2004 MEDIA & METHODS
AWARDS PORTFOLIO WINNERS
Media & Methods proudly announces the AWARDS PORTFOLIO
COMPETITION winning products for the year 2004. This year's results represent
releases of cream-of-the-crop educational resource materials recently released
for K-12 schools. Judges make product selections based on: comprehensiveness,
versatility for different learning abilities, ease of use, innovativeness,
level of motivation, interest, strengths and weaknesses. Media & Methods Magazine
applauds and acknowledges the commitment of these winning companies for their
development of quality educational materials, resources and tools.
- Administrative Software & School Management Systems
- Computer Hardware
- Computer Security
- Cross-Curricular TOOLS
- English & Language Arts
- Family & Consumer Sciences
- Foreign Language
- Internet Online Services and References
- Library Automation
- Presentation Tools & Equipment
- Social Studies
- Technology Training & Professional Development
- Video Editing
School Management Systems
A web-based student information system that provides information on students’ attendance, grades, schedules.
Overall Evaluation: “This is a helpful and versatile tool that can
be customized nicely to meet state and district reporting needs and guidelines.”
BreezeACCESS VL Broadband Wireless
This system makes connections to wireless devices over several miles. Users access high-speed Internet hookups wirelessly.
Overall Evaluation: “There is no direct line-of-sight required to connect base stations to wireless subscriber units.”
BrainX Digital Learning System CD-ROM
This software assists students with their study skills by guiding them to create custom study guides.
Overall Evaluation: “The guide is particularly helpful because it offers knowledge basics and a personal learning assistant.”
A centralized web-based student information system that is aligned to meet the reporting requirements of No Child Left Behind. Instant delivery of attendance and grade information is just one part of this unique system.
Overall Evaluation: “This system even tracks discipline situations and can be configured to match your school district policy.”
MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, 800/999-9931.
This is a web-based version of the Student Behavior Intervention Planner (S-BIP) that enables educators and administrators to track and analyze student behavior.
Overall Evaluation: “Simplifies and easily automates the entire behavior tracking process that is crucial in schools.”
CURRICULUM ASSOCIATES, 800/225-0248.
eXCLASS Professional Version 6.1 Classroom Control System
Multimedia classroom management software tailor-made for a networked classroom environment.
Overall Evaluation: “Video, DVD, cassette, VHS content can be easily broadcast to student computers in real time without using a projector.”
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A two-pound laptop alternative powered by Palm OS with a large screen and a full-size keyboard.
Overall Evaluation: “A great classroom tool that provides word processing, basic calculation, and a date book; a versatile device that is welcomed when the computer lab is not available.”
GradeMaster 600 Scanner
This scanner can score exams with up to 200 questions.
Overall Evaluation: “This tool offers a worthwhile test Item Analysis report including score frequency distribution and a tally of the number of incorrect responses on exams.”
APPERSON EDUCATION PRODUCTS, 800/827-9219. www.appersonedu.com
This computer mouse is designed for small hands. Can be programmed for a single click or children can squeeze the head to make it operate.
Overall Evaluation: “An excellent tool that provides an easier and welcomed way for young students to use the computer.”
Tungsten E Handheld
A handheld device that accesses information and contains productiv-ity software, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Multimedia software supports MP3 files, J-PEG photos, video clips and video voice.”
Overall Evaluation: “A versatile easy-to-use education tool that displays clear digital pictures; compact enough to fit in a pocket.”
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Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager – Software
This software provides secure access over the web to any information source, making remote access to school resources extremely easy.
Overall Evaluation: “Because only one password is used, this software makes remote access to school servers and shared applications a breeze. IT managers will appreciate this software’s flexibility.”
CITRIX SYSTEMS, INC.,
NetOp School Software
Classroom management software designed to have teachers view and control all connected student computer screens.
Overall Evaluation: “Any teacher that uses computers in their classes can benefit by this program. The ’Pass the Chalk’ feature is noteworthy because students can work in groups on a project and this software helps with group processing.”
