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Student Broadcasters Capture Headlines from the Hallways
Students aren't just studying the news in school, they're reporting it! Budding "Walter Cronkites" run the show from choosing topics to scripting, filming and editing. Teachers report that students gain self-confidence from producing their own school news broadcasts.

Form or Function? The Never-Ending Debate
For years, the distinction between website building and website design has caused disagreement in schools: Should we teach students how to design an aesthetically pleasing website or how to implement the technical aspects of a site?

Using WebQuests in the Primary Grades: Konnie Lees Simple Machine WebQuest
Konnie Lee used WebQuests with her third-grade students and discovered that WebQuests allow students to use technology to take more responsibility for their own learning.

Using WebQuests in the Primary Grades: Joys Thomass Planet WebQuest
Joy Thomas used WebQuests with her first-grade students and was pleasantly surprised by the cooperation among students and the retention and application of information.

Integrating Technology and Science
Discover how technology enhances the science program in the Greece Central School District, Rochester, New York.

Computers in the High School Classroom
Education World's Tech Team offer opinions on the reality and possibilities of "teching" in the high school classroom. Included: Nine ways to integrate technology in high school and links to technology in action at high schools across America.

What's the Point of PowerPoint?
PowerPoint can be a powerful tool in the classroom, but students' fascination with its bells and whistles often can distract them from the importance of effective content. So, how can K-12 educators rein in the PowerPoint beast? The EW Tech Team has some ideas

Inspiration for Palm: A Tech Team Review
Since 1988, Inspiration software has transformed how teachers and students brainstorm and organize ideas in the classroom. Recently, the company released Inspiration for Palm OS. Does it live up to its big brother's reputation? Education World takes a look.

Tech-Ing Wisely In K-2 Classrooms
Do computers help or hurt learning in the K-2 classroom? Find out what the Education World Tech Team suggests for successful and engaging computer use in this age group. Included: Half a dozen classroom-tested activities and recommended software programs.

Learning With Laptops: An Urban School Shows Gains
Not everyone thinks of Internet research as a third-grade skill. But it is at East Rock Magnet School in New Haven, Connecticut. Third and fourth graders are assigned laptops, and not only have test scores increased, but student motivation as well.

Students Map Neighborhoods With GIS
Geographic Information Systems (GIS), mapping and analysis software employed by the U.S. government, NASA, and other agencies, now is helping students locate and document hazards in their communities.

Technology Training, Assessment, and No Child Left Behind
Don Knezek, chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), discusses efforts to enhance and assess educators' technology skills.

Technology Integration, Assessment and No Child Left Behind
John Bailey, director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education, discusses in a teleconference how the federal No Child Left Behind Act can help schools and states use technology more extensively and efficiently.

Learning Games for Students in Grades 3-5
This week, Education World searched the Web for interactive learning games for students in the elementary grades. The sites below represent some of the best we found. Keep them in mind when you're looking for a way to engage students' interest while increasing their knowledge or enhancing their skills! --04/09/2003

The Concept-Mapping Classroom
By providing a framework that allows users to focus on topics, and a structure that permits them to easily convert diagrams to outlines and back again, Inspiration and Kidspiration simplify the task of organizing thoughts into effective project plans. --03/19/2003

Pre-K-2 Students Play and Learn Online
This week, Education World searched the Web for engaging -- and safe -- sites offering learning games for pre-K-2 students. The sites below fill the bill -- whether you looking for a learning center activity -- or just an activity for yet another indoor recess. --03/12/2003

Quick! Get the (Digital) Camera!
Discover two dozen digital camera activities guaranteed to make life easier for you and more interesting for your students. --10/30/2002

Five Technology Lessons Every Teacher Can Teach!
Have you been hesitating to introduce technology into your classroom because you think your tech-savvy students know so much more than you do? Todays the day to conquer that fear with some easy lessons that even a newbie can teach -- and learn from! Included: Five lessons for teaching -- and learning -- about using technology in the classroom. --10/25/2002

Smile! Digital Cameras Can Make Your Day
Teachers across the country and around the world are discovering the many valuable uses for digital cameras; uses that both engage students and make their own professional lives easier. If you can use a camera, you can use a digital camera so, what are you waiting for? --10/23/2002

Technology Integration Made Easy
Nineteen activities and nearly 50 Web sites to help you integrate technology into your daily routines. --10/16/2002

Research at the River Links Two Schools
Two groups of New Jersey middle school students are using state-of-the art technology to study the water quality of the Hackensack River and to research a hypothetical environmental problem. --3/13/2001

'Visual' Books Benefit Computer Students
"Visual" computer books are becoming increasingly popular in schools around the country and around the world. The books, which use more pictures than text in computer instruction, make learning easier both for beginners learning to use technology and for students learning to use new software. --10/3/2001

The Simple Joys of Technology: A Tale from Camelot (Idaho)
"The kids are really excited about technology. They have no fear and just get right in there and go!" says Debbie Kuntz, the computer technologist at Camelot Elementary School. Camelot's teachers are equally excited about using technology in their classroom activities, which is a quality that has earned the school the title of one of the country's 100 Top Wired Schools. What can your school learn from the tale of Camelot? --7/11/2001

Using Technology to Meet the Challenges of Educating Migrant Students
Frequent moves and economic hardship create numerous educational challenges for the children of migrant farmworkers in the United States. Even the most conservative estimates project that more than half a million schoolchildren move with their families following seasonal crops each year. Technology can help these students. --5/24/2001

Online Resources: Specialized Encyclopedias and Reference Portals
Good news for teachers, students, and parents: There is good, free reference material available on the Internet. In a related article, Education World writer Mary Daniels Brown analyzes and compares a handful of free online encyclopedias. In this story, Education World offers additional resources in two areas -- specialized online encyclopedias and reference portals (sites that collect links to reference resources on the Web). --1/12/2001

Online Encyclopedias: Which Are the Best Ones for Students?>
Good, free reference material is available on the Internet. Today, Education World writer Mary Daniels Brown analyzes and compares a handful of free online encyclopedias. --1/11/2001

MathStories.com: The Solution to Finding Creative Math Word Problems
Ashok Bansal discovered that when math problems arent phrased as computation exercises, children struggle. He decided to create a resource that would provide an abundance of challenging mathematical word problems. Bansals Web site, MathStories.com, has grown to include more than 3,000 problems for students at all grade levels. MathStories.com is a terrific curriculum resource for teachers too! Included: Comments from teachers and parents who use MathStories.com to build their students and childrens problem-solving skills. --4/10/2000

Let's Put the Pedagogy First: Technology as a Tool to Support Instruction
This week, in an Education World "edu-torial," Lynne Schrum, presents her personal perspective on the ways in which technology can enhance learning---and calls on educators to take a leadership role in determining the ways in which technology is used to support educational goals. --1/24/2000

The Internet Safety Debate
Yes, it's OK to filter Internet content in schools. No, students should learn how to handle the Internet as it is. The debate continues... no solution in sight. --4/27/1998