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June 26, 2007

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Tabula Digita Announces Evolver Immersive Interactive Video Games for Algebra and Pre-Algebra
World Book Advanced Integrates Primary, Secondary Source Databases
PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection Assists Educators with Instructional Coaching Responsibilities
Discovery Channel's Planet Earth Now Offered on Discovery Education Unitedstreaming Plus and Science Connection
Lexia Learning Systems Announces New Version of Lexia Reading
ePals Launches Ask ePals Global, Online Knowledge Sharing Community and Widget Tool
Inspiration Launches Inspired Learning Community
MIND Institute Announces New Algebra Readiness Software to Address Low Success Rate in Algebra I Classes
Free Resources: The Franklin Institute Examines the Science of Ancient Egypt for K-12
NWEA Adds New Capabilities to K-2 MAP Assessment
COSN Releases 2007 Compendium on Technology Issues
Free Resources: ISTE Releases Digital Equity Report
Special Collection of Science Courses From WGBH/Teachers’ Domain Now Available through PBS TeacherLine
MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools West 2007 Conference Preliminary Program Now Available
Cool Links: Climate Change, Information and Disinformation
Scholastic Announces Bookflix, E-Books for the Primary School Set

Tabula Digita Announces Evolver Immersive Interactive Video Games for Algebra and Pre-Algebra

Educational video game company Tabula Digita has announced the Evolver games for Algebra and Pre-Algebra, the latest additions to the its DimensionM series of immersive, interactive educational video games (www.DimensionM.com). The newly released Evolver Singleplayer for Pre-Algebra and Evolver Multiplayer for Pre-Algebra and Algebra offer dynamic three-dimensional learning environments where students are transported to a virtual world bursting with action – and Algebra instruction based on standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Through sustained exploration and engagement, students master Algebra concepts critical to passing high stakes exams and graduation requirements.

According to Ntiedo Etuk, CEO and co-founder of Tabula Digita, the highlight of the new Evolver series is the multiplayer capability that allows students to compete, individually or in teams, with students from the same classroom, same building, same district, or from across the country.

“Research shows that learning is greatly enhanced when students use critical thinking and problem solving skills in a collaborative environment,” said Etuk. “Students can be brought together collectively or competitively in order to better learn from and motivate each other.”

In the new Evolver Multiplayer version, students face numerous mathematical obstacles, develop team-based strategies, and navigate through a series of mazes to score the most points, according to the announcement.

The additional new game series, Evolver Singleplayer for Pre-Algebra, uses the same model of incorporating key algebraic concepts into a contemporary game format. Here, Pre-Algebra students take part in 20 “missions” or lessons, in order to master concepts such as proportions, number lines, and adding and subtracting integers to advance through the self-competition. Additional concepts such as prime numbers, order of operations, evaluating expressions, employing function tables, and solving equations are incorporated as well.

A supplemental curriculum solution to classroom textbooks, the Evolver series content is correlated to select state standards. It also provides automatic progress tracking for each student so teachers can provide additional instruction to help students gain mastery of specific concepts.

The Evolver games are available for purchase in five versions: single user, class license lab pack, site license and district license. Evolver Multiplayer is also available as a standalone package under site and district licensing arrangements. The software is available on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. For more information, please visit www.DimensionM.com.

Source: Tabula Digita, www.tabuladigita.com

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World Book Advanced Integrates Primary, Secondary Source Databases

World Book has announced World Book Advanced, a part of the World Book Online Complete Suite (www.worldbookonline.com). World Book Advanced provides students with a research tool that integrates encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases.

A key feature of World Book Advanced is its integrated content, allowing students to search across a vast collection of primary source documents, e-books, and encyclopedia articles as well as multimedia elements, editor-selected Web sites, current magazine selections, and more. Additionally, customizable interfaces and personalized content allow users to create and save information on World Book Advanced, including research notes, compilations, citations, and timelines.