Here is software that provides specific ways to maintain desktop systems with school environments. All computers can be restored with every restart.
Overall Evaluation: Finally a program that keeps computers in top form and reduces viruses; a must for every school.”
Central Control Software
Software that enables performing tasks remotely. Executes programs, logs off, shut downs or reboots computers.
Overall Evaluation: “An efficient tool that saves valuable school staff time by controlling security software over a network.”
FORTRES GRAND CORP.,
Classroom management software that allows teachers to display a specific screen on any student’s workstation or view up to 16 screens on a tutor machine.
Overall Evaluation: “Allows teachers to interact easily with students individually, by group or on a larger class basis. Ensures that approved applications and websites are in use.”
iPrism Filtering Device
With this Internet-filtering appliance, teachers can customize monitoring and filtering of Internet traffic.
Overall Evaluation: “A great product that gives reports about a school’s Internet usage habits. Concrete information includes URLs accessed, type of content, user information, top sites accessed, pages viewed and time spent.”
ST. BERNARD SOFTWARE,
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UltraKey 5.0 for
WideScreen Palm Powered Devices – Software
A Palm-powered keyboarding software program containing lessons and a management application called UltraKey Manager.
Overall Evaluation: “A valuable software program that teaches keyboarding without pressure. Animated instruction demonstrates correct posture and finger names.”
BYTES OF LEARNING,
Art Styles Posters Set
This art poster series includes overviews of the Romanesque per-iod, post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and nonfigurative style.
Overall Evaluation: “Excellent resource for art teachers because it offers a handy way to teach about major art styles through reproductions by artists and descriptions of styles.”
Classroom Jeopardy! Preprogrammed Game Cartridges
A software program that simulates a Jeopardy game format on topics in science, math and social studies.
Overall Evaluation: “Students find the game-show format a nice change of pace and quite engaging. A good way to teach basic concepts in several content areas”
This online subscription service includes learning units, online workshops and worksheets for professional development. Timed at 5-7 hours for self-paced training.
Overall Evaluation: “An easy-to-navigate online resource with a wealth of hands-on activities for various content areas, including technology, arts and fitness.”
Kurzweil 3000 for
Macintosh Version 2
This software is structured to improve reading and comprehension for students who have learning difficulties.
Overall Evaluation: “A valuable product with helpful features like scanning materials, highlighting and extracting main ideas. Teachers can create tests in any application.”
Mediasite Live Web Communications System
A real-time Web communications tool that captures, publishes and allows viewing presentations online. All items can be saved to a CD for off-line viewing.
Overall Evaluation: “Easy set-up, capture and playback of multiple media formats. The creation of a video index is helpful.”
An online program with lesson planning, homework and assessment resources in any subject area.
Overall Evaluation: “This subscription-based website is quite versatile because it has project templates, interactive homework assignments, reference and professional development materials.”
Software that combines locating images, editing, and storytelling tools to create multimedia presentations.
Overall Evaluation: “Digital storybooks and slide shows are a big hit in the classroom. Easy to import media and do basic editing. ”
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Photo Kit Junior
Students create their own books, puppet shows and filmstrips using the computer and this software.
Overall Evaluation: “A worthwhile, creative tool that focuses on manageable hands-on activities to stimulate language development.”
A professional development program that introduces instructional techniques for teaching reading in grades K-8. Focus is on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension.
Overall Evaluation: “This program is excellent for preparing teachers to teach reading with their students. Interactive quizzes and end-of-section exams provide continuous feedback.”
Software that enables customizing and printing writing paper for stories, letters, reports, postcards and mini-books.
Overall Evaluation: “This program inspires students to write by providing dozens of format options for their staionery.”
Lexia Inicio a la Lectura Reading Education Software
Here is interactive software designed to help Spanish-speaking students prepare to read in their native language.
