Source
Administrator Magazine
Scholastic Administrator is a must-read resource for 240,000 of today's results-driven school leaders. Every issue features leadership for education executives, insight and analysis into what's next in education, and reporting on cutting-edge technologies in real life applications.

Tech Tools

The Latest Look at Education-Friendly Technology

By Ken Royal | February 2009

 
PolyVision eno.

What’s amazing about the new eno 78-inch-diagonal whiteboard is that the tough ceramic and magnetic surface can be installed anywhere—it’s cordless. Resurfacing classroom walls for interactivity is now a possibility, as it installs with a few brackets. It works with RM EasiTeach (included), and other software. With its “Forever Warranty,” eno’s only replacement cost would be for markers. $1,595.

Vernier LabQuest.
 

With its colorful touchscreen, LabQuest is a portable science data-collection lab. Use it with a computer or as a stand-alone. New GPS, rechargeable batteries, and wide-range temperature sensors add to the latest probes. Also, 400 free national and state standard-aligned downloadable experiments help with classroom implementation. Plus, it’s splash-proof. $329.

HP SmartCalc 300s.

 


HP's SmartCalc 300s scientific calculator is just right for high school science and math work. It can't graph function but it can do fractions and has close to 250 built-in functions. The SmartCalc is solar cell–powered, making it a green choice. The large display shows full expressions just as they appear in textbooks. The price makes it a real education bargain. $15.


 
Renaissance Learning Neo 2.

The Neo 2's shape will be familiar to those who have used AlphaSmarts for word processing. The Neo 2, though, is a full-fledged wireless computing device. This laptop alternative is rugged, with a keyboard the right size for young hands. It runs Accelerated Reader quizzes, AccelTest and 2Know! for math, and Co:Writer SmartApplet software for struggling writers. Under $200.


SMART Table.
 


SMART's multi-touch, multiuser interactive table is making PC/table technology useful by putting it in the classroom. Small groups can huddle around the 29-inch-wide, 25-inch-high table to use its applications, including SMART Notebook. Instead of standing at a whiteboard, students can comfortably work together. Tables are a good fit for classroom center activities at the elementary level, but the price may keep it out of all but the best-funded schools. $7,000–8,000.

System 44.
 


Scholastic's new System 44 is designed for the most struggling readers, grades 3–12, that is, those still struggling with basic phonological awareness. It is research-based phonics instruction delivered through highly motivating and age-appropriate adaptive technology, offering detailed assessment and RTI tools to track achievement. District pricing varies.
Bottom Line:
Great for students not ready for Read180.

Turnitin WriteCycle.

WriteCycle streamlines and manages writing assignments through multiple revisions for teachers of writing and their students. Three features stand out. Automatic “Originality Checking” helps educate students about plagiarism and discourages offenses. Because the program is Web-based, it is easy for students to work both in class and at home on the same projects. A “Peer Review” features allows to students to see and comment on other students' papers in an appropriate forum.
Bottom Line:
Both teachers and students will like the convenience and intuitive design of this writing program.

HELP Math.

Designed to help ELL students, especially Spanish speakers, HELP Math has become a way to assist struggling math students in grades 3–8. The idea is that math is difficult to master if the vocabulary used to explain it is foreign. So hyperlinked vocabulary is part of every HELP lesson and task. Students are able to work at their own pace. The lessons are for grades 3–5 and 6–8, covering topics such as algebra, geometry, operations, and measurement.
Bottom Line: A useful tool for struggling math students if the problem is language, rather than arithmetic.

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Poop!

    You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Poop!

    by Alex Woolf

    We all do it. We usually don’t like to talk about it, but going to the toilet is a natural and necessary part of our lives. We couldn’t live without poop because there are some parts of our food that contain no nutrients that can be used by our bodies for energy, growth or health, and those parts have to be ejected. But poop can also be used to power our cars, heat our homes and help grow our crops. Learn why and how animals and people produce poop, and about the many marvellous uses for this misunderstood substance.

    $7.46 You save: 25%
    Paperback Book | Grades 3-12
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Poop!
    Grades 3-12 $7.46
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Pain!

    You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Pain!

    by Fiona Macdonald

    Imagine living in a world without pain. You wouldn’t get headaches or stomach aches, and it wouldn’t hurt when you cut yourself or touched something hot. A pain-free world may sound wonderful, but if pain did not exist, our lives would be very dangerous. We probably wouldn’t survive for long. We would certainly be less healthy. And, just perhaps, we’d feel less good about ourselves. Learn about the science behind how our bodies are able to experience pain, the ways pain helps us to stay safe, and the ghastly reality of life before modern painkillers.

    $7.46 You save: 25%
    Paperback Book | Grades 3-12
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Pain!
    Grades 3-12 $7.46
    Add To Cart
Help | Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR NAME

* YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

* RECIPIENT'S EMAIL ADDRESS(ES)

(Separate multiple email addresses with commas)

Check this box to send yourself a copy of the email.

INCLUDE A PERSONAL MESSAGE (Optional)


Scholastic respects your privacy. We do not retain or distribute lists of email addresses.