Tailored for the research needs of more advanced students, the site's content is correlated to state and provincial curriculum and achievement standards. It also includes lesson plans for teaching with primary sources, questions, and discussion guides, providing educators with a tool for enriching classroom learning.

World Book Advanced joins the company's growing portfolio of online reference tools, which also includes World Book Kids; World Book Online Reference Center; and Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia, for students studying Spanish and native speakers of Spanish.

World Book Advanced is available now. Schools and libraries interested in subscribing should contact their World Book representative at 800-975-3250 (U.S.) or 800-837-5365 (Canada).

Source: World Book, www.worldbook.com/

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PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection Assists Educators with Instructional Coaching Responsibilities

PBS TeacherLine has launched a new product to help educators build and improve their coaching skills as they work with their peers to increase student achievement. Master teachers, department chairs, and others are assuming the role of instructional coach - providing job-embedded, ongoing training to their peers - as schools nationwide transition to a new model of professional development. PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection is an expansive online suite of tools designed to support instructional coaches and others providing onsite, continuous professional development for teachers.

According to surveys conducted by Hezel Associates on behalf of PBS TeacherLine, 46 percent of superintendents and 65 percent of principals report the use of instructional coaching. Schools and districts nationwide are moving away from traditional models of professional development that provide only one-time or short-term training. As administrators make this shift, they are tasking school or district faculty with instructional coaching responsibilities. Coaches express a need for ongoing support and training, particularly since this role is new to many educators.

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection approaches coaching on two levels. First, it shows coaches how to be a "guide on the side," providing suggestions for facilitating adult learning and building a community of learners. Second, it offers coaches a rich library of instructional strategies and resources to draw upon while helping teachers accomplish their professional development goals. To that end, the functionality of PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection positions the coach as the curriculum expert, able to deliver a unique, customizable coaching experience to each teacher. It can support face-to-face, online, or blended coaching models.

PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection features resource sets, known as Coaching Modules, which incorporate both theoretical and practical information to support teachers' learning goals and provide a framework for setting expectations and outcomes around particular instructional strategies. The Coaching Modules contain various media from the PBS TeacherLine online courses, including videos, articles, interactives, and Web-based resources, and are searchable by topic, grade level, subject area standards, and media type. Coaches are able to search on instructional strategies and find applicable resources for coaching their teachers in dealing with opportunities and challenges in the classroom. Coaches may select one or two items from a Coaching Module, or the entire set of resources on a particular topic.

Coaches use the resources with teachers for building skills in:

--Assessing student performance and achievement
--Communicating with students' families
--Integrating technology
--Deepening teacher content knowledge
--Understanding specific strategies for improving classroom practice.

An embedded communication system makes it easy for coaches to access and forward specific resources to one or more teachers. Teachers can rate, tag and provide comments on any resource. A discussion board allows coaches to communicate with teachers across geographic areas to create discussion groups and share ideas.

An annual subscription to PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection is $2,495 per school building. Volume discounts are available. Educators can learn more about PBS TeacherLine Peer Connection at www.pbs.org/teacherline/peerconnection

Source: PBS TeacherLine, www.pbs.org/teacherline

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Discovery Channel's Planet Earth Now Offered on Discovery Education Unitedstreaming Plus and Science Connection

Discovery Education has announced that its unitedstreaming Plus and Science Connection services will feature content from Discovery Channel's epic series Planet Earth.

A co-production of Discovery Channel and BBC, the 11-part high-definition Planet Earth series, which premiered March 25, 2007, was filmed in over 200 countries and took over five years to produce.  Educators who use unitedstreaming Plus and Science Connection will be able to access video from the series, including clips on the rain forests of Borneo, the peaks of the Himalayas, the world's harshest deserts, and the planet's most spectacular species from the deep ocean.

In addition, Discovery Education is providing schools that subscribe to these services with accompanying teacher resources, including teacher's guides, writing prompts, animal guides, and posters.