Overall Evaluation: “This language-acquisition tool offers achievement reports and coaching in phonological awareness and vocabulary development in a student’s native language.”
LEXIA LEARNING SYSTEMS, INC., 800/435-3942. www.lexialearning.com
Writing Process and Practice Software
Software that provides strategies for good writing, grammar and mechanics.
Overall Evaluation: “The glossary and online notebook provided make this product a valuable educational tool. Students can locate words they do not understand and keep track of information they need for later use.”
PLATO LEARNING, INC.,
This software assists students with developing and improving their reading skills. Students are encouraged to break bad habits such as subvocalization and re-reading.
Overall Evaluation: “This self-paced program has easy-to-use materials such as reading /comprehension tests broken out by grade levels. Assists with increasing reading speed and comprehension skills.”
800/706-1199, ext. 6.
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Family & Consumer Sciences/Life Skills
The Six Pillars
of Character: Caring
This 25-minute video covers the
concept of caring for others. It emphasizes that what is more
important is what we do, rather
than what we feel.
Overall Evaluation: “An engaging video with good music and humor.”
LIVE WIRE MEDIA,
Lingering in the Shadow
A 60-minute documentary on teen depression. Covers depression symptoms and treatment.
Overall Evaluation: “The video is well received because actual teens speak about their struggles with depression; helps students realize they need not be alone.”
Language / ESL
Intro 3.0 CD-ROM
Software that includes 35 lessons that teach English through real-life scenarios.
Overall Evaluation: “This is a wonderfully designed program with video and tutorials. A great addition to any ESL program. Students decide how many times they want to repeat activities.”
English as a Second Language for LearnStar
SC v7.5 Software
Software designed to reinforce reading skills for English language learners.
Overall Evaluation: “A worthwhile resource that offers a wealth of activities incorporating digital video, audio, graphics and printed worksheets. Perfect for ESL students.”
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Internet Online Services & References
eBoard Online Service
eBoard provides educators with their own online bulletin board on the Web where they can post messages, links, photos and files.
Overall Evaluation: “This easy-to-use product can improve communication between teachers, parents and students. Enables students and parents to view class assignments and any information teachers want them to have.”
Nonfiction Online Database
This database contains full text and abstracts for 1,600 popular, nonfiction books often found in school libraries.
Overall Evaluation: “A searchable database where books are broken into very manageable units for researching purposes; indispensible.”
The Reference Suite @ FACTS.com – Online Database
This database covers world news, science, controversial issues and a world almanac.
Overall Evaluation: “A database with a wealth of information and great graphics; a remarkable, easy-to-navigate research tool.”
FACTS ON FILE NEWS SERVICES, 800/363-7676.
eLibrary - Curriculum
Edition – Online Database
An online reference database that delivers over 2000 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books, pictures, maps, weblinks, and audio/video content.
Overall Evaluation: “This database is very helpful for teachers as it allows them to build links to
eLibrary content and create reading lists and lesson plans.”
A database containing full-text articles that explore social, scientific, health, historic, economic and political issues.
Overall Evaluation: “A comprehensive program that is easy to search as articles are indexed so well by subject headings. Information can be retrieved by subject heading, topic or keyword search.”
Grolier Online Database
A comprehensive online reference suite suitable for any age group. Includes Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science and Lands and Peoples and several other encyclopedias.
Overall Evaluation: “One of the unique features of Grolier Online is the ability to simultaneously search all of the encyclopedias to which users subscribe.”
SCHOLASTIC LIBRARY PUBLISHING, 888/326-6546, ext. 4.
This website presents recent top news stories in a context that students can understand. Updated weekly.
Overall Evaluation: “An effective educational tool presenting information on topics in which students are interested and can understand. The quizzes, polls and teacher lesson plans are very helpful.”
