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Think of Gizmos as interactive digital gadgets or interactive online simulations, programs intended to teach students science and math concepts by explaining, illustrating, and giving practice. The 400-plus Gizmos are aligned to the latest standards and are useful in nearly any educational setting, especially as textbook supplements.
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

Logitech Introduces Rugged Combo for the New 9.7-inch iPad

The Rugged Combo helps protect iPad from drops and daily wear and tear, and has a detachable keyboard offering a secure and approved solution for testing and exams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2017

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

LittleBits Announces STEAM Student Set

With the littleBits STEAM Student Set and companion littleBits STEAM PD offering, educators now have a fun and exciting way to bring STEAM into their classrooms, libraries and makerspaces.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Mar 2016

Wonder Workshop Robotic Apps

For March 1, 2016: Using Wonder Workshop Robotic Apps, students can discover how to program and manipulate the robots named dash and dot with several different apps designed for ages 8+.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Mar 2016 By

New 4K UHD MimioDisplay Touch Display Debuts

The new UHD MimioDisplay touch display offers four times the resolution of conventional 1080P high-definition displays, providing a visually sharper, detail-rich, immersive experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2016

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

HP Inc. Unveils New Chromebook Designed for Education

The HP Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition offers a durable solution to empower and excite the learning experience.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2016

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

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

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

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

Mimio Introduces Touch-Enabled Interactive Projectors

The enhanced MimioProjector 280 line now offers educators three options: the conventional non-interactive 280 model, the pen-based interactive 280I model, and the touch-enabled 280T model.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Apr 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


Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. It connects directly to the internet, and all documents are filed in the cloud.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

Gale Revamps Popular Product Lines to Create a Unified, Improved and Mobile-Optimized User Experience

Changes to GVRL, InfoTrac and In Context Platforms are designed to enhance accessibility and usability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 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

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

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

Mimio Expands MimioClassroom Suite with MimioBoard

The newly released touch board with Touch 360° interactivity allows up to six simultaneous users.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Oct 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

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

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

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

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

SIIA Releases Qualitative Study on Mobile Learning

The results, gathered from interviews with nine educators, demonstrate the successes and difficulties faced by individual teachers in their integration of smart phones and tablets for educational purposes.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 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

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

Lexia Reading’s Strategies for Older Students Now Available for iPad

The app provides multi-sensory learning for remedial students in grades 6 and above, helping them develop their foundational reading skills through an age-appropriate interface with a range of content that keeps older students engaged.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2013

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

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 Triton Data Collection System for Testing Environments

Triton is designed to combine the front end ease of paper testing with the back end ease of computer-based testing, addressing common concerns of both methods.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jun 2013

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

IDEA WATCH: For Ebooks, the Future Is Now … Maybe

More and more ebook vendors are entering the market, yet there are still many particular needs schools have that are simply not being met, according to Carolyn. Read her dissection of the current state of ebook affairs … and what's needed to improve it.
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

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

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

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

Wacom Debuts DTH-2242 and DTU-1031 Interactive Displays

The new interactive display models bring greater functionality and enhance visual communication in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2013

Epson Announces 3D Projectors Designed Specifically for Education

Epson is offering two 3D projection choices - one based on active 3D technology and the other on passive 3D technology - which both deliver three times brighter colors than most competitive projectors, allowing 3D content to be easily viewed in typical, well-lit classroom settings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2013

Dukane Announces Affordable iPad Charging Cart

The new model CC1 charging cart is a wall mounted or tabletop all metal cabinet that securely stores and charges up to 30 iPads or tablet PCs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Dec 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

Capstone Digital Extends Mobile Reach with myON iPad App

The new app lets readers browse a library of more than 3,000 titles and download digital books to an iPad for offline reading.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2012

Discovery Education for iPad

Discovery Education's iPad web app provides access to a database of video clips covering all core subjects in grades K-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By


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

IDEA WATCH: The 1:1 Experience--An Idea Worth Watching

A year ago, Carolyn's high school rolled out 1:1 iPads to all of its teachers, juniors, and seniors. After a year of working in a 1:1 iPad environment, it's clear that the devices have changed a lot about how the school works—for the better!
Column/Idea Watch - Posted 01 Nov 2012 - Nov/Dec 2012 Issue By

