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SpotLight Site - July's Pick
Art to Zoo: Teaching with the Power of Objects -- a bimonthly Smithsonian Institute online publication provides lesson plans and activities based on landscape painting.

 Curriculum Material and Resources 
The Arts | Language Arts and Literature | ESL/Multiculturalism | General | Health & Safety | Humanities | Math | Nutrition | Science/Environmental | Social Studies | Technology 

The Arts 
 

Music Education Launch Site -- provides links to various music related resources including lesson plans for all grade levels.

Kids framing Kids -- exhibits an elementary art teacher's comprehensive approach to art education and provides links to lesson and curriculum plans. 

Cave paintings in France -- displays and discusses the exciting discoveries of the Chauvet Cave at Vallon - Pont-d'Arc (ArdŤche). Good resource site for 5-12 grades.

 The Louvre (in English) -- take a virtual tour of the renown art museum. Excellent site for K-12 grades.

ArtMuseum Network -- provides links to the world's outstanding art museums and features a "Museum of the Week"  link.

A History of Photography from its beginnings till the 1920s  -- provides a hypertext historical account of photography and links to international photography exhibits.  Excellent resource site for secondary education student.

Art to Zoo: Teaching with the Power of Objects -- a bimonthly Smithsonian Institute online publication provides lesson plans and activities based on landscape painting.

The Art Teacher Connection© -- an invaluable comprehensive web site for all grade level art teachers interested in integrating technology into their classrooms.

Eyes on Art--excellent teaching resource site for ideas on using the Internet as a resource for art activities. Audience: K-6 teachers. 

The Detroit Institute of Arts--explore the exhibitions and enjoy the rich visuals. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

National Museum of American Art--virtually visit this national museum, and its rich collection of Latino art. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

An Apprentice's Handbook for Illuminated Manuscripts--excellent site for art history lessons. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

An Interactive Learning Center for using Architecture in the Classroom--features a new section entitled Understanding Architecture where kids interactively explore scientific and artistic principles of architecture. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

K-12 Resources for Music Educators--provides links to resources for K-12 music teachers and students.

Hands On Children's Museum--website designed for kids 10-years-old and under.

Welcome to the World of Escher--interesting site with informative links; Museum link takes you to a virtual gallery of Escher's art work. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

Mrs. Hull's Kindergarten Home Page--a website exhibiting a collection of Kindergarten art work.

Language Arts and Literature

Japanese Old Tales -- Eleven tales with illustrations appropriate for 5th grade and up.l

Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page -- provides resources and information for reading and elementary teachers.

The Children's Literature Web Guide -- an excellent and comprehensive web guide of  resources and information.

Luminarium -- an excellent resource for students of medieval and early modern English literature.

Webspeare -- an online resource for high school students and teachers.

Common Errors in English  -- a reference for secondary students and teachers.

The Alphabet Superhighway --provides lesson plans and a literary magazine for upper elementary school and middle school students. Sponsored under the U.S. Department of Education's READ*WRITE*NOW! Initiative.
     Wild World of Words learning activities  -- includes word, graph and map challenges, word scrambles, anagrams, word puzzles, and writing contests. All kinds of learning fun with words.
     Teacher's Lounge  -- create, locate, and communicate information through active learning, guided discovery, mentoring, competitions, and other online activities.

HyperGrammar-- an online grammar reference for writing labs and secondary education students and teachers.

Debate Topics -- provides excellent  links to high school debate topics including international resources, selected readings, and an annotated bibliography.

Internet Connections: Language Arts  -- provides over 100 links for K-12 teachers.

SCORE Language Arts -- provides K-12 lesson plans, web-based units and links to many other resources.

Booktalks--Quick and Simple is a database of over 500 booktalks geared toward K-12 fiction.  Contains an author index, a title index, subject index and interest level index.  Although meant for educators, families have found it quite useful also. 

Excellent sites for 5-6 year-olds, their teachers and parents. 

Comprehensive Teachers’ Guide provides step by step guidance through the Professional Cartoonists site so that English and Social Studies teachers can use it with their classes to study everything from current events, politics and government to symbolism, satire, metaphor and irony.  The guide will be constantly updated and expanded.

Integrating the Internet into the Language Arts Classroom--an online two-day workshop designed for Language Arts teachers in grades 1 through 12.

Writer's Toolbox: Internet Resources for Writers--site provides writing related links. Audience: Novice and aspiring professional writers, but resources could be used in 9-12 grades.

Project Gutenberg--electronic text versions of literary classics. Audience: Secondary English Teachers.

Myths and Legends--comprehensive metasite providing numerous links to myths, legends, global folklore, urban folklore and much, much more. Audience: K-12 teachers, but aimed more for secondary teachers and students.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature--excellent links to online children's books and other literary information. Audience: Elementary and middle school teachers, students, and parents.

Electronic Children's Books--a gopher site providing links to a collection of online children's classics.  Audience:  K-8 teachers.

The English Server Fiction Collection--a site devoted to novels and short stories with links to electronic versions of literary works.  Audience:  Secondary English and drama teachers.

Fairy tales and fables:  A collection of Grimm's fairy tales--gopher site providing links to electronic versions of Grimm's fairy tales.  Audience:  K-12 teachers.

The On-line Books Page--index of online electronic books.  Audience:  Secondary Teachers.

The Shiki Internet Haiku Salon--an international forum for the appreciation of haiku.  Audience: Secondary teachers and students.

EINet Poetry Index--a list of online poetry collections.  Audience:  Secondary English teachers and students.

The New Bartleby--a National Digital Library that currently features the selected works of Theodore Roosevelt. Audience:  Secondary English and History teachers and students.

Jane Austen Information Page--interactive site with electronic versions of Austen's work in hypertext. Great inquiry site!  Audience:  Secondary English students and teachers.