SCHOLASTIC NEWS ONLINE, 800/724-6527. www.scholastic.com/news
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Library Automation & Management
Concourse/eZcat System Library Management System
A fully integrated library automation solution with customizable reports and easy-to-navigate interface. Perfect for library collections of all sizes.
Overall Evaluation: “eZcat simplifies tasks and cuts costs by providing free MARC records. This is certainly full of features as a Windows product..”
BOOK SYSTEMS, INC.,
A centralized, web-based library management system that allows flexible searching and sharing bibliographic records and circulation data across a school district.
Overall Evaluation: “An excellent school product that is easy to use and intuitive. Great for searches related to reading and overall information gathering.”
FOLLETT SOFTWARE COMPANY, 800/323-3397.
Library 4 Universal Library Management System
A fully integrated library automation system that includes all the features and functions for today’s tech infused school library.
Overall Evaluation: “A great product for schools featuring a powerful report generation module. Makes use of phonetic/sound searching for younger students.”
KELOWNA SOFTWARE LTD., 800/667-3634.
Mandarin M3 Web OPAC 2.0
A Web catalog that enables library users to search the library’s collection via the Internet.
Overall Evaluation: “This is a useful product featuring a well-designed, user-friendly interface students find engaging and interesting.”
Sagebrush Pinpoint – Research Tool
This research tool allows students to search libraries throughout the district, information databases, online subscriptions and the Web.
Overall Evaluation: “A practical product that makes frequently sought information resources simultaneously accessible through one easy-to-use interface.”
SAGEBRUSH CORPORATION, 800/533-5430. www.sagebrushcorp.com
Library.Solution for Schools – Library Automation System
A union catalog providing online access to the school library’s catalog as well as online subscription databases and selected websites.
Overall Evaluation: “An effective automation program for information access and the management of school library collections. Features such as book reviews, table of contents information, book jackets and visual search icons are particularly noteworthy.”
THE LIBRARY CORPORATION, 800/325-7759.
Surpass Library Automation – Library Management Tools
A centralized automation system that can be installed as a stand-alone system or used thoughout an entire school district.
Overall Evaluation: “School librarians will find this system very useful because it allows editing the details of MARC records and thorough circulation tracking.”
877/625-2657, ext. 111.
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This 20 DVD series provides a full year of beginning Algebra instruction. Includes an array of interactive lessons.
Overall Evaluation: “Algebra is presented in an engaging manner with the help of animated characters without sacrificing content.”
BESTQUEST TEACHING SYSTEMS, 866/882-2665.
HOSTSLink Math Software
With this software, math teachers can align supplemental lesson plans, activities and curriculum to state and local standards.
Overall Evaluation: “A very good tool to create intervention activities by targeting specific deficiencies. Generates good worksheets based on specific objectives to have focused practice on math functions.”
Enriched Math Software
A set of 17 modules designed to stimulate classroom conversations about math concepts covered in algebra and geometry.
Overall Evaluation: “An excellent tool that helps students acquire higher order thinking skills in math. Brainteaser word problems are very useful to introduce new strategies and help students synthesize ideas already introduced.”
Geometry for the MathRealm Management System – Software
This software focuses on geometric principles, geometric figures, geometric relationships and patterns.
Overall Evaluation: “An engaging math product with lessons and activities that cover lines, points, angles, planes, polygons, triangles and circles; helpful manual is included.”
Math Trek 7, 8 – CD-ROM
Curriculum-based multimedia software for grade 7 and 8 for pre-algebra classes.
Overall Evaluation: “A comprehensive program with a simple interface and nice graphics. Easy to use and navigate.”
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Presentation Equipment &
Canon’s LV-5210 Projector
This Canon projector features 2000 ANSI lumens, a quiet 35 dB fan and weighs only 6.4 pounds. This is a versatile presentation device for schools.
Overall Evaluation: “Initial set up is surprisingly easy; features very clear computer projection.”
CANON U.S.A., INC.,
Chief’s PG-1 Projector Guard
This security guard protects school projectors from theft. Locks projectors in an all-steel cage that uses screws and padlocks.