BYOD: An Opportunity Schools Cannot Afford to Miss

Project Copernicus, a BYOD initiative in Osseo Area Schools in Minnesota, provides a working model for how, and why, schools should delve into the bring-your-own-technology concept.
Editorial/Features - 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

OverDrive Releases Free OverDrive Media Console App for NOOK

With the new OverDrive app, users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can wirelessly borrow ebooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Oct 2012

SETDA Releases 'Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age'

This report highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials market enabled by recent technology and intellectual property rights innovations. With a focus on the ultimate impact on student learning, the report provides examples of lessons learned from recent digital and open content/open educational resources (OER) initiatives by leading states and school districts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 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

CoSN Releases New Report on the Safety and Security of Personal Devices in K-12 Schools

The latest in a series of mini-reports that explore emerging technologies and trends, this new report examines today's advancing Bring Your Own (BYO) initiatives and related safety and security risks facing school districts nationwide.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Sep 2012

BELLTONES: The Technology Purchasing Process--Caveat Emptor!

For this issue, Mary Ann decided to take a look at current technology purchasing practices, particularly, putting the spotlight on one new and one older popular product, the iPad and the interactive whiteboard.
Column/Belltones - 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

EBSCO Publishing Releases New Version of EBSCOhost Mobile

With ease of use and more functionality, the new EBSCOhost Mobile will provide users with an improved search experience for accessing EBSCOhost databases and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) on the go, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2012

New Data from StudyBlue Reveals Shift Toward Mobile Studying

Students have logged a 10-fold increase in study minutes on mobile devices over the past year, according to the data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 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

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

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

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

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

Lexia Learning Announces Plans for Lexia Reading iPad Version

Currently in development, this app is the only research-validated literacy program available on the iPad, and will provide the full functionality of Lexia's data-driven, individualized learning program, Lexia Reading, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2012

Cool Links: Scholastic Launches Storia, a New Digital Platform

A story in Publishers Weekly has the scoop on the current testing and upcoming launch of the proprietary e-book platform.
News/Cool Links - Posted 06 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.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Mar 2012 By


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

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

PBS Apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

For February 1, 2012: PBS is opening up its library of movies with its free iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch apps.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Feb 2012 By

ITI Crosslinks: Apple Announces Efforts to ‘Reinvent’ Textbooks

Apple's Jan. 19 announcements on the iBooks 2 for iPad app, the iBooks Author, and the iTunes U app have engendered loads of news reporting, analysis, and commentary, not least from Information Today, Inc. Newsbreaks writer Nancy Herther.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 27 Jan 2012

MIND Research Institute Launches ST Math Touch

ST Math K-5 web based software games have been enhanced by changes that exploit the properties of touch-screen mobile devices and feature interactive animations that show students how math works.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2012

Pearson Offers First Look at Its New Suite of Interactive Books for iPad

At FETC in Orlando, Pearson showcased the first wave of high school multimedia texts re-imagined for the iPad: Miller & Levine Biology, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Environmental Science, with Chemistry and Algebra 2 following in a few weeks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 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

School Specialty’s uLog Data Collection Devices Support STEM Education

With these dataloggers, Frey Scientific offers a way to collect data without barriers or expensive logging devices. uLog sensors are an all-in-one solution for classroom data collection.
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

Epson Introduces Bright and Affordable Projector for Education

The sub-$700 PowerLite 93+ delivers high performance features for K-12 classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 2012

Epson Expands Ultra-Short Throw Projector Portfolio Delivering Increased Brightness and Connectivity to K-12 Classrooms

The Epson PowerLite 470, 475W, 480, and 485W deliver digital connectivity andnew lower ceiling height installation possibilities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 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

Cool Links: Ebooks and School Libraries

ALA's American Libraries magazine has published a great article on ebooks and school libraries. Part of the first two paragraphs should get you into it.
News/Cool Links - Posted 16 Jan 2012

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

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

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

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

OverDrive and Amazon Launch Kindle Compatibility with Library Ebooks

In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend ebooks for the Amazon Kindle.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Sep 2011

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

ITI Cross Links: Ebook Developments Were HOT at ALA

Information Today, Inc.'s news bureau chief and NewsBreaks editor Paula Hane has posted a report on the ALA summer conference and news emanating from it.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 07 Jul 2011

