Powered by My Portfolio, the K-12 safesearch tool netTrekker d.i. now allows educators to create, organize, and share content for standards-based instruction with fellow teachers within their school or district. Educators can scaffold, save, and share digital content, including resources found in netTrekker d.i. and from third parties. They can add content to their portfolios— templates, time-line and famousperson search results, and images— and then, as with a digital file cabinet, create folders to facilitate organizing. Price: $1,730 per school building Category: content development
K-12 school districts across the U.S. will have the chance to compete for an entire year’s worth of free Web-based file sharing and storage for their teachers and students with today’s launch of the School Web Lockers Supreme Storage Makeover Grant Contest.
My Virtual Tutor-Reading is an interactive game made exclusively for Nintendo DS. The program concentrates on five reading areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. The game is available in pre-K, K-1st, and 1st-2nd versions, all based on age-appropriate curriculum and books. Price: $29.99 Category: reading
My Web Lockers (www.myweblockers.com) is a new Web-based service launched today that intends to make it easier and more affordable for K-12 schools to begin using the Internet to store and share everyday projects, such as homework and class assignments. Affiliated with School Web Lockers (www.schoolweblockers.com), the leading online platform for cost-effective, Web-based collaboration and storage for K-12 schools, My Web Lockers provides schools with an entry-level solution to their file sharing challenges. Check back and look for our review in an upcoming issue and online here at techlearning.comClick through for the full release.
allows administrators to transfer student-information-system (SIS) data to a handheld device. Because data can be accessed from a handheld immediately, the information may be used for everyday discipline, student-conduct incidents and histories, emergency preparedness, and security. Each user is issued his or her own passkey, and data can be synchronized as often as needed.PROS: The Principalm+ transfers information without using a third-party server. The software transfers data to most handhelds, including smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones, and PDAs, and soon to Apple iPhones. Users can add customizable fields. The data-download sets can be customized, such as downloading just phone numbers and health information for a teacher going on a field trip.CONS: None.OVERALL EVALUATION: One of the biggest problems administrators have is that all the student data we collect are never where we need them when we need them. Principalm+ solves this problem. Administrators can use Principalm+ to check the discipline record of a student at the site of an incident rather than having to wait until they get back to the office. They can look up a locker combination on the spot, or even a parent’s phone number. This type of application is long overdue.www.discoverysoftware.comRetail price: Based on per-student, per-module model.
Name: Discoverers Web Brief Description of the Site: Discoverer's Web has an overwhelming number of links and information about discovery, voyages, and exploration, making it invaluable for student research and teaching lessons. How to use the site: Most social studies or history teachers teach about the
The Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z is a an all-in-one computer with a small 70% footprint that separates CPU and display, starts up in 35 seconds and is only 2.4 inches thick with a 19 inch display. A highdefinition Web camera and 6 USB ports make this a great product for the high-tech classroom. Teachers concerned about the cost will appreciate the computer’s 5 Star Energy Rating, saving users about $65 per year over previous Lenovo desktops.PROS: The small footprint of this computer allows more computers to fit into the same classroom space than other machines.CONS: Since the computer is an all-in-one product, having one part break renders the entire machine down for repairs. The computer uses wireless keyboards and mice, so teachers need to ensure that frequencies do not cross in a lab setting. (But there are models that do come with wired keyboard and mouse.)OVERALL EVALUATION: The small footprint, the low prices, the HD picture, the wireless mouse and keyboard all make this machine too good of a value to pass up.www.lenovo.com Retail price: Starting at $499—Joe Huber
Amid school budget cuts across the nation, 76 Texas K-12 schools are realizing cost savings while offering convenience to students and teachers by implementing the School Web Lockers (http://www.schoolweblockers.com/) online storage and file sharing system.