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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

Tripod Classroom-Level Student Surveys Available in New Platform

Teachers will have free access to Tripod's new platform where they can administer annual, classroom-level student surveys and receive no-cost confidential online reports to support their practice.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Oct 2014

Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center

For October 1, 2014: October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center website is an excellent starting point.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Oct 2014 By

PBS LearningMedia Expands Classroom Offerings With New Teacher tools and Student Portal

87,000 digital resources including 700+ newly translated Spanish language videos are now available.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2014

Mimio Launches New Webinar Series on Using Its Latest Interactive Technologies for Collaborative Learning

Hosted by educators for educators, the professional development webinar series is designed to help teachers create engaging, collaborative classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2014

Free Resources: National Gallery of Art's NGAkids Art Zone App

The NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad contains eight new interactive activities and an array of art-making tools that will inspire artists of all ages.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 Sep 2014

ASCD Publishes New Common Core Resources

These new resources provide tools, examples, and strategies designed to help students grow as effective writers, thinkers, and problem solvers while meeting the demands and guidelines of the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2014

Goodreads

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

iTunes University

iTunes University provides free access to complete courses taught by instructors from leading universities and schools. It is also a web-based tool that lets educators build courses for their own students.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

Booktrack Promotes Platform to Create 'Soundtracks' to Complement Ebooks

Booktrack is a cloud-based platform that allows users to create soundtracks, or access ready-made soundtracks—complete with movie-like sound effects—that complement their reading selections. Booktrack synchronizes these movie-style soundtracks to ebooks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2014

Compass Learning, Renaissance Learning Partner to Bridge Assessment and Personalized Instruction for K-12 Classrooms

Compass Learning incorporates Renaissance Learning STAR Assessments data into the newly launched product suite to help educators accelerate student growth and save time with integrated technology.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 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

WIN Learning Updates WIN Career Readiness System

The Web-based, tablet-friendly system provides the data and curriculum tools to prepare learners for college, technical school, military or the workplace.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 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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Free Resources: Shmoop's Smartphone-Ready Video Test Prep

Shmoop's free test prep videos are delivered to students via email, allowing them to study quickly and rigorously.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 May 2014

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

Maps.com Announces Field Trip Library

The new product from Maps.com will expose students to faraway places in a visual, spatial and chronological context.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 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

Gale Launches InterLink, Document-Level Hyperlinking Technology

InterLink is a new technology that connects current articles from newspapers, magazines and journals with contextual reference content found within ebooks on Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), Gale's ebook platform.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 May 2014

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

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

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

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

Flipped Learning Network Unveils Formal Definition of Flipped Learning

Crafted by experienced educators, the definition dispels myths and explains the Four Pillars of Flipped Learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2014

Gale Expands Product Strategy, Bolsters Publishing Program to Address Critical Library Needs

These updated strategies and partnerships usher in a new era of resource development that will help libraries and their users thrive in today's education landscape, according to Gale.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2014

Cram

Flashcards are one of the faster and better ways to memorize most kinds of information. Cram utilizes the Leitner system of studying and can be used to create and store flashcards for later use or to borrow flashcards created by others. Flashcards can be created and studied on whichever electronic device is used to access the website or run the app.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2014 - Mar/Apr 2014 Issue By

eBackpack

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

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

SymbalooEdu

For March 1, 2014: Select, organize, and share your Webmix (a group of websites) with students using this handy tool from SymbalooEdu.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Mar 2014 By

Triumph Learning Unveils CommonCore.com, 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

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

ABPathfinder Adds Data Collection Features to Its Data Management and Assessment Software

Designed especially for special education and autism therapy, this purpose-built capability enables educators and therapists to log data and track progress for multiple students simultaneously.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Feb 2014

Learning.com 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 Learning.com 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

Weebly

For February 1, 2014: Technology teachers who teach students how to build webpages should visit Weebly, a free tool that is intuitive and easy to use.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Feb 2014 By

Blendspace

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

Spanning's Backup for Google Apps Is Now Available for Educational Institutions

The top-rated backup solution on the Google Apps Marketplace, Spanning Backup, is the only data protection product that provides full data recovery for the core Google Apps components, including Gmail, Drive, Sites, Calendar and Contacts, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Dec 2013

SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All netTrekker Subscribers

Available at no cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources featuring hundreds of interactive tools, inquiries, web lessons and audio tutorials in every core subject for traditional, virtual and home schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 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

OverDrive's Checkout Terminal, OverDrive Media Station, Now Broadly Available

The in-library ebook kiosks enable readers to browse ebooks, audiobooks and other media on a touchscreen monitor in libraries or any location where libraries want to introduce readers to their ebook catalog.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Nov 2013

Shmoop Launches ShmoopTube Educational Video Channel

Shmoop has created a one-of-a-kind video platform for its growing video content. Featuring hundreds of educational videos with a humorous bent on every subject including math, history, literature, and test prep, ShmoopTube helps teachers incite class discussions and students better understand tough concepts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Nov 2013

VoiceThread

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

Net Texts Content Management System

Net Texts is a series of textbooks and a management and development system intended to supplement or replace textbooks, thereby saving money and taking advantage of student fascination with and involvement in current technology.
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 Instructables.com 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

Lumosity Education Access Program Provides Free Cognitive Training to 14,000 Students Worldwide

LEAP is a collaboration between educators and Lumosity researchers to advance the intersection of education and cognitive neuroscience research. The program provides educators with a research platform, including free Lumosity subscriptions that give students access to the full suite of online brain training games, to study the effects of cognitive training on student's learning abilities, behavioral characteristics, and academic performance.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 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

Follett Offers New Release of Destiny Library Management System

A streamlined ebook experience highlights the Destiny 11.5 Release, along with enhanced digital and mobile features for teachers and students.
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

Shmoop Launches College 101 Updates To Help Students With 2013-2014 College Admissions Process

The free guides and resources are now available to help high school students get into high gear in time to apply to the colleges of their dreams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 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

World Book Launches New Ebook Platform

Subscribers to World Book eBooks receive 24/7 unlimited simultaneous access to the entire collection, enabling school librarians and public librarians to offer World Book eBooks at all times to all users-no holds or waiting.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2013

Edmentum Adds Career Technical Education Courses to Plato Courseware

Eight CTE courses are available now for Edmentum's standards-based Plato Courseware online curriculum, with an additional 24 courses scheduled for release in 2014.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 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

Mobl21

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

StudyBlue

StudyBlue is an online study tool for students offering flash cards, personalized quizzes, study reminders, study stats to measure mastery, and study filters to provide focus.
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

Triumph Learning Announces Updates to Its Common Core Resource Library

The latest updates make Readiness for Common Core an even more powerful teaching tool with improved search capabilities, enhanced navigation and new learning materials covering additional grade levels.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Aug 2013

Pearson Continues Free Availability of Virtual Nerd Math Tutorials

The Virtual Nerd collection of free online video tutorials supports 21st Century learning by delivering personalized content to students. The searchable library of tutorials correlates to academic courses of study in Grades 6-8 Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry, and is aligned to the Common Core, SAT Math topics and ACT Math topics.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Aug 2013

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

EBSCO and EOS International Partner to Enhance Library Discovery

The partnership allows mutual customers to take advantage of EBSCO Discovery Service and EOS library automation software products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jul 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

Brain Parade Announces See.Touch.Learn. Site Edition

The company's visual learning iPad application is available for private implementation in classroom, school and district settings. The package provides training sessions to educators and enables them to share custom content with teaching aides, therapists and parents in their own private school communities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 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

New Schoology Features Enhance Blended Learning

The new features include customizable award badges for use in motivating students; a new parent interface to improve communication between parents, students and teachers; and updates to the iOS and Android mobile apps that enhance the use of external media.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 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

Atomic Learning Announces Expanded Professional Development Opportunities at ISTE

The company will release six new technology training offerings to expand its resources of more than 250 education-specific software application and device tutorials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jun 2013

Glogster EDU

For June 15, 2013: For students, designing and making a Glog--an online media poster--is a snap. Sign up for a free account at Glogster EDU.
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Learning.com 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

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

Voki

For June 1, 2013: Add pizzazz to your online lessons with the free voiceover tool Voki.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Jun 2013 By

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

Free Resources: SETDA's New Report: 'Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning'

SETDA developed this report to help education leaders understand how technical interoperability initiatives relate to teaching and learning and to offer recommendations for how states, districts, and schools can become more responsive to educator needs and personalize learning for students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 May 2013

Animoto

For May 15, 2013: Animoto is a great tool for creating trailers on nearly every subject, from bios to travelogues to books. There are several pricing levels, but the lite plan allows you to create a 30 second video for free.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 May 2013 By

Kno

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

Britannica School

Britannica School was developed to replace textbooks with digital alternatives that address each state's core standards and engage student curiosity to enhance learning. An easy-to-use system helps teachers transition to digital resources and use them, while lowering district costs.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

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

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Noodling Around in the New NoodleTools

Citation questions are more challenging as information formats increase, evolve, and become entwined. Mary Alice takes a very thorough look this time at NoodleTools ("more than a citation tool"), a product that has been in use since 1999 and that continues to advance.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

The Etext Revolution: Rewriting the Textbook Model

Shmoop's founder and chief creative officer has some creative things to say about how the textbook industry is transforming and where the etext industry is headed. Take a look down the digital road with him.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2013 - May/Jun 2013 Issue By

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

YUDU Media Enhances Features of Its Digital Publishing Platform

The company has released several new and enhanced features on YUDU Education, a technology tool that allows publishers to convert textbook content to digital form, as well as add rich media elements to accommodate the interactive focus of today's teachers and students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 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

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

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

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

Learning.com Unveils Custom Curriculum Publishing Tool

The newest feature of the award-winning Learning.com 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

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

Skyward Introduces SkyCoder to Provide Districts Greater Control of Data Management

Skyward customers can now use the free SkyCoder tool to customize screens and field rules, gaining more flexibility to address their changing information and reporting needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 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

National Geographic World Atlas

For February 1, 2013: Begin building your classroom reference collection with this free iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad app from National Geographic.
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OverDrive Announces Streaming Video and Audio Services for Libraries and Schools

The new services will improve ease of use and device compatibility for OverDrive-hosted video, audiobook and music collections at libraries and schools around the world.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jan 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

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

Screencast.com

Screencast.com 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

Knewton Adaptive Learning Platform

Knewton is a technology that transforms any computer or web-based content into a personalized experience for each learner, keeps track of progress, and recommends future study.
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

It's Never Too Late to Flip!