The Edmund Spenser Home Page--extensive metasite providing electronic versions of Spenser's works and interesting links to related literature.  Audience:  Secondary Honors English students and teachers.

Mark Twain on the Philippines--interesting site exhibiting Twain's satirical writings on the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902.  Documents his involvement with the Anti-Imperialist League.  Audience:  Secondary English and History teachers and students.

Emily Dickinson--informative site covering the life and works of Emily Dickinson; very interesting list of FAQs.  Audience:  Secondary English students and teachers.

Theodore Tugboat's Online Activity Center--fun interactive site featuring an online coloring book, interactive stories, and links to many other children's sites.  Audience:  Primary grade teachers, students, and parents.

ESL/Multiculturalism 

First People Web Sites in the Americas  -- large K-12 clearinghouse of business, cultural, educational, and legal links to Indian and Aboriginal web sites.

Native American Educational Resources -- very comprehensive metasite constructed to provide all known relevant information resources to the Native American and educational communities.

Online Culture and Language Learning  -- provides K-12 educators with Internet-based tools to facilitate development of cross-cultural and bilingual competency via computer.

World Cultures -- provides advanced high school and college freshman students with an online research textbook of world cultures and history.

K-12 Electronic Guide for African Resources on the Internet -- provides an extensive guide to assist K-12 teachers, librarians, and students in locating online resources on Africa for  classroom use, research, and studies.

Urban/Minority Families -- contains resources for teachers and parents of Asian, Hispanic, homeless, refugee, immigrant, and at-risk students, including links about family involvement, conflict resolution, and multicultural education.

The Children of Southeast Asia--site portraits young people from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

Spotlight on the Harlem Renaissance--a collection of links designed to explore this exciting era of history. Audience K-12 teachers, students, and parents.

Cultures Alive!--website maintained by the Learning Channel; explore the globe and participate in culturally rich virtual experiences. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

African-American Issues--provides links to interesting articles and African-American History sites. Audience: Secondary teachers, students, and parents.

Photo Tour of the Civil Rights Movement-- presents a "sampling of images" portraying events in Seattle during the civil rights movement . Audience: K-12 students, teachers, and parents.
 
The Trials and Triumphs of an African-American Family Life -- experience a virtual field trip; a must visit site! Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents.
 
The Language Academy--informative resource site; online chats and threaded discussion groups for teachers.  Audience: K-12 teachers and parents.

Bilingual Education Resources on the Net--valuable links to Bilingual Education resources. Audience: K-12 teachers.

Primary Education (K-3) Resources for Bilingual Educators--provides links to resources designed for K-3 bilingual educators and Spanish-speaking children.

La Clase BilingŁe--literature-based thematic teaching units for K-6 bilingual classrooms.

Technology Services:  Bilingual Education Resources

English-as-a-Second-Language Learning and Collaboration in Cyberspace  by Susana M. Sotillo

A bilingual (both English and Spanish) web page.  Once at the site you click on Phoenix Elementary School History Corner.  The Southern Oregon Historical Society partnered with a Phoenix Elementary to produce pages in both languages about the Mexican celebration of the day of the dead.

General 

US Military Directorate of Time -- provides a resource to develop activities for upper-level elementary students to calculate the current time in various world time zones.

Life Over Time Activities -- provides sample activities from the Field Museum in Chicago for elementary school students, including reference sections and resource listings for more activities.
In addition check out  The Dino Tours / Exhibits

Animal Tracks -- from the publishers (National Wildlife Federation) of Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard, this site contains information and games developed for upper-level elementary students.

Dragonfly -- web site dedicated to promoting scientific investigations by elementary students.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) -- hundreds of resources for K-12 students, educators, and parents.

Ask an Expert -- searchable collection of answered questions and resources to e-mail questions to an expert.  Great site to use with K-12 students as an Internet activity.

SchoolNet Digital Connections -- an incredible digital collection of images, informational resources, historical accounts, and cultural artifacts.  Excellent web site for upper level elementary and secondary students and educators.

California Heritage Collection -- provides an online archive of over 28,000 images illustrating California's history and culture from the collections of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

School Librarian Emergency Sites -- a wonderful set of links, categorized and annotated, designed to provide resources for the School Library Media Specialist.

The Adventures of Cyberbee--guides teachers on Internet adventures.

Creative Classroom Online--provides creative resources and interactive features for K-6 teachers.

Doug & Grover Online:  Internet Projects

Telis--a non-profit education foundation providing quality electronic learning resources.

All Tracks--A good starting point for K-1 sites.

Health and Safety

Tommy's Tooth Ache -- provides instruction about the importance of brushing teeth.

Information on Tobacco and Smoking

Altered States: Alcohol and Other Drugs in America --website exhibiting the American history of drug use and drug trade. Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents. 

PE Central--website for physical education teachers, students, interested parents, and adults. Features links to Lesson and Assessment Ideas. Audience: K-6 teachers, students, and parents. 

Humanities  

EDSITEment--humanities-related web site created and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Council of the Great City Schools, MCI Communications Corp., and the National Trust for the Humanities. Considered to be the best humanities-related educational content on the Internet. 

Math

Mathematics 101 - a list of 101 resources for math teachers.

Mayan Math --  explores the numerical and calendrical Mayan system as well as providing additional activities for elementary teachers.  Another related site which explores the Mayan counting system based on 3 symbols.

Project SkyMath -- designed for middle school mathematics teachers. Provides information on how to use the project's 16 classroom activities.

Plane Math -- designed to "stimulate and motivate students with physical disabilities in grades 4-7 to pursue aeronautics-related careers."   In addition, provides many useful math resources.

Fractals -- site for elementary and middle school students to learn about fractals.  Lesson plans are based on the NCTM standards, and resources for other math lessons are also available.

SCORE Mathematics Lessons -- collection of lesson plans based on the California Mathematics Framework and the NCTM Standards for K-12 teachers.

