ann offers both her own advice and that of a former students of her in this helpful edition of Belltones.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

A LOOK AT... Teacher Tools

The constant development of new and evolving internet and electronic technologies has resulted in the creation of an exciting variety of teacher tools for classroom use. The related changing nature of culture and the way students learn these days makes it imperative to adopt these digital tools in our schools. This article takes a look at a sampling of new or updated software, web-based services, and hardware that can be very useful in a variety of learning situations.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: What Is in the Pipeline? Really! Part 2

In the September/October 2009 issue of MMIS, having noted (with some surprise) that most of today’s crop of elementary school students were born in or after 2000, Stephen Abram launched into the first of a 2-part series of musings on what their world will be like in the near and not-so-near term. Check it out if you missed it. And now … here’s Part 2.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

The K–12 Online Evolution: 21st-Century Solutions for 21st-Century Learning

An increasing number of K-12 academic institutions are going online, changing the way they teach in response to how today's students today want to learn. Industry organizations such as the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) believe online learning is revolutionizing global education, and those academic institutions with strong elearning strategies will advance to help prepare students to reach their full potential in a digital age. Today's students want more options when it comes to education, and online learning is providing new opportunities for universal access to the best possible education for all students, regardless of ability, background, income level, or geography.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Virtual Worlds for Kids—Good Fun, Good Educational Value

Sonja Plummer-Morgan and Lisa Neal-Shaw are public librarians from Maine who have explored the use of virtual worlds with very young—and not-so-very young—children. They have found sites very helpful in encouraging curiosity and enabling tech-learning behaviors such as online communication, collaboration, composition, traditional as well as 21st-century literacies, and more, to the extent that we wanted to share their insights with our readers in K–12 education settings.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Social Media in the Classroom—For Kindergartners (!) Through High Schoolers [Available Full-Text, Free]

Twitter, Blogger, Facebook, MySpace, Ning: How do we help our students learn the social skills needed to understand what it really means to live and participate in a global community? How do we incorporate this into our schools and classrooms? How do we keep ourselves and our students safe? Social networking sites are mainstream media for many tweens, teens, and adults. There are even social networking sites that attract kids as young as 5 years old. This is the reality of the world we live in, and schools should reflect this reality.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Moodlerooms Partners With Cisco Entrepreneur Institute

The collaboration has resulted in the first integration of Moodle and Cisco WebEx Training Center, a live or on demand web conferencing and training platform that engages learners with interactive, media-rich online instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Oct 2009

Turning Technologies Launches New ResponseCard RF LCD Keypad

The new “clicker” device provides students with additional feedback during interactive polling via a small LCD screen.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2009

Moodlerooms Facilitates Survey to Collect Feedback About Learning Management System Needs

A provider of an enterprise learning management platform with open-source Moodle at its core, Moodlerooms plans to take all feedback it receives into consideration when planning for future developments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2009

ePals Launches ePals LearningSpace

The virtual workspace is designed to give districts greater control of social media and allow educators to create and manage collaborative groups across classrooms, schools, districts, and around the globe
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Oct 2009

SirsiDynix Announces General Availability of SchoolRooms 3.0

SchoolRooms gives students access from a single interface to library resources, online databases, and approved web content alongside new and past curriculum specifically created for SchoolRooms users. Version 3.0 features new administration tools that allow teachers and librarians to customize and adapt the product to meet the needs of students and parents.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2009

Adobe Unveils New Digital School Collection for K-12 Classrooms

The collection includes Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 to help educators enhance teaching and learning of digital literacy skills, and now offers netbook compatibility support for Photoshop Elements 8 (Windows) and Adobe Photoshop Elements for the Mac platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Sep 2009

ePals Joins National Consumer Brands to Launch 'Team Earth,' a Global Sustainability Movement

ePals will act as the global education partner for "Team Earth," and will offer an interactive, safe focus area for students worldwide to engage in competitions, voice their opinions and take action.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Sep 2009

ISTE Book Highlights Importance of Integrating Global Education in the Classroom

Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students is written to provide educators with the tools they need to help students gain a more global perspective and to prepare them for an increasingly interconnected world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2009

Elluminate Announces Accredited Online Teacher Certification Program

Designed for both individuals and academic organizations, the Elluminate Teacher Certification Program is available to anyone as a public or private course, online or onsite. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees earn two academic or continuing education credits.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2009

Califone International Introduces the Diggiditto Document Camera

The USB-powered camera has a 2-megapixel resolution with auto focus, and adjusts to lighting conditions. In addition, the Diggiditto's software features image recognition capabilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Sep 2009

THE PIPELINE: What Is in the Pipeline? Really! Part 1

It is not unlikely that the corpus of information that today's learners in grade four will encounter as adults will be doubling in minutes. That likelihood should provide pause for every educator. What is their world going to look like, and what are the skills, aptitudes, and competencies we need to be facilitating, teaching, and encouraging? Here, in Part 1 of a two-part series, are some thoughts on where things are and where they’re headed.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

BELLTONES: Playing Tag Is Good for You!

As a kid, Mary Ann used to collect insects, setting the critters into their respective boxes and tagging them by laboriously printing information on little slips of paper. Apparently the process of classifying appealed to her deeply, and ultimately lead to … what else? … this month's discussion of tags, folksonomies, and tagging as a participatory sport and useful intellectual activity.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Social Networking Through Your Library Automation System: What Librarians and Vendors Have to Say

A year ago, Barbara Fiehn wrote in Multimedia & Internet@Schools about the emergence of social networking features being added to school library automation systems. At the time, Follett’s Destiny was the leader among school automation vendors in implementing the social networking or Web 2.0 features, and some schools and media specialists were getting on board. A good deal has transpired in the ensuing year. So here’s an update based on a user survey Barbara did as well as information from interviews she conducted with vendors at the recent American Library Association (ALA) conference in July 2009.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Internet2 and School Libraries: The Time Is Now (More Than Ever)

Does the word Internet2 conjure images of a mythical realm off-limits to the masses of web-surfing plebeians? A forbidding place where computer engineers and the academic research elite speak in esoteric computer programming dialects and move terabytes of data through big pipes at the speed of light? At Horace Mann Elementary School in West Allis, Wis., Internet2 is helping transform the school library into the heart of digitally enabled innovation and learning. So what is the real Internet2, and why does it matter to K–12 schools and libraries? James Werle and Louis Fox have the answers!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

The Collaborative Mind: Tools for 21st-Century Learning [Available Full-Text, Free]

Collaboration is one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century, but many educators are still searching for ways to embrace this idea in their schools. Some technologies facilitate the creation of a collaborative learning environment better than others, but there are a number of technology tools that can lead to collaborative student and teacher engagement while also addressing budgetary and infrastructure issues. This article offers suggestions for overcoming barriers using simple tools that foster complex thinking.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

GigaTribe Announces 'Back to School' Features for Private, Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Safe and encrypted,’s peer-to-peer private online network now lets schools share classroom videos privately online with teachers. Another “Back to School” feature is the ability to share class documents as well as share course materials among teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2009

Netop Introduces MyVision Tools for Managing Classroom Technology

Two versions are planned: MyVision Free, which enables teachers to supervise student computer use and will be available for free download, and MyVision Basic, which features tools for guiding student learning on computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2009

ePals Launches Upgraded Language Translation Tool

Now offering 35 languages in total, the updated language translation tool allows more than 1,000 language pairs to be made between educators and students worldwide. The expansion encourages teachers and students from all parts of the world to connect and collaborate without language barriers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2009

Inspiration Software Launches New Site License Program

Pricing is based on school enrollment at the time of purchase, eliminating the expense and hassle of ordering more licenses when more computers are purchased.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2009

Free Resources: PBS Teachers Fall/Winter Webinars

PBS Teachers and Classroom 2.0 host a series of free webinars for educators on digital media and technology in education. The new fall line up of PBS Teachers LIVE! webinars includes topics on science, digital storytelling, geography, social studies, education in the digital age, and online professional development and teaching resources.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Aug 2009