Discovery Education's unitedstreaming Plus is an enhanced version of its unitedstreaming service, giving existing unitedstreaming users the ability to tap into a wider array of digital educational content.  Building on the strengths of unitedstreaming, unitedstreaming Plus features nearly 3,000 additional full-length videos, access to thousands of newly added audio resources (including famous speeches and audio books, poetry and classical music recordings) as well as the 20,000 photographic images, more than 27,000 reference articles and numerous other powerful teaching elements found in unitedstreaming.

Discovery Education Science Connection is a new supplemental science toolkit that is tied to state standards and blends interactive, inquiry-based content with formative assessment. The service engages today's technology-savvy students in learning science content and process skills. In addition to virtual labs, Science Connection provides high-quality interactive content and other multimedia resources that encourage exploration, stimulate critical thinking and deepen understanding.

For more information about Discovery Education unitedstreaming Plus, Science Connection or any of Discovery Education's other products and services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com

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Lexia Learning Systems Announces New Version of Lexia Reading

At the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), reading software publisher Lexia Learning Systems, Inc. has announced a new version of its research-proven software that will ship this fall. Lexia Reading v5 is a new version of Lexia’s collection of research-based reading software for students in grades K to 12, which already supports core reading curriculum in over 10,000 schools nationwide. The program now brings three Lexia reading titles into one enhanced management system; enables students to access the program at home; includes new and expanded management tools, reporting, and district reporting features; and offers a choice of Lexia-hosted via the Internet, network, or CD-ROM delivery methods.

Lexia software’s effectiveness is proven by research and is guaranteed to get results for most student populations that use Lexia on a consistent basis, the announcement states. Lexia Reading v5’s design builds skills with explicit practice in phonemic awareness and phonics while promoting gains in vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Using the program, educators are able to assess and monitor student progress on an individual and group basis to assist with differentiating their instruction.

Lexia enables teachers to have each student in their class work independently at the same time on the specific and targeted skills that they need to master to become proficient readers. Students work at their own pace, at their own level, and enjoy a fun and engaging program, which includes an age-appropriate interface and content for older students. Lexia reports provide teachers the ability to continuously monitor and guide additional instruction on specific reading skills.

The Lexia Reading v5 collection of software includes three titles, all aligned to national standards: Lexia Early Reading, designed to increase phonological awareness among 4 to 6 year olds; Lexia Primary Reading helps all children ages 5 to 8 master basic reading skills; and Lexia Strategies for Older Students, for students ages 9 to adult helps older students learn to read through intensive skill practice. Each program provides students with leveled activities that automatically branch in response to students’ performance. The activities provide practice in areas of difficulty and move on to more challenging areas when the student is ready.

New Features:

Lexia Reading v5 is now Web-enabled. Secure Lexia-hosted student data and management modules with a local workstation client installation ensure optimal performance and provide student, teacher and administrator access from any Internet connected computer – in school or from home. The new Lexia-hosting service reduces the burden of individual school technology teams by providing a solid foundation of support with a central, secure, and efficient hosting system.

A new School-to-Home Connection extends the school day by providing 24-hour a day access to Lexia Reading v5 at homes and community centers. It provides the additional practice students need to master critical reading skills essential for reading success by providing more practice time outside the limitations of the school day.

Lexia Reading v5 enables educators to foster students’ reading success by informing and differentiating reading instruction. Lexia provides easy-to-use reports that identify and group students for appropriate instruction and practice; supervise and promote adequate use; and track performance and highlight students in need of support. With these features, educators can manage, assess and guide instruction for individual students, and also by group, class, grade, school, or district.

Lexia’s new reporting system also allows teachers, principals and superintendents the ability to access critical information with ease to make data-driven decisions, from any Internet-enabled computer with no client download necessary. Included in Lexia Reading v5 is a skills analysis report to monitor skill acquisition by district, school or class with drill-down capability to each student. Usage reports identify the time on task for each school, class and student. Progress reports monitor the progress of students, classes and schools through the Lexia program to identify problem areas, and determine individual and group reading acquisition development.