Overall Evaluation: “Designed to be added to pre-existing installations. A needed device that fits most projectors.”
CHIEF MANUFACTURING, 800/582.6480.
Christie LX25 Projector
The LX25 projector weighs 6.4 pounds and delivers 2500 ANSI lumens. Scaleable to SXGA and a 400:1 contrast ratio.
Overall Evaluation: “Small yet powerful, this projector delivers an excellent picture quality on even the largest screens.”
CHRISTIE DIGITAL SYSTEMS, INC., 866/880-4462. www.christiedigital.com
Microscope-compatible camera featuring a C-mount lens. Enables detailed sharing of documents, images, video and audio.
Overall Evaluation: “The device is solid and well-built. Not much light is required for very detailed images. Adaptable to every classroom presen-tation need.”
CLEARONE COMMUNICATIONS, 800/945-7730.
This projector features a digital zoom, remote control and a programmable start-up screen.
Overall Evaluation: “A real plus is its multiple connectivity options. It is quiet with easy-to-find ports in the back and great picture uniformity.”
Presentation Station WPS4E
This mobile presentation cart has four ample-sized work surfaces for laptops, projectors, printers, scanners and more.
Overall Evaluation: “This is a valuable piece of furniture for any school; practical and simple to assemble.”
H. WILSON COMPANY,
InFocus LP70 Mobile Projector
This compact projector includes 1100 lumens and can be easily attached to a VCR, DVD player or computer. The smart electronics automatically adjust brightness and contrast ratio to optimize the projected image.
Overall Evaluation: “The small size of this unit is amazing. Everything worked as advertised right out of the box.”
Numonics FreedomWriter PRO Device
A portable input device that replaces a mouse and a keyboard connected wirelessly to a PC.
Overall Evaluation: “This unique tool frees teachers from being tied to a keyboard by putting all of the computer power right in his or her hands.”
PolyVision’s Walk-and-Talk Presentation Series
A whiteboard that enables teachers to walk around the room while controlling all whiteboard activities through a remote control.
Overall Evaluation: “A fabulous teaching tool that captures students’ attention and makes teaching varied and creative. You can easily save work written on the board for later use.”
This projector features variable horizontal/vertical/diagonal lens and a short-throw zoom lens. It weighs 5.95 lbs and features 1200 ANSI lumens.
Overall Evaluation: “The lens movement joystick is a helpful addition. The unit’s legs and centering are very stable. Flesh tones and black levels are amazingly good for a unit this small.”
SHARP ELECTRONICS CORP., 866/484-7825.
Messaging software that displays school information ranging from fire drills to exam schedules. Works with TVs in classrooms, hallways and lobbies or can be posted on school websites.
Overall Evaluation: “With the Animation Effect Studio tool, you can create great animations or apply animated effects to existing images. Fun and versatile.”
Toshiba’s TLP-S41 Projector
This projector, with 1600 ANSI lumens and a 400:1 contrast ratio, includes a detachable document camera that increases flexibility and range when displaying 3D objects.
Overall Evaluation: “The detachable camera is great for illustrating important pieces of information in the classroom. The picture is easy to focus and there are no anomalies. Projected computer images match monitor originals perfectly.”
INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC.,
ViewSonic PJ750 Projector and N6 Video Processor
The combination of projector and video processor turns projectors into an all-in-one high-definition, digital multimedia center. This projector features 2,300 lumens, 1024 x 768 XGA resolution and a high contrast ratio.
Overall Evaluation: “A versatile projector with two computer inputs. It features a handy RGB component input for use with DVD players and high-definition video.”
VIEWSONIC CORPORATION, 800/688-6688.
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Atomic Learning Web-Based Software Training
Thousands of software training tutorials covering dozens of software applications students and teachers use everyday.
Overall Evaluation: “Step-by-step procedures allow teachers and students to learn important software skills at any time”.