Califone International and RM Educational Software Form Strategic Partnership for Podcasting

The collaboration is intended to promote the use of podcasting for both teaching and learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Aug 2009

ePals Partners With Columbia-Based Foundation to Expand Spanish Language Focus of the ePals Community

The strategic partnership with the Gabriel Piedrahita-Uribe Foundation, based in Cali, Colombia, is designed to bring high quality learning resources, safe communication tools, and collaborative experiences to Spanish-speaking educators and their students around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2009

THE MEDIA CENTER: From Card-O-Log to Catablog

Multiple-drawer card catalogs have long been relegated to storing bulbs and batteries in media centers or nuts and bolts in garages. Static OPACS accessible only in the media center have become web catalogs accessible throughout the school and beyond; WebPACS have evolved into full-featured, one-stop-shopping access points for media centers' collections, websites, databases, customized lists of state award winners, top checkouts, ebooks, book excerpts, and thumbnail images of book covers. As Mary Alice explains this month, media specialists use these next-generation systems to create reading lists, webliographies, and more, enabling students not only to find books but to contribute to the catalog's content.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

THE TECH EFFECT: The Collaborator

Collaboration is certainly the way that today's learners prefer to work. Technology-savvy students are creating a demand for learning and communicating collaboratively at school, just as they do at home. This trend is not only creating a new kind of learner but a new kind of educator as well—one who specializes in developing and sustaining a nexus for cooperative learning and who has the skills, knowledge, and contacts to connect students with resources. Enter Roxana Hadad—"The Collaborator."
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Future of School Libraries--Can School Boards Get On Board?

In this month’s column Stephen highlights some thinking in his home province of Ontario. He is encouraged, he says, that some of the political leaders in the educational sector are trying to move beyond testing and actually into practicing 21st-century strategies. At the end of April 2009 the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) released a discussion paper titled “What If? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom”
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

NECC News: Maps Provide First-of-their-kind Classroom Examples of Integrating 21st Century Skills into Science and Geography Courses

The 21st Century Skills Science and Geography Maps demonstrate how the integration of 21st century skills into science and geography classes support teaching and prepare students to become effective and productive citizens.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2009

NECC News: Adobe Announces Winners of the 2009 School Innovation Awards

Bergen, N.J., High School students win the Best-of-the-Best overall submission.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2009

NECC News: PBS Developing PBS Digital Learning Library

The PBS Digital Learning Library will contain high-quality multimedia resources from PBS member stations and award-winning PBS broadcast programs, all aligned to national and local education standards and tagged for easy searching.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2009

NECC News: KidsWrite Launches Publishing Community for Kids

The program is designed to mirror the 21st century workplace where students of all ages are provided with the ability to publish their writings and art through a real-world, technology-driven book publishing experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2009

Excelsior Software Launches Online Tutoring Platform Embedded in Pinnacle Suite

Pinnacle Accelerated Learning offers districts a secure virtual learning environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jun 2009

Turning Technologies Announces Social Learning Community

TurningTalk is a new social learning community for response technology users to provide an open forum for the discussion and sharing of ideas and teaching strategies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2009

Teacher Leaders Develop Professional Learning Network With New Version of PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection

PBS TeacherLine has enhanced its online suite of professional development resources and tools that help teacher leaders, coaches, and mentors provide sustained, collaborative support to peers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jun 2009

Elluminate Announces Additions, Enhancements to Elluminate Learning Suite

Enhanced usability and accessibility, extended international support, and additional learning management system integrations are among the Elluminate Learning Suite enhancements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 May 2009

Cool Links: PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web

A recent article in the New York Times, "PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web," cites some very cool resources now more easily available from PBS.
News/Cool Links - Posted 07 May 2009

THE MEDIA CENTER: Get Your Special Education Brain in Gear

Special needs students—those with physical, behavioral, cognitive, and learning disabilities—represent a diverse range of learners. Because of the nature of the job, media specialists must provide resources that meet their needs. There are many ways you can do this, making connections to a broad range of learning needs and working with a broad range of teachers, and in this month’s Media Center column, Mary Alice gives you some guidance.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

A LOOK AT... Data Management and Analysis Systems

Today, everything from the school lunch program to attendance rosters, telephone operations, and more can be handled by computer systems. And, of course, more and more student assessment can be managed (or at least scored) with computers, generating data results that can be used for additional software manipulation. Data management systems are developing enormous amounts of information that can be stored and then combined and additionally analyzed (or “mined” or “drilled”) for data-driven instructional leadership. This roundup takes a look at several products with different approaches to data-driven decision making.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Using Games and Simulations in the Classroom

A new, free white paper—"Best Practices for Using Games & Simulations in the Classroom"—that tackles the practical challenges teachers face when they use video games was released this past February by the Software & Information Industry Association's Education Division. In this article, Lee Wilson, the author of the paper and the co-chair of the working group that produced it, summarizes, excerpts from, and describes the main points of the report.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Partnering With the Public Library on Web 2.0 Tools for Student Research

Today, Web 2.0 tools make collaboration easier than ever, and your public librarian is there to help you navigate through them. While public libraries have many focuses, resources for children and teenagers are a mainstay of their programs and materials. These librarians work with the same students you do, just after school—helping with homework, research papers, and math problems, as well as finding the perfect novel for a historical fiction assignment. Why not work together during the school day? This collaboration can help you assist students to understand the Web 2.0 tools that can make research fun and invigorating, and it gives you a chance to share the workload.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

ISTE Announces Second Edition of Videoconferencing for K-12 Classrooms: A Program Development Guide

Videoconferencing for K–12 Classrooms serves as a guide to setting up new interactive videoconferencing programs and improving existing ones. The book shows educators how to use interactive videoconferencing to connect to classrooms anywhere in the world, take virtual field trips to otherwise unreachable places, and integrate supplemental resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Apr 2009

Knowledge Adventure Launches Virtual World, Announces Adventure Land

Played online on both Macs and PCs, Virtual World offers a safe and secure online environment where kids can interact, explore, and learn, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2009

Information Today, Inc. Announces Publication of Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Pubic Libraries

The new book helps school and public libraries connect, partner, and share resources to improve and expand services even during times of fiscal restraint.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2009

PLATO Learning Releases Next Generation of PLATO Learning Environment

The new version includes a Create Custom Resource tool, teacher and student communication tools, and enhanced batch enroll features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Mar 2009

New ISTE Book Explores Videoconferencing in the Classroom

Interactive Videoconferencing focuses on integrating videoconferencing with teachers' standards-based lessons to enhance learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2009


The Learn360 video streaming service for K–12 education now offers a My Learn360 homepage designed to individualize the user experience for educators.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue

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.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

SRA/McGraw-Hill Launches eSuite Classroom Technology for Direct Instruction and Read to Achieve Programs

Direct Instruction eSuite is a set of online tools designed to integrate technology into instruction to save daily planning time for teachers and increase student engagement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Feb 2009

Saywire Offers Secure Social Networks for K-12 Learning

Saywire offers a combination of safe social technology and secure permission-based controls designed to provide “walled garden” social learning networks for K-12 schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Feb 2009

Maryland Public Television, MIT Education Arcade, FableVision Launch Lure of the Labyrinth Online Math Game

Using the immersive characteristics of digital games, Labyrinth blends a storyline with multi-level puzzle play to build pre-algebra skills in several core areas: proportions - fractions and ratios; variables and equations; and numbers and operations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Feb 2009

Award-winning Authors Guest Blog on

Authors and new Web 2.0 tools are adding interactivity to the literature-based online resources of
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Feb 2009

FETC News: Thinkronize Announces netTrekker d.i.’s New “My Portfolio” Tool

“My Portfolio” allows educators to collaborate and share digital resources at school and district levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2009

FETC News: Adobe Promotes Student Licensing Program

The new Adobe K-12 Student Licensing Program offers students, teachers and staff at K-12 institutions in the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to purchase Adobe creative software at up to 80 percent off the original software price.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2009