OverDrive Announces Media Console App for Windows Phones

OverDrive-powered library collections are now available on the LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, HTC Trophy, and other popular Windows Phones
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2011

Vernier Publishes New Physics Experiments Lab Book

The "Advanced Physics with Vernier - Mechanics" lab book offers a new set of experiments for more in-depth introductory physics courses, such as college physics, Advanced Placement Physics, or International Baccalaureate Physics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 May 2011

Follett Launches Textbook and Device Management Package

The new package is designed to help K-12 districts tackle the print-to-digital transition by enabling the efficient tracking and managing of textbooks as well as the devices used to support students in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 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

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

Key Curriculum Press Debuts The Geometer’s Sketchpad Version 5 Curriculum Modules

Optimized for Sketchpad 5, the activities allow elementary, middle, and high school students to explore mathematical concepts related to the Common Core State Standards using a dynamic, hands-on learning tool.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2011

Vernier Announces Winners of Video Physics Contest

Winning entries in the competition, which was created to mark the launch of Vernier's Video Physics app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, demonstrated both creativity and innovation by using video to demonstrate the science concepts behind many everyday occurrences.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Mar 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

OverDrive Reports Libraries, Schools Play Leading Role in Ebook Boom

In 2010, patrons and students downloaded millions of digital books for iPhone, Android, Sony Reader, NOOK, and personal computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilson Launches WilsonWeb Mobile Interface

A free service for WilsonWeb subscribers, WilsonWeb Mobile provides "anytime, anywhere" access to WilsonWeb reference databases, marrying WilsonWeb's versatile searching, trusted information, and practical tools with smart-phone convenience, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Sep 2010

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

Shmoop Launches 1,000 Educational Android Apps and iPad eBooks

Shmoop now offers more than 4,000 titles available across the web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 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

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 PIPELINE: Ebooks Part 2--Trends and Standards

Last time, Stephen wrote about some of the issues facing us in the transition to a new and much more complicated ebook ecology, exploring our understanding of ebooks and how they differ from traditional books. In Part 2, he looks at emerging standards, legal issues, and what's in the pipeline for ebook devices, plus strategies for school libraries and their learners.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: E Is for Explosion: E-Readers, Etextbooks, Econtent, Elearning, E-Everything

In "E Is for Explosion …" Victor Rivero sets the scene with an overview of recent happenings in the world of e-reading devices as well as etexts, then focuses in on more than 15 kinds of electronic texts and content and their producers/providers.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

Videocams R U: the Flip Ultra HD and the Kodak Zi8

For July 1, 2010: Need an inexpensive video camera to record interviews and other school events in high definition? There are two popular cameras that will fit the bill, the Flip UltraHD and the Kodak Zi8.
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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

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

Califone Releases Upgraded Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder

Califone has enhanced the Performer Plus Multimedia Player/Recorder to play MP3-CD formatted discs, enabling it to play CDs burned from personal computers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jun 2010

Shmoop Launches More Than 400 Education Ebooks for Sony's Reader Store

Shmoop ebooks for topics in literature, poetry, U.S. history, civics, music, and biography are now available.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2010

THE PIPELINE: Thinking About Ebooks

The ebook juggernaut is moving along like a train with no brakes, and it's raising so many issues. For this month's Pipeline column, Stephen Abram thought it would be useful to put down his thoughts on the subject, how users and learners will need to adapt, and how libraries and schools may need to adapt as well.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital Camera

Charles Doe takes a look at the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital Camera.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

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

Epson PowerLite Presenter

Charles Doe takes a look at the Epson PowerLite Presenter, a portable projector/DVD/speaker combo that can be used without a computer to display the contents of a DVD, CD, USB memory device, iPod, or a variety of other electronic media.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

BenQ Debuts First LED Pocket Projector with USB Reader

The GP1's integrated USB reader enables users to run movies, pictures, and office applications directly from a USB thumb drive without the need for notebook attachment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 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

Epson Announces the PowerLite 83V+ Projector

The $649 PowerLite 83V+ is a feature-rich, easy-to-use and affordable projector benefitting students, teachers and school administrators, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Jan 2010

GradeCam Corporation Announces New Version of GradeCam Online

The new version of GradeCam is the first online assessment solution to use a document camera to grade paper-based quizzes and tests, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 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

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

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

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

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

Cool Links: iPods Become Learning Tools at Shady Hills Elementary

A recent story in the St. Petersburg Times focuses on how a local elementary school has embraced the "kids' technology" and is pressing iPods into service for teaching and learning in multiple ways.
News/Cool Links - Posted 15 Oct 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 TECH EFFECT: These Lessons Pop!