ATOMIC LEARNING, INC.,
EasyTech Online Instructional
A series of lessons on how to use technology that reinforce core curriculum topics. Includes practical activities, lessons and discussions.
Overall Evaluation: “Extensive teaching outlines, prepared activities and practice exercises to incorporate technology in the classroom are really helpful. A much-needed resource.”
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The HOBO Henry
This data logger science learning kit helps teach K-6 science students through the travels of HOBO Henry, a traveling science superhero.
Overall Evaluation: “This data collection tool offers a unique way for students to convert and analyze data. The activity book is filled with classroom labs, activities and stories that students enjoy.”
Voyages Through Time –
Software that provides scientific data and introductory science lessons for ninth and tenth grades. Comprised of six modules that investigate astronomy, biology, life, earth and space sciences.
Overall Evaluation: “An excellent science product that includes pre-assessment and great images. Inquiry-based lessons explore changes in the natural world over time.”
LEARNING IN MOTION, INC./
THE SETI INSTITUTE
Scout Pro Balance
An electronic scale used for teaching concepts of mass measurement to students.
Overall Evaluation: “An essential tool for science instruction. Health classes can also use it for weighing food in grams and in chemistry classes when measuring liquids or solids for experiments.”
Concepts in Acceleration Activity Kit
A science resource consisting of an accelerometer, software and electronic books.
Overall Evaluation: “The concept of acceleration is made much easier with this tool because they offer multiple ways to measure this information. Electronic workbooks function like lab notebooks with useful text and pictures.”
Logger Pro 3 Data
A data collection program created to help students use computers to collect and analyze data.
Overall Evaluation: “A great tool for science classes that encourages adding pictures, graphics and movies to lab reports. Data can be imported into a Texas Instruments or Palm OS handheld. Includes 45 sensors.”
ImagiProbe eX Data Sensor
This probe uses a Palm handheld with ImagiProbe software to collect data such as temperatures for advanced science courses.
Overall Evaluation: “An amazing sensor interface enables students to connect to mobile or stationary computers, handhelds or laptop alternatives.”
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World History: The Modern Era Online Database
This website provides continually updated information about modern history from 1500 to present.
Overall Evaluation: “Students can access such an abundance of information; teachers can customize the site’s capabilities.”
An online curriculum that teaches practical law to young adults.
Overall Evaluation: “Includes excellent lesson plans on relevant topics for classes in civics, business education and law and current world events.”
News-2-You Internet Newspaper
A web-based newspaper that provides current event news to students who require additional visual reading cues. These include special needs and beginning reader classrooms.
Overall Evaluations: "Offers an excellent way to involve lower-level readers in group reading activities with jokes, crossword puzzles and games."
Major Armed Conflict Map
This map provides a comprehensive overview of dozens of armed conflicts currently raging around the world.
Overall Evaluation: “This is an instructional tool that is a straightforward presentation with additional resources on the reverse side.”
An Interactive Approach –
This standards-based program includes graphs, maps, charts, source documents, an art gallery, tutorials, and assessment materials to be used for social studies classes. It covers the Period of Exploration through present day.
Overall Evaluation: “Provides 32 overviews, 40+ projects and 32 essay writing activities that would otherwise be unavailable to students. An excellent teaching enhancement program.”
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Version 8 Software
A video editing tool for capturing video footage and creating movies that include scene transitions, title effects and fast/slow motion.
Overall Evaluation: “The drag-and-drop techniques and the timeline format make editing so easy. Recognizes many types of digital cameras. Can add some really fun effects.”
Video Studio 7 – CD-ROM
Video editing software to create professional looking movies using real-time capture, edit and output. The display card allows users to see full-screen previews on a television.
Overall Evaluation: “Digital video is easy to edit with this software. Includes great transition effects, titling capabilities and a great soundtrack creation tool.”
ULEAD SYSTEMS, INC.,
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