The Explorer -- a collection of K-12 mathematics and science educational resources including instructional software, lab activities, lesson plans, and student created materials.

Math and Science Gateway -- contains links to 9-12th grade mathematics and science resources for teachers and students.  Developed by Cornell University.

Ask Dr. Math--a searchable archive of math questions arranged by grade level; questions asked by students and teachers.

K-5 List of Math Lessons--list of links to textual lesson plans.

6-8 List of Math Lessons--list of links to textual lesson plans.
 
High School Math Lessons--list of links to textual lesson plans. 
 
Mathematical Quotations-- provides a collection of mathematical quotations from famous mathematicians.  Audience: Secondary Math teachers.
 
Mathematics Dictionary--a dictionary of math terms; a quick online reference guide for K-12 teachers.

MegaMath-- designed for the elementary level this site presents unusual and important mathematical ideas.

The Spanky Fractal Database--a must see site designed to provide resources for fractal images, software, and information.  Audience: Secondary Math teachers and students.

The Geometry Center at the University of Minnesota--contains great multimedia exhibits about geometric structures.  Audience: K-12 teachers.

Mathematics in Ancient Greece--an exhibition (primarily a textual presentation) based on documents in the Vatican Library. Audience: K-12 teachers.

The Math Forum Student Center--site contains student activities like Problem of the Week and Project of the Month;offers activity links by grade level. Audience: K-12 students, teachers, and parents.

Appetizers and Lessons for Math and Reason--unique presentation of information and resources about math and reasoning. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

Interactive Physics and Math with JAVA-- a set of more than 20 scientifically accurate, easily understandable, user friendly educational applets. Audience: K-12 teachers interested in web-based instruction.
 
Nutrition   

The Food Zone--provides opportunities to examine how our bodies work and what it needs to run on, as well as fun experiments. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

Nutrition and Health--website maintained by the University of Arizona to provide web information on nutrition and health topics.  Audience: Secondary Health and Home Economics teachers.

Science/Environmental

Kindergarden  --  provides many approaches for designing activities where children interact with plants and the outdoors.

Brucie's Buddies -- a club for children age 4 to 14 with the motto of "Kids Caring for the Environment."  Teaches students about the environment using online activities.

EELink -- provides resources consistent with the key principles of environmental education for K-12 students.

EnviroNet--Monitoring Projects for 1997-8 -- contains environmentally-oriented Internet projects, for example, the monitoring of acid rain, bats, birds, coyotes, insects, the ozone, and plants. Project aims to enhance environmental science education for middle and high school students through telecommunications.

WhaleNet -- a collaborative telecomputing project that connects student investigators with other students and scientists, both nationally and globally.  Web site also contains resources and activities for 4-12 grade students and teachers.

Give Water a Hand -- a national watershed education program provides elementary and middle school teachers with resources for implementing an action-oriented project to involve students with water issues.

Science Activities -- provides elementary teachers with activity-based science resources.

The Galileo Project -- an awarding winning informational site on Galileo's life and work.  Appropriate for grades 3-12 and teachers.  Site created and maintained by Rice University.
 
National School Network Science Online -- exhibits K-12 students' science projects nationwide.

Hurricane Storm Center -- contains hurricane resources for elementary teachers; topics include inside a hurricane, survivors, weather instruments, and killer storms.

MendelWeb-- contains resources about the origins of classical genetics, introductory data analysis, elementary plant science, and the history and literature of science for teachers and secondary level students.  Created by Roger B. Blumberg at Brown University.

Neuroscience for Kids -- contains information, activities, and experiments for students to explore the nervous system.

KIE - University of Berkley -- web-based learning environment designed for middle and high school students to explore science.

The Contributions of Women to the United States Naval Observatory: The Early Years --
provides the history and background of women's contributions at the United States Naval Observatory before the 1920's.

Regional Planetary Image Facility -- a collection of more than 300,00 planetary images and data obtained from planetary missions. A great reference for K-12 students and teachers.

The Space Educators' Handbook -- part of NASA's Multimedia Space Educators' Handbook, this site provides more than 2,000 files for K-12 students and educators. Also check out Quest, NASA's K-12 Internet Initiative

The How Far Does Light Go? Debate -- problem-solving activity for middle and high school students.

Learning Through Collaborative Visualization Project (CoVis)-- a distributed learning environment for high school students to learn about science using the same tools and thinking processes of scientists.

Nanoworld Image Gallery -- contains pictures taken by a scanning electronic microscope pictures of a variety of objects.

Scanning Electron Microscope Image Gallery -- contains images of insects and spiders,  plants samples, and synthetic substances like Velcro.
Discover how a scanning electron microscope works.

Ebola Outbreak: A Talk with Teachers -- high school students can read a transcripted interview with Dr. Donald P. Francis, a leading AIDS researcher, about the Ebola virus.

Introduction to the Viruses -- hypertext resource for high school students and teachers.

Micro-Units for Science: Biology - Grades 9-12 -- developed by the National Science Teachers Association. Search the Micro-Units by National Science Education Standards categories or subject areas or by grade level

Biology Resources Page -- provides microscope and scanning electron microscope images of cell structures.

Mike's Herpetocultural Homepage -- provides photographs and information on reptiles of the Shawnee National Forest. Check out this site listed on Mike's page Herp and Reptile Pictures -- provides links to additional resources and  more than 200 photographs of crocodilians, frogs, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and snakes.

Green Algae -- contains information and links to related resources for high school students.  An additional Marine Life web site for high school students Cnideria: Jellyfish, Corals and Sea Anemones.

In Search of Giant Squid -- 4-12 grade students can follow an expedition to track down a giant squid off the coast of New Zealand, and web site provides a comprehensive resource of information and related links.

Ocean Link -- an interactive web site containing  Marine Science information for 5-12 grade students and teachers.