A firm believer in the flipped classroom model, librarian Pat Semple has developed a set of tools that allows her to optimize her time by "flipping" what are traditionally viewed as classroom tasks (lectures) with what are traditionally viewed as homework tasks (researching and writing).
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2013 - Jan/Feb 2013 Issue By

Learning.com Announces EasyTech for PARCC/Smarter Balanced

The expanded EasyTech digital literacy curriculum is intended to help students be successful with the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia computer-based Common Core Assessments.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 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

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

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

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

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

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

Follett Announces Joint Release of Destiny 10.5, FollettShelf Enhancements with New Follett Digital Reader

The joint release is designed to improve the foundation of Follett's eBook platform, helping to better manage the check-in/check-out process, and provide improved access to books and notes, whether online or offline.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 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

Moodle

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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Shmoop Partners with College Preparation Site Zinch

The two companies are offering a six-month program during which Zinch users will have special access to Shmoop material through Chegg Presents Zinch Prep, a college counseling program providing information and materials to guide high school seniors through the college admissions process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2012

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

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

THE NEW MEDIA CENTER: Google Literacy Lesson Plans--Way Beyond ‘Just Google It’

We should teach students how to search both Google and databases effectively. Nothing new here. But Google's Literacy Lesson Plans released in May 2012 are something new.
Column/The New Media Center - 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 K12DigitalDecisions.com 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

Turnitin Adds Common Core Grading Rubrics to GradeMark

The rubrics were developed in partnership with the English Professional Learning Council to better prepare secondary students for college-level course work.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 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

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

SAS Curriculum Pathways Now Available to All Knovation icurio Subscribers

Available to icurio subscribers at no additional cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources featuring hundreds of interactive tools, inquiries, web lessons and audio tutorials in every core subject for grades 6-12 in traditional, virtual and home schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Aug 2012

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

Learning.com Introduces Complete Solution to Help Educators Align with Common Core State Standards

Learning.com's new project-based learning approach to Common Core provides districts with a model of integrated multi-day projects that require students to apply 21st century skills to solve core curriculum challenges, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 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

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

Follett Software Partners With Leading Content Providers

The partnerships are reflective of a larger digitally focused initiative to strengthen the connection between the library and the K-12 classroom curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 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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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

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

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Totally Aligned

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

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

Pearson Digital Learning’s NovaNET Now Speech-Enabled with Texthelp Systems’ SpeechStream

SpeechStream is an intuitive text-to-speech toolbar, particularly helpful to ELL students, that gives users the ability to read while hearing text read aloud by a high-quality, digitized human voice, helping to improve word recognition, vocabulary and comprehension.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Apr 2012

Desire2Learn Announces Desire2Learn Learning Suite 10

The latest version of Desire2Learn Learning Suite offers enhanced ease of use, a more personalized learning experience, and a broader depth of tools and features based upon the feedback of hundreds of clients.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2012

Inspiration Maps Now Available on the App Store

The new app built for iPad allows students to build content and knowledge.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2012

Pearson Connects Digital Solution for Response to Intervention to Common Core Math

The RTI assessment tool AIMSweb now links to lessons in the enVisionMATH Common Core and focusMATH Intensive Intervention programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2012

Common Sense Media Launches Learning Ratings Initiative for Digital Media

The new ratings assess learning potential of apps, games, and websites to guide parents to great choices and spur development of quality products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Apr 2012

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

Khan Academy

For March 15, 2012: "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere." That's the mission of Khan Academy featured on 60 Minutes. It is a place where students can go to view over 3,000 tutorials in many subject areas on many levels.
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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

School Improvement Network Announces LiveBook

LiveBooks are similar to ebooks in that they are published online and available digitally to readers. However, rather than a single, concluded piece of work, LiveBooks can be updated by their authors at any time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 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

StoryKit

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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Websense

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

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

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

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.
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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

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

GradeCam Releases Free Scanning Software for Rapid Classroom Test Grading

The web-based application works with a standard web or document camera to quickly grade multiple-choice tests, providing teachers with immediate feedback on student understanding.
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

Cool Links: Infographic--Apple, iPads, Digital Resources and Education

Take a look at schoollibrarymanagement.com's infographic about Apple's iTunes U app announcement.
News/Cool Links - Posted 19 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

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

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

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

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

Free Resources: StudyPoint’s College Admissions Webinar Series

In the free informational videos, experts share key tips and answer questions on a wide range of topics related to the admissions process, including how to parent your child through the process, ideas on what questions to ask during a college visit, what parents should and should not do while assisting students during the application process, and tips on choosing the college that will help the student reach his or her full potential.
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 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

iParadigms Announces Results of Plagiarism Study

The study shows that secondary school students in the United States rely more heavily on social networks for content in their papers and less on cheat sites and paper mills compared to college students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2011

Britannica Image Quest

Britannica Image Quest provides access to more than 2 million images covering all subject areas. The images are cleared for noncommercial educational use.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2011 - Nov/Dec 2011 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

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

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

Shmoop Offers SAT and ACT Exam Prep in Spanish

From the announcement: "Only Spanglish that will help you prepare for the big day. Our explanations are in Spanish, but the drills and questions are in English. Since you will be battling the monster in English, we didn't want to send you to fight the battle of wits unarmed."
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

ITI Crosslinks: Amazon Launches Library Ebook Lending Support for Kindle and an All-New Kindle Family

Ebook news is big these days, and matters increasingly in the K-12 realm. Here are the opening paragraphs, plus a couple of teaser sentences to entice you to read more, from a report on Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks yesterday.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 30 Sep 2011

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

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

SchoolTube

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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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

Maps.com 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

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

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

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

Discovery Education Offers New Back-to-School Content and Enhancements

The company has upgraded its Discovery Education streaming service with a variety of new resources, more efficient navigation and a free, three-week series of webinars to help educators explore how to incorporate the digital resources into their instruction.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2011

Discovery Education, Intel Encourage Students to Explore Their Curiosity Through New Online Resources

"Curiosity in the Classroom" engages students with cross-curricular lessons.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Aug 2011

Cool Links: Teaching to the Common Core Standards

Seen on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest.com: 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

Study Jams

For August 15, 2011: For elementary math and science teachers looking for videos or slide shows to introduce or augment a topic, check out Study Jams.
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EBSCO Publishing and Innovative Interfaces Demonstrate Partnership with EBSCO Discovery Service and Encore

The result of the partnership is a smarter experience for mutual customers and library users who begin their search from Encore, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Aug 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

Shmoop Literature Guides and Biographies Now Available Through Discovery Education streaming PLUS

Shmoop's Literature Guides and Biographies are written by Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkley, and other top universities. Shmoop is known for its sense of humor and knack for pop culture. For example, Shmoop introduces students to The Great Gatsby by comparing the novel to the television shows "Real Housewives" and "The Sopranos."
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 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

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

Britannica Announces New Ebook Service for Schools, Libraries

From Britannica Digital Learning, the service enables students in elementary school through college to easily access hundreds of high-quality books on the subjects they're studying.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 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

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

Dictionary.com Releases Mobile Flashcards

Helpful in keeping kids engaged in education during the summer, the offering extends the personalized, online Flashcards learning experience to a mobile generation that thrives on 24/7 access to information - illustrated by the 30M downloads of Dictionary.com's mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 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

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

Study Island Announces Winners of Project-Based Learning Activities Contest

Four grade-level winners have been selected, with the winning entries to be published in Study Island online products.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 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

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

THE TECH EFFECT: Playing Around With Technology

Johanna argues for and promotes a more flexible approach to teaching and using digital media through fabulous examples from the students of Ross Wallis, head of creative arts at a school in the U.K.
Column/The Tech Effect - 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

StudyBlue Releases New Mobile Applications for Android, iPhone and iPod Touch

The new mobile apps allow students to study online flashcards and class notes on the go.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 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

World Book Launches World Book Mobile

World Book Mobile is a mobile-friendly version of World Book's comprehensive reference database, which includes tens of thousands of authoritative articles and multimedia images, including maps, photographs, and illustrations.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2011

M86 Security Launches VuSafe Solution to Enable Compliant Usage of Online Video Content in the Classroom

M86 VuSafe provides a means to show pre-approved streaming media content without the peripherals (i.e. banner ads, comments, etc.) found on the source sites, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Mar 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 Access4Ed.net 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

THE PIPELINE: Trust, Credulity, and Search Engines: Is Google Over?

The Google search religion is finally starting to be challenged, according to Stephen. Search engine spam and questionable results run the risk of ruining the usefulness of search engines. It's time to build credulity skills in learners and researchers about what's behind the results they get from these engines.
Column/The Pipeline - 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

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

Best Kid Apps

For March 1, 2011: There is an app for that, but which app is the best for kids? Visit Best Kid Apps to read reviews and ratings of iPhone, iPad, and Android applications.
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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

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

Any Video Converter

For February 15, 2011: Cyberbee is always on the look out for software programs that are easy to use, free, and help teachers with technology projects. Any Converter, for video files, is one such program that fits the bill!
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dataMetrics Software’s ‘TestWiz’ Now Comes Loaded with Common Core Standards

The integration of the new standards, along with the system's reporting engine, will assist teachers in viewing the effects of their instruction in terms of the new standards, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 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 Learning.com

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

Shmoop Launches Online ACT Prep

Shmoop Online ACT Prep is available for $23 for at-home purchase by an individual student. Shmoop also offers affordable Site Licenses to schools, districts and libraries for its growing stable of Online Test Prep Courses - ACT, SAT, PSAT, and AP Exams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 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

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

Pearson Launches Update for Free iPad Gradebook App, PowerTeacher Mobile

Developed by Pearson, PowerTeacher Mobile 1.1 features the enhancements that teachers have most requested and is designed to make grading on-the-go easier.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2011

Cool Links: Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent

A recent posting on Victor Rivero's edtechdigest blog turned us on to a CoSN report, "Empowering the 2st Century Superintendent."
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Jan 2011

New Round of Enhancements for H.W. Wilson's WilsonWeb Service

Enhancements includes improvements to the WilsonWeb Mobile interface, expansion of the "My WilsonWeb" individual user account functions, increased customization, and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 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

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

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

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

Varitronics Launches New Software for VariQuest Visual Learning Tools

With the new VariQuest Design Center Software v2.0. teachers can implement visual and kinesthetic learning strategies to improve student achievement and engagement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 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

Tutor.com Announces Tutor.com To Go Education App

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

TimeMAPS, from Realityworks

Charles Doe reviews TimeMAPS, a money management and life skills program, a complete course or a supplement, intended to teach "personal finance literacy" defined as the knowledge needed to make responsible financial decisions.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

Shmoop

Alice Kurtz reviews Shmoop, a free portal of digital resources, primarily for literature and social studies topics, that help students relate subjects being studied in school to their daily lives.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2010 - Nov/Dec 2010 Issue By

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

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

TregoED Launches Critical-Thinking and Decision-Making Tool for Grades 6-12

SCAN challenges students to examine issues from different points of view using authentic scenarios and role-playing. The online tool includes built-in steps designed to focus online and in-classroom discussions.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2010

H.W. Wilson Announces 20th Edition of Children’s Core Collection

The latest edition offers broad revisions in the areas of environment, science, and religion, as well as fiction and picture books. More than 7,000 of the entries are new. On WilsonWeb, Children's Core Collection is continuously updated with new material.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 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

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

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

Shmoop Launches PSAT and SAT Test Prep

The company's test prep service is available at $19 per student; Shmoop also announced that it will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to student groups or Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) who promote its Online Test Prep services as a group fundraiser.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2010