Turning Technologies Announces ResponseWare Application Available on Apple App Store

The mobile learning student response app for iPhone and iPod touch is designed to get students engaged in active learning and provide educators with instant assessment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2009

Pearson Launches Chancery SMS 6.7 Student Information System

Chancery SMS 6.7 includes several key enhancements to five major functional areas including permanent records; health immunizations; elementary school attendance; security; and its customization framework.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2009

Global Projects and Digital Tools That Make Students Global Learners [Available Full-Text, Free]

Today’s students are truly digital learners. Outside of school they are texting, using cell phones, creating social networks on the internet, and playing interactive games online; they often do all of these things at the same time—multitasking. They expect to use some of these tools when they are in school. Teachers can create new learning opportunities for students and turn classrooms into the 21st-century global classroom when they integrate technology into the learning environment. Read on to learn from Sheila Gersh just how teachers can begin to create such environments.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

ePals and SnagFilms Partner to Premiere Educational Documentaries Online

At “eFilms at ePals,” through widget technology, educators gain free access to videos, including National Geographic content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2008


For November 15, 2008: Try out BookHooks and introduce your younger students to a place where they can share their book reports with other readers in a safe environment.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Nov 2008 By

Turning Technologies Unveils ResponseWare Web

The company’s next-generation web-based response solution allows users to gather participant feedback instantly through mobile devices, smartphones, and laptops.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2008

Google Apps Education Edition

Google Apps Education Edition offers a variety of email, calendar, and collaboration tools directly from a computer browser.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue

BELLTONES: Everybody Else Is Doing It!

In her previous column Mary Ann Bell protested loudly, "I'm Mad and I Am Not Gonna Take It Any More!" regarding overly restrictive internet filters. In this column, she shares some tactics for gaining access, starting here with the bandwagon ploy: "Everybody else is doing it!" After all, decision makers need to know that many educators are moving ahead with Web 2.0 sites.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Database News: What’s New, and Interactive, in the World of K–12 Content

With Web 2.0, the number and functionality of fee-based and free interactive electronic resources available for K–12 classrooms have grown and changed tremendously in the last 5 years. In this article, the sixth in Robert Congleton's series of reviews, he looks at four websites he found particularly notable for the interactive programs they offer. These are programs that can be integrated into K–12 classrooms either as part of the curriculum or as learning supplements. One is a fee-based database while the others are free to use but require user registration.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Internet2 and K–12—New Resources and Opportunities

Though it may have gone unnoticed by most K–12 users of Internet2, in the 2 years since the publication of Erika Miller’s article, “Internet2, K–12 and Librarians,” in the September/October 2006 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, the available bandwidth for this powerful network has increased dramatically. Now capable of moving along at 100 gigabits per second, Internet2 (I2) provides powerful new potential for the research and education communities to take advantage of an ever-increasing range of options for high-speed applications that change the way students and educators learn and teach.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Educational Gaming—From Edutainment to Bona Fide 21st-Century Teaching Tool [Available Full-Text, Free]

Of our 53 million K–12 students, 51 million of them (or 93%) play video games, and neither that number nor the value the games they play should be dismissed. After all, these days there are games being produced by “a new crop of entrepreneur-developers who believe that today’s games must be anchored in more specific pedagogical design principles. They also believe that to stand the test of time, today’s games must not only engage but teach ,” says author and game developer Ntiedo Etuk. Read on. Find out more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

Elluminate, Inc. Announces Increased Support for Anytime, Anywhere Learning and Collaboration

The Elluminate Learning Suite now includes Elluminate Live! V9 and Elluminate Publish! V2, adding functionality that enables educators to reach and engage more learners, promote a culture of collaboration across the enterprise, facilitate formal and informal learning, and ensure accessibility and flexibility for all users, according to the company.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Oct 2008

ePals Launches 2008 Election Central

Election Central provides resources and forums for learning and discussing how elections affect the global marketplace.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2008

Bull Announces the Collaboration Education Appliance to Connect Schools, Students, and Parents Using Social Networking Technology

The Collaboration Education Appliance integrated suite delivers blog, wiki, and forum capabilities that are simple, easy to use, and together deliver more than any one individual application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2008

Information Today, Inc. Announces Publication of Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries

In the new ITI book, innovators describe pioneering library and educational projects in Second Life and other virtual environments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Oct 2008

SMART Introduces Student Edition of SMART Notebook Software

SMART Notebook SE allows students to create, share, organize, and store digital files just like their teachers. Students can also use the software’s scheduling and organizing features to keep track of homework assignments and due dates, take notes, and highlight important concepts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2008

Free Resources: Collaboration Tools

The company’s service is intended to make it easy for students to work in groups.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Oct 2008

With Adobe Creative Suite 4, Adobe Introduces New Education Curriculum and Licensing Programs

The new curriculum and licensing programs will enhance access to Adobe’s design and development software, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2008

Children’s Way Foundation’s “Every Kid Votes” Campaign Launches

The “Every Kid Votes” program aims to organize and mobilize 2.5 million grade-schoolers to participate in the voting process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2008

Tabula Digita, Monsanto Fund, and ISTE to Develop Multiplayer, Interactive Science Video Game

The immersive educational game is intended to make learning science interesting, exciting, and fun for elementary school students, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Sep 2008

THE PIPELINE: Promoting Reading Using This 2.0 Stuff

Our traditional practice with books is not as scalable as we and our users might want. How do we get book recommendations to scale as well in libraries as Amazon does on the web, but still aimed at our age cohorts? Traditional practice offers a personal touch with a human being. That needs to continue, but we can extend that personal touch beyond the walls. Since we really care about books (and reading), we can use the new tools on the web to put our services on steroids.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

A Look At … Document Cameras

Document cameras—sometimes called visual presenters—are among the most exciting current technologies available to assist teachers in presenting formal or informal lessons. These devices can take the place of overhead projectors. They offer an array of helpful functions and features—and should be found on every teacher’s desk in every classroom. In this issue's "Look At ... " roundup, Charlie Doe takes a look at examples of document camera technology offered by a variety of companies.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Virtual Environments and K–12 Education: A Tour of the Possibilities—Part 2

In the July/August issue of MMIS, Kelly Czarnecki started her "tour of the possibilities" of using virtual environments in K-12 education with a look at two projects based on/in Teen Second Life—Science in Second Life, and Suffern Middle School in Second Life. Here's the rest of the tour, visting Whyville, the River City Project, Quest Atlantis, and McClarin's Adventures.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Adapting Social Networking to Address 21st-Century Skills

From using Twitter to encourage short story writing to utilizing Delicious to organize professional development tips and favorite articles, the number of social networking tools and websites is increasing exponentially. We know educators use these 21st-century tools with students in all grade levels. The question remains, how­ever, whether and how these tools might be used to positively affect student understanding and achievement. "Yes," says ePals' Tim DiScipio, "these tools, when chosen thoughtfully, implemented appropriately, and combined with innovative pedagogy through internet-connected communities, can teach students the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century and expand their ability to communicate and collaborate in a global marketplace." Read on, learn more!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Social Networking and Your Library OPAC! [Available Full-Text, Free]

While many schools are blocking access to social networking applications on the internet, school library automation OPACs are beginning to provide such applications to students and staff. Barbara Fiehn talked with some library automation vendors and others about this emerging trend to see what they're up to, and with some school library media specialists to gain some insight to their hesitations and acceptance. Read on to see what she learned.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Free Resources: Global Kids' Online Community and Game, “Hurricane Katrina: Tempest in Crescent City”

To mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, youth leaders for Global Kids, Inc. have created an online community and game in conjunction with Game Pill, Inc., AMD, and Microsoft Corp.’s Partners in Learning where young people can engage in and experience the ongoing relief efforts in New Orleans.
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 Aug 2008

HotChalk Announces the HotChalk MyLibrary System

The MyLibraryPlus component enables schools and districts to manage, upload, organize and deliver a growing library of digital assets.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jul 2008

