[NewsWatch] [MultiMedia Schools]
October 2002
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by Kathie Felix, News/Reviews Editor

News of the latest products and technology for K-12 may be sent directly to Kathie Felix at 5746 Union Mill Rd., PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or to kfelix@infotoday.com.

NEWS

ISTE & NECA Merge
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
and the National Educational Computing Association (NECA) have joined together to form a new organization that will retain the
ISTE name. The chief executive officer of the "new" ISTE is Don Knezek, former director of the National Center for Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology. For 2002-2003, the new organization will be governed by a board of directors made up of members from the boards of both organizations. The new ISTE will be headquartered in Washington, D.C. ISTE, 800/336-5191 or http://www.iste.org/.

School Library Media Program of the Year
The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) has named James River High School in Midlothian, Virginia, the winner of the 2002 National School Library Media Program of the Year Award. The $9,000 award was given in one category for 2002—single school—for an exemplary school library media program fully integrated into the school's curriculum. Awards were not presented in either the small or large school district categories. The National School Library Media Program of the Year Award is sponsored by Follett Library Resources. AASL/ALA, 800/545-2433 or http://www.ala.org/.


USEFUL TOOLS

AlphaSmart has released Dana, a Palm OS-based laptop alternative. The unit features 8 MB of memory, a full-size integrated keyboard, and a touch screen approximately 7.5 inches wide and 2.25 inches high. The lightweight device is designed for student use in the classroom, around the school, on field trips, or at home for writing and reading assignments, quizzes and note-taking. The unit weighs 2 pounds and is 12 inches wide, 9 inches deep, and 1 inch high. The screen is an Advanced LCD screen with backlighting and 560x160 pixels in horizontal viewing mode. A rechargeable battery and an AC adapter are included. The Dana has two expansion slots for adding memory or secure digital or multimedia card peripherals. The $399 unit price includes an education and productivity software bundle. The Dana will be sold to schools at an educational discount of $369 in single-unit volume with an education-specific software bundle. AlphaSmart, 888/274-0680 or http://www.alphasmart.com/.

SASIxp
The latest version of NCS Learn's student administration system for K-12 education, SASIxp 5.0, offers cross-platform information management at both school and district levels. Educators can access student demographics, attendance, discipline, grades, schedules, health data, immunization history, emergency contacts, parent/guardian information, and more. The new edition expands the system's report design and deployment functions with a new Report Designer module that provides a wide variety of report templates and the ability to easily create and customize reports. The Grade Reporting module allows teachers to enter student grades or automatically post them to SASIxp from InteGrade Pro, NCS Learn's Web-based teacher gradebook. NCS Learn, 888/627-5327 or http://www.NCSLearn.com/.


LIBRARY NEWS

MLA International Bibliography
The Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography is now available on the EBSCOhost search interface. The bibliography is an index of journal articles, books, and dissertations; the electronic version dates back to 1963 and contains more than 1.5 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers. EBSCOhost users can link from bibliography citations to the corresponding full text in a variety of sources, including EBSCO's full-text databases, as well as library-subscribed electronic journals. EBSCO, 800/653-2726 or http://www.ebsco.com/.

ALA/LAMA Student Awards
The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and YBP, Inc. are offering a 2003 Student Writing and Development Award to students enrolled in American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library and information studies programs. The award honors the best article submitted on a topic in the area of library administration and management. The topic for the 2003 competition is "Moving Up, Reaching Out." The selected article will be published in the Fall 2003 issue of Library Administration & Management and the award recipient will receive a travel grant of up to $1,000, funded by YBP, Inc., to be used to attend the 2003 ALA Annual Conference in Toronto. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2003. More information, article guidelines, criteria, and an application are available at the LAMA Web site [http://www.ala.org/lama/awards/ybp/index.html/]. LAMA/ALA, 800/545-2433, ext. 5035 or http://www.ala.org/


HELPING HANDS

SMART Supports Teach to the Future
SMART Technologies Inc. and the SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada have announced the donation of more than $300,000 (U.S.) in interactive classroom technology to support the Intel Teach to the Future program in North America. SMART will donate SMART Board interactive whiteboards, and the SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada will donate NEC LT155 projectors to participating K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. A worldwide program, Teach to the Future helps teachers integrate technology into instruction and enhance student learning. To date, 500,000 teachers in 25 countries have completed training through the
program. SMART Technologies, 888/427-6278 or http://www.smarttech.com/.

PLUS Vision Grant
Turlock Junior High School in Turlock, California, is the latest recipient of a PLUS Vision Education Spotlight Grant, which that will provide the school with an ultralight projector
and electronic copyboard. Peter Gannon, an 8th grade social studies teacher at the school, submitted the winning application that included plans for Web-surfing for maps related to Lewis and Clark history lessons and setting up a school theater in the cafetorium promoting social interaction and motivating kids in a rewards program. Each quarter, the grant program awards a projector and copyboard to a selected school. PLUS Vision Corporation of America,
http://www.plus-america.com/ or 800/211-9001.


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