Whales: A Thematic Web Unit -- an integrated unit for K-8 grades.

Mutant Fruit Flies -- explains the basics of DNA mutation using fruit flies. Good starting point for 6-12 grade students.

Glacier -- middle and high school students learn concepts of earth science, ecology, and environmental science by exploring Antarctica and its important environmental role.

Science House -- contains an annotated list of many useful resources for science educators.

Computational Science Textbook-- a web-based textbook and teachers' manual for teaching a high school course in computational science.

SCORE Science -- contains links to K-12 quality science resources for students and teachers.

Scientific American Frontiers School Program--Free Teaching Materials and Interactive Website.

A complete biology text on-line written by the page's author.

The visible human

The Academy Curriculum Exchange--within this metasite you can find a good website for science activities for kids. This site has 130 science activities for kids in grades K-5 and is provided by the Organization For Community Networks.

Arachnology: The study of arachnids (spiders and their relatives)--if you want to explore spiders, this site provides numerous informational links.  Audience: K-6 students and teachers.

Dinosauria Online--cool links to dinosaur articles, pictures, all kinds of information relating to excavations, evolution of dinosaurs, fossilization, paleontology, and lots more. Audience: K-8 teachers and students.

Earth and Sky--supported by the National Science Foundation this website provides information on topics related to the earth and sky like daily reports on what stars can be seen. Also provides links to a broad range of related topics, links to school stuff including lessons plans and other ideas on how to use the website.  Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

Science/Nature for Kids--ideas, field trips, resources and more for K-12 students, parents and teachers.

Teacher Developed Earth and Space Science Lessons and Classroom Activities--great site for science lesson plans and activities for K-12 teachers.

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit--interactive dissection of a frog and links to a Virtual Frog Builder Game, which can be used to test high school students' knowledge of frog anatomy. Audience: Secondary Science teachers and students.

Auroras:Paintings in the Sky - Exploratorium--great site for learning about auroras. Provides suggestions for using the site in classrooms. Audience: Secondary Science teachers and students.

Africanized Honey Bee Lesson Plans--lesson plans for K-12 students designed to familiarize students with honey bees and bee safety issues through a variety of interesting activities.

Amazon Adventure--visit a website created by a group of teachers after their visit to the Amazon rainforest in August, 1996.  Audience: K-12 teachers and students. 

Chem 101--great site for chemistry educators features a searchable online textbook, experiments, videos, chat rooms, and a newsgroup. 

The Internet Webseum of Holography--information on the history and creation of holograms. The Hollo-Kids section is designed for younger students. 

Whales--an integrated thematic web unit designed for K-5 classrooms. 

International Arctic Project--gopher site on the International Arctic Project (IAP) expedition; learn about the Arctic region by reading the team's accounts online. Audience: 6-12 teachers and students. 

Liftoff--interactive Space Shuttle Mission thematic website. Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents. 

The Field Museum--website of Chicago's renowned natural history museum. Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents. 

Wolf Haven International--website devoted to wolf conservation. Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents. 

The Froggy Page--a fun interactive site filled with informational resources for all ages. Audience: K-12 teachers and students. 

The Weather Unit--provides an integrated thematic unit featuring interconnected lesson plans across a broad range of subject matter. Audience: K-6 teachers and students. 
 
The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System--provides an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Audience: K-12 teachers and students. 

Fun Science Gallery --website designed to support science education, help make science a fun activity, and assist teachers with science projects. Audience: 3-8 teachers and students. 
 
Sea Turtle Survival League (STSL)--provides information and insight into the plight of the sea turtle in the Caribbean basin and the Costa Rica rainforests. Have your class adopt a turtle as a class project! Audience: K-12 teachers and students. 

BLM Resource Explorer--go on location with Bureau of Land Management scientists and ask questions while they're conducting research. Excellent environmental education material. Audience: 4-12 teachers and students. 

Social Studies  

Teaching Resources by the National Council for the Social Studies -- provides teaching resources categorized by Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.  New resources are added monthly.

Lesson Plans and Resources for Social Studies Teachers --  a list of Internet resources gathered by Dr. Marty Levine, California State University, Northridge (CSUN); includes K-12 lesson plans and resources.

SCORE History-Social Science Resources --  lists K-12 resources selected and evaluated by  California educators.  Sites chosen for accuracy, grade appropriateness, and richness.

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) maintains an excellent list of resources    organized by the ten major themes of social studies.

History/Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers -- designed to encourage use of the World Wide Web as a learning and teaching tool and to provide help for K-12 classroom teachers in locating and using Internet resources in the classroom.

Social Studies School Service -- provides grades 4-12 resources on the American Revolution, Women's History, Black History, National Parks, Slavery, lots of Civics sites, and even Shakespeare.  Excellent resource site! Check out Online Resources.

Animas Expedition: Treasure Hunters & Underwater Archaeology --upper-level elementary and secondary students can virtually view an underwater archaeological adventure exploring 18th century Spanish & Portuguese shipwrecks off of Uruguay.

Archaeological Museum of Bologna, Italy -- visit the museum, which consists of a huge number of materials illustrating the oldest history of Bologna: from prehistory to the Roman Period.   Its collection of Egyptian antiquities is one of the most important in Europe.   Viewthe Egyptian section or the Etruscan section

National Archaeological Museum of Athens -- provides a catalogue of museum holdings of ancient artifacts from ancient Greek sites and Egypt.

Jamestown Rediscovery -- 5-12th grade students explore the results and exhibit of a ten-year archaeological project, which searched for the remains of 1607 Jamestown, Virginia.

The Valley of the Shadow Project -- provides secondary and college students a hypermedia archive of the American Civil War viewed from both sides of the conflict.

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez: -- a virtual tour of the Supreme Court, the building, the justices, and Supreme Court cases since 1893.

