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September 04, 2007

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MMISXtra News: Internet@Schools East 2008 Call for Speakers is Out
Cool Links: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education
AASL e-Academy Offers Fall Courses
ISTE Seeks Proposals for National Educational Computing Conference
HomeworkNOW.com Announces Integrations with YouTube, Facebook, and Verizon Wireless
Free Resources: Classroom Resources From TeacherVision

MMISXtra News: Internet@Schools East 2008 Call for Speakers is Out

Call for Speakers

Internet@Schools East
April 7-8, 2008
Arlington, Virginia
Deadline: September 24, 2007

We're now seeking presenters for the Internet at Schools East conference, to be held in Arlington, Virginia, April 7-8 2008. Sponsored by MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine, the conference covers practical and timely technology-related topics and technology-based tools and resources for K-12 media and technology specialists. It is held in conjunction with Computers in Libraries 2008.

If you’re a K-12 library media or technology specialist with information technology and the Internet on your mind, we’d like you to be a part of our 2008 Internet@Schools East conference. Are you running an innovative program through your school media or technology center that is helping your students learn or your teachers teach? Are you willing to share your practical tips, tools, or techniques about using technology and the Internet in schools? Then please consider volunteering to speak at Internet@Schools East.

All speakers receive a full, complimentary registration to the Internet@Schools East conference as well as to Computers in Libraries 2008, plus great recognition from their peers. So think over your latest success stories or technology ventures and go to http://www.infotoday.com/I@SE2008/CallforSpeakers.shtml to learn more and to submit a proposal.

Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you soon. The deadline for proposals is September 24, so think quickly and send in your ideas! And tell your professional colleagues friends, too!

Program Co-Chairs:

David Hoffman
Editor, Multimedia & Internet at Schools
hoffmand@infotoday.com

Susan Geiger
Library Media Specialist
Moreau Catholic High School
Hayward, California

sgeiger@moreaucatholic.org

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Cool Links: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education

By way of ResourceShelf comes this reference to an intriguing new bibliography, "It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, but How You Play the Game: The Role of Virtual Worlds in Education," by Sharon Stoerger of Indiana University. Just the title makes us want to explore it. Check out the ResourceShelf entry HERE, then link to the full text from there.

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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. The courses will be offered in a partnership with the University of North Texas (UNT) project LE@D.

The courses, offered as either facilitated or self-paced programs, include:

Creating an Engaging Web site (October 1 – November 9)
Facilitated by Kathy Lehman.
Registration: $49.95 for AASL members, $59.95 for non-members

Trends in Children’s Literature (October 1 – October 26)
Self-paced program
Registration: $19.95

Copyright Issues in the Classroom and Library (October 1 – October 26)
Self-paced program
Registration: $19.95

Multi-Cultural Literature for Children & Young Adults (October 1 – October 26)
Self-paced program
Registration: $19.95

Reaching Reluctant Readers in the School Library Media Center (October 1 – October 26)
Self-paced program
Registration: $19.95

The e-Academy facilitated program will be accessible 24 hours a day for six weeks and will be facilitated by an expert who will guide the learning experience at key points within the program. The learner will be able to share and collaborate with other participants through discussion boards and activities.

The AASL self-paced courses will be accessible 24 hours a day for four weeks. These static tutorials offer an independent learning environment without interaction among other learners or discussion boards.

Registration for the AASL e-Academy opens September 7. Information is available online at www.ala.org/aasl/eAcademy.  

AASL, www.ala.org/aasl.  

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ISTE Seeks Proposals for National Educational Computing Conference

The International Society for Technology in Education (NECC) is seeking proposals for the juried portion of the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), to be held June 29 - July 2, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.

All proposals must be submitted online. The online submission form, with complete details and instructions, will be available beginning September 5, 2007.

The deadline for proposal submissions is October 3, 2007.

Final acceptance and regret notifications will be sent by mid-December.

ISTE, www.iste.org.  

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HomeworkNOW.com Announces Integrations with YouTube, Facebook, and Verizon Wireless

HomeworkNOW.com, a provider of online K-12 school-to-home communication services, has announced content integrations with YouTube.com, Facebook.com, and Verizon Wireless.

HomeworkNOW.com provides school personnel with the ability to communicate homework, classroom activities, school announcements/emergencies, notes, files, and more to parents/students via Web browser, email, mobile phones, and soon interactive TV. The new content integrations further advance the means in which school administrators, teachers, students and parents stay connected:

  • YouTube: The integration with YouTube gives teachers and administrators the ability to record, upload, and integrate video content into their HomeworkNOW.com class and school content pages. The integration makes video instruction, video announcements, use of supplemental educational video, publishing of student productions, and more possible.
  • Facebook: A popular social networking site, Facebook.com is used daily by many high school students. Through a HomeworkNOW Facebook app, high school students will soon be able to link their my.HomeworkNOW.com and Facebook accounts to see school announcements, alerts, and classroom assignments directly through their Facebook account.
  • Verizon Wireless: Through the Mobile Web feature of Verizon Wireless phones, subscribers are able to easily access HomeworkNOW.com to view vital school information such as homework assignments, school announcements, closings, emergencies and more. SMS alerting of school alerts and classroom information is also available.

Through the Web, mobile devices, Interactive TV and more, HomeworkNOW.com is changing how school administrators, teachers, students, and parents stay connected. Since 1996, HomeworkNOW, which offers individual teacher ($19/year) and school-wide accounts ($195/year), has been used by thousands of K-12 Schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. To learn more, visit http://www.homeworknow.com.

Source: HomeworkNOW.com, www.homeworknow.com

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Free Resources: Classroom Resources From TeacherVision

TeacherVision has announced the free availability of more than 15,000 pages of printable lesson plans, worksheets and classroom management ideas at its TeacherVision Web site. Plus, teachers can build on the excitement around the release of the final Harry Potter book with TeacherVision's new Harry Potter lesson plans, activities and quizzes - all designed to maximize teachable moments presented by "Harry Potter Mania."

With the lesson plans, worksheets, printables, quizzes and classroom activities on TeacherVision's back-to-school teacher resource page <http://www.teachervision.fen.com/teaching-methods/teacher-training/6600.html>, teachers will find tips for managing the classroom, with templates for printable hall passes and student award certificates, as well as a wide variety of printable and online quizzes and student/teacher assessments and many other instructional tools. The classroom icebreakers available on TeacherVision give teachers creative ways to help their students get to know each other and start the school year off right with an atmosphere of fun and understanding, the announcement states.

TeacherVision also offers resources for building the teacher-parent connection, with tips for planning an open house, a guide to parent-teacher relations and resources for hosting successful parent-teacher conferences. A growing collection of ready-to-use printable graphic organizers and world maps <http://www.teachervision.fen.com/classroom-management/printable/6391.html> on TeacherVision helps teachers integrate visual learning into instruction. Or teachers can use the bulletin board resources to develop interesting and educational displays for their classrooms.

Using TeacherVision's new Harry Potter Activities for Back to School <http://www.teachervision.fen.com/harry-potter/reading/2698.html>, teachers can build on students' enthusiasm for the series and interest new readers with lesson plans for creative activities, such as making a Harry Potter board game. Or students can learn more about Harry and the other wizards at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by reading reviews of the books, interviews with the author and other resources available now on TeacherVision.

Source: TeacherVision, www.teachervision.fen.com

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