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

Pearson Launches AIMSweb Behavior Module

The newly launched Behavior module offers a set of behavioral tools that work in tandem with the system's academic assessments and data management features to implement a comprehensive RTI framework in their classrooms.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Aug 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

Pearson Enhances Waterford Early Learning, SuccessMaker and NovaNET

All of these enrichments are available for customers immediately, and the standards-aligned programs qualify for federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Aug 2010

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

FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

For August 15, 2010: Search for exemplary lessons and information by topic or keyword at the free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence website.
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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

CoSN Releases New EdTechNext Report

"Managing Learning: Next-Generation Learning Systems" details how K-12 educators and administrators are using cutting-edge Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) to transform teaching and learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2010

Archipelago Learning Announces Common Core State Standards Update for Study Island

Professional development plus instructional and assessment materials are intended to help teachers adjust classroom practices and prepare students for transition to the new standards.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jul 2010

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) Announces Release of the 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts

The core subject map—the result of a collaboration between P21 and leading art, dance, music, theater, and visual arts associations—provides first-of-their-kind classroom examples of integrating the 'four Cs' into arts courses.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Jul 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

The Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program

Susan Finley reviews the Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program, which provides online training and resources teachers can use to communicate with students about bullying and violence-related issues.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

Study Island SAT/Study Island ACT

Charles Doe reviews the subscription-based Study Island SAT and Study Island ACT test preparation programs.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2010 - Jul/Aug 2010 Issue By

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 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

Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers—Part 2

Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the May/June issue, looked at a range of safety and security issues affecting educators as we all strive to attain the vision enunciated at the beginning of that feature. Part 2 addresses universal digital media safety and literacy education as well as targeted youth risk online prevention.
Editorial/Features - 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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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

Pearson to Sponsor Free Access for Educators on Ning

Ning.com 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

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

ClassTools

For June 15, 2010: Create your own games using the templates provided by ClassTools. Add your own content and images, then copy the link to your blog or website.
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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

Dance Mat Typing

For June 1, 2010: This summer have your students hone their keyboarding skills with Dance Mat Typing. It's fun, easy to use, and geared for ages 7-11.
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SIIA Announces CODiE Awards for Education Technology Industry

Twenty-seven winners from over 327 nominations have been recognized for industry excellence.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 May 2010

OverDrive to Release Ebook Reading Apps

The free applications are designed to integrate ebooks, audiobooks, and interactive and multimedia content into one application.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2010

Projector Reviews, Inc. Releases Classroom Projector Report

Projector companies Epson, Optoma, and Dell highlight the new report, an analysis of digital projectors for the K-12 education market available at ProjectorReviews.com, an online resource for digital projector reviews, research, and commentary.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2010

BELLTONES: Who Cares What Everybody Else Thinks? I Do!

For the last several years, Mary Ann has enjoyed using many online tools designed specifically for the purpose of conducting surveys. These are great for professional use by librarians and teachers. She started, she says, with SurveyMonkey and really took off with it. In this month's Belltones, Mary Ann discusses a selection of survey tools, and examines ways educators and students can use them.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

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

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

A LOOK AT ... Subscription Websites

Subscription web services for education offer a fascinating variety of products and approaches for teachers, parents, students, and school systems. Some services provide grade book and student information systems, others offer assessment and learning management platforms, and some feature classroom resources including lesson plans, videos, digital tools, activities, and games. This article takes a look at a representative sampling of subscription-based websites that are appropriate for use in K-12 classrooms.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2010 - May/Jun 2010 Issue By

Lost Nation: The Ioway

Alice Kurtz discusses "Lost Nation: The Ioway," an interactive DVD that allows students to explore the plight of one tribe of Native Americans as Europeans moved westward across the North American continent.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

Online Training Videos for Inspiration 9 Now Available

More than 70 video tutorials can help teachers and students learn how to use the visual learning software's capabilities.
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

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

LearnLift Announces Release of SAT Preparation Learning Modules

The MemoryLifter Learning Suite: Prep for the SAT and mobile SAT preparation learning modules for the iPhone and iPod touch give students a personalized learning experience, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 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

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

BELLTONES: Do You See What I See?

Every now and then, Mary Ann is seized by an idea or topic that really takes hold of her, piques her interest, and engenders new enthusiasm for learning and exploring. This year's big idea has been data visualization. She has discovered that she had been a fan of various presentations of data visualization without being aware of the term. Read and "see" what she's got to say about it in this month's Belltones.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Mar 2010 - Mar/Apr 2010 Issue By

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

Empowering Students for Life: Research Skills in the Age of Testing

In this age of easy access to Google, standardized testing, and AP curriculums, why should we teach research skills? Don't students "know everything" about research and the web? Hardly! Carolyn Foote has a lot to say about this, and even more about why teaching research skills counts for even more today than in the past. What we're striving for, she says, is student empowerment.
Editorial/Features - 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

Promethean Launches Test Prep Course

The new program is designed to improve students' performance on the reading and math sections of the PSAT, ACT, and SAT exams.
News/Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2010

ITI Cross Links: Gale Reaches for More End Users With Questia Acquisition

The announcement was made late last week, and Information Today, Inc.'s news editor, Paula Hane, spoke with execs and Gale and Questia, plus with analysts and others, to quickly put together a NewsLink Spotlight story on the subject.
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 01 Feb 2010

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature

For February 1, 2010: Want to create a list of high-quality children's literature or find out if a book has won an award? Search librarian Lisa Bartle's Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature.
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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

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

Facts On File Announces Launch of Writer’s Reference Center

From the mechanics of writing and grammar to style and research, the Writer's Reference Center online covers the fundamentals of quality writing and provides vocabulary-building reference dictionaries.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 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

Learning Plans on Demand Releases Enhanced Diagnostic Assessments

With its new features, Learning Plans on Demand is a more powerful assessment tool that ties directly into hundreds of embedded tutorials for individualized learning, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 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

BELLTONES: What Kids Know (and Don’t Know) About Technology

People say it all the time: If you want to keep up in today's fast-moving world of technology, keep a kid around. In other words, just ask a Digital Native—someone who has grown up with computers and the internet. Well, Mary Ann believes that we can absolutely learn from our students, children, and even grandchildren. At the same time, though, she believes that adults need to be careful not to attribute more expertise and understanding to youngsters than is justified.
Column/Belltones - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

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

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: Assessment Tools

According to the SIIA's Vision K-20 survey, the lowest level for its Five Measures of Progress is in the use of technology-based assessment tools, with an average score of just 46%. Clearly, there's room for improvement! And since knowing more about these tools is a good first step to using them to your advantage, Victor Rivero brings you a sampling of some of the more recent excellent products and services you may find useful when it comes to gaining much-needed assistance with assessment.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

it’s learning

Susan Hixson takes a look at it's learning, an online learning platform for collaboration, planning, authoring, and the delivery of course materials and courses.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2010 - Jan/Feb 2010 Issue By

Read:OutLoud 6

Charles Doe reviews the Read:OutLoud6 text reader from Don Johnston, Inc.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

Ginger Software Expands Capabilities of Text Correction Tool

Ginger now works with Internet Explorer, enabling students to write with confidence online. In addition, Ginger features customizable settings, and progress reporting to track mistakes and illustrate student progress.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2009

Netop Education Software Now Supports Windows 7

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

Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University

For December 15, 2009: Build a thematic unit by searching the Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University, a great tool for elementary teachers who want to create reading lists to complement the curriculum.
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Free Resources: ALSC's Exceptional Web Site for Children List

From Gary Price's ResourceShelf: An entry noting additions to the Association for Library Services to Children's list of recommended sites, Great Web Sites for Kids.
News/Free Resources - Posted 10 Dec 2009

Gale Ties Educational Content to Curriculum Standards With New Search Tool

Curriculum Correlations is a search tool designed to help educators and librarians select resources to meet state and national standards. Librarians can search it by state, subject, and grade to locate titles that align to state and federal standards in the areas of language arts, science, social studies, health, and physical education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2009

World Book Introduces 'Dramatic Learning' Classroom Resource

World Book’s new approach to reader’s theater provides educators a new tool for building reading fluency and content comprehension.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 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

The September 11th Education Program: A National Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Alice Kurtz reviews The September 11th Education Program: A National Interdisciplinary Curriculum, a seven-unit multimedia curriculum focused on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - Nov/Dec 2009 Issue By

Adobe Digital School Collection for K–12

The new Adobe Digital School Collection for K–12 students and educators provides a software bundle that includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, Adobe Premiere Elements 8, Adobe Contribute CS4, Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro, and Adobe Soundbooth CS4.
Archives/In the Spotlight - 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

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

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

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

Zoomify Express

For October 1, 2009: Zoomify Express is a slick tool for webmasters who want to magnify content ... ideal for enhancing primary sources such as maps, documents, and photographs.
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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

PCI Education Releases Academic Curriculum Framework

The comprehensive K-12+ program aligns academic skills for students with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, to help special education and other teachers focus on standards-based learning for this group.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Sep 2009

Rubistar

For September 15, 2009: Want to make a rubric, but don't have time or need some assistance? At the Rubistar website, you can choose from a variety of templates and work through a ten-step process.
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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

Maps101.com

Susan Hixson reviews Maps101.com, a subscription-based online resource that provides access to thousands of interactive maps, videos, animated timelines, educational games, and educator resources for teaching earth science, geography, history, and social studies.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - Sep/Oct 2009 Issue By

RenderMan

RenderMan, the software used by Pixar Animation Studios to create Academy Award-winning animated films and visual effects, is now available in a variety of education editions with special pricing options.
Archives/In the Spotlight - 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

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

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

Discovery Education streaming Plus

Alice Kurtz reviews Discovery Education streaming Plus, a web-based subscription servce that offers digital content and a media resource library service.
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

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

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

StudyX Promotes Study Software

StudyX is study-aid software that can be customized to tackle a range of subjects such as foreign languages, vocabulary words, science, history, medical and more.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 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

Free Resources: TeachersFirst’s List of 'Summer Sparklers'—Fun Websites for Summer Learning

The list of educational websites can help kids avoid the "Summer Slide."
News/Free Resources - Posted 28 May 2009

Free Resources: TeachersFirst's 10,000 Online Learning Resources for K-12 Teachers

The resources—websites offering a wide variety of content for all subjects in grades K-12—are presented by the nonprofit organization as it celebrates its eleventh anniversary.
News/Free Resources - Posted 01 May 2009

eLibrary

Alice Kurtz reviews eLibrary, a web-based collection of periodicals, images, learning resources, and teacher tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

PebbleGo

Charles Doe reviews PebbleGo, a program designed to introduce database skills and research concepts to students in grades K-2.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue By

Saywire

Saywire offers a combination of safe social technology and secure permission-based controls designed to provide “walled garden” social learning networks for K–12 education.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 May 2009 - May/Jun 2009 Issue