Lexia Reading v5 will be available this fall in both Macintosh and Windows via Lexia’s hosted, Web-enabled option, or as a network version. Internet access is required only for the Web-enabled option. The price will be customized depending on the number of simultaneous users. An implementation of 25 simultaneous users on one of the Lexia Reading programs would cost a school $200 per simultaneous user for a total of $5,000. Typically this would serve a population of 125 students based on a student-to-computer ratio of 5 to 1. One year of customer support is included with all license purchases.

Source: Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., www.lexialearning.com

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ePals Launches Ask ePals Global, Online Knowledge Sharing Community and Widget Tool

ePals, Inc., a provider of schoolsafe collaborative learning products for K12 classrooms and homes, has introduced Ask ePals, a free Web service that brings together educators, experts, and people looking for answers to questions about education-related issues.

Collaborating with Yedda.com, a social search question and answer platform, ePals offers the Web service as an easy way for anyone to locate resources, content, professional development tips, advice, and more about education related topics. With Ask ePals, educators and others can share their knowledge with teachers, parents, and students, as well as seek the advice of others. The service is available either at www.epals.com/askepals or through Web pages that embed the widget capability.

A teacher using Ask ePals might ask, for example, “What software would you recommend to read text to my vision impaired student?” Using Yedda’s semantic matching technology, this question will be intelligently routed to relevant Ask ePals members with expertise in the topic. This will start a community-wide dialog of members invited to discuss and learn from each other’s experience. With members querying the community instead of merely searching for Web content, this “social search” of the Ask ePals community activates knowledge resident within community members for the benefit of the entire community. If the question asker is an expert in, for example, dyslexia in early readers, they can easily serve as a resource on that or other topics.

Educators, industry experts and Web site operators can take advantage of the new tool by adding an Ask ePals widget – an interactive tool that provides easy access to the Ask ePals functions – to their school Web site, blog, home page, or destination. This offers a way for parents and students to join the community, ask questions, share their expertise, explore, and learn. The Ask ePals Web service has been tested in the ePals education community since March of 2007, and is now being made available to Web users and developers globally.

Unlike other question and answer services on the Web today, Ask ePals taps into the collective knowledge of the ePals knowledge community and makes that expertise accessible to everyday people anywhere online.

For more information, or to take a tour of Ask ePals, visit www.epals.com/askepals.

Source: ePals, Inc., www.epalscorp.com

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Inspiration Launches Inspired Learning Community

At the 2007 National Educational Computing Conference, Inspiration Software launched its new online Inspired Learning Community for educators who want to inspire their students to excel with visual thinking and learning. Developed as part of the company's year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary, this new site, http://www.inspiredlearningcommunity.com, offers educators a place to discover and share ideas and resources for effectively using Inspiration Software's visual learning products to develop students' critical thinking skills across the curriculum.

Designed to advance the use of visual learning at all age levels and in all subjects, the Inspired Learning Community offers free membership and is open to all educators. While visitors are welcome to browse all areas of the site, Inspired Members enjoy additional benefits, such as being able to download lessons and upload and share their own ideas, start and participate in discussions in the "Forum," and read and post comments on the site's blog.

On the "Lesson and Ideas" pages, visitors and members can browse a continually growing library of diagrams, databases, and plots for use in different lessons across the curriculum. Members can download from the library, or upload and share the innovative ways they use Inspiration, Kidspiration, and InspireData to help their students.

The regularly updated pages on the blog in the site's "What's New" area offer news, topics, opinions, and information on the latest trends in visual learning, education, and technology, as well as updates on what is happening at Inspiration Software. In the "Forum," members can communicate with other inspired educators by starting or participating in discussions on topics ranging from successful uses of visual learning to trends in education technology.