U.S. History Out Loud  -- provides collection of digitized audio materials from presidential libraries and other archives for use over the World Wide Web.  Audience:  High school students and teachers.

History/Social Studies Website for K-12 Teachers

The Smithsonian: America's Treasure House for Learning--the online Smithsonian Institution museums.  Audience:  K-12 teachers, students, and parents.

History--provides links to instructional materials and information  for K-12 Teachers.

IDB Population Pyramids--great site to create student activities from. For example, population distribution can be shown for over 200 countries. Have students create categories based on the graphs. Assign students a nation to research other features (income distribution, GNP, education) and compare these with the research done by other groups.   Audience:  Secondary History, Math, and Geography teachers and students.

The Library of Congress Exhibitions--a virtual museum of our Nation's historical artifacts. Incredible display of maps (click on MAPS from home page).  Audience: K-12 teachers, secondary students, and parents.

American Memory from the Library of Congress--primary sources and archival materials related to American history and culture.  Audience: K-12 teachers, students, and parents.
 
The Papers of George Washington--this collection of papers represents "one of the richest collections of American historical manuscripts extant ." Audience:  Secondary English and History teachers, students, and parents. 

US Historical Documents--gopher list of a very thorough resource list of textual information. Audience:  Secondary History teachers and students. 

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum--incredible collection of artifacts and exhibits. Excellent site!  Audience:  K-12 teachers, students, and parents. 

Technology  

Beginner's Guide to HTML -- downloadable guide for learning hypertext markup language (HTML).

Internet Use: Commonly Asked Questions -- an FYI reference for elementary and secondary school teachers about Internet issues.

Internet Navigator -- an online Internet course available for use or for credit.  Good information resource for teachers.

World Wide Web Workbook -- an online workbook for high school students and teachers to learn WWW basics in a PC lab.

Applied Technology Projects

Designing Electronic Classrooms 

CU Boulder's Smart Classrooms 

Issues regarding computers in the classroom 

Northwestern University's Smart Classrooms 

Specific Infrastructure Requirements for New and Renovated Classrooms and Lecture Halls to Support Multimedia Teaching 

Sciences Smart Classrooms 

The Computer Lab: A Multimedia Classroom and Computer Lab 

The Smarter College Classrooms Home Page 
 
Educational Technology 

Educational Technology -- a collection of resources for educators.

Reinventing Schools: The Technology is Now discusses the role of technology in education.

Educational Technology Network--a very impressive collection of websites that are routinely updated; a visit is a must. Audience: K-12 teachers.

Educational Technology in Education 

Federal Communications Commission: LearnNet Sites--The FCC's Informal Education page. Since technology is believed to have the potential to enhance education. The FCC is working to bring every school in America into the information age. LearnNet is about important FCC policy and education initiatives. 

An Education Renaissance - CYBERSchools-- 

CollegeNET --a free Internet guide to colleges and universities. Provides students with a web-based tool for identifying and applying to institutions that fit their needs. Features a free scholarship search database, virtual campus tours, and Financial Aid information. 

Software Publisher's Association -Education Section--contains information on copyright protection laws and the legal use of intellectual property, current standards for hardware configurations and standards for K-12 curriculum as it pertains to software. 

The NODE-Technologies for Learning--information on learning technologies.Site designed to help  make informed decisions about learning technologies by organizing and contextualizing information, critical analyses and the experiences of colleagues.  Features monthly information about new teaching technologies, for instance learn about Integrated Learning Packages viewing comparative analyses, personal experiences, critical reviews and developer information surrounding software for web-based course delivery. 
 
College of Education Online-Educational Technology 

Edweb 

Technology in the Classroom 

webED LINKS--metasite useful to faculty and technology specialists 

Ezines 

Teaching, Learning and Technology -- the National Education Association's Center for Educational Technology's online publication for K-12 educators.

Electronic Elementary Magazine: "The E-Link" -- online magazine for elementary educators and students.  Provides resources for collaborative activities and showcases student projects.

Bulletin of the History of Medicine 

Education Newsletter 

Educational Week On the Web 

EdTech News 

Free online technology magazine for K-12 school leaders--Electronic School 

eSchoolNews.Com--The online companion to the K-12 decision makers technology and Internet newspaper. 

Internet Resources Newsletter (IRN)--free monthly electronic newsletter for academics, students, engineers, scientists, and social scientists. 

Meridian--Middle School Computer Technologies Journal 

National School Networks Newsletter 

Newspapers in Education 
 
NIE Online--an online weekly newspaper supported by the Detroit News; provides a lesson plan and a news story for students; features a lesson plan archive to retrieve previous postings. Audience: K-12 teachers and students. 

ONLINE EDUCATOR -- Newsletter has free online offerings, and also it is updated every Monday morning each week. Provides numerous links to useful Internet sites and lesson plans. Audience: K-12 teachers. 

Teacher Magazine 

T.H.E. Journal Online 

The International Journal of Leadership in Learning 

The Well Connected Educator-- is the on-line publishing center and forum for the K-12 community to read, write, and talk about educational technology. 
 
Wall Street Journal--Interactive Edition has some free features.

Instructional Tools 

Designing Web Pages:  Six Steps for Web Design -- web site designed to help educators and students develop web pages.

Sink or Swim: Internet Search Tools & Techniques -- a good resource for teachers to learn how to navigate through the ocean of information available on the Internet.

Integrating the Web into Your Curriculum  -- provides a resource page to help teachers develop lesson plans, unit plans, and web sites for their students.

Introductions to the physics and Math with JAVA-- a set of more than 20 scientifically accurate, easily understandable, user friendly educational applets.

EASI --online email/web workshops on designing universally accessible web pages.

