ABOUT THE ANNOTATIONS IN CHAPTER 6
The annotations in chapter 6 include publications and organizations that specialize in reviewing computer software and other multimedia instructional materials appropriate for middle school science classrooms. The listing is not meant to be exhaustive but to serve as a research tool that readers can reference for locating diverse sources of information on this topic.
The annotations are arranged in one alphabetical listing. Some annotations contain cross-references to fuller descriptions of the same titles in other chapters. For example, The American Biology Teacher is also annotated in chapter 9, "Periodicals."
The prices given for books and other publications in chapter 6 do not include costs for shipping and handling. Before placing an order, readers are advised to contact the publishers of these items for current ordering information, including shipping charges. In some cases, discounts or special rates may be available to schools and educators.
Publishers' names are cited in the bibliographic data for books. The name of the place to contact for ordering a periodical is given immediately after its annotation. Publishers' addresses and telephone and fax numbers, as well as e-mail addresses, when available, are listed in appendix A, "Publishers and Suppliers."
Children's Software Revue provides parents, schools, and libraries with reviews and other information to help them use computers effectively with children between the ages of 2 and 15. Each issue of the magazine includes more than 120 software reviews, comparisons of programs for each school subject area, and information about useful Internet sites. The Children's Software Revue database of nearly 3,000 titles is available on the Internet at http://www.childrenssoftware.com.
Issues/price: 6 per year; $29 per year. Available from: Active Learning Associates.
The Ohio State University, 1929 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210-1079 (614) 292-7784; (800) 621-5785 http://www.enc.org
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is a clearinghouse for science and mathematics education information for grades K-12. The clearinghouse maintains a collection of curriculum resources in many formats (print, audio, multimedia, video, kits, games). ENC Resource Finder, a detailed catalog of these resources, is available at the ENC Web site ENC Online, which is accessible via World Wide Web [http://www.enc.org], modem [1-800-362-4448 or 1-614-292-9040], and Telnet [enc.org]. Although ENC does not evaluate materials, the catalog cites reviews and evaluations by other organizations.
ENC products and services are available in print and electronic format. They include newsletters (such as ENC Update), topical catalogs (such as ENC Focus), CD-ROMs, and a database of federal programs.
Electronic Learning, a magazine on technology and school change, offers in-depth reviews of hardware and educational software. Special sections focus on evaluation and selection of software and on new and emerging technologies. One section provides a listing of new products available to educators, including software, hardware, CD-ROMs, and videodiscs. Software reviews are also available on the Internet at http://www.scholastic.com/el.
Issues/price: 6 per year; $23.95 per year. Available from: Electronic Learning.
University of Oregon, 1787 Agate St., Eugene, OR 97403-1923 (800) 336-5191 http://www.iste.org
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to improving all levels of education through the use of computer-based technology. ISTE serves as a clearinghouse on the use of technology in education. The society publishes 2 journals (Learning and Leading with Technology [see 6.9] and Journal of Research on Computing in Education), a newsletter (ISTE Update), and a guide (ISTE Resources and Services for Technology-Using Educators).