To visit the Inspired Learning Community and become a member, go to http://www.inspiredlearningcommunity.com

Source: Inspiration Software, Inc., www.inspiration.com

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MIND Institute Announces New Algebra Readiness Software to Address Low Success Rate in Algebra I Classes

At the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), the non-profit education researcher and software developer MIND Institute has announced a new software title to prepare struggling middle school students for success in algebra. ST Math: Algebra Readiness expands MIND’s line of research-based mathematics software for elementary students into the middle school level and will ship for back-to-school time. This supplemental program was developed in response to the national crisis of students failing algebra in middle schools and inspired by the recent call from California for a new core course in Algebra Readiness. ST Math: Algebra Readiness supports the Algebra Readiness concept, which covers a tightly focused set of foundational and targeted math skills to ensure that even students far below grade level get fully prepared to succeed in Algebra I, according to the announcement.

ST Math: Algebra Readiness, for students requiring math intervention in grades 6 and above, applies MIND’s patented Spatial Temporal (ST) computer exercises to help meet this need. The courseware provides a visual learning path for pre-algebra skills from a basic level of math facts up through introductory algebraic equations. The program can be used to either prepare students before they enter an Algebra I class, or as an intervention to help students already struggling with algebra.

The program helps each student build an arithmetic foundation through language-independent visualization of math concepts that facilitates both self-paced instruction and solid understanding and retention of concepts. The game metaphor of the instructional activities engages students regardless of initial math proficiency, and provides a gradual increase in problem difficulty, from simple confidence-inspiring levels up to challenging multi-step problem-solving. Students progress at their own rate, advancing to the next level or game only after they master each skill. ST Math: Algebra Readiness can be used to supplement any core Algebra Readiness, Pre-Algebra, or Algebra 1 curriculum. As with all of MIND’s ST Math products, there are virtually no prerequisites required for success with the games, which are designed to ensure all students in a class can make connections to their regular classroom instruction. The program also includes Internet-based teacher reports for tracking and reporting of student progress.

The ST Math: Algebra Readiness software will be available nationally this fall in a hybrid Power Macintosh and Windows format. The program includes the software, a printed teacher resource guide, professional development for teachers, and access to daily student status reports over the Internet. The program will be offered to schools as either a perpetual license or on a subscription basis. The subscription price is about $89 per individual student license or $120 per concurrent user license, inclusive of training and support. Perpetual site licensing is also offered.

Source: MIND Institute, www.mindinstitute.net

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Free Resources: The Franklin Institute Examines the Science of Ancient Egypt for K-12

The Franklin Institute Science Museum presents online materials designed to extend the experience of the museum’s King Tut exhibit with activities geared to the K-12 science curriculum.

The free online feature titled “The Science of Ancient Egypt: Adding a Science Perspective to an Art Exhibit” offers science-related resources and activities in grade-specific groupings (K-4, 5-8, 9-12). The curriculum covers topic areas such as simple machines, hieroglyphs, water, mummification, weather and climate, and medicine.

Web links offer opportunities for additional exploration. Also featured are connections to national science education standards and connections to Pennsylvania assessment anchors.

The “King Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs” exhibit is on view at The Franklin Institute through September 30, 2007. The exhibit showcases nearly 130 Egyptian antiquities, many of them outside of Egypt for the first time.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum, 215/448-1200 or www.fi.edu.


 

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NWEA Adds New Capabilities to K-2 MAP Assessment

The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), a national non-profit organization focused on improving K-12 education, has announced new features in its MAP for Primary Grades. As part of its comprehensive MAP Growth Measures assessment system, the new primary grades assessment offers teachers improved tools to place young students in appropriate curricula, in addition to accurately identifying student abilities.

As with all of NWEA’s assessments, MAP for Primary Grades provides many reporting options, including a variety of teacher reports, student progress reports, and reports for use at the administrative level. Plus, reports for the diagnostic tests include data for specific content objectives that teachers can use to group students for instruction, curriculum planning, and reporting student achievement to parents and school administrators.

New to this version of MAP for Primary Grades:

Teachers are now able to access instructional data linked to student performance on the assessment. This reference guide is a collection of instructional data statements that translate test scores into skills and concepts students are ready to learn, and helps guide instruction during the first three years of school.