ThinkCentral from Holt McDougal Released at NECC 2008

At a time when the K–12 market is undergoing rapid growth in the adoption and utilization of digital learning systems like online textbooks, ThinkCentral offers middle and high schools a powerful LMS previously unavailable to secondary schools, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2008

Why We Need to Teach 21st Century Skills—And How to Do It [Available Full-Text, Free]

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the skills we need to be teaching include the following: information, media literacy, and communication skills; thinking and problem-solving; interpersonal, collaborative, and self-direction skills; global awareness; economic and business literacy, including entrepreneurial skills; and civic literacy. While the context in which our schools operate today has changed, the goals have not. We can look at these 21st-century skills as an extension of efforts that date as far back as John Dewey at the turn of the previous century. The key difference is that today we have a new set of tools to apply to the tasks. Moreover, the changing economy makes it more of a necessity that our students can use technology to solve problems, collaborate, and create. Learn more on this subject in this article by Adobe Systems' Bob Regan.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

Virtual Environments and K–12 Education: A Tour of the Possibilities—Part 1

The 2007 edition of the Horizon Report by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative predicted that in 2 to 3 years, virtual worlds will greatly impact teaching, learning, and creative expression. These scalable and highly creative environments are being used by educators all over the country in a variety of settings and in a variety of ways. This article offers a look at projects using virtual worlds that are currently “happening” in K–12 schools, what we’re learning from them, and what we can continue to learn by charging full steam ahead with these fascinating educational tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Tips 2.0--What’s Hot? How Do I Learn That?

If there’s a refrain Stephen Abram hears too often, it’s that many of us feel it’s impossible to keep up and learn all this new stuff in technology and learning. So he has devoted this month’s column to a few sites that he finds useful to quickly orient himself to some of the Web 2.0 technologies. Even when he has already played with or experienced some of these tools, he says, he always learns something new from these sites.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

BELLTONES: What’s All This Noise About Twitter?

Early this past fall Mary Ann Bell got tired of hearing other people talk about Twitter and feeling left out. She had been mentioning it as something new to the Web 2.0 world in presentations and with students, but felt a little hypocritical for doing so without participating. So, as she reports in this month's Belltones, she paid the site a visit and signed on. Follow her journey from skeptic to convert, plus how and why Twitter won her over and what it can do for you as well.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

The Real and the Virtual: Intersecting Communities at the Library [Available Full-Text, Free]

"Building community" is a powerful phrase and a tremendous responsibility for a library, and even more powerful is the experience of stepping back and seeing the community grow as a result of what you are doing to create new groups of people and new ways to share and discover information. As the technology education librarian for teens and youth at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) in North Carolina, Kelly Czarnecki believes creating virtual communities is an important aspect of this responsibility as participation in online communities is driven by advances in technology. Find out why, and how, in her article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Are Textbooks Becoming Extinct? Welcome to the Age of the Wikitext!

Imagine if textbooks were alive … living, changing, evolving, and improving … never out-of-date! … a textbook that would give students images, videos, and interactive tutorials about a subject, a vocabulary word, or a topic … a digital textbook that would be student-driven, a model for differentiated learning, and geared toward helping all students learn through visualization, interaction, and simulation. In the age of Web 2.0, all this and much more is possible. And it’s all at our students’ fingertips with just a click of a button. Welcome to the “Age of the Wikitext!”
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Copyright in a Social World

Just when you thought you understood how to fully integrate internet learning into your curriculum, along comes Web 2.0, the “social side” of the internet where people can communicate with others and contribute their own content. As a librarian you should be able to communicate with students, parents, and teachers the issues that they face when placing materials on Web 2.0 social networks, and one of the big ones is copyright. This article looks at several situations in which library users may use popular social networking sites and confront copyright laws.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

ITI Crosslinks: Facebook 101—Ten Things You Need to Know About Facebook

Facebook is getting increasing recognition, and use, in the education community. Thomas Krivak has put an excellent primer together for you on this important social networking site. (From Information Today, Inc.'s Information Today magazine.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 07 Mar 2008

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.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

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.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

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."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

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.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

Elluminate Releases Open-Source Integration to Bring Real-Time Collaboration Tools to Moodle Users

The company has partnered with Moodle developers in the U.S. and Canada to connect Moodle to the Elluminate Live! Virtual Classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Feb 2008 Launches Curriculum to Teach Online Safety and Communication Skills

The company's new EasyTech lessons and activities support middle school students to learn critical skills in blogs, podcasts, online communicating and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2008

Knowledge Adventure Announces Web Chameleon

The new collaborative web-authoring tool enables students to create sophisticated web projects.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2008

Free Princeton Review Test Prep in Second Life

The Princeton Review holds free SAT Strategy Session events in the virtual world of Second Life on Jan. 19 and Jan. 31.
News/Free Resources - Posted 18 Jan 2008

ITI Crosslinks: We Find It All: Wikia's New Social Search Engine

Wikia, Inc., the for-profit cousin of the Wikimedia Foundation, launched the alpha release of its new search engine, Search Wikia, on January 7. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 14 Jan 2008

ITI Cross Links: Digication Adds e-Textbooks to e-Portfolios

Digication Inc., a provider of e-Portfolios, announced that it has partnered with Davis Publications, a provider of art education textbooks, to combine e-Portfolios and Web 2.0 technologies with the content found in traditional textbooks. (From Information Today, Inc.’s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 11 Jan 2008

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--To Blog or Not to Blog?

Mary Ann started her own blog recently and since then she has seen some comments that suggest the blogosphere may be imploding, exploding, or otherwise meeting its demise. So this month, with survey results in hand, she explores the question "To Blog or Not to Blog?"
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Supplemental Classroom Electronics

Remember folder games and puzzles? Teachers have always used instructional aids of one kind or another to supplement instruction, such as calculators in Math class, games, puzzles, math aids, and other devices for small group or individual work. In recent years, computers and computer-related electronics such as MP3 players, hand-held devices, keyboards, projectors, whiteboards, and a diverse collection of additional electronic instructional aids have become available. Charlie Doe's Look At ... roundup this month sorts these supplemental electronics into categories and describes an array of them for your information.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

The Summer Travel Blog: A 2.0 Travelogue to Bridge Summer “Down Time” [Available Full-Text, Free]

Do you still remember the thrill of receiving a summer postcard from your teacher? How exciting it was to open the mailbox and find that personal piece of mail waiting—and to realize that your teacher was thinking of you. Perhaps the photograph on the face of the card led you to the encyclopedia to learn more about a particular place, while a handwritten line or two described a cultural experience, unusual food, or new language. Travel postcards, sent by thoughtful teachers over the years, have broadened the world of many a child. Yesterday’s postcards have gone high-tech. Weblogs, or blogs, enable today’s teachers to send a new kind of post, sharing their travel experiences as they unfold. Blogs provide an up-to-the-minute opportunity for teachers to continue to educate their students through semester breaks, to interact with their school communities, and to share experiences and locales that encourage understanding of the broader world. And those 21st century postcards come complete with the ability to upload and publish journal entries, photos, slideshows, audio, video, and educational links.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

Interwrite Learning Announces Winners in Interactive Makeover Video Contest

Three winners will receive an Interwrite Makeover and prizes valued at more than $15,000.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Dec 2007

ITI CrossLinks: Internet2 and Libraries

Our sister publication Computers in Libraries has a great feature this issue on Internet2 by the associate director and director of the National Internet2 K20 Initiative. (From Information Today, Inc.'s Computers in Libraries magazine.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 26 Nov 2007

Knowledge Adventure Joins WeAreTeachers as an Affiliate Partner

The company will use the new social networking platform to enhance its teacher outreach efforts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2007

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--Email Is Still the Killer App