A 9-year-old girl is poised on the surface of the moon, a spaceship and stars in the background. Her fellow voyager, in the form of an orange, cylindrically shaped robot, responds to her conversation with an unintelligible mechanized beep. These two space pioneers are engaged in a lively discourse about the nature and origin of constellations. Is it a Nickelodeon special? The latest remix of Lost in Space? A juvenile version of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Nope. Just business as usual as an elementary school class Johanna Riddle reports on produces another Pawprint Production educational video.
Column/The Tech Effect - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

A LOOK AT... Digital Photography in School

Looking at the world around us, it seems clear that digital photography and video are here to stay—and they should be used in K–12 education. Equipment prices have dropped significantly; cameras and other digital devices can be placed in students’ hands without concern. In this article, Charlie Doe takes a look at some of the possibilities for the classroom and media center.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

Study Buddy Handheld Tutors

Charles Doe reviews the Study Buddy Handheld Tutor, a device that offers electronic multiple choice practice opportunities for students of all ages.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

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

Epson DC-06 Document Camera

Charles Doe reviews the portable and affordable Epson DC-06 Document Camera.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

JourneyEd Academic eStore Network

The JourneyEd Academic eStore Network (AEN) provides access to more than 15,000 online stores offering thousands of top-tier software and technology products—including programs published by Microsoft and Adobe—at discounts of up to 85% of retail prices to verified education buyers.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jul 2009 - Jul/Aug 2009 Issue By

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

BELLTONES: Look Before You Leap

There is a dirty little secret out there in school land, and it involves money and time wasted due to poor purchasing. Far too often, supplies, equipment, software, books, consumables, and other materials are bought (frequently in bulk), but they turn out to be huge disappointments that see little or no use. Enter Mary Ann Bell, with "one of those ‘do as I say, not as I do' missives," to advise you and address this situation.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 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

A Look At … ESL Resources

There are many approaches—and many acronyms—related to ESL studies. Whichever approach or aspect is being considered, ESL resources have increased enormously with the introduction of computer and related electronic technologies. Charles Doe’s article offers some examples of the many fine possibilities available, with a mention of some of their more interesting features.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

CoSN Launches “Green” Initiative

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launched a Green Computing Leadership Initiative designed to help schools identify ways to reduce waste, save energy and promote sustainability.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Nov 2008

THE MEDIA CENTER: Solving the Technology Funding Challenge—Making a Fresh Start

Like that of many others, the condition of the technology in Mary Alice Anderson's district has declined to the point of continuing frustration. The need for change was obvious. Even this longtime Mac user and champion knew they had to do something … And so they did. In this column, Mary Alice shares her district's success story in the hopes that she can help media and technology specialists in similar situations remain … well … a little less discouraged.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Elementary Resources

Resources or tools that facilitate elementary classroom processes but aren’t major curriculum or textbook components can take at least three forms: tools that help teachers with their daily work; materials (software or electronics) that can be used for learning centers with individual students or small groups of learners; and online or electronic materials and software that support the curriculum or help teaching in some other way. This article takes a look at a few examples of new technology-based possibilities for elementary education. Several of the items mentioned here can be used across grades K–12, but they are well-worth considering in an elementary resources context.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: From Makeshift to Wow--Our New Media Centers

Students in Mary Alice Anderson's district are benefiting from new or renovated media centers in four of their nine schools, a significant part of the district's renewed emphasis on facilities improvements. The district opened two entirely new secondary media center constructions in 2000 and 2006; this summer a new elementary media center opened in completely renovated spaces and another relocated to improved spaces in former classrooms. In this column, Mary Alice looks at features that enhance the functionality and educational environment of these long overdue new facilities.
Column/The New Media Center - 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


Sally Finley reviews the NXT Sensor Adapter, a device that enables a LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robotics system to use sensor-based controls.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet

Charles Doe reviews the Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet, a computer input device.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Smart Talk Español

Rhonda Clevenson reviews Smart Talk Español, an interactive learning device designed to help students develop vocabulary, oral language, and word recognition skills.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Virtual Science in the Digital Age

New and developing technologies are producing a wealth of wonderful resources for science instruction. These include everything from virtual experiments delivered via software or the internet to probeware and data loggers—and a number of interesting and useful devices in between. This roundup takes a look at a variety of science programs and tools, with a focus on what’s available and what’s interesting. The goal is to introduce some new possibilities for classroom use, not to provide a comprehensive review of this category of learning tools.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue By

HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is a full-functioned mini-notebook PC with pricing that starts at less than $500.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue

Visual Learning Company (VLC) Launches Digital Science Collection for Use with iPods

Over 130 middle school and elementary full shows and 1,000 video clips are available in H.264 digital format, which uses the latest video compression technology to provide high quality video in a small file.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2008


Sally Finley reviews LabQuest, a handheld data collection tool that can be used as a stand-alone device or a computer interface.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Geocaching for Fun and Learning

Geocaching, using GPS technology, is loads of fun, and it offers lots of educational opportunities as well. Yes, even in the media center. Media specialists are good at making curricular connections, and, says Mary Alice Anderson, the curriculum connections with geocaching are easy to see. Don't believe it?? Read and learn.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue By

SMART Launches the SMART Document Camera

The SMART document camera enables teachers to display detailed images and video of any physical object and instantly incorporate that material into digital lessons using the SMART Board interactive whiteboard and Notebook collaborative learning software.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2008

Califone Introduces AV Tutor and Digital Cartridge Programs to Help Develop Core Reading Skills

The AV Tutor is a handheld player/recorder that allows students to compare their pronunciation of words with prerecorded "model" examples. It offers enhanced sound quality and, being a digital device, requires little maintenance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2008

NSTA Releases Technology-Based Teaching Resource for Middle and High School Science Teachers

The featured technologies in the book, Technology in the Secondary Science Classroom, range from the easy to master, such as digital cameras, to the more complex, like probeware and geographic information systems.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2008

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

GeoSafari Quiz Bowl

Rhonda Clevenson reviews GeoSafari Quiz Bowl, an interactive electronic educational game that simulates a television game show in the classroom.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

Radiosophy HD100

The Radiosophy HD100 is an HD radio receiver and digital AM/FM clock radio developed and distributed by a team of former Gateway Computer employees.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

The ClassMate Reader Portable Reading System

The ClassMate Reader enables students to listen to an audio version of textbooks and study materials while following the highlighted text on screen.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2007

Dukane AirSlate2

Dukane Corporation announced the release of the upgraded AirSlate 2, a wireless annotation and mouse control pad that gives an instructor the freedom to roam around the classroom while giving a presentation.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2007

BELLTONES: Avoiding Tech Terror Attacks

It happened to Mary Ann recently, for the first time in ages. She had a near meltdown because of a glitchy computer problem. … Actually, she had several problems. … In fact, it was a perfect techie storm!!! ... So for this month's Belltones column, Mary Ann has thought through and compiled a range of tips and advice to help herself--and you!--deal with such eventualities, or should we call them inevitabilities.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

Radius Audio Learning System

Charles Doe reviews the Radius Audio Learning System, a hardware product that plays CD-ROMs and reads digital activity cards to process information and student responses.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Interwrite Learning Updates Interwrite Pad

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

THE MEDIA CENTER: Early Technology, Why We Love It, and What We Learned from It

Mary Alice spent part of New Year's Day setting up her new computer and putting obsolete technology in storage—floppy disks, applications for earlier operating systems, assorted wires and cables, and even old automation system disks that ran on a 48K Apple II! The occasion led to reminiscing and wondering what memories other media specialists have of outdated technologies. A quick post on LM_NET brought an instant response; apparently, many media specialists were eager to share their fond memories and favorite experiences with the technology they experienced as technologist pioneers.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

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

GenevaLogic Vision Kits: Classroom Computer Management Software

Three new GenevaLogic Vision Kits provide individual classrooms and entire schools with classroom management tools for effective computer teaching.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue

Cool Links: EIA Provides Electronics Recycling Tips

The Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) offers an online resource with information on an array of local and national options available for donating, selling, or recycling used electronic equipment.
News/Cool Links - Posted 29 Dec 2006

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

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


Charlie Doe reviews the Nova5000EX, a full-featured tablet computer or electronic learning slate that can be categorized somewhere between a handheld unit and a laptop computer.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Lively Language Arts--The Digital Age Invades the English Classroom

New and exciting uses of digital technology in language arts are appearing all the time—a very good thing in view of the digital nature of the lives of today's K–12 students. As we all know, the amount of time that students spend with television, cell phones, iPods, gaming technologies, the Internet, computers, and other electronic technologies is stunning. Fortunately, emerging digital technologies can help language arts teachers liven up their classes, making them more digitally relevant and keeping or regaining student attention. This article takes a look at some Web-based programs and some new hardware that may provide new ideas for your language arts classroom.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

ISTE Publishes 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work

ISTE’s new book is a comprehensive guide for planning, implementing, and managing successful laptop programs in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2006

Follett and Findaway World Partner to Distribute Playaway Digital Audiobooks to K-12

The companies signed an agreement that names Follett Corporation Companies – Follett Library Resources and BWI – as non-exclusive distributors of Playaway’s preloaded digital audiobooks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Aug 2006

Negroponte Shows $100 Laptop at NECC

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman emeritus of the MIT Media Lab, presented the first public demonstration of the latest prototype of the $100 laptop at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego this month.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Jul 2006

Inspiration Software and Fourier Systems Partner for Visual Learning and One-to-One Computing

Through the partnership, Inspiration will be preloaded on Fourier’s Nova5000 student computing device.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2006

Gateway Reduces Price of Flagship Hi-Def Widescreen Display

Gateway reduced the cost of the Gateway FPD2185W 21-inch widescreen LCD flat panel display to $499.99.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jul 2006

BELLTONES: Technoholics Anonymous?

Mary Ann Bell loves technology, and techno-gadgets--almost to the level of addiction. (Well, not really.) It's not too serious, but it's a problem she says she's working on. In schools, though, with the advent of technology, the problem of unwise purchases seems to have increased dramatically, and it can be serious. In this month's Belltones, Mary Ann get into some of the reasons for this, and what LMSs and their schools can do about it.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Mobile Computing Goes to School: Cutting-Edge Technology, Dollars, and Common Sense

Exciting new mobile computer technologies are moving into K–12 education on many fronts. Today, teachers can work with portable media players, audience response systems, smartphones, portable keyboards/small laptops, tablet PCs, laptops, and hand-held devices (personal digital assistants, or PDAs). All of these sport the latest in wireless and other technologies, and all vary widely—and wildly—in function, potential, and cost. This article takes a look at seven types of currently available mobile technologies.
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

Numonics Launches Intelliboard 77

The new Intelliboard 77 interactive whiteboard combines educational content software with electromagnetic digital technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 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

LeapFrog SchoolHouse Announces LeapTrack Reading Pro

The new program is research-based and designed to deliver engaging, targeted reading intervention for students in grades 3-6.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2006

Califone DVD50-PLC Portable DVD Player

The Califone DVD50-PLC is a portable DVD player with a 7-inch screen, two headphones, cables that connect the unit to a television and/or sound equipment, an AC adapter, a rechargeable battery pack, and a remote control.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

Gateway Unveils New Dual Core Notebooks

Gateway’s new M285-E and CX210 convertible notebooks house two execution cores that enable the performance of multiple computing tasks at the same time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2006

BELLTONES: Looking to the Future

New MMIS columnist Mary Ann Bell introduces herself in her inaugural Belltones column and discusses some of her interests and plans for upcoming columns, including information ethics, technology use in schools, the principles of AASL's Infomation Power, information access, and more.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Digital Cameras, Visual Literacy, and the Xbox Generation

Charles Doe discusses digital cameras and provides an overview of some of what is available in this installment of our LOOK At ... series of features.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Bookbinders: Fusing Technology, Image, and Literature [Available Full-Text, Free]