Teaching with the Internet Best Practices and Example

Teaching with the Internet Examples of Delivery/Strategies 

WebED--metasite for web-based instruction 

Freeware authoring programs 

MiniTools--Three small Win95 applications for authoring Web-based language exercises. One is an updated version of a previously-released JCross crossword-maker, one makes cloze/gap-fill exercises and one makes sentence-ordering exercises. All three packaged together with a full install/uninstall tutorial and help file (download the zip archive about 1.3 meg). 

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Internet Activities

Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling?  -- a web site created by high school students as a Think Quest project.

The Book Review Forum -- interactive site where 1-12th grade students ages can submit a book review and read reviews written by other Internet submitters.

Educational Applications of the Internet -- contains links to many interesting and useful resources for K-12 educators. Check out this site about the Internet in the Classroom.

Journey North -- an interactive project dedicated to exploring wildlife migration as well as other environmental issues using an inquiry-based research approach.  Provides excellent resources and teacher guides for grades 3-12.

Light Walk - Exploratorium -- interesting exploration of sunlight for teachers looking for hands-on science and art ideas.

K-12 Oceanography Web Resources-- very extensive list of links categorized by data sets, lesson plans, oceanography metasites, and more links, which includes a through review of the web site.

The Electronic Zoo -- provides a searchable database of comprehensive animal resources for K-12 grades.

The GLOBE Program -- a network-based global learning community of K-12 students, teachers, scientists and community leaders, investigating environmental  issues and exchanging data findings.

The JASON Project -- K-12 students and teachers virtually explore the rainforest and conduct a comparative study of temperate, tropical, and fossil rainforests.

Sample Curriculum-Based K-12 Educational Telecomputing Projects, Organized by Activity Structures -- provides an extensive list of links grouped by activity structures:  keypals, global classrooms, question-and-answer activities, electronic publishing, telefield trips, pooled data analysis, and information searches just to name a few.  A bookmark must for teachers interested in classroom technology intergration.

Dead Sea Trek--journey to the center of the earth; one man on a bike heads for the Dead Sea. Provides a log, photos, and many resources...sponsored by the Discovery Channel. Audience: K-12 teachers and students.

Educational Instructional Units Using Internet Resources

Global SchoolNet Foundation (GSN)--a leader in the instructional applications of telecommunications since 1985. GSN is a nonprofit educational organization headquartered in San Diego and is dedicated to harnessing the power and tools of the Internet to transcend distance and time.GSN recently created Community Share Program, a website that promotes programs to get schools and their communities working together. Launched in October during GSN's "Community Share Week,'' regularly displays activities designed to assist K-12 schools in utilizing the power of the Internet in sharing and uniting with their communities, as well as with other schools around the world.

Interested in groundhogs' day?  Check out for information about Pennsylvania's famous weather forecasting animal.View the event live on Feb 16, 1998, includes a teacher's resource section, guide to PA technology and a visitor's guide.

Web66: A K12 World Wide Web Project--a University of Minnesota-based website.  Platform for more than 9,000 schools (many countries) to collaborate on school improvement issues.  Project was designed to facilitate the introduction of this networked technology into K-12 schools. Goals of this project to: 

  • help K-12 educators learn how to set up their own Internet servers,
  • link K-12 web servers and the educators and students at those schools, and
  • help K-12 educators find and use K-12 appropriate resources on the web.

WebQuest--"...an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet. "(Bernie Dodge) 

Webquests created by teachers in a summer graduate class

The WebQuest page 
Another webquest site from San Diego State University 

Webquests--The New Hampshire Educational Media Association presented a webquest workshop during the summer of 1997. 

The Designing and Creating a WebQuest Workshop by Brendon White 

What is a webquest?--a tutorial on HTML and/or JavaScript. 

A Strategy for using the Internet in a middle school classroom 

Education 532 The Computer as an Instructional Tool--contains links to web pages that present material for use by elementary  students 

Houghton Mifflin-- brain teasers, projects, handbooks, activities, and curriculum ideas. Follow the SCHOOL link to the Reading/Language Arts Center, Mathematics Center, Social Studies Center, etc. 

What's News? --An ongoing tri-weekly competition. Students create questions for a fast paced WWW Jeopardy-style game of current events investigation. 

Global News Challenge-- Weekly LIVE school day Internet Relay Chat current events game. 

UNICEF Kids' Global Village Game--decision-making game for youth to better understand global issues 

Sample Internet Lessons and Learning Projects--contains the history of the Internet, Internet terminology, and other links. 

KidsONLINE: INTERNET ONLINE Summit:  Focus on Children--dedicated to making sure that online experiences are safe, educational and entertaining for children. 

Star Trek Interactive--Ask Lawrence Krauss the author of 'The Physics of Star Trek' questions and review the answers to submitted questions such as, could Warp speed be possible? What about transporters? Deflector shields? 

Microbe Zoo-Learn about microbes and microbial ecology. 

Views of the Solar System- Take an educational tour of the Solar System.  View images and information about the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets and meteoroids. 
 
Museum of Dirt-Search for dirt by texture, category, region, contents, etc.  View celebrity dirt & submit your own sample of dirt. 

Educational Instructional Units Using Internet Resources--provides links to instructional units designed for K-12 teachers. 

Classroom Applications for the Internet 

Learning Quest--provides links to K-12 teacher resources and classrooms applications of the Internet. 

The Idea Channel--site sponsored by the same people who produce the PBS series "Free to Choose" with Milton Friedman. 
 
Just For Kids  

Kids Web -- collection of subject area links selected for K-12 students by Syracuse University.

KidsClick -- a web guide developed by librarians for kids to use as a search tool.

MidLink Magazine © The Electronic Magazine for Kids in the Middle Grades -- provides fun and educational activities.

Book Nook -- provides links to book reports by kids for kids.

Teens Only!  -- collection of online resources for adolescents.

Education Project at Rogers University --WWW-Aided courses to high school juniors and seniors, for high school and university credit.

Electronic High School

Fun Internet Sites for Kids--a list of five fun links intended for kids.