Email as a means of online communication has been around since the beginning of online communication. In fact, according to Ian Peters, it even predates ARPANET. He describes its infancy as a tool called, appropriately, MAILBOX, which was used as early as 1965 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today it is used by hundreds of millions of people. Mary Ann Bell asserts in this month's Belltone's that it's still the killer app!
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Online-Learning Communities: The Next Generation of Professional Development

With the growth of Web technologies, the availability of high-quality professional development for educators has increased significantly. There are numerous benefits to professional development for educators, including increased job satisfaction, career advancement, better pay, and improved student learning. However, there are significant challenges that often impede them from pursuing opportunities that will contribute to their growth, such as convenience and affordability. Professional development delivered in an online-learning environment removes many of the constraints associated with traditional forms of professional development.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Virtually a New Way of Learning: Video and Simulations as Teaching Tools [Available Full-Text, Free]

With end-of-grade, back-to-basics, multiple-choice testing for the masses and mechanical instruction methods, there’s growing concern that children are not learning to problem solve as much as they are mastering memorization of isolated facts in order to answer test questions. Yet, when they get home from school, children eagerly devour new information and concepts through the virtual environments of video games. In what I call a stealth-learning environment, children develop skills that connect and manipulate information in the virtual worlds of video games without really knowing that they’re learning.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

New Book From ISTE Explores Education Potential of Web 2.0, Social Networking

Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools, by Lynn Schrum and Gwen Solomon, provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging Web 2.0 technologies and their use in the classroom and in professional development.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2007

OnlyMyEmail Provides Comprehensive Email Solution for Schools

The company will now customize configuration of with its corporate solution MX-Defender to create a comprehensive filtering and email security service for school systems and classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Oct 2007

GenevaLogic Foundation Announces GenevaLogic Visionary Grants.

Four GenevaLogic Visionary Grants, designed to recognize teachers who have an innovative vision of the ways that instructional technology powered by Vision classroom management software can improve teaching and learning, will be awarded in January 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2007

EPals Drops Subscription Fees for SchoolMail, SchoolBlog, and Online Literacy Curriculum

Internet learning community ePals, Inc. has announced it has made its policy-managed SchoolMail, SchoolBlog, and online literacy curricula services available free of charge to schools worldwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2007

THE PIPELINE: K-12 Information Literacy--Teacher Librarians: Sharing and Taking Care of Themselves

Stephen Abram has no worries about great new ideas being developed throughout libraryland, but he is concerned that such ideas are not diffusing fast enough. In this Pipeline column, he ponders why this is and how the tendency can be combatted, and also offers a rich list of creative librarians' blogs and other resources that will help you speed that diffusion yourself.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Global Connections

Finding safe, engaging collaborative projects for your classroom doesn't have to be a challenge. There are many mentored and data-entry activities that allow your students to participate with classrooms across the country and around the world. Many of the Internet projects have been around for years with proven track records. Others have the backing of nonprofit foundations. This month, Cyberbee directs you to a range of such sites where you can find a project that is just right for your classroom.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

Tapping the Tools of Teen Culture in the LMC [Available Full-Text, Free]

While our students might be able to click through Web sites with ease and change the layouts of their MySpace profiles in the blink of an eye, there are still many things we can teach them about the read/write Web. There are also many ways we can teach our students using the read/write Web. Underlying these opportunities is the possibility to use the read/write Web to discuss the issues of authorship, authenticity, and the production of information—all topics for rich discussions of information literacy. This article provides a review of some of the best online tools you can use to excite teachers and to prepare students to be active agents in today’s participatory culture.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By Announces Integrations with YouTube, Facebook, and Verizon Wireless

The new content integrations further advance the means in which school administrators, teachers, students and parents stay connected.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2007

NSBA Releases Study on Student and School District Internet Use

Nearly all students with online access—96 percent—use social networking technologies such as chatting, text messaging, blogging, and online communities such as Facebook, MySpace, and Webkinz, according to a new study released by the National School Boards Association and Grunwald Associates LLC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2007

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--Online Support Groups

In the May/June 2007 MMIS issue, Mary Ann wrote about listserv communication and the benefits thereof. That caused her to think of a related but slightly different array of communities: online support groups. For personal use, and also for patrons, it is worthwhile to look at these environments. They can be highly beneficial, but there are a few caveats. So this month, she discuss the advantages and disadvantages of such groups.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Writing Software and Webware in the Age of Social Computing

The “social networking” generation is writing, and this writing is important to them. Schools must find a way to merge these informal writing activities with the writing activities found in classrooms. It’s possible that the use of social networking technologies with classroom writing programs could make writing in school interesting enough to motivate students to tackle the more formal writing needed for college, business, and other activities in adult life. Charles Doe's latest "Look At ... " article examines some of the software and Webware possibilities inspired by social computing as well as some of the newer computer- and Internet-based writing tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Mashups and Other New or Improved Collaborative Social Software Tool

Blogs, wikis, social software, Web 2.0—it’s not really about the technologies but about the method of collaboration between users that presents some of the more interesting advantages. The goal of authors Robert Lackie and Robert Terrio in this article is to continue the discussions of practical Web 2.0 tools and social networking sites that have been brought up in this magazine and at recent school librarian conferences and to highlight other collaborative tools and exciting developments in free Web 2.0 social software, items they categorize as “Useful Collaborative Tools” and “Practical Mashups”—both very exciting and practical for today’s teacher-librarian!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Industrious Kid's Social Networking Site for Tweens Announces Enhancements, New Features

Unlike the majority of tween oriented destinations, which are either fantasy-based virtual worlds or branded game and entertainment portals, supports user generated content that is not corporate defined, allowing its members to personalize their own online user experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2007

Interwrite Learning Updates Interwrite Pad

Improvements to the wireless classroom pad include new design and software.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2007

TakingITGlobal Report Highlights Best Practices in Global Education

The best practices featured demonstrate how students' social uses of technology can be leveraged for constructive learning, and build on the growing trend among online social networking sites, including commercial sites like MySpace and Facebook, to connect youth to social issues and causes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jun 2007

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection Assists Educators with Instructional Coaching Responsibilities

Peer Connection's content enables instructional coaches to deliver customized professional development to their peers while building a community of learners.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

Inspiration Launches Inspired Learning Community

The new site is intended to offer educators a place to discover and share ideas and resources for effectively using Inspiration Software's visual learning products to develop students' critical thinking skills across the curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

ePals Launches Ask ePals Global, Online Knowledge Sharing Community and Widget Tool

With Ask ePals, educators and others can share their knowledge with teachers, parents, and students, as well as seek the advice of others. The service is available either at or through Web pages that embed the widget capability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2007

BELLTONES: Celebrating Communicating--Focus on Listservs

Mary Ann Bell was recently housebound during an infrequent ice storm in the Texas Hill Country. But, she writes, "I am far from lonely. The main reason for this is my connection with people all over the world via listservs." Thus her topic for this issue: communication. Read as she celebrates the many ways is able to be in touch with others via the Internet.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Future School Libraries--A Third Presence in Second Life?