In this article, Johanna Riddle offers four elementary-level projects that use technology as the mortar of interdisciplinary and inter-literacy learning. Some of the technology applications are as simple as scanning an image or clicking a digital camera. All four of these projects spring from works of literature that are common to most school media centers. They follow a framework that includes introducing a work of literature, learning a technology process, providing reading and working time, self-evaluation, and group discussion of outcomes The communication skills garnered by the students build on each other from project to project and year to year.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

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

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

Go! Motion

Sally Finley takes a lookat Go! Motion, a motion detector that connects directly to a computer's USB port to collect position, velocity and acceleration data for moving objects.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

Mobilepresenter BT

Reviewer Charles Doe takes a look at the Mobilepresenter BT, a wireless tablet used to annote presentations and run computers while a teacher or presenter is moving around a room.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Simple Questions, Difficult Answers

In the last installment of the two-year run of Learning Unleashed!, Trevor Shaw looks back and takes stock of what they have accomplished over the past 2-and-a-half years of their technology infusion and integration program at his school.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - 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

A LOOK AT ... Scanning into the Digital Age

Charlie Doe covers scanners in this "Look At ...," discussing how they can be effectively used and what you need to know about them to make an informed buying decision, then describing an array of scanners from "basic" to "multi-function."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2006 - Jan/Feb 2006 Issue By

LeapFrog SchoolHouse Aligns Link to Lessons Program With DIBELS Assessment

The DIBELS assessment evaluates kindergartners and first-graders in six areas: word use fluency, initial sound fluency, letter naming fluency, phoneme segmentation fluency, oral reading fluency, and nonsense word fluency.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Nov 2005

The New Classroom Jeopardy!

Reviewer Charles Doe examines The New Classroom Jeopardy!
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

SMART Board 600 series interactive whiteboard

The SMART 600 series offers larger screen sizes, an easily accessed Help button, a hardware expansion slot, and new accessories.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue

Valiant Roamer

Reviewer Sally Finley examines the Valiant Roamer Robot.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By


The tablet computer rollout--culmination of the Learning Unleashed! program--went off smoothly this fall for Trevor Shaw's school. In this column, he discusses how and why it worked out so well.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

A LOOK AT ... Building the Perfect computer Lab

Charlie Doe looks at everything from computers, projectors, and printers to curriculum, tool, and security software in his latest Look At ... roundup.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

ITI Cross Links: Apple Introduces the new iMac G5

As you might expect, Apple's latest iMac has all the ... well, the latest! Its features are those today's students want to play and work with, so, just to keep up to date, you may want to read this announcement on the iMac G5 via one of our Information Today, Inc. sister sites. (From Information Today, Inc.'s
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 19 Oct 2005

SMART Launches Database of K–12 Lesson Activities Correlated to State Standards

The standards-based activities are organized by state, subject area, grade level, and keyword for searching on SMART’s new Web site for educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Oct 2005

Gateway Makes Hi-Def Affordable

The new Gateway FPD2185W provides a 21-inch widescreen LCD flat-panel display that provides high-definition viewing at a price of $599.99.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Oct 2005

Olympus, Tool Factory Classroom Grants Program, Student Photo Contest Are On Again

Olympus America, Inc. and Tool Factory, Inc., sponsors of a classroom grants program and a student photo contest designed to strengthen education through digital imaging and the power of visual learning, have announced deadlines and new details for new rounds of both programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2005

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Final Preparations— Logistics, Training, and Policy

Trevor Shaw documents their plans in anticipation of "deployment," as the the first day of the 2005–06 school year and the initial rollout of their student tablet PC program approach.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

LeapFrog Launches Interactive Web Site to Showcase New FLY Pentop Computer

The new Web site was specifically designed for tweens, to engage, entertain, and educate them about the features of the new FLY pentop computer.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2005

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: LeapFrog Enterprises Introduces FLY Pentop Computer

The FLY pentop computer offers a range of innovative applications for tweens (grades 3-8) to learn, communicate, and game.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

More News from NECC: Educational Insights Adds Features to Classroom Jeopardy!

