http://www.startip.org

Star*Tip is designed to provide educators, public television workers, and policymakers with the tools they need to make informed decisions about the digital future. The site is geared toward nontechnological types who find themselves caught up in the revolution that’s transforming educational technology and broadcast TV. Get a clear understanding of the difference between analog and digital technologies, complete with pictures in a surprisingly interesting online tutorial. It explores the larger telecommunication issues driving the change in broadcast television and addresses the need for, and the possible outcomes of, such a change. Terms such as “convergence,” “interactivity,” and “next generation” are popping up all over the place, and the Star*Tip Forum creates a place to ask questions and share information about these topics. The site also is in the process of developing a glossary of useful technical terms, a selection of frequently asked questions, and a list of resources. Star*Tip is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Star Schools Program.