You've likely heard the numbers. Conservative recent estimates describe Second Life as a pretty huge virtual ecology. More than 1.2 million people have created avatars in Second Life, and 1,525,670 unique people have logged into Second Life at least once. Of that number, 252,284 people have logged in more than 30 days after their account-creation date. The conservative monthly growth rate is about 23 percent. Twenty-three percent growth will mean 3 million in a year's time—a healthy number, but not hyperbolic growth. It can be managed, and we can see the effects and react—unlike other Web-based changes we've lived through. Stephen Abram finds this enormously engaging and interesting to a profession that thrives on being interested and making things interesting. Read on ...
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Cyberbullies, Online Predators, and What to Do About Them

You’ve read the news articles, seen the stories on TV news, or possibly heard them on the radio: Bullies have gone online, predators are lurking everywhere, and MySpace is a nightmare for kids and teens. What the media doesn’t tell you are the facts about how kids and teens can stay safe online. They tend to focus on the sensationalism and not the realism. Now you can learn what to look out for, what to advise parents about, and how to help students who may be experiencing problems online.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Collaboration in Today’s Classrooms: New Web Tools Change the Game [Available Full-Text, Free]

Technology is playing a key role in various types of communication within the classroom today, changing the way communication takes place in a way that is having a real impact on learning. A different breed of technology, leveraging the power of simplistic Web 2.0 design principles, is proving to finally break through with a real impact on students and teachers. Technology such as online learning communities is proving to offer a more dynamic learning experience, with direct benefit to students and teachers. It’s a refreshing change for educators who have struggled with the complexity, cost, and practicality of the last generation of technology tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Cool Links: Don't Tell Your Parents--Schools Embrace MySpace

The article we point to here focuses on social networking sites and their uses in educational settings, mainly discussing the open-source social networking software Elgg.
News/Cool Links - Posted 19 Apr 2007

GenevaLogic Introduces Key Pad Access to Vision Classroom Management Software

Using a button on the Vision Teach-Pad, teachers share their computer screens with the entire class. Then using another button, they blank all student computer screens and lock the keyboards to secure student attention for a lesson.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2007

DyKnow Announces Integration with Blackboard Platform

The integration is scheduled for May 2007 with the release of the DyKnow Vision and Monitor software versions 5.0.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Mar 2007

Tool Factory Announces Tool Factory Podcasting

The podcasting software combines a scripting tool, sound recorder, easy uploading, and built-in broadcasting, all into one interface.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2007

TIGed Take Your Classroom Global Contest! Announced

The competition is designed to promote technology-rich global learning from students and educators around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2007

Digication Announces Release of New Version of Integrated E-Portfolio Tool with Online Learning Community

The Web-based educational software tools empower teachers and students to manage course content, facilitate communications, and publish Web portfolios.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2007

PBS Launches Comprehensive Pre-K-12 Educator Web Site

PBS Teachers offers thousands of free lesson plans, local and national educator resources, teacher professional development, videos, blogs, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2007

THE PIPELINE: Shooting Themselves in the Foot

In the world of education, writes Stephen Abram in this month's Pipeline, "the best path is to start by asking ourselves a simple question: ‘What will [our students'] world look like?'" Walling tools and components of the Internet—which will be a part of their world—out of our schools doesn't sound to Stephen like following the best path. So, being an affirmative fellow, he offer a turnaround policy!
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

Digication Admin Tool Enhances the Management of e-Portfolio, Collaboration and Online Learning Communities

The Digication Admin Tool enables schools to take control over the management of their Digication learning community, from linking user sign-up to existing student databases, to course management and user access privileges within the online community.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Feb 2007

Interwrite Learning Announces Interwrite Virtual PRS Software

The latest PRS software creates a “virtual” environment so students anywhere can participate in an interactive assessment environment, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2007 Announces Release of Online Safety Primer: What Every Educator Needs to Know

This is the first in SafeSchools’ Online Safety Series, which covers the various means of communication as well as the growing dangers that can entrap students when they’re online, including cyberbullying, predators, and threats of violence.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2007

Pew Internet & American Life Project Releases ‘Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview’

According to the report, 55 percent of online teens use social networks and 55 percent have created online profiles; older girls predominate.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jan 2007

GTCO CalComp Announces InterWrite 3.0 Software for Macs

Mac teachers can instantly asses their students’ knowledge with the integration of InterWrite PRS
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2007

THE PIPELINE: Justifying the Social Tools--Improving the Conversation

Mindful of the safety and security issues surrounding social networking, Stephen Abram nontheless has plenty of good to say about the popular phenomenon. In this month's Pipeline, he talks about, and guides readers to resources about, positiveeducational uses of social networking.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Keeping Safe in Cyberspace

The Internet has changed the way students learn and communicate. With the click of a mouse, they can instant message one another, work together on projects, download all kinds of multimedia files, and post to blogs, Web sites, and RSS feeds. Access to people and information enhances instruction, but what happens when the "dark side of the Internet" sneaks around the corner and into the classroom or home? In this column, Cyberbee points to lots of resources that can help.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

FrontRow Introduces Next Generation of Front Row ToGo Sound System for Classrooms

FrontRow ToGo is an all-in-one sound system that clarifies and evenly distributes the teacher’s voice throughout the classroom, allowing students to more easily understand teachers regardless of where they’re seated, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Dec 2006

YALSA Unveils New Electronic Discussion List

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, announced the launch of a new open discussion list, YA-MUSIC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Dec 2006

Califone Introduces New USB Jackbox Language Technology

Califone International, Inc. launched the USB Jackbox, the first jackbox with microphone inputs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2006

THE PIPELINE: Some Tricks to Build Information Fluency—Part 2

Stephen Abram offers more tricks to build information fluency in the second of his columns on the subject, this time offering teaching/learning ideas based on MySpace, Second Life, Teen Second Life, Activeworlds, OPAC or Web treasure hunts, and game show Web sites.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

Web 2.0 and Its Technologies for Collaborative Library Communication [Available Full-Text, Free]

A mystifying or vague buzzword to many, Web 2.0 was made fashionable in late 2004 by O'Reilly Media, the foremost publisher of computer technology books and a leader in cutting edge online technology conferences. This article will provide an introduction to Web 2.0 for libraries and will also attempt to bring to light a few notable, free Web-based interactive communication tools that can help librarians and other educators seamlessly access, create, organize, and disseminate information for their library, themselves, colleagues, and friends. The resources mentioned and the re­ferences and recommended readings provided should bring librarians up-to-speed on little-known and newer techniques, tools, and thinking on this crucial topic.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

Cool Links: In Teens' Web World, MySpace Is So Last Year

Washington Post staff writer Yuki Noguchi takes a look at MySpace and other online teen social sites in this article in the Sunday, October 29, edition of the newspaper.
News/Cool Links - Posted 30 Oct 2006

AMLA Seeks Proposals for “iPods, Blogs, and Beyond” Sessions

The Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA) is accepting session proposals for its 2007 National Media Education Conference, “iPods, Blogs, and Beyond: Evolving Media Literacy for the 21st Century,” to be held June 24-26 in St. Louis, MO.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Oct 2006

Adobe Announces Digital School Collection

The collection brings together four software applications: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0, Adobe Contribute 4, and Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional software, and curriculum and training materials for teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2006

TANDBERG Announces Connections Program Virtual Field Trip Schedule for 2006

TANDBERG will offer access to free virtual field trips to schools that use TANDBERG videoconferencing equipment, enabling students to experience cultural events in foreign countries, learn about scientific discoveries, or hear stories first hand from those that lived through historic moments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Sep 2006

Free Resources:’s ‘Building Internet Skills for Kids’ Program for Elementary, Middle School Educators

The free classroom program allows teachers, kids, and parents to explore blogging, messaging, and private social networking while having fun and connecting safely online, according to the announcement.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Sep 2006

Digication Unveils Safe Social Network and E-Portfolio for Students and Educators

Digication Spotlight is designed as an academic network for K-12 and higher education where teachers, students, and alumni can create “Spots” to post their original writing, art work, photos, movies, music, important papers, upcoming events, and interesting ideas.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2006

SirsiDynix Forms New Team to Deliver K-12 Market Solutions

The SchoolRooms online portal and a simplified library management system interface are among the offerings for school libraries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2006

BELLTONES: Scrubbing Elephants with Toothbrushes!