New teacher and sub-skill performance reports, based on diagnostic test data, provide teachers direct insight into overall class performance on specific skills or concepts, while sub-skill reports highlight an individual student’s instructional level.

New student reports are an at-a-glance visual display of a student’s performance across time, highlighting their understanding within goal and sub-goal areas presented in the diagnostic test.

The all-test report displays the class performance in each of the diagnostic tests given to the students for a quick visual assessment of class understanding in the specific test goal areas.

MAP for Primary Grades includes a computer-based adaptive assessment, based on NWEA’s equal-interval RIT scale that is designed to measure growth of individual students. NWEA’s MAP for Primary Grades features enhanced items such as pictures and sound to engage early learners. It includes two early reading and two math assessments. The assessment package also includes diagnostic tests in order to facilitate intake testing, student placement, and instructional design.

These additional capabilities for MAP for Primary Grades are available now.

Source: Northwest Evaluation Association, www.nwea.org

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COSN Releases 2007 Compendium on Technology Issues

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released its 2007 Compendium, an annual collection of monographs on the key issues facing K-12 education technology leaders.

The 2007 Compendium examines:

· Safety and Learning in the Era of Social Networking.
· Emergency Planning for IT, Data and Communications Needs.
· Digital Identity Management for K-20 Education.
· Inventing the Next-Generation Internet.
· K-12 Interoperability, Open Standards and Best Practices.
· The Highly Qualified CTO.

Each monograph provides case studies and expert insight on ways to implement emerging technology programs in schools. Also included is information on some of the latest trends in education technology, links to additional resources, and information on professional development opportunities for K-12 technology officers.

The Compendium is available online in its entirety to CoSN members. Non-members may access Executive Summaries of each of the monographs online.

The 2007 CoSN Compendium was sponsored by Apple, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, Mitel, Pearson Education, Safari, SAS inSchool, SchoolNet, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, and Wimba.

CoSN, 202/861-2676 or www.cosn.org.

 

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Free Resources: ISTE Releases Digital Equity Report

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released an examination of issues related to digital equity in education including equal access to technology, resources and services.

The report, “A National Consideration of Digital Equity,” was prepared by ISTE in collaboration with Macro International.

The survey presents an overview of the Digital Equity Summit held in 2006 at ISTE’s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC). In addition, the report recommends five strategies to help make progress toward digital equity:

-Legitimize the significant role culture plays in students' educational experience.
- Continue to challenge perceptions about the role of technology in education.
- Encourage others to recognize the critical link between technology, professional development and classroom practice.
- Create opportunities for students to access technology outside the classroom.
- Continue to seek funding for technology in spite of challenges.

The report is available online at www.iste.org/digitalequity.

ISTE, 800/336-5191 or www.iste.org.


 

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Special Collection of Science Courses From WGBH/Teachers’ Domain Now Available through PBS TeacherLine

PBS TeacherLine and WGBH/Teachers' Domain have announced they have collaborated to offer teachers online professional development courses in science that are aligned with national and state standards. The research-based courses are offered nationwide as a special collection through PBS TeacherLine. The collection is available for the first time during the summer session of PBS TeacherLine courses, which begins June 27.

Through the science courses, K-12 teachers learn to engage students with media-rich resources, and to incorporate practical, real-world applications into their instruction. Courses in elementary and middle school science emphasize content, pedagogy, and technology integration. Courses in high school science focus on inquiry methodology and technology integration. The courses draw upon nearly 1,000 resources developed from information sources such as the PBS science programs NOVA, ZOOM, and A Science Odyssey.

Up to 34 online courses in earth and space, life, and physical science for K-12 will be offered throughout the coming school year. To meet educators’ specific learning needs, the courses are offered in two formats: 30-hour, 6-week courses that provide a quick immersion into teaching a particular topic, and 45-60 hour, 10-week courses that provide teachers with a comprehensive understanding of a subject and the inquiry method.

