Hitachi MutiMedia Vision

27″ monitor/stereo color TV

The MultiMedia Vision (MMV) from Hitachi combines the function of a computer monitor with a 27-inch television, without the need for a scan converter. MMV allows you to show a video or computer presentation on one convenient screen.

Normally, the resolution of a computer monitor (VGA-quality resolution) is much greater than that of a television monitor. Scan-converted models allow you to view VGA-quality input, but at greatly reduced TV resolution. The Hitachi MMV is true 640 x 480 VGA resolution, meaning a computer image will appear as sharp on MMV as it would on a computer monitor.

MMV includes all the inputs/outputs you need to connect to your computer, VCR, cable feed, and sound system. These include R/F, A/V, VGA, and computer audio inputs and a PS2 mouse port. Using the PS2 port, you can control the cursor on your PC with the MMV remote control‹a handy feature to have while giving presentations.

The Hitachi MMV sells for $899 retail. Call Earthwalk Communications at (703) 323-4811 for more information.


Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia 1998

The first multimedia reference tool to link articles to topic-related sites on the internet, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia is now available in a 1998 edition. Grolier Interactive, Inc. has released two versions of its 1998 encyclopedia‹a two-CD Deluxe Edition and a single-disc edition.

Leading the list of new features in the Deluxe Edition is “Online Knowledge Explorer,” which allows students to access two additional Grolier encyclopedias, The New Book of Knowledge for general information or Encyclopedia Americana for in-depth coverage. Online Knowledge Explorer also offers more than 21,000 links to carefully-selected world wide web sites, with an average of 500 revisions promised each month to keep the encyclopedia current.

The Deluxe Edition also includes more than 10,000 pictures, 35,000 articles, 15 new Guided Tours, higher quality graphics and sound, a 250K dictionary, and a free 45-day trial of CyberPatrol filtering software. Many of the developments of the 1998 Deluxe Edition have also been incorporated into the single-disc edition.

The Deluxe Edition sells for $59.99 and the single disc edition for $39.99. For more information, call (800) 217-1495.


NewsKids: Learning Hot Off the Press

This two-video series with activity book for students in grades 4 – 8 is produced by Optical Data School Media in conjunction with the Atlanta Journal and Constitution.

The idea of incorporating the newspaper into everyday curriculum isn’t new, but the strength of using videos to create excitement for using the paper is what makes this product different.

One tape is geared toward students and takes them on a tour of a major metropolitan newspaper, where they learn about the process involved in creating a daily paper. The video also reviews key newspaper features and terminology to prepare students for classroom activities using the paper.

The second tape is designed for teacher use and highlights the benefits of using the newspaper to teach language arts, math, science, and social studies. This tape features real teachers conducting classroom activities using the newspaper.

The 32-page workbook that accompanies the videos is full of lesson plans and activities to help teachers achieve their curriculum goals via the newspaper.

“NewsKids‹Learning Hot Off the Press” sells for $49.95. Call (800) 201-7103 for more information.


LION: Create roaring good school and library web sites

A service of the Librarians Information Online Network, this site provides great links to resources for K-12 school and library leaders who want to learn how to create web pages. There are several tutorials in basic HTML, plus links to information on copyright issues, directories of school and library sites, a four-part minicourse on developing a school library home page, and many well-written articles on web design.


Macintosh tips and tutorials for beginners

This site is dedicated to helping less experienced users make the most of their Macintosh computers. It gives reviews of educational software, plus links to other Mac sites and tips on using applications. Many of the tips and tutorials suggest ways you can apply a feature to enhance your classroom use of Macs. Lessons are written in simple language and include illustrations when appropriate.


‘’ serves up Mac software

At, a service of CNet, you’ll find the best in freeware and shareware for downloading to your Mac. You can search by category, and there are several good offerings under Education. Programs are grouped by Most Popular, Newest Titles, and Top Picks, and they’re accompanied by short reviews. Top picks in education include “Learn to Type,” “Verbs and Nouns,” which teaches pronunciation of foreign words, and “Crossword Express,” which creates multilanguage crosswords for classroom use.


‘KapLoan’ offers advice on student financial aid

Here you’ll find free student loan information in easy-to-find format from Kaplan Educational Centers. “The Financial Aid Process in 10 Steps” walks students and parents through the application process, and there’s also a timeline for applying, a worksheet for calculating need, and free software for estimating a family’s financial contribution.


This site helps students select a college

This site offers information and advice to help students make choices about their postsecondary education. By submitting an interest profile, students can use CollegeEdge’s search engine to find the schools, scholarships, or careers that might be right for them. There’s also a section for guidance counselors, with links to other useful resources.


High school students share consumer savvy

Created by students at Mt. Rainier High School for the Washington state attorney general’s office, this site warns teenagers about fake product scams, get-rich-quick schemes, and internet scams. It also gives good advice about tattoos, music clubs, credit cards, car buying, modelling agencies, telemarketers, and many more subjects relevant to teens.