Tween Publishing Launches Student Organizational Skills Podcast Program

Tween's program is designed specifically for the sixth through eighth grade. Included are such skills as binder organization, using a planner, organizing a homework space, using a rubric, self-advocacy for middle school, remembering daily responsibilities, correcting poor homework habits, long term project management, and understanding grade averaging.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 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

World Book Student

Alice Kurtz reviews World Book Student, the redesigned and upgraded version of the World Book Online Reference Center.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

Learning Plans on Demand

Susan Hixson reviews Learning Plans on Demand, an online program that provides teaching tools for differentiating instruction, constructs response assessments, and offers tutorials and practice activities.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2009 - Mar/Apr 2009 Issue By

Learn360

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

Celebrating 21st-Century Learning at the International Student Media Festival

It’s a celebration of creative learning through technology. It’s a day filled with minds-on, hands-on, collaborative learning experiences. It’s a mini-Oscar event, complete with red carpet, lights, and paparazzi. It’s the 34th annual International Student Media Festival. Read all about it in Johanna Riddle's report.
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

Turning Technologies Announces Integration of Their Student Response System with Study Island’s State Standards Assessment Application

Study Island rolls out integration with Turning Technologies Response Technology to provide instant assessment of student learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2009

Best Practices Videos from The School Improvement Network Added to PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection for Coaches and Mentors

Through new partnership with The School Improvement Network, PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection will soon feature content from PD 360 and The Video Journal of Education.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 2009

Turning Technologies Unveils New K-12 Programs and Services

The student response provider rolls out comprehensive consulting services and expanded professional development programs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2009

Government Information Online: Ask a Librarian

For February 1, 2009: Through Government Information Online (GIO) you can ask questons of government information librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels on almost any subject.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Feb 2009 By

Evan-Moor’s TeacherFileBox.com Offers School-Site Subscriptions

The print-on-demand library of thousands of activities across the PreK–6+ school curriculum marks its third year by offering school-site subscriptions that provide educators with the resources they need to support the varied needs of today’s students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jan 2009

ITI Cross Links: Adobe's New eLearning Suite

Paul Riismandel has written about Adobe's new eLearning Suite over on Information Today, Inc.'s Streamingmedia.com web site. Good insights. Useful tools. Follow the links. (From Information Today, Inc.'s Streamingmedia.com)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 23 Jan 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

FETC News: PBS Teachers Introduces 'Activity Packs' Widgets

PBS Teachers Activity Packs enable educators to find and use multimedia instructional resources and activities in the classroom and save to their web sites and social network pages.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Jan 2009

FETC News: Follett Digital Resources Introduces “Education-Friendly” Ebook Reader Software

The proprietary software will provide a superior ebook experience more responsive to the needs of library customers and their increasing use of ebooks, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 21 Jan 2009

kidthing, NEA Extend “Dear Mr. President” Project

kidthing and the National Education Association (NEA) extended the submission deadline for the “Dear Mr. President” project to Jan. 27, 2009.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Jan 2009

Widgetbox

For January 15, 2009: Gadgets and widgets are small applications that can be pasted on individual Web pages or a computer desktop. Visit Widgetbox to find hundreds of widgets already created and ready to go.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Jan 2009 By

Adobe School Innovation Awards Program Call for Entries

With the theme "The World is Your Stage," students can submit entries using Adobe applications in three categories: Web Design and Development, Film and Video, and Graphic and Print Design.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 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

Pearson Launches PowerTeacher 1.5 Web-Based Grade Book for K-12 Educators

With the launch of PowerTeacher 1.5, the software is now available for integrated use with Chancery SMS - Pearson's SIS solution designed specifically to meet the needs of larger K-12 districts - in addition to use with PowerSchool Premier.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009

Video on the Web: The Basics

Most likely, your students discovered YouTube a couple of years ago. You and your teacher colleagues probably have too by now—hence those silly video emails saved in your inbox. Did you know that you can use video in schools and libraries to enhance teaching and learning? This article provides an overview of the web video phenomenon: what it is; why it’s great for teachers, librarians, and students; what tools you need; and a bit of how-to as well.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Teachscape XL

Charles Doe takes a look at Teachscape XL, a Web-based digital database with a search engine and tools to create learning materials.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information

Susan Hixson reviews Type to Learn 4, a keyboarding program designed for K-12 students at a variety of skill levels.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue By

Greenovation Lighting System Upgrade & Companion Curriculum

Greenovation, a sustainable lighting system upgrade with a companion curriculum, turns the classroom itself into a teaching tool.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - Jan/Feb 2009 Issue

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

H.W. Wilson Publishes the “Tenth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators”

H.W. Wilson announced the electronic and print publication of the “Tenth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators,” the newest volume in the series designed to acquaint readers with the creators of outstanding young adult and children’s books.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Dec 2008

Kurzweil 3000 Version 11 USB Now Available

Kurzweil Educational Systems released Kurwzeil 3000 Version 11 USB, a new edition designed to provide portable access to Kurzweil 3000.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Dec 2008

Just ASK Joins PBS TeacherLine

Professional development content from Just ASK Publications & Professional Development will be incorporated into PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2008

dana boyd to Keynote AASL National Conference

danah boyd, an internationally recognized authority on online social networking sites, will open the American Association of School Librarians 14th annual national conference and exhibition with a keynote presentation on Nov. 5, 2009 in Charlotte, NC.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2008

Canvastic Launches Web Version of Canvastic Publishing Application for Primary Students

Canvastic.NET is the first online version of the company’s publishing solution for students and teachers.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Dec 2008

Sunburst Technology Ships Type to Learn 4

The new title Sunburst’s series individualizes keyboarding instruction for students in grades K to 12 and increases practice time with access from the home.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Nov 2008

NewTek Launches TriCaster DUO Portable Live Production for the Classroom

The TriCaster DUO is designed to enable elementary and middle schools to produce network-style live television newscasts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 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

Timeliner XE

Alice Kurtz reviews Timeliner XE, a software program designed to organize data into visual multimedia diagrams such as timelines, sequences, and cycles.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - Nov/Dec 2008 Issue By

School Loop Standard

Charles Doe reviews School Loop Standard, a Web-based software program for Web site creation and management.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

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

Cool Links: Galeschools.com Presents Monster Vote 2008

Galeschools.com is hosting Monster Vote 2008, an exercise designed to help students understand the election process and a contest offering one lucky class a chance to win a set of Monsters books from KidHaven Press.
News/Cool Links - Posted 24 Oct 2008

Planet Orange and the World of Money

For October 15, 2008: Money and financial planning. Too boring for kids, right? NOT! Have them blast off to Planet Orange to explore the world of money.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Oct 2008 By

Free Resources: Discovery Ed’s New Teacher Survival Central

Discovery Education recently launched New Teacher Survival Central, a new Web site and partnership with Walden University, mimio, Adobe Systems, Inc., Elmer’s Products, Inc., and CDW-G.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Oct 2008

SAM Learning Adds Science Content and Audio Resources for HS Exit Prep

SAM Learning, publisher of Web-based curriculum for high school exit exam prep, now offers science content in biology, chemistry, and physics for SAM Learning.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2008

Banned Books Week 2008

Welcome to Banned Books Week—Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, 2008.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Sep 2008

Authors/Illustrators Selected for AASL "Knowledge Quest" Columns

The American Association of School Librarians and the Children’s Book Council released the names of the contributors selected for the AASL Knowledge Quest journal’s “Meet the Author/Illustrator” column during the 2008-2009 school year.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 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

Inspiration Debuts New Lesson Plan Books for Building Data Analysis Skills, Learning Science and Social Studies

The company’s books for teaching with InspireData feature lesson plans on compelling topics, mapped to standards, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Sep 2008

Inspiration Publishes “Kidspiration in the Classroom: Writing Essentials”

The new Kidspiration lesson plan book aims to help teachers use visual learning to build young learners’ writing skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Sep 2008

Free Resources: Worldscapes Global Issues Resources

Educational publisher ETA/Cuisenaire is honoring International Literacy Day (Sept. 8) with month-long access to free resources from its new WorldScapes Global Issues book series.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Sep 2008

ISTE Webinar: Intro to Geocaching

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) presents an “Introduction to Geocaching” Webinar on Sept. 24.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2008

ITI Crosslinks: Google the Browser Builder—Chrome

Greg Notess, internet columnist for Information Today, Inc.’s ONLINE magazine, is on top of the launch—beta launch, that is—of Google’s Chrome. What, why, what’s it like … ? Here's how to get to his report. (From Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 11 Sep 2008

Free Resources: InspireData Webcast Examines Teaching about Close Elections

Inspiration Software offers a free Web cast on Oct. 16 at noon Pacific time (3 p.m. Eastern time) titled “Analyzing Close Presidential Races with InspireData: How Might a Different Winner Have Changed History?”
News/Free Resources - Posted 11 Sep 2008

Free Resources: More WGBH Teachers' Domain Classroom Resources

Teachers' Domain is a digital library of free media online resources for teachers, and online professional development courses created by public television station WGBH.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Sep 2008

Champion of IDEAS Blue Level for Intermediate English Language Learners

Champion of IDEAS Blue Level, the second part of Ballard & Tighe’s Champion of IDEAS program, is now available for intermediate English language instruction in middle and high schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Sep 2008

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

NXT Sensor Adapter for LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT

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

Animation-ish (Classroom Edition)

Charles Doe reviews Animation-ish, a computer program designed to help students create animations.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

SAT Method Test Prep

Susan Hixson reviews an online test prep program for the SAT.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - Sep/Oct 2008 Issue By

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's Online Presidential Election Classroom Resources

ABC-CLIO offers a new free online History & the Headlines resource, “Presidential Elections: In History & Today.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 29 Aug 2008

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

Canvastic Version 3.5 for Macintosh and Windows Ships

Version 3.5 continues and expands on the concept that software tools our students use to publish should be flexible. Teachers can customize their students' work environments even further than before.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Aug 2008

NoodleTools’ NoodleBib Integrates With Pearson’s MyCompLab

NoodleTools has announced that through a partnership with Pearson Education, its NoodleBib citation and notetaking program has been seamlessly integrated into the new version Pearson’s MyCompLab writing instruction environment.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Aug 2008

H.W. Wilson Debuts Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900-1984

The H.W. Wilson Company is launching Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900-1984, a new resource that cites tens of thousands of essays from anthologies and other sources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 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

Pearson Launches New SuccessMaker Digital Supplementary Curriculum Solution

Pearson’s SuccessMaker combines research-based lessons with engaging animations to meet all students’ needs.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jul 2008

LEGO Announces LEGO Education WeDo

LEGO Education WeDo encourages teachers to issue curriculum-based challenges for students to solve. Working in teams, children invent their own solution by building a LEGO model and programming it to perform a certain task.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jul 2008

Aventa Learning Introduces Comprehensive Online Credit Recovery Program for At-Risk and ELL Students

The credit recovery program provides schools with affordable, flexible options while enabling students to make up credits and progress toward graduation, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2008

LanSchool Technologies Announces LanSchool v7.1

The new version of LanSchool classroom management software improves teacher control through USB limiting and keystroke monitoring.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2008

ISTE Publishes New Version of Technology Standards for Teachers

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) releases the second edition of National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS*T) this month.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2008

Tool Factory Adds Lesson Plan Book to Podcasting Kit

Tool Factory now includes its newest book, Adventures in Podcasting: Incredible Lesson Plans for Your Classroom, to the Tool Factory Podcasting Kit.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 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

Elluminate Plan!