GreatKids--stories about "great" kids in action.

The Kids on the Web--provides links to educational and fun sites designed for and about kids; informational links for parents also.

Kid's Web--contains informational links easily navigated by kids to interesting sites designed for kids.

MidLink Magazine--the electronic magazine for kids in the middle grades.

Special Ed Tutoring--provides tutoring to students with learning disabilities using Microsoft=92s NetMeeting. 

UNICEF Kids' Global Village Game--decision-making game for youth to better understand global issues.

What's News?--an ongoing tri-weekly competition. Students create questions for a fast-paced WWW Jeopardy-style game of current events investigation. 

WorldKids Network--a website for kids to have interactive fun. 

Just for Parents 

Harvard Education Letter  -- special issue of this publication provides five articles related to parental involvement.

Helping Your Child Learn Math: Parent Involvement Materials -- provides information and activities to foster math interest in K-8 students.

Helping With Homework: A Parent's Guide to Information Problem-Solving -- an ERIC Digest document designed to help parents guide their child through homework assignments.

KidsDentist-- provides information on the best possible dental care for children

Parents Guide to the Internet--a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Office of Educational Technology publication. 

National Parent Information Network--links to parenting resources. 
 
Helping Your Children Learn Science--1991 U. S. Office of Education publication for parents. 

Lesson Plans 

Solid Waste Classroom Activities -- Cornell University gopher provides links to K-12 classroom activities.

Lesson Plans: Maps - What Do Maps Show? -- provides resources and lesson plans for upper elementary and junior high students.

The Lesson Plans Page -- provides plans for elementary school aged children in all content areas.

Collaborative Lesson Archive -- explore archives by grade level.  Provides lessons for K-12 grades.

Educational Resources: Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans -- provides educational resources about interacting with the environment and how to preserve Earth's resources for K-12 students and teachers.

Surfing for ABC's Lesson Plan -- K-1st grade lesson plan for teaching kids how to use the Internet.

Lesson Plan Collection -- K-12 science and math lesson plans.

The Lesson Plan Page -- provides numerous links to gopher and web sites containing lesson and unit plans for K-12 educators.

Lesson plans -- extensive list of lesson plan links and resource sites for K-12 teachers. URL:   http://dewey.ed.brocku.ca/~jkerr/lsnpln.html
    
Lesson Plans in Science -- find lessons plans on making devices to check humidity (K-8 grades), identifying a mystery substance (4-6 grades), air pressure (K-12), and inertia (4-9 grades).  URL:   http://www.bway.net/~starlite/science.htm

Sample Internet Lessons and Learning Projects--valuable site including History of the Internet, Internet Terminology, and other net links. The lessons here has been set up for the 
classroom use and are also designed to: 

  • teach something about the Internet
  • teach how to use the Internet
  • teach something by using information gained from the Internet.

These lessons plans and learning projects are provided to schoolnet courtesy of ABENAKI ASSOCIATES. 

Integrating the NET--suitable for grades k-6 

LearningSpace: Using the WWW for Classroom Research Investigation--K-12 teachers submit lesson plans and short discussion. 

Technology Integrated Lessons Plans (Teacher Zone)--K-6 listing of lesson plans in various subject areas. 

Teacher Talk Forum--learning resources for secondary students, their parents, and educators. Provides links to various topics including lessons plans and professional development. 

McGraw Hill's Resource Village--Free Teaching Resources including online lesson plans. What's available: free resources, lesson plans, professional development link provides excellent informational links 
 
Educational Instructional Units Using Internet Resources 

Classroom Connect--links to in-depth information about using the Internet in the K-12 classroom worldwide. 

Lesson Plans by Gibson Associates 
 
Lesson Plans Using Internet Web Sites by Kathy Reeves--provides links to lessons plans and other types of educational resources suitable for grades K-12. 

Metasites 

Educational Hotlists --very comprehensive list of resources and web sites by the Franklin Institute for K-12 teachers and students.

Technology in the Classroom -- monthly listing of resource links for elementary teachers.

Ed's Oasis Treasure Zone--excellent resource site for K-12 teachers, great organization of links within subject area categories, and an interesting collection of websites. 

Education Sites and Resources 

Engines for Education 

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators 

National Indian Telecommunications Institute Education Links--a metasite listing many useful resources for K-12 teachers. 

Vose General Education Resource Links--another impressive metasite of resources for K-12 teachers. 
 
Professional Development  

Math Teacher Link -- delivers professional development opportunities and classroom resources to secondary teachers of mathematics, statistics, and related subjects.

Learning Resource Server -- provides links to learning applications of Internet technologies. Access ongoing  projects of teachers and students of all grade levels as well as the work of researchers exploring learning environments.

Internet Resources on Disabilities -- provides links to various resources for educators.

Barrier Free Education--resources for the inclusion of students with disabilities into math and science education; addresses the awareness of special arrangements; geared for college but information is applicable for all grade levels. 

BonusPoint --a source for knowledge of Internet products, solid advice, quality explanations and training on new technologies. 

Free online course for credit--Teachers wanted to pilot NASA's Earth System Science graduate course.

Link2Learn--Professional Development site created to support teachers in integrating technology into their classrooms.What's available: online tutorials, activities, lesson plans, WORKSHOP KITS to help you teach Internet basics in your classroom, and Self-paced Technology Tutorials for Staff.

Teachers@Random --resource center with materials to assist K-4 teachers who use Random House books in the classroom.

Teacher Talk Forum 

ThinkQuest--provides free professional development workshops to help teachers learn to exploit the Web, integrate the ThinkQuest Library of Entries into their classes, and be effective coaches for the contest.   Advanced Network & Services, Inc. created and operates ThinkQuest.

The Well-Connected Educator--a website maintained by the Global Schoolhouse as a forum and learning center for K-12 educators.