Mary Ann Bell writes: "I think today, many of us feel like we are washing elephants with toothbrushes. We have too much work, not enough time, and inadequate tools. How can we make meaningful progress with so many demands? Can technology help, or does it just complicate our lives? While there may not be any easy solutions to the problems we have with so much work, lack of sufficient staffing, frustrating deadlines, and other pressures, I can share some of what has been helpful to me." And so she does, in this month's Belltones column.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Some Tricks to Build Information Fluency—Part 1

As Stephen Abram writes, "The Internet has given us many new ways to provide learners with an environment that allows them to learn through discovery, play, collaboration, and just plain having fun." He elaborates, and give loads of examples, featuring YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Blogger, podcasting,, and more in this month's Pipeline.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

Internet2, K-12, and Librarians [Available Full-Text, Free]

Internet2 allows unprecedented worldwide communication and collaboration on data sharing, and provides an invaluable opportunity for K–12 teachers and students. In the year and a half since her school district has been connected with Internet2, author Erika Thickman Miller has begun to explore a small part of its capacity—a taste, she says, that has made her feel she has opened a book of wonderful new adventures, and that she feels compelled both to share and to further explore.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

Internet Age and Identity Verification System for Kids Launched by NetIDme Ltd

The technology will help prevent Internet “grooming” and make social networking and communicating online safer, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2006

Free Resources: Promethean Launches Collaborative Web Portal ‘Promethean Planet’

Designed to be a comprehensive online source for educators, Promethean Planet provides searchable information to help educators maximize the use of interactive technology in the classroom.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jul 2006


For July 1, 2006: BubbleShare, “the best way to share your photos and the stories that go with them,” is worth considering if you want empower your students to create and share their work. Safety features included!
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Jul 2006 By

THE PIPELINE: What Can MySpace Teach Us in School Libraries?

Always looking for relevance to the field in what's "now" and what's ahead, Stephen Abram notes this month that, in his view, "social networking personal Web sites are not a fad but a strong, long-term trend. Why do I think this? Fads don't evolve; trends do. These social creations on the Web are evolving quickly." Further, he writes, "The sites contain the seeds of changes that will reshape our world. Indeed, they're the next step in group work!" Read on!
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Social Networking, Part 2: A Toolkit for Teachers

Helping school colleagues keep up with technology trends is a function library media specialists are well-placed to fulfill. It's also a function that can further underscore the importance of the LMS at school. With that in mind, we've turned to Nancy Willard, prominent—perhaps even ubiquitous—spokesperson on the subject of online safety in the face of new Internet technologies. Nancy's feature gives you in-depth ammunition, understanding, and resources to press into service to help your staff and entire school community cope with all aspects of this important new technology trend.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Tom Snyder Productions Offers Interactive Whiteboard-Friendly Products

GO Solve Word Problems, Science Court, Reading for Meaning, and Decisions, Decisions 5.0 are among many of the company’s titles now supported by online guides to help educators use them with interactive whiteboards and projectors.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2006

Free Resources: NOAA Ocean Explorer

The Ocean Explorer, which we heard about through The Scout Report, has ongoing explorations you/your students can join; a gallery of maps plus photos, audio clips, and writings gathered under headings such as Explorers, Technology, History, Cultural Heritage; and loads more, including a For Fun section.
News/Free Resources - Posted 16 Jun 2006

ITI Cross Links: My Homework's Done--Can Imbee on My Blog? is a blogging site for children ages 8 to 14. What!!??? you're saying. Not safe!! Well, with all the concern over kids posting and publishing to the Web, it's worth reading the EContent article by Jared Bernstein to see how the folks create an environment they say is safe even for kids that young. (From Information Today, Inc.’s EContent magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 13 Jun 2006

GTCO CalComp Announces Two New Wide-Format Interactive Whiteboards

The InterWrite SchoolBoard 1071 and 1085 support the industry’s movement toward the use of widescreen laptops and wide-format projectors, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jun 2006

GTCO CalComp Announces InterWrite PRS Software Version 4.0

InterWrite PRS 4.0 supports InterWrite PRS-RF, the newest addition to the company’s line of student response systems, as well as existing InterWrite PRS infrared systems.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 May 2006

Cool Links: Blog Postings About DOPA

Here’s a sampling of thought about the “Deleting Online Predators Act” from some of the best known ed. tech. bloggers. If you’re not up on this, reading these posts will quickly fill you in.
News/Cool Links - Posted 18 May 2006

Muzzy Lane Software Reports Improved Student Outcomes After Historical Simulation Game Use

Students using the multiplayer videogame about the political and economic causes of World War II reportedly achieved higher test scores than students learning the same material more traditionally.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2006

DyKnow Teams Up with Gateway to Offer Teaching and Learning Solution

Gateway will package and sell DyKnow software with its learning services and hardware products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 May 2006

Sub-IT Offers Automated Substitute Teacher Placement

Sub-IT, a telephone and Internet-based automated substitute placement system, helps schools quickly find and assign substitute teachers to fill classroom vacancies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2006

Cool Links: Andy Carvin’s New PBS Blog,

Carvin writes: “This blog … will focus on the intersection of Internet culture and education. One of the primary goals is to help guide educators through the ins and outs of what’s often referred to as ‘Web 2.0.’”
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 May 2006

EDITOR'S NOTES: Toward the Cutting Edge

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

Moodle: A Free, Easy, and Constructivist Online Learning Tool

Moodle is a free, open source course management system software package that is designed to help educators create quality online content and a collaborative, interactive environment to support their classroom courses. It's been in use at the author's school, the National Cathedral School (NCS) in Washington, D.C., for 3 years and there has been tremendous growth in its use over those years. Athena Maikish describes the software and the many ways they're pressing it into service, from creating interactive physics homework quizzes to promoting a paperless classroom and applying technology to increase productivity.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Proof Is in the Podding

Stephen Abram has been following the Duke University experiment of providing iPods to all students ... and a lot more that's been going on with iPods in education. iPods represent, he asserts, a bellwether technology. In this column he discusses why and lays out a host of educational activities the technology lends itself to.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

The Potential of Gaming on K–12 Education

Instead of students thinking through adventure plots for their game avatar, says Patrick Greene, educators are interested in having students learn to think through real-life adventure plots that will help them acquire the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will help them to become successful in life. Invoking the work of the likes of Roger Schank, Chris Dede, and Bernie Dodge, Greene discusses the evolution of online gaming/simulations to where it meets these educators' aspirations.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

Social Networking: A New Tech Tool and a New Security Concern for Teens and Schools [Available Full-Text, Free]

Student usage of social networking sites sites has become one of the hottest tech issues for schools this year. Clearly, social networking presents challenges for schools, and Joanne Barrett's article will help you understand the phenomenon--what it is; what it means for kids, parents, and teachers; what the benefits can be, what dangers it poses, and more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

VBrick Adds Internet Streaming to Traditional Videoconferencing

Internet streaming bolsters videoconferencing, which traditionally restricts communications to sites with compatible videoconferencing infrastructures, high-bandwidth connections, and in-house technical expertise.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Mar 2006

The Game Institute and Muzzy Lane Software Introduce Online Video Game Training for Teachers

The series is designed to help educators get the most from video games in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2006

Big6 Learning Tools Announces Release of Big6 TurboTools v2.0

The new version is designed to enhance administrative and end-user settings for the Personal, School, Family, and Enterprise editions of TurboTools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2006

ISTE Publishes Guide on Intelligent Mobile Device Use in Schools

Handheld Computers and Smartphones in Secondary Schools provides guidance and activities to help educators learn how to use this new technology effectively to meet curricular goals.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Mar 2006

THE PIPELINE: E-Support for Content Creation and Literacy Skills

Stephen Abram writes in this month's Pipeline, "While we may be seeing some learner resistance to traditional writing and creation activities, maybe we can increase their engagement in learning good writing, editing, and information literacy competencies by aligning some of the projects with a Web-based option." Among the options he discusses are social networking, blogs, wikis, and photo sharing.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Knowledge Matters Announces Upgrade in Virtual Business Curriculum

The newest version of the educational simulation developer’s management program allows multiple teams to compete against each other.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Feb 2006

Turning Technologies Announces TurningPoint 2006 Audience Response System

Students or audience members can use the system’s credit card sized input devices for polling, testing, or anonymous response.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Feb 2006

Thinkronize Announces netTrekker Links to Promethean Resources

Thinkronize’s netTrekker d.i. search engine will now feature links to Promethean lesson plans and resources for educators to use with their ACTIVclassroom solutions including the ACTIVboard, Promethean’s interactive whiteboard.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2006