Elluminate Plan! enables educators to pre-package teaching content and interactive activities for use during teacher-led instruction in real time on the internet.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - Jul/Aug 2008 Issue

The Library of Congress Experience and myLOC.gov

Alice Kurtz takes a look at two new web sites from the Library of Congress.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

CYBERBEE: Back to School Curriculum Ideas

Years ago, CyberBee began scouting the internet for content that was informative, engaging, and aligned with national standards, in 1996 becoming a column for MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine and a website for teachers. CyberBee thought it would be fitting to revisit some of the great websites that you may have missed over the past few years. There should be plenty of ideas to help you plan your lessons for the new school year.
Column/CyberBee - 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

THE PIPELINE: Storyboarding: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Engaging Learners

Storyboarding--the graphic organization of a story's arc using pictures or illustrations--is one of the great skills to learn. In a storyboard, the pictures are displayed visually in order to present the line of the story or the events you want to present. It's a powerful way to visualize and understand the ultimate experience of your story, whether it ends up in print, comic, game, or film format. And it is just made for learners of any age, as well as being a great skill for the marketplace. Want to learn more? Read Stephen Abram's Pipeline this month!
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Kidspiration 3

Susan Hixson reviews Kidspiration 3, the latest version of the cross-curricular visual learning program for grades K-5.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

A LOOK AT ... Projects and Publishing

Teachers have been looking for alternatives to standard written book reports and other student reports for years, often combining them with art projects for more visual presentations. Some exciting new possibilities have been created as a result of more powerful computers, increased internet use, the development of inexpensive digital and video cameras, new software, and other technologies. Read Charles Doe’s latest “Look At … ” report to learn more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2008 - May/Jun 2008 Issue By

Free Resources: Don Johnston and Bookshare.org's Text Reader Software for Print-Disabled Students

Bookshare.org and Don Johnston, Inc. are participating in a partnership to provide qualified print disabled students with a free text reader to access electronic books from the Bookshare.org library, beginning in September 2008.
News/Free Resources - Posted 13 Mar 2008

New Books from ISTE

ISTE releases new books on RSS and PowerPoint with an educator perspective.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2008

LabQuest

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

Teacher One Stop

The new Teacher One Stop offers documents, tools, and multimedia files with search capabilities, technologies, and resources designed to streamline and simplify educators’ planning activities.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2008 - Mar/Apr 2008 Issue

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

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

Adobe 2008 School Innovation Awards

Adobe Systems Incorporated is seeking entries for the Adobe School Innovation Awards recognizing the creative and innovative work of high school students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Feb 2008

Free Resouces: ABC-CLIO’s History and the Headlines: Spring Edition

Three new topics will be added this spring to ABC-CLIO’s History and the Headlines collection of free online resources.
News/Free Resources - Posted 26 Feb 2008

GenevaLogic Launches New Version of Print-Limit Pro

The updated Print-Limit Pro 8.0 facilitates management of printing costs through its enhanced monitoring and management tools. In addition, it provides users with a personal environmental impact statement, designed to help them think before they hit “print.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Feb 2008

Learning.com 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

Inspiration Launches Kidspiration 3

The upgrade of Kidspiration features new visual math tools and enhanced capabilities for building literacy skills.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Feb 2008

SMART-created Lesson Activities on Curriki Web Site

SMART Technologies announced the addition of 100 SMART-created lesson activities to the Curriki global education and learning community, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing free education materials.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jan 2008

CDW-G Announces ‘21st-Century Classroom’ Site

The solution is highlighted by new partnerships with key educational technology companies, including Futurekids, Inc., 8e6 Technologies, Promethean, and RM Educational Software, that broaden CDW-G’s offerings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jan 2008

MMIS Reviewer Deployed to Iraq

John Drag, Jr., a reviewer for MultiMedia & Internet @Schools magazine, will be working near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq for the next 12 months.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 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

Holt McDougal Releases Redesigned One Stop Planner: Teacher One Stop

The new Teacher One Stop, containing documents, tools, and multimedia, comes on a DVD. It builds on the One Stop Planner’s strengths and adds numerous technologies, search capabilities, and new resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Jan 2008

Free Resources: Vernier Spring LabQuest Workshops

Vernier Software & Technology offers free hands-on workshops designed to help educators learn ways to integrate computer and handheld data collection technology into any science or math curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 23 Jan 2008

ProQuest Adds Multimedia Resources to CultureGrams Online

ProQuest is adding streaming video and slideshows to CultureGrams Online.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 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 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 EContentmag.com)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 11 Jan 2008

Cool Links: Why Yahoo! Answers Is a Librarian's Worst Nightmare

As you can tell, this article in Slate online has little good to say about Yahoo's answer service. It's a good read!
News/Cool Links - Posted 07 Jan 2008

Pinnacle Systems Introduces Free Video Editing With VideoSpin Software

The VideoSpin application is for all consumers and will especially attract users who don't want to spend much time creating movies, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2008

Learn360 Provides New Video Streaming Service

Educational video publisher School Specialty Media offers its new online Learn360 video streaming service for K-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2008

CYBERBEE: Reading Reconnaissance

Finding just the right book that will grab a student's interest is like looking for Waldo. Tracking down books that correlate with specific curriculum areas and topics for study can be daunting. What is a library media specialist to do? Use every tool in your arsenal as well as lessons and booklists that have already been prepared and are just waiting to be uncovered by the savvy searcher. This collection of websites will serve as a starting point in your quest to recommend the best books to meet the needs of students and teachers.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

The Power of RSS: Instant Information Updating Based on Quality Searches

RSS allows you to keep up with just about anything that you want to on the web. If you want to stay focused on the latest blog posts on the effect of global warming, RSS can help. If you just want to be updated whenever The New York Times publishes its latest book review, RSS can help. And, if you want to know when the next Dave Barry column appears, RSS can help. The greatest part of RSS is that it can do all of this in one place, without your needing to parade all over the web looking for the new content. RSS is a continuously updated customized online newspaper, and it can not only help you in locating new information (in fact, the content comes to you, not vice versa), but it can help you do it in a quarter of the time.
Editorial/Features - 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

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

Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder

Susan Hixson reviews Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder, an online teacher tool.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue By

Sally Ride Science K-12 Education Programs

Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, founded Sally Ride Science in 2001 to create programs and products designed to educate, entertain, engage, and inspire.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2008 - Jan/Feb 2008 Issue

ALA To Announce Top Children/Teen Literary Awards Live Online

The American Library Association (ALA) will provide a free live Webcast of its national announcement of the top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, King, Newbery, and Printz awards—on Jan. 14 at 7:45 a.m., eastern time.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Dec 2007

Free Resources: ABC-CLIO's “Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur”

ABC-CLIO expands its free online resources with “History and Headlines: Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 04 Dec 2007

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

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

For December 1, 2007: Since 1996, B. J. Pinchbeck and his dad have maintained and regularly updated his Homework Helper website for students.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Dec 2007 By

Pearson Announces Release of Person Inform v.4.2

The data analysis and decision support tool, paired with a student information system, gives districts a powerful solution for using data to improve student achievement, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Nov 2007

Interactive Solutions Releases MediaWorks 6.2

MediaWorks 6.2 updates the budget multimedia authoring package previously known as MovieWorks Deluxe with Intel Mac and Windows Vista compatibility.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2007

YALSA Announces Avatar Contest

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, invites librarians to showcase their creativity and their library’s technology resources in a “Create Your Own Avatar” contest.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2007

Free Resources: Tool Factory Podcasting Grant Deadline Approaching

Tool Factory will choose four winners for the Tool Factory Podcasting Grants program on December 30, 2007. Each will receive a free site license to Tool Factory Podcasting and all of the digital media accessories needed to start a school podcasting program.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Nov 2007

AASL Digital Institute Opens

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) launched its first Digital Institute, “Minding Your Students’ Future,” as part of the AASL e-Academy online offerings.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2007

Tool Factory Podcasting

Sally Finley reviews Tool Factory Podcasting, a Windows-based program that provides the tools needed to create and publish podcasts.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

START EDITING NOW! Classroom Workshop Edition

Charles Doe reviews a DVD-based program designed to illustrate editing techniques and principles.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Rapid Resources

Susan Hixson reviews Rapid Resources, an online teacher's tool for differentiating instruction.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2008

Charles Doe reviews the tool package that includes Encarta Premium, Encarta Kids, Microsoft Math, Learning Essentials and more.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2007 - Nov/Dec 2007 Issue By

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

HOSTS Learning Announces IntelliPath Instructional Management System

IntelliPath's technology allows districts to create individual learning paths aligned to state standards, research-driven strategies, and existing resources, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Oct 2007

Gale Unveils "Literature Criticism Online"

Literature Criticism Online provides access to hundreds of volumes from 10 Gale literary series.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Sep 2007

Inspiration Software Launches Lesson Plan Book for Building Data Literacy Skills

The new lesson collection for grades 4-12 is designed to help teachers use InspireData in science, mathematics, and social studies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Sep 2007

Adobe Introduces New Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements

The photo and video software feature new levels of integration and creativity.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2007

Free Resources: Classroom Resources from ABC-CLIO Support “The War” on PBS

ABC-CLIO expands its free “History and the Headlines” online resources with “Double Victory—Minorities and Women During World War II,” material designed to support the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS/WETA documentary, “The War.”
News/Free Resources - Posted 22 Sep 2007

Free Resources: FileMaker Teacher Materials

FileMaker Pro Basics provides a comprehensive downloadable set of free training materials designed to help K-12 educators learn the essentials of creating FileMaker Pro databases.
News/Free Resources - Posted 21 Sep 2007

Cool Links: ResourceShelf's Resource of the Week for September 20--Kids.gov

Resourceshelf's Senior Editor Shirl Kennedy compiled and annotated an awesome collection of education resources largely from government Web sites in the September 20, 2007 version of the Resource of the Week article she does.
News/Cool Links - Posted 20 Sep 2007

Monterey Institute for Technology and Education Launches HippoCampus, a Free Online Learning Tool

HippoCampus, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is an Open Education Resource (OER), part of a worldwide collaborative effort of academic institutions and educators to make quality education available for everyone.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2007

Inspiration Releases InspireData 1.5

InspireData 1.5 is the first update to Inspiration Software’s InspireData program designed to help students in grades 4-12 explore and understand data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2007

Interwrite Learning, TeacherTube Announce Interactive Makeover Video Contest

Three winners will receive an Interwrite Makeover by creating a music video of the song of their choice, plus prizes valued at more than $15,000
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Sep 2007