Some of the courses available during the summer session are:

• Fostering Collaboration, Inquiry, and Critical Thinking in Middle School Science
• Science and the Living World – part one of a four-part series entitled “Teaching Elementary Life Science”
• Inquiry in Science Education – a topic-immersion component of the "Teaching High School Biology" series
• Motion and Forces in Your World – a topic-immersion component of the "Teaching Elementary Physical Science" series
• Introduction to the Earth System – part one of the four-part series “Teaching Earth and Space Science for Grades 6-12”

Teachers can learn more about the science courses or enroll at www.pbs.org/teacherline.

Source: PBS, www.pbs.org

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MMIS Xtra News: Internet@Schools West 2007 Conference Preliminary Program Now Available

Internet @ Schools West 2007 <http://www.infotoday.com/Internet@Schools/> is happening next October 29 and 30 in Monterey, California. The program will feature Lee Rainie, Pam Berger, and Gary Price as keynote speakers, plus Mary Ann Bell and a host of other speakers. The Preliminary Program is now available online.

Here's what we're saying about it online and in the program: 

If you’re a K-12 library media specialist looking for the best new ways to use technology and the Internet on behalf of your students and colleagues, then our two-day Internet@Schools West conference is for you! The 2007 program features three keynotes. But after you’ve heard those keynoters plus our session speakers, don’t go home!

Add another day to your conference experience by joining Internet Librarian to attend any of that conference’s Day 3 ILsessions. That gives you the benefit of our own I@SWest K-12 focus plus a sampling of perspectives from presenters in academic, public, corporate, and special libraries as well. It’s a deal!

Internet@Schools West 2007 is sponsored by MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine. Attendees of this two-day conference can also participate in the co-located Internet Librarian conference at a reduced rate and take maximum advantage of the Internet Librarian Exhibit Hall.

Click HERE to link to a pdf of the whole Internet @ Schools West 2007 Preliminary Program.

Source: Us right here at MMIS! http://www.mmischools.com

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Cool Links: Climate Change, Information and Disinformation

From ResourceShelf, this week's Resource of the Week is the Society of Environmental Journalists' Climate Change: Information and Disinformation. ResourcShelf's Shirley Kennedy describes this guide that, "although it is intended for journalists, … will be of interest to anyone seeking reliable information on what is arguably one of the hottest (no pun intended) and most controversial contemporary issues."

HERE is a link to Shirl's article on ResourceShelf, which will in turn provide you with the link to the Climate Change: Information and Disinformation site.

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Scholastic Announces Bookflix, E-Books for the Primary School Set

Scholastic has announced the release of BookFlix, pairing classic fictional video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction e-books from the libraries of Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning among early readers in grades pre-K-3. Children can watch their favorite books come to life on screen, then turn the electronic pages of an e-book to discover real-world facts and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. 

Developed for use in the classroom, school library, or public library and through them for families at home, Scholastic BookFlix offers 80 fiction-nonfiction pairs, of which 20 are available in Spanish. Pairings include: Goodnight Gorilla with Who Works at the Zoo?; The Snowy Day with Snowy Weather Days; and T is for Terrible with Dinosaur Teeth. With additional pairings set for release in the future, BookFlix will continue to provide fresh content to early readers.

Designed to provide a constant interactive experience for young users, the features of BookFlix include:

§ A “read-along” option so children can hear both the fiction and nonfiction texts read aloud and follow along as each word is highlighted on the screen;
§ Narrated text and definitions of key vocabulary words to support beginning and reluctant readers, as well as English Language Learners;
§ Educational games and activities that encourage children to show what they have learned and to reinforce early reading skills like fluency, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension;
§ Biographies and interviews that introduce young readers to their favorite authors
§ Editorially-selected Web links to encourage children to further explore topics that pique their interest.

Available by subscription to public and school libraries, BookFlix is accessible with a password from any Internet-ready computer.

For more information, visit www.scholastic.com/bookflix.

Source: Scholastic, www.scholastic.com

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