RM Easiteach Released for Mac Users

RM Easiteach Studio is now available in a Mac OS version.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2006

Cool Links: Partnership for a Nation of Learners

The site targets museums, libraries, and public broadcasting stations, aiming to help them “work together to address local needs, increase civic engagement, and improve the quality of life” in their communities.
News/Cool Links - Posted 23 Jan 2006

SMART Releases Major Upgrade to SMART Board Software for Mac

New features give teachers improved ability to create and manage digital content, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Jan 2006

THE MEDIA CENTER: Advocacy in Action--When Company Comes

Mary Alice Anderson writes, "In recent months I've had numerous opportunities to visit media centers in other districts as we plan for media center renovations and program improvements at our senior high. Our visitation team included media specialists, board members, architects, administrators, local press, and community members who care about media centers." And then she draws on this experience to give you expert advice on how to prepare for visitors to your own media center ... and why ... and how doing so will benefit you and your program.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Thinking About Phones

In thinking about phones, Stephen Abram asks, "So, what does it mean when I see a short video of a kid keyboarding over 40 words per minutes with his thumbs on his phone? What does it mean when I call 411 and get Silicon Sally, who is just a computer but asks me questions and (mostly) understands and answers? And what's this got to do with learners?" And then he gives some answers!
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

What's a Wiki? A Powerful Collaborative Tool for Teaching and Learning. That's What!

Will Richardson, supervisor of instructional technology at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Fleming, N.J., and now a well-known speaker on cutting-edge educational uses of the Web, has written a book to be published by Corwin Press in February 2006 entitled An Educator's Guide to Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Cool New Tools That Are Transforming the Classroom. This article is adapted from a chapter of that book, with permission from the publisher.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

Cool Links: AASL/ACRL INFOLIT Discussion Group

We want to signal the existence of an interesting (almost) new discussion group “for school, academic, and public librarians to exchange ideas on information literacy programs and experiences that demonstrate a collaborative relationship between K-12 and higher education institutions.”
News/Cool Links - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Free Resources: S.O.S. for Information Literacy Launched at AASL

S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic, multimedia, Web-based, and freely accessible resource for K-8 library media specialists and classroom teachers that promises to make a significant contribution to enhancing the teaching of information literacy skills worldwide, according to the project organizers.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Free Resources: iEARN Offers CD-ROM on Global Online Collaboration

iEARN-USA is offering its Multimedia Guide to Global Online Collaboration in CD-ROM format at no cost, while supplies last.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Oct 2005

ETS Launches System 5 Suite of K-12 Products and Services

ETS has repositioned all of its flagship K-12 products and services under the System 5 brand.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Sep 2005

Educational and Blog Search Companies Partner to Develop Safe Blogging Tool for Schools

PALS Classroom Exchange and PubSub will provide monitored, filtered blogging for 4.6 million educators and students in 191 countries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Sep 2005

IAS Announces Educational Discounts on Podcasting Software

Industrial Audio Software’s ePodcast Producer offers an integrated podcasting solution of real benefit to teachers, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2005

Macromedia Announces Studio 8 for K-12

Macromedia’s new K-12 site license offers educators a combination of digital communication tools and resources to enhance teaching, learning, and communication, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2005

Visual Learning: Using Images to Focus Attention, Evoke Emotions, and Enrich Learning [Available Full-Text, Free]

In this story, Mike Lambert and Margaret Carpenter, educators at Hong Kong International School, outline a range of approaches that “harness the power of images” in their teaching. Among the article subheads: Digitize ... Then Verbalize; Iconize ... Then They’ll Memorize; Use Visual Prompts to Encourage Creativity and Lateral Thinking. There’s also a sidebar of some brief stories from vendors whose products tap into visual learning.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Playing to Learn! Meet and Greet the New Interactive Technologies

In recent months, there’s been a revolution in interactive technologies—both in their design and in their cost. In this month's Pipeline, Stephen Abram takes a look at some of them, laying out an area in the free Web playground where learning can happen. "The swings are IM," he says, "the teeter-totter is podcasting, the slide is Skype, and the merry-go-round is JYBE."
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

DyKnow Releases New Version of DyKnow Vision and DyKnow Monitor Software

Version 4.1 includes major enhancements to the software packages, which foster interactive classroom instruction and control and monitor student desktops.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jul 2005

More News From NECC: A New Version of SMART Technologies’ SMART Ideas

SMART Ideas concept-mapping software 5.0 is designed to improve student comprehension and retention; the new version streamlines planning, teaching, and assessment, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

News@NECC: GTCO CalComp Releases InterWrite PRS Software v.3.2

The upgraded software expands educators’ options for developing and delivering questions and lessons using the classroom response system InterWrite PRS, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2005

THE MEDIA CENTER: Your Media Program's Web Presence--A Tool for Advocacy and Marketing

Looking for a dynamic way to market and advocate for your school's media program? A media program Web site can be a versatile and far-reaching advocacy tool. What can happen if you use the Web site to showcase your school's media program to students, parents, and the community? The outreach potential is unlimited. Here’s a look at some possibilities for advocacy and marketing.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Role of E-Learning in the K-12 Space

Can learning be achieved effectively by the standard measures, via e-learning, or through some blend of technological and classroom strategies? When added to the issues of the digital divide, you have a problem of gargantuan proportions. With effort, thought, and money, however, it is possible.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

Cherry Hill Public Library's DIGITAL COMMUNITY CENTER--Reaching Out to the Schools and Beyond

Challenged to identify common information needs across the community and to gather and deliver the resources for them, librarians at Cherry Hill Public Library created a “Digital Community Center.” Sirsi’s Rooms content manager serves to organize and house the resources, and to open them up everyone.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

ITI Cross Links: Video Tools for IP Schools author Mark Fritz writes how Cisco’s VoIP solutions help school districts consolidate their networks and make videoconferencing a reality. (From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 02 Feb 2005

Trends in the LMC: What School Librarians Can Expect ...

To start the new calendar year with a trends and expectations story from a school librarian's point of view, we turned to library media activist, writer, conference presenter, and school library "presence" Pam Nutt. We asked Pam to query her colleagues and herself to find out, well, what's on their minds! What's affecting them and their profession, particularly--but not exclusively--in the area of technology. Read this feature to see what she told us.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: The Top Five Priorities for School Libraries and Their Disctricts

We now have some pretty good track records on some new technologies that make access to information—both physical and intellectual access—simpler and, therefore, we hope, better. Hurdles to that access exist in both the physical and virtual worlds. Requiring a PC or specific browser to access information sets a hurdle in place in the virtual environment. Requiring information to be used within a library during specific hours is a hurdle of sorts too. Here are five key technologies that improve access in one way or another, or both.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

IntelliTools Classroom Suite

The IntelliTools Classroom Suite includes three integrated software programs--IntelliPics Studio 3, IntelliMathics 3, and IntelliTalk 3. The software, designed for grades pre-K­8, provides a network-ready cross-curricular platform for classroom activities, creativity tools, and student performance tracking and assessment.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By


Pinpoint is a Web-based research utility tool for K-12 schools and libraries. The product allows users to simultaneously research school library resources, subscriptions, and Internet sites and harvest age-appropriate annotated resource lists.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By


BrainPOP is a subscription-based Web site that provides standards-based animated educational videos on a variety of topics in Math, English, Science, Health, Technology, and Social Studies.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Subscription Web Sites [Available Full-Text, Free]

As the Web continues to develop and faster Internet access becomes available to more individuals, the likelihood of Web-based programs replacing CD-ROMs is becoming more and more real. The advantages provided by subscription Web-based services will lead them to be used for direct instructional purposes in the classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Reading Promotion in the Age of Technology

We believe that ongoing reading promotion through our school media's technology program goes a long way toward supporting reading.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

InFocus LP600 Projector

The InFocus LP600 projector offers a variety of connection options—wired or wireless, computer or video sources—even the option to go PC-free with a USB flash drive.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By
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