Free Resources: Sally Ride Science Blog

The Sally Ride Science blog features a series of science-themed entries designed to help elementary and middle school teachers illustrate real-world applications of science concepts and spark classroom discussions.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Sep 2007

The MY HERO Project

For September 1, 2007: The MY HERO project encourages families, schools, and organizations to publicly honor heroes that have made a difference through words, images, and short films.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Sep 2007 By

TeacherFileBox.com

Charles Doe reviews TeacherFilebox.com, an online collection of instructional resources for PreK-6 educators.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

World Book Advanced

Susan Hixson reviews World Book Advanced, designed for use in high school and beyond. This database also has been used successfully in middle schools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue By

ProQuest African Writers Series Digital Collection

ProQuest’s African Writers Series offers a digital collection of key texts in 20th century African literature.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Sep 2007 - Sep/Oct 2007 Issue

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

AASL e-Academy Offers Fall Courses

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy will offer five continuing education programs starting on October 1.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Aug 2007

HomeworkNOW.com 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

Free Resources: Classroom Resources From TeacherVision

The teacher Web site offers free printable lesson plans and quizzes by grade, plus new Harry Potter activities.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Aug 2007

Print-Limit Pro Updates Print Management Software

Print-Limit Pro 7.3 updates the print management software package with a personal environmental impact statement designed to help users think before they hit the Print button.
News/Breaking News - Posted 20 Aug 2007

WilsonWeb Debuts Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective

H.W. Wilson launched Applied Science & Technology Index Retrospective: 1913 – 1983, a database of historical content from the H.W. Wilson references Applied Science & Technology Index and Industrial Arts Index.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Aug 2007

Personal Educational Press

For August 15, 2007: At Personal Educational Press, create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Aug 2007 By

Free Resources: Moving Forward with Technology Webinar Series

Don Johnston, Inc. and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) are co-sponsors of the “Moving Forward with Technology” free Webinar series covering a variety of technology-related topics.
News/Free Resources - Posted 06 Aug 2007

Gale Welcomes Elsevier to Gale Virtual Reference Library

Elsevier is the newest publishing partner on Gale Virtual Reference Library and the 38th publisher with content housed on Gale’s enhanced platform for delivering electronic reference materials as eBooks.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2007

Siboney PracticePlanet: Online Test Practice

PracticePlanet offers an online test practice system that models standardized tests, giving students practice opportunities designed to develop confidence for annual testing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2007

Personal Education Press

For July 15, 2007: Personal Educational Press lets you create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Jul 2007 By

Adobe Announces Visual Communicator 3

Adobe's new video software lets students and educators create TV-quality broadcasts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2007

Free Resources: Teaching Tools from the National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum offers a variety of classroom resources, including online activities and teaching materials, designed for use in learning across the curriculum.
News/Free Resources - Posted 08 Jul 2007

Free Resources: The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Online History Resources

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History offers a free online slide show titled “Wilberforce, Lincoln, and the Abolition of Slavery” and other online resources for teachers and students.
News/Free Resources - Posted 07 Jul 2007

THE MEDIA CENTER: Digital Cameras--Management Hassles, Curriculum Possibilities

Cables, adapters, and memory cards disappear; batteries run low at inopportune times; and busy teachers quickly borrow a camera from another classroom "just for a second" to take advantage of a photo opp. Digital photographers excited about creating photo-filled classroom Web pages come to work sessions with a camera incompatible with the computer's software or without the necessary connecting cable. It seems that no technology has caused more management hassles than digital cameras. Well, if you've got such problems—and who doesn't?—Mary Alice Anderson's got answers!
Column/The New Media Center - 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

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

When the Levees Broke /Teaching "The Levees"

Alice Kurtz reviews a mutidisciplinary program containing the award-winning documentary "When the Levees Broke" and a companion curriculum guide.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2007 - Jul/Aug 2007 Issue By

Take a Field Trip Without Leaving the Classroom: Museums, Zoos, and Interactive Videoconferencing [Available Full-Text, Free]

Educational videoconferencing has come a long way over the years. It started out very slowly, and, in recent years, there has been a burst of interest on the part of museums and zoos in providing their educational programs via this medium. As schools find it more difficult and more expensive to take their students on physical field trips, students are missing out on the phenomenal resources that these cultural institutions have to offer. When gas prices began to rise, local museums found that even schools in the neighborhood were unwilling to spend their precious fuel budgets bussing students off-site. Those in the museum community chose to take this as a sign that they should begin to promote their distance learning efforts.
Editorial/Features - 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

Gale Improves Literature Resource Center

Thomson Gale announced that Literature Resource Center has been significantly enhanced by the first major update made since the program’s launch 10 years ago.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Jun 2007

Cool Links: Teaching Green with "Blue Vinyl"

“Blue Vinyl: The World’s First Toxic Comedy,” a documentary directed by Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold, takes a charming look at a chilling situation with worldwide implications.
News/Cool Links - Posted 26 May 2007

Videocraft Workshop Ships Start Editing Now! Classroom Workshop Edition

The program addresses digital video editing for students at all levels of editing expertise from grades 6-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 May 2007

NextReads 2.0 Now Available from EBSCO Publishing’s NoveList

This enhanced version of the email newsletter service delivers a more intuitive user experience while also offering a more extensive array of customization options to library administrators, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2007

Interwrite Learning Unveils Workspace

Used in concert with an Interwrite Board, Pad, Panel, or student response system, Workspace provides teachers the means to interact with any form of digital content, while engaging their students in novel new ways, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 May 2007

Canvastic Extends Free Pilot Program for Technology Teachers and Schools

Through the free two-month pilot program, schools can install Canvastic on every computer they own and test it with every student for up to 60 days.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 May 2007

InspireData

Sally Finley reviews InspireData, database software focused on the concepts of visual learning and data literacy.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

A LOOK AT... Administrative and Counseling Software and Webware

Charles Doe's Look At ... this month surveys software that includes student management systems featuring record keeping, scheduling, and other similar tasks; teacher evaluations; online learning environments; communications (usually email); grades and grade books; reporting; and more.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 May 2007 - May/Jun 2007 Issue By

Building Student Data Literacy: An Essential Critical-Thinking Skill for the 21st Century

Traditionally, we have defined literacy as the ability to read and write. However, 21st-century literacy has moved beyond that into the realm of possessing the critical-thinking skills necessary to delve into information or data and figure out what it really means. Students need the ability to synthesize and evaluate data and to create new information and knowledge after they have determined its quality. To prepare our students to be informed, successful citizens, we must teach them to see beyond numbers and simple functions. They must have the skills to evaluate and analyze the data put before them. In other words, they must also be data-literate. Dr. Glenda Gunter offers strategies for building data literacy and a great deal more in her article.
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

Thomson Gale Adds Critical Thinking Component to Opposing Viewpoints

The new Critical Thinking module of Thomson Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center offers activities, assessments, and tools that encourage students to interact with, argue about, and analyze issues and concepts.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Apr 2007

Evan-Moor Offers TeacherFileBox.com

TeacherFileBox.com, a subscription-based print-on-demand library, provides 7,000 supplemental learning activities across the elementary school curriculum, from Pre-K through grade 6.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2007

Adobe Announces New Site Licensing Option for Schools to Deploy Creative Suite 3

The new licensing, certification, and curriculum programs for primary and secondary schools will make it easier for schools to deploy Adobe’s new offering of integrated design and development tools into the curriculum.
News/Breaking News - Posted 24 Apr 2007

Free Resources: Spike Lee HBO Hurricane Katrina Documentary and Curriculum

A grant from the Rockefeller Foundation will make Spike Lee’s HBO Hurricane Katrina documentary and a companion curriculum available at no cost for use by high school, college and community educators.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Apr 2007

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Global Fishing Crisis

This month, ngm.com examines the global fishing crisis from a number of perspectives.
News/Free Resources - Posted 01 Apr 2007

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Now Available for Teachers and Students

Made up of six new software configurations, the new Creative Suite 3 includes Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Design Standard editions; Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Web Standard editions; and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 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

Canvastic Version 3.0 Ships

The new version of the integrated writing, graphics and publishing tool for students in grades K-8 includes dozens of new features and refinements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2007

AutoSkill Releases SpanishTutor Module for Academy of MATH

AutoSkill International now offers an optional SpanishTutor module for its Academy of MATH intervention software.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 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

WebLessons

Susan Hixson reviews WebLesssons, an online multimedia resource that replaces the typical browser window with a student learning path.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

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

A LOOK AT ... Secondary-Level Software and Webware

Moving right along, Charlie switches from last issue's Look At ... Elementary-Level Software and Webware to secondary-level materials this time ... "everything from exciting new software for video-editing tasks that weren’t really possible in high schools 20 years ago to extraordinary subscription databases," plus "Web-based courseware that is becoming larger and larger in scope, more sophisticated assessment tools, and some programs with intriguing electronic delivery methods."
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2007 - Mar/Apr 2007 Issue By

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

Free Resources: HP, Scholastic Offer Environmental Responsibility Curriculum

HP and Scholastic offer a new curriculum titled “Get in the Technology Loop,” designed to teach students in grades 4-6 about environmental responsibility.
News/Free Resources - Posted 27 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

BKFK and Mattel Announce 3rd “Invent-A-Toy” World Games

By Kids For Kids Co. (BKFK) and Mattel are partnering for the third annual “Invent-A-Toy” World Games competition for youngsters ages 5-19.
News/Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2007

Free Resources: CoffeeCup’s Web Design Software for Schools

CoffeeCup Software, Inc., a Web authoring Internet software company, has announced the availability of their Educational Software Package, a free suite of five top-selling Windows applications that helps educators teach their students how to make Websites.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2007

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Features the Amazon, the Arctic, and More in January

The National Geographic Web site, Ngm.com/, explores a variety of subjects--and many corners of the world--in the month of January.
News/Free Resources - Posted 05 Jan 2007

Tom Snyder Productions Releases Scholastic Keys in the Classroom

The teacher resource book provides over 50 curriculum-aligned lessons to accompany the activity files included in the software programs Scholastic Keys and MaxData.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Jan 2007

Super Size Me: Educationally Enhanced DVD

Sally Finley takes a look at the Super Size Me: Educationally Enhanced DVD, a combination of the award-winning documentary and interactive learning features for students in grades 6-12.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

WriteBrain

Charles Doe reviews WriteBrain, a Web-based multimedia writing program.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

World Book Kids

An online product designed for younger users, English-language learners, and reluctant readers, World Book Kid offers simple navigation, easy to read content, bright colors, and bold graphics.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue

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

Creating a Broadcasting Empire … From the Corner of Your Classroom!