The company has added an authoring and game-sharing system to the Classroom Jeopardy package.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

More News From NECC: Adobe and Olympus Team to Bring Digital Photography to the Classroom

The partnership, an extension of the Adobe Digital Kids Club program, is intended to make it easier for K-12 educators to take advantage of digital cameras and photo editing software in the classroom.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2005

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: More PR--Gaining Faculty Buy-In

This month, Trevor Shaw focuses again on the importance of the public relations aspect of his school’s tablet PC initiative—good PR gained largely through a substantive, all-faculty professional development day primarily planned and executed by the faculty themselves, that is.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

THE PIPELINE: Small Size, Big Impact--Three Stories

Stephen Abram recounts several stories--under the headings "Tiny Gifts," "Tiny Libraries," and "Tiny Apps"--around the theme that small actions, or small technologies, can have a very large impact in the library and information world, and in the broader world as well.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

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

AlphaSmart Ships Classroom Management Software for Dana and Dana System Software Release1.5

AlphaSmart Manager for Dana allows file and application management on up to 30 devices at once, and new system software functionality improves wireless file access and setup, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jun 2005

Inspiration for Pocket PC Debuts

Inspiration’s visual learning software is now compatible with leading handheld computers, with the Pocket PC version joining Inspiration for Palm OS, launched last year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jun 2005

Discovery Education Partners with CDW-G to Provide Site-Based unitedstreaming Video Servers

Local hosting allows schools/school districts to access unitedstreaming content and features via servers installed on site, decreasing the load on their Internet connection, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Jun 2005

Olympus and Tool Factory Sponsor Classroom Grants Program and Student Photo Contest

Aimed at K-12 students and teachers, the two programs will award winners packages that include Olympus digital cameras, Tool Factory educational software, and cash.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2005

Wright Group’s Gear Up! Guided Reading Series Now on mCLASS: Reading Assessment Software from Wireless Generation

Using mCLASS reading assessment software and the Gear Up! reading series, teachers can assess students’ reading ability using a handheld computer, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2005

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

Change can be hard to swallow, and the introduction of one-to-one computing has presented massive changes for virtually everyone involved in Trevor Shaw's school's technology initiative, Learning Unleashed. In this column, Shaw discusses their experiences with getting parents and teachers on board with the initiative, in the face of resistance to change. And he comments on new tactics they evolved that helped.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 2005 Issue By

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

“We really are going to get this cupboard in better shape—eventually!” How many times have typical LMSs said that? Yet their software storage cupboards have probably never been ideally organized. Media specialists and technology staff discuss ways to manage networks, set up servers, or configure computers, but they don’t take much time to share ideas about how to organize the physical stuff in their cyber environments. In this issue's column, Mary Alice Anderson take time to do just that.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2005 - May/Jun 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

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Finishing Training, Starting the School Year

Staff technology training sessions can get bogged down if too much time is spent in direct instruction and not enough time is spent actually working on projects and discussing ideas of how to use the technology in classes. There are ways to avoid such pitfalls, however, and this month’s Learning Unleashed! column discusses some techniques … learned from experience.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

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

Neo by AlphaSmart

The Neo is a portable, lightweight, and inexpensive computer "companion" that looks like a keyboard with a small screen attached.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - Jan/Feb 2005 Issue By

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Tech Training and Modeling Effective Teaching, Part 2

Shaw discusses his 3-day workshop for teachers, which is designed for technology training and model effective teaching. The lack of time available for teachers to experiment with technology and to develop ideas is one of the biggest problem they seem to have about technology training, so he designed his workshop with a mix of direct instruction activities and unstructured time in order to give them their flexible, free time.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

Roxio Easy Media Creator 7

A comprehensive, integrated suite of CD- and DVD-burning tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

A LOOK AT... Software for Handheld Computing

You've learned the basic functions of your hand-held computer (or PDA—Personal Digital Assistant)—and now you're wondering what more you can do with it, or how you can improve its function.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Nov 2004 - Nov/Dec 2004 Issue By

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: Tech Training and Modeling Effective Teaching

In "Learning Unleashed!" Trevor Shaw is chronicling the progress of a multi-faceted technology initiative at the Dwight-Englewood School, a private K-12 day school in Bergen County, New Jersey. This issue's column focuses on introducing the school's board and staff to the concepts involved, and 30 of the staff to new tablet computers.
Column/Learning Unleashed! - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By

Let's Go! Investigate Temperature

Go! Temp is a science tool that provides students with the opportunity to collect, examine, and calculate data using a sensor probe. The program allows data to be saved, displayed, graphed, analyzed, and recalled.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2004 - Sep/Oct 2004 Issue By
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