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Resources for District Leaders

Our latest picks for books and materials



iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, 24.99

Jeff Carlson's book teaches readers the essential skills for creating movies with Apple's iMovie and iDVD software applications. Readers are introduced to essential preproduction skills, such as selecting a camera, choosing the right kind of light source, creating a storyboard to plan their shots, and understanding how timecode works. The balance of the book explains the basics of importing, editing, exporting video to the Web or DVD, choosing iMovie themes, adding transition and audio effects, creating video podcasts and blogs, and more.



Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3, $44.99

Authors Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe explain the advantages and challenges of using Adobe Photoshop CS3 software, which keeps pace with new directions in digital photography and raw image processing. Readers learn about new features that help them optimize and convert images for best results, hands-on techniques to expose and shoot for raw image capture, the latest version of Adobe Bridge to manage thousands of images and gigabytes of data that result from raw shooting, and how to use new Spot Healing features.



Using Microsoft Office to Enhance Student Learning, $37.95

Author Allan F. Livers' book is designed for seasoned veterans and novice users of Microsoft Office. It provides the tools educators need to incorporate current technology into lessons that can effectively promote student achievement across content areas. It enhances lesson content and promotes student engagement in the learning process. Livers provides easy-to-follow directions for beginner to advanced projects in each chapter and suggests projects by grade level in math, science, language arts and social studies. A companion CD-ROM with templates and sample finished projects is also included.



Teaching in the Digital Age, $29.95

Kristen Nelson's how-to book supplies the tools and framework for using Internetbased, brainfriendly activities promote students' comprehension across content areas. It demonstrates how teachers can design their own projects to enhance information literacy while deepening students' understanding of critical concepts and skills. It offers an updated list of Web sites and helps educators with Internet assignments to develop skills in interpersonal exchange, information gathering and analysis, and problem solving. Teachers also learn about standards-based lesson plans that build on student strengths and assessment rubrics to identify learning needs.



Photoshop Elements 6: The Missing Manual, $39.99

Barbara Brundage's book carefully explains every feature the photo-editing program Photoshop Elements 6 has to offer. While it progresses from simple to complex features, sophisticated users can jump around to learn specific techniques. The author lets readers know which features work well, which don't, and why. Readers learn to import, organize and fix photos, repair and restore old and damaged photos, jazz up pictures with filters, frames and special effects, create collages and photo layout pages for greeting cards, and download practice images.



iLife 08, $39.99

This Apple-certified guide to iLife 08, by Michael Cohen, Jeff Bollow, with Richard Harrington, features footage and images from around the world. The authors of this book/DVD combo use real-life material and practical lessons that can be immediately applied to projects. Focused, step-by-step lessons take readers through everything from organizing and sharing a photo library to creating polished video and soundtracks. Readers learn how to turn photos into cards, picture books, calendars or a Web gallery, add motion and sound to slide shows and to publish them online, create a video with transitions, music and effects, learn Hollywood-style video techniques, and build Garageband soundtracks.



Literacy in the Digital Age, $27.95

R. W. Burniske takes an in-depth look at the Internet's advantages and risks and shows teachers through specific case studies, tips and practical ideas on how to incorporate technology to help students communicate clearly, accurately and purposefully. It also offers teachers guidelines to help students develop their ability to use language critically and tactfully, assess visual content on the Web, evaluate Web sites for validity and reliability, practice online ethics and etiquette, and analyze online information for credibility, logic and embedded emotional content.