Podcasting is emerging as one of those technological diamonds in the rough that has the potential to reshape the way we look at the Internet, mass media, and ourselves. With a multimedia computer, easy-to-use recording software, and some storage space on the Internet, everyone can build a podcasting production center of their very own. Podcasting is headed for a classroom near you, so read Dan Schmit's feature to be ready for it!
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Jan 2007 - Jan/Feb 2007 Issue By

Free Resources: Thomson Gale Celebrates Poetry Month with Free Web Site

Thomson Gale is supporting National Poetry Month (April) with Poet’s Corner, a free Web site.
News/Free Resources - Posted 30 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

H.W. Wilson Expands Art Museum Image Gallery

H. W. Wilson has added approximately 62,000 images to its Art Museum Image Gallery database, an art image reference source on the WilsonWeb database service.
News/Breaking News - Posted 04 Dec 2006

EBSCOhost Offers “New Features” Area

EBSCO Publishing introduced a new way for users to learn about EBSCOhost interface enhancements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Dec 2006

Fact Monster

For December 1, 2006: Fact Monster, a great, free research, homework help, and just plain fun site from Information Please, provides loads of features targeted to students.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Dec 2006 By

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

Online Version of AFI Education Program Launches on Discovery’s unitedstreaming

An online version of the American Film Institute’s (AFI) K-12 screen education program, “LIGHTS, CAMERA, EDUCATION!,” is now available on Discovery’s unitedstreaming service.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2006

Sagebrush Education Resources Offers State Alignments

The online Sagebrush Education bookstore at www.sagebrushbooks.com/ now offers titles aligned to state curriculum standards in all 50 states for the core subject areas of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2006

Building Wings: The Autobiography of Software Publisher, Struggling Learner and Student Advocate Don Johnston

Don Johnston, the founder and leader of the multimedia company that bears his name, has written an autobiography designed to inspire struggling students to become self-learning advocates and to take charge of their own learning process.
News/Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2006

Blue Zones: Quest for the True Fountain of Youth

Reviewer Sally Finley takes a look at Blue Zones: Quest for the True Fountain of Youth, the latest online exploration from Questmaster Dan Buettner.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2006 - Nov/Dec 2006 Issue By

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

The Schools Interoperability Framework Association Releases New Version of SIF Implementation Specification

SIFA has also released its first version of the SIF Web Service Reporting Specification, version 1.0.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Oct 2006

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

GTCO CalComp Announces InterWrite PRS v.4.10

The latest version of InterWrite PRS software now supports over 14 global languages; is compatible with Windows, MAC OS X, Intel MAC, and Linux; and showcases a new user interface making it easier for educators to use PRS “clickers” and software to receive student feedback and assess comprehension of a subject matter.
News/Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2006

The Scoop on Google for Educators

On October 11, Google very quietly launched Google for Educators, a site that pulls together access to and, in a sense, annotates a whole bunch of Google features, tools, and resources in a way that will make them easier for educators to find, understand, and use for teaching purposes. Read all about it!
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2006

Tom Snyder Productions Releases MaxData

MaxData is designed to teach students all aspects of data handling, from the first steps of simple representation of data, to learning database concepts such as fields, field types, records, tables, and filters.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 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

NOAA, NSTA Offer Online Coral Reef Ecosystems Teaching Tool

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) unveiled a new Web-based science toolbox, the Coral Ecosystem SciGuide for grades 9-12.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Oct 2006

Free Resources: Imbee.com’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

Discovery Education’s COSMEO Plans New, Expanded Features and Content This Fall

New this fall will be expanded textbook-aligned content, enhanced reference resources, and more videos, including Discovery Channel’s MythBusters.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2006

Zoomerang Launches Education Resource Center

The free online resource enables educators to understand student concerns and areas for administrative growth, according to the Zoomerang announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2006

SRA/McGraw-Hill Upgrades TechKnowledge

The upgraded edition of TechKnowledge, the online interactive technology literacy program for students in PreK-6th grade, offers a variety of new features.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 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

Incite! Learning Series

The Incite! Learning Series for grades 4–8 offers a set of original short films in an integrated media package that provides anchored instruction for social studies classrooms.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue

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, del.icio.us, and more in this month's Pipeline.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Sep 2006 - Sep/Oct 2006 Issue By

Follett Digital Resources Acquires Interactive Constructs, Inc.

Through the acquisition, Follett Digital Resources will be better positioned to meet the growing digital delivery needs of educational publishers and schools, the announcement states.
News/Breaking News - Posted 17 Aug 2006

ITI Cross Links: Google Book Search Adds Big, Brave Partner--The University of California

It's been almost 2 years since Google dramatically expanded its book digitization program--originally known as Google Print but now called Google Book Search--from only having publisher partners to including five major research libraries. Now, another major research institution has joined the Google book Search library program. Barbara Quint has the story. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 14 Aug 2006

ISTE Updates “Spreadsheet Magic”

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released the second edition of the popular book, “Spreadsheet Magic” by Pamela Lewis.
News/Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2006

UltraKey 5.0 Includes Spanish Features

UltraKey 5.0 now includes new features that enable Spanish-speaking students to hear instructional support in their first language while learning to keyboard in English.
News/Breaking News - Posted 11 Aug 2006

DigiTales—The Art of Telling Digital Stories

For August 1, 2006: At DigiTales, multiple media and storytelling really come alive! The Web site presents seven steps to creating a 3-5 minute digital movie, with specific directions for each step.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 01 Aug 2006 By

National Federation of the Blind Shows Prototype TouchBook with Digital Capabilities

The book, “Touch the Earth,” demonstrates how a paper-based Braille book with tactile images can be connected to supplemental digital content stored on a computer through the touch of a page.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Jul 2006

H.W. Wilson Launches Spell Checker for WilsonWeb

WilsonWeb's new Spell Checker is one of many new WilsonWeb enhancements recently introduced in response to customer requests.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Jul 2006

Intel, NSF Fund PBS Engineering Series for Children

The Intel Corporation, the Intel Foundation, the National Science Foundation and others are underwriting “Design Squad,” a live-action PBS series for 9-12 year-olds designed to get them excited about engineering.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2006

Olympus, Tool Factory Award Classroom Grants

The five winning grants were selected based on effective use of digital cameras and technology in the curriculum, high degree of student involvement, and creativity and fun. Olympus and Tool Factory are continuing to support the Classroom Grants Program, with new entry deadlines in 2007.
News/Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2006

Pokémon USA Releases Pokémon Learning League

The new Web-based educational suite is intended to leverage the popularity of Pokémon to engage students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2006

Free Resources: Scholastic News Online's Desktop News

The new service is a user-friendly interactive application that downloads news directly onto any computer, helping students stay connected to the news of the day.
News/Free Resources - Posted 14 Jul 2006

Discovery Education Introduces ‘One Place’ Digital Media Management Solution

The new product provides quick access to online digital media from one integrated access point, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 2006

Inspiration Debuts InspireData

Inspiration’s new tool was developed by TERC and is designed to help students to dynamically visualize, investigate, and understand data.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Jul 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

Tom Snyder Productions Releases New Version of Scholastic Keys

The software now includes built-in lesson plans with activity files to further help teachers integrate technology into their language arts, math, science, and social studies curricula.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2006

Cosmeo

Susan Hixson takes a look at Cosmeo, the Web-based homework help resource from Discovery Education.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

Type to Learn Jr. New Keys for Kids

Charles Doe reviews Type to Learn Jr. New Keys for Kids, a keyboarding program for students in grades K-2.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Jul 2006 - July/Aug 2006 Issue By

CYBERBEE: Digital Storytelling

In this issue, Linda Joseph's Cyberbee guides you and students to sites with ideas and tools, plus loads of examples, for leaving "a legacy of cultural history for future generations through digital storytelling."
Column/CyberBee - 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

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

CoSN Joins Online Student Safety Partnership

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is participating in a new initiative designed to educate American teens about online safety.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 May 2006

The Education Desktop

The Education Desktop is a customized Internet portal for teachers and students that provides access to education-appropriate applications and tools.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue By

KnowledgeBox 4.0

KnowledgeBox 4.0 is the newest release of the K–6 learning system that provides digital standards-based multimedia resources for reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 May 2006 - May/June 2006 Issue

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

BrainPOP! Brings on Science Movies, BrainPOP! en Español

Twenty new science movies and a Spanish version of BrainPOP are currently launching.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2006

Canvastic Is Updated to Version 2.1

The new version of the integrated writing, graphics, and publishing tool for students in grades K-8 features dozens of refinements.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2006

Clip Art Station Launches with Thousands of Photos for K-12

The newly-launched Clip Art Station (http://www.clipartstation.com/) offers a library of more than 2,000 categorized photographs designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 05 Apr 2006

Tool Factory/Olympus Student and Teacher Contests

The newest phase of the Tool Factory/Olympus Student and Teacher Contests is currently underway; the deadline for entries is June 2, 2006.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 Mar 2006

Texthelp Systems Announces New Version of Browsealoud Text-to-Speech Software

Browsealoud adds speech to Web sites and PDF files: When a user holds the cursor over the content, each word is highlighted as it is spoken in either English or multiple other languages including Spanish, French, or German.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 Mar 2006

New Standards Alignment Engine, Content for Sunburst’s QuickMind.net

The standards engine provides up-to-date standards for all 50 states in the U.S. and aligns the lowest level benchmark for each state to every activity and resource in QuickMind.net. New resources include math, biology, chemistry, science, wiriting, literature, and geography.
News/Breaking News - Posted 22 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

Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office

Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office, a software tool that provides education-specific scaffolding for students and teachers using Microsoft Office applications, is reviewed by Charles Doe.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Inspiration 8

Inspiration 8 updates the visual learning program launched nearly 10 years ago for grades 6–12 with new and improved capabilities designed to help students visualize, think, organize, and learn.
Archives/In the Spotlight - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue

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

THE MEDIA CENTER: Collaboration Beyond the Core

A media specialist's instinct is often that teachers of core subjects—language arts, social studies, and science—are the logical and easiest clientele to work with. That isn't always the case. Some media specialists say they have more success collaborating with noncore areas than with the "traditional academics." Mary Alice Anderson looks in this month's Media Center column at some of these kinds of collaboration.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

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

Helping Students Make the Jump to University Level Research

Many students experience "library anxiety" when making the switch from high school to college. While school librarians do an excellent job teaching information literacy skills to their students, they may find themselves asking, "What other skills are important for my students to learn before they leave high school, and what resources are available for them?" Having worked for years as a librarian and with librarians in school and academic settings, the authors offer solid advice and ideas for school librarians to help students bridge the gap between the high school library and academic libraries.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2006 - Mar/Apr 2006 Issue By

Free Resources: Brainy Kids

Brainy Kids, from the Dana Foundation, is a comprehensive Web site offering children, parents, and teachers selected science-related links to games, labs, science fair ideas, educational resources, and lesson plans.
News/Free Resources - Posted 17 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

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Looks at the Winter Olympics

This month, the National Geographic Web site examines the Winter Olympics in a variety of online feature articles.
News/Free Resources - Posted 12 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

ETS Launches Online Testing Component in Instructional Data Management System Upgrade

IDMS Version 6.1 also introduces the ability to create lesson plans that teachers can align to the pacing guides and share with other educators.
News/Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2006

Inspiration Software Launches Inspiration 8

The new version of Inspiration offers expanded visual capabilities, increased support for writing, and new resources for curriculum integration.
News/Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2006

