August 2009

August 2009



Textbook Deathwatch
The question it seems is no longer “if?” but “when?” Read why some sort of digital curricula is the next inevitable step for any school looking to do right by its students.
By Judy Salpeter

Eight Ways To Use School Wikis
Wikis are great tools to help a school enrich instruction, and increase communication and collaboration among staff. They are also free (for educators using wikispaces) and provide unlimited storage for digital materials including video, screencasts, presentations, PDFs, etc. Here are eight ways to use wikis in class.
By Lisa Nielsen

Get Ready for 1:1
Good planning can make or break a successful 1:1 program. Read these tips before you get started—or to improve an existing program.
By Darcy Moore


Put to the Test: T&L Editors take some new products for a test drive.
MicroSaver DS Keyed Lock
Discovering The Science of Alcohol
Dell Latitude 2100 netbook
Lumens DC265 Visual Presenter

Make IT Safe
A district can take many steps to ensure that its students are protected on the Internet. But perhaps the most effective way to make sure children don’t access inappropriate Web sites is to use a filtering product. We’ve talked districts to see how they determined which of the hundreds of filtering options best fit their needs.
By Ellen Ullman

What’s New: News from NECC
Atomic Learning’s 21st Century Skills PD • Lightspeed Educational Video Library • Follett TetraData Insights • Qwizdom’s WizTeach • Ken-A-Vision Auto Focus Vision Viewer • QOMO QD8000 • Bretford’s Intelligent Laptop Computer carts • Vernier Watts Up meter • Panaboards • HP Mini 5101 • Promethean ActivClassroom for Everyone • InFocus LiteBoard projector and wand • and more


Editor’s Desk
Getting Real

News & Trends
• Next Big Thing: eInstruction vClicker Mobile Edition
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• Back office business
• After-school tech makes a difference
• Connecting neuroscience and reading
• Are schools realizing their 21st century visions?