April 2011 Table of Contents

April 2011 Table of Contents



SCHOOL CIO: The Pros & Cons of Open-Source Products
By Ellen Ullman, SchoolCIO Editor
By now School CIO readers know a lot about the benefits as well as the limitations of using open-source products. So we decided to go right to the source (pun intended) and ask some of our School CIO advisors about their experiences.

SPECIAL?supplement Assistive Tech: May We Help You?
By Sascha Zuger
Many teachers who work in special needs classrooms find that their biggest challenge lies in handling students each of whom has very different needs. Here is a sampling of tools that have put the “assist” in assistive tech and the teachers who use them.


Put to the Test: T&L editors take some new products for a test drive.
PSS Review360 GenEd
Read&Write 10 Gold
Pearson digits
RM Slate

The Long Review
T&L editors follow the stakeholders at Village Charter School (VCS) in Trenton, NJ, as they implement Pearson’s SuccessMaker software on a 40-seat Dell PC desktop network.

Social Workers
By Ellen Ullman
While Twitter and Facebook dominate press coverage, these products may not be the best fit for school projects. Here are some other options.

April 2011 What’s New
Aspen 3.1 • Atomic Learning iPad Content • Blackboard Analytics • Campus Mail • DataLink4 • Hitachi StarboardLink • HP TouchPad • M86 VuSafe • PolyVision eno flex • TriCaster Virtual Set Editor • LabQuest probes and sensors • and more


Editor’s Desk
The New One-to-One

News & Trends
• Next Big Thing: Poll Everywhere
• Top 10 Web stories
• Top tweets
• Blog bits
• IWBs: Love ’em or hate ’em?
• Sites We Like
• Grants
• Spamming the cloud?
• Young children’s media use on the rise
• STEM education survey chart
• PD Tips: Interviews with the experts
• Great conference apps