Texthelp Releases Version 8.0 of its Read&Write GOLD Literacy Support Software

Read&Write 8.0 GOLD enables students in grades 3 and up who struggle to read and write to use mainstream classroom software alongside their peers, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 31 Jan 2006

High School Emmy Awards Program

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has launched an Emmy Awards program for high school students.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Jan 2006

Sunburst Technology Announces Sunburst Learning Solutions

Sunburst’s new program focuses on student improvement in grades K-12 using technology developed for targeted intervention.
News/Breaking News - Posted 23 Jan 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

Free Resources: National Geographic Online Focuses on Iraq

In January, the online edition of National Geographic presents writer Frank Viviano’s examination of the conflict in Iraq. Viviano’s article focuses on the Kurds, possibly the only group powerful enough to keep Iraq from tearing itself apart.
News/Free Resources - Posted 03 Jan 2006

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

GTCO CalComp Releases InterWrite Software 6.0 Interactive Whiteboard Software

The latest release of the software provides enhanced tools and student assessment features, plus new content. The InterWrite PRS student assessment system is now integrated into InterWrite 6.0.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 Dec 2005

Northwest Evaluation Association and CompassLearning Announce Alliance

The link between NWEA’s assessment products and CompassLearning’s instructional resources will enhance educators’ ability to tie assessments to instructional content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 29 Nov 2005

Free Resources: iEARN-USA’s Teachers’ Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet, Direct from the DOE

The new Teachers’ Guide provides tutorials, tips, online and print resources, and specific curriculum-based projects in which U.S. teachers can participate to establish school-to-school global interaction on the Internet.
News/Free Resources - Posted 15 Nov 2005

UltraKey 5.0

Reviewer Susan Hixson takes a look at ULtraKey 5.0 keyboarding software.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

MyTeacherAssistant.com

Reviewer Alice Kurtz takes a look at MyTeacherAssistant.com.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

Canvastic Version 2.0 Ships

Over 40 new features and refinements are included in this release of the integrated writing, graphics, and publishing tool for students in grades K-8.
News/Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2005

LEARNING UNLEASHED!: The Eagle Has Landed

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

THE PIPELINE: Paper and E-Paper

Always peering ahead, Stephen Abram discusses e-paper and e-ink technology this month, including a "here and now" form of e-paper from Sony, in his Pipeline column.
Column/The Pipeline - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 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

EDITOR'S NOTES: Nuts and Bolts and Other, Newer Tools of the Trade

Column/Editor’s Notes - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

THE MEDIA CENTER: Data Gathering, Part II: Developing Your Spreadsheet to Get the Numbers You Need [Available Full Text, Free]

Following up on her earlier Media Center column "Data Gathering--Why You Need the Numbers ... And What You Can Do with Them," Mary Alice Anderson tells how to build and use an Excel spreadsheet that will hold the kind of qualitative and quantitative data you want.
Column/The New Media Center - Posted 01 Nov 2005 - Nov/Dec 2005 Issue By

Adobe Introduces Photoshop Elements 4.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0

The upgrades to Adobe’s tools provide innovative and intuitive ways to edit and share digital photos and home/student-created video, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 14 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

EBSCO Adds Content to BookSource: Nonfiction Database

BookSource: Nonfiction now features more than 3,100 nonfiction books, including 1,300 that are part of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program used by many schools.
News/Breaking News - Posted 12 Oct 2005

Thomson Gale Announces Launch of ClassTrac

The Web-enabled resource delivers timely content to K-12 classroom, is aligned to state standards, correlated to adopted textbooks, and extends the life of those textbooks, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - 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

A Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor ... Of All the Audacity!

For September 15, 2005: Audacity is a solid audio recording and editing program for the budget minded teacher, and here's where you can get it.
Cyberbee Web Pick/Cyberbee's Web Picks - Posted 15 Sep 2005 By

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

Read & Write 7.1E Gold

Charles Doe reviews Read & Write 7.1E Gold, a floating toolbar designed for use withWindows-based software programs.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Sep 2005 - Sep/Oct 2005 Issue By

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

ITI Cross Links: New LexisNexis CopyGuard Verifies Content Originality

Information Today, Inc. News Bureau Chief Paula Hane has written about a new anti-plagiarism tool from LexisNexis and iParadigm, CopyGuard. (From Information Today, Inc.’s NewsBreaks)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 31 Aug 2005

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

Big6 Learning Resources Announces Release of Big6 TurboTools v1.03

TurboTools is the foundation of a Big6 information literacy program for your school and provides an effective way to implement and teach information and technology literacy, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2005

ITI Cross Links: Generosity and Copyright--Creative Commons and Creative Commons Search Tools

These days, students are creating reports, portfolios, presentations, or other works that need to incorporate—legally, but without enormous hassles—multiple media “objects” such as music, voice, video, images, and more. Laura Gordon-Murnane’s Searcher article explains how “librarians now have a useful tool they can use to help identify content that patrons might want to use in a podcast, a mash-up, a collage, a video contribution to a blog, a document, a presentation, or whatever.” (From Information Today, Inc.’s Searcher magazine)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 25 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: 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

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

CYBERBEE: Sensational Software on a Budget

Over the years, while creating content for the CyberBee Web site and constructing workshops for educators, Linda Joseph says she has invariably needed a software program to complete a specific task or to solve a particular problem. The programs described in this article are Linda's/CyberBee’s favorites for work and play.
Column/CyberBee - Posted 01 Jul 2005 - Jul/Aug 2005 Issue By

News@NECC: Adobe Announces New Multimedia Education Offering for the K-12 Market

The package includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 1.0 software, and a comprehensive Teacher Resource Center CD, at special education pricing.
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2005

News@NECC: Discovery Education Introduces the Discovery Educator Network

The nationwide Discovery Educator Network—a community of teacher-innovators in digital media—will “connect teachers to their most valuable resource—each other.”
News/Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2005

News@NECC: Thinkronize, Inc. Introduces netTrekker d.i.

The new Internet search tool allows educators to more easily differentiate their instruction for each student, matching educator-selected, standards-based online resources to individual students’ learning needs, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 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

News@NECC: Sunburst Technology Launches New MyTeacherAssistant.com Online Portal for Teachers

Powered by the QuickMind.net online learning environment, Sunburst’s portal offers teachers an economical selection of classroom tools and resources that they can use immediately, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 28 Jun 2005

News@NECC: LearnStar Debuts the SmartTRAX Program

The SmartTRAX program (Teaching, Reviewing and Assessing Across the Curriculum) is designed as a tool to introduce, instruct, and assess standards-based curriculum and to analyze student progress on an individual or whole-class basis, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 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

Cool Links: About Google Print

Since Google wants to “organize the world’s information,” the company is working toward making book content searchable and available from its new Google Print Web site. Learn about it, then try it out in beta.
News/Cool Links - Posted 01 Jun 2005

ITI Cross Links: Thomson Gale Offers Customized Collection-Creation Tool in Virtual Reference Library; Adds Content to Databases

Thomson Gale has announced the newest enhancement to Gale's Virtual Reference Library, the eBook Subcollection Manager, plus enhancements and additional entries to databases. (From Information Today, Inc.'s EContentMag.com.)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 27 May 2005

EBSCO Publishing Offers Enhanced Versions of NoveList and NoveList K-8

Improvements include enhancements requested by existing NoveList and NoveList K-8 customers, according to the announcement.
News/Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2005

R.R. Bowker Partners with H.W. Wilson to Deliver Bowker’s Book Analysis System for School and Public Libraries

Bowker’s Book Analysis System enables library professionals to perform quick core and gap analyses of their book collections.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 May 2005

Texthelp Ships Read&Write 7.1E Gold Literacy Support Software

Read&Write 7.1E Gold, featuring Spanish translation tools, is designed to level the playing field for students in grades 3 and up who struggle to read and write in English.
News/Breaking News - Posted 06 May 2005

Lexile National Reading Conference Discounted Early Bird Registration Extended

MetaMetrics, Inc.’s three-day conference, to be held August 8-10 in Research Triangle Park, NC, will focus on linking reading assessment and instruction across the curriculum and grade levels.
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

Discovery Education Acquires Health and Prevention Curriculum Programs

Discovery Education’s acquisition of health and prevention curriculum programs from the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation is intended to enhance its Discovery Health Connection—a new online library of K-12 health and prevention content.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2005

Educational Resources Offers QuickMind.net Promotion for Summer Sessions

Reseller Educational Resources is offering schools a free three-month subscription to the QuickMind.net collection of online curriculum and other resources.
News/Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2005

Free Resources: Teaching Poetry and the Story of Emmett Till, from TeachingBooks.net and Houghton Mifflin

August 2005 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Emmett Till's murder. TeachingBooks.net, in collaboration with Houghton Mifflin Company, has created an online resource that stimulates discussion about this landmark event in America's civil rights history, an Authors Up-Close program featuring award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson.
News/Free Resources - Posted 19 Apr 2005

EBSCO Publishing Introduces Advanced Placement Source

EBSCO's new database is designed to provide high school students with resources for advanced studies.
News/Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2005

Big6 Learning Resources Announces Release of Big6 TurboTools v1.02

News/Breaking News - Posted 14 Mar 2005

ITI Cross Links: Iditarod.com--a Review

The Iditarod dog sled race starts March 5. Here's a review by Sally Finley of a Web site offering lots of learning opportunities built around the race. (From Information Today, Inc.'s MultiMedia & Internet@Schools -- Yes, that's us, right here!)
News/ITI Cross Links - Posted 04 Mar 2005

Kid's College

Kid's College is an online program designed to motivate students to practice skills and reinforce classroom activities. The program uses a sports theme to capture the students' attention and to encourage them to continue to answer questions and gain points.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

Iditarod.com

This Web site features information and activities related to the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race held in Alaska each March--this year starting March 5
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

EasyTech 4.0

EasyTech, available in English and Spanish, provides a series of instructional lessons that integrate technology into the core curriculum. Working at their own pace, students complete activities while learning how to use a variety of technology tools for their curriculum-related products.
Editorial/Product Reviews - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By

Canvastic 1.1

Canvastic is a publishing tool that combines paint, draw, and text tools and can be used to created single page-sized documents or slideshows. The program offers easy-to-understand text, draw and paint tools, and a clear interface. Canvastic is customizable for use with younger students and has none of the "toy" features that are common with paint programs for this age group. The download package includes backgrounds, clipart, templates, and some sample lessons in several content areas.
Editorial/Product Reviews - 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

Virtual School Libraries­--The Time is Now! [Available Full-Text, Free]

The free Internet, subscription databases, and e-books make information available outside of physical library walls, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the proliferation of information in electronic format, virtual school libraries must be entities of the present, not the future. We must provide access to quality resources and instruction in how to use them, virtually! Learn more and discover virtual school libraries that represent Best Practices in the field in Audrey Church's article.
Editorial/Features - Posted 01 Mar 2005 - Mar/Apr 2005 Issue By