The National Demonstration Laboratory--a demonstration site and clearinghouse on educational multimedia technologies. In 1994, partnered with Academy for Educational Development (AED) "to provide leadership in the application of new media technologies to human development and educational needs in the U.S. and throughout the world." 

Tom Snyder Productions--links to professional development and online activities.

Networking workshops 

Technology Training Materials--Education Service Center in Texas, materials designed for use by SDL to train teachers on integrating computers and the Internet into K-12 classrooms.

TEACHNET--an interactive website for K-12 teachers; features an online newsletter, a webforum to ask questions and join in discussions, and a lesson ideas section. 

Teacher Internet Pages 

Web Teacher--great site to learn about the web.

HTML Tutorial 

Internet Learning Center 

Knowledge Online 

Web-based Information Training Center 

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse--excellent resource site for teachers. Audience: K-12 teachers.  

Welcome to the Gifted Resources Home Page--provides links to gifted resources. Designed for gifted students, their parents, and educators. 
 
References, Databases, Indices  

AskLN--a question-answering service for teachers and administrators focuses on classroom technology. AskLN is also available from the Learning Network Web sites 

California Instructional Technology Clearinghouse --evaluates technology resources for the state of California featuring a searchable database of all reviews published over the past 13 years. 

Educational Technology Page of the Virtual Library 

The Electronic Map to the Internet 

Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC) and another link to ERIC--ERIC is a federally-funded national information system.  AskERIC--provides educational information. Began in 1992 as a project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology at Syracuse University and is a SUN SITE repository.  A Pocket Guide to ERIC 
Educational Resources Online (EROnline)--provides a comprehensive and updated list of meta-resources and multi-purpose sites for education and learning on the Internet. 

FastWEB--Free database of 180,000 scholarships offered by associations, corporations, service clubs and other private sources.  Maintained by the Chicago-based FastWEB. No charge for the service. 

General Resources--link to online dictionary, encyclopedia, quotations, thesaurus, and online citation guide. Audience: K-12 teachers. 

Internet Terms 

Internet Online Help 

Internet Glossary--interactive glossary of Internet and World Wide Web terminology, linked to related terms and supporting FAQs and learning materials. Good entry point for the self-learner. 

National Center for Technology Planning:-- a clearinghouse for the exchange of information related to Technology Planning. 

Needle in a CyberStack - the InfoFinder--a must see for the Internet Explorer! 

Technology Resource Directory Center--a comprehensive directory developed over 2 years, which covers 155 categories and over 7500 references, including Internet sites related to Technology, Programming, Tools, Computers, Jobs, Tips, Education, Investing, Travel, Real Estate, Reviews, Products, and many others. 

The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus-- a new integrated Dictionary-Thesaurus.  Dr. Robert Parks, and the ARTFL Project at the University of Chicago,  have made the availability of a full dictionary and thesaurus look-up service. Over 100,000 entries and 50,000 headwords, you 
only need to look up a word once, with hyperlinks to synonyms, and similar or related words available where appropriate. This site is useful for reference, for brainstorming, and for following your semantic intuitions to build your own semantic network. This site will be sponsoring participatory projects to expand and build upon the usefulness of this reference process. Projects include a "Word of the Day" section, an SAT Dictionary (available next month), lesson plans, word lists, a Visual Dictionary and a "Thesaurus of  Quotations." 

Research Centers 

ALCOM--National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM) is a consortium of Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron. Provides summer workshops for gifted students, presentations at local schools, tours for students and educational packages for science students. 

McRel--Research Center provides links to resources and publications. Audience: K-12 teachers. 

NASA Classroom Of The Future--take a virtual tour of the Erma Ora Byrd Center, and see the latest developments in educational technologies; explore the numerous links to resources. Audience: K-12 teachers. 

NASA Education Program--features links to online resources and information about NASA's Programs and Curriculum Support Products. Audience: K-12 teachers. 

NASA Regional Educator Resource Center (NASA RERC)--resource links to support the efforts of K-12 educators in infusing their classrooms with cutting-edge materials related to the U.S. space program. 

The National Education Knowledge Industry Associations Voice (NEKIA)--a trade association designed to promote awareness of and investment in the field of educational research and development. 

Pathways to School Improvement--developed by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory in cooperation with the Regional Educational Laboratory network. 

Research for better schools--long-term institutional research and development in Education. 

Technology Plans 

Essentials of learning for technology written for each grade level. 

Virginia's Standards of learning for technology by the end of fifth and eighth grade. 

North Carolina Public Schools Computer Skills Curriculum broken down by grades K-12. 

To Order  

JE Hill Multimedia Company Video & CD-ROM catalog--link to a contest to win a $50.00 gift certificate 

Jones Education Media-- The Leader in Video Education 

Apple Education:WorldWide --Apple Education news and events, confidential price lists for educators and educational institutions, reports on ACOT projects (Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow) and more. 

The Learning Manager (TLM)--"Tools for curriculum development, instructional design, and course delivery." 
 
What about Learning   

Web-Learning--Learning with the World 

International University-- learning for motivated adult learners. 

    Pedagogical Issues

Learning in Cyberspace: Computer Mediated Communication and Distance Education--This document was prepared by David Kahle for MIT course 4.207: Digital Communities. 

URLs of use:
WWWDEV Web site 
NAWeb 98 - The Virtual Campus 
NAWeb 97 - Shortening the Distance to Education 
NAWeb 96 - The Future is Here
NAWeb 95 - Educational Opportunities on the WWW 
Archived listserv is archived to retrieve 
anyone can go and look at "old ground" as often as they like. 

NODE's tfl forums page also addresses these issues. 

A good introduction to cognitive apprenticeship by Susan Berryman--she gives a good account of Collins and Brown, and Lave's thoughts. 

Morten Paulsen's website offers invaluable information on these issues. 

Lists and Listservs  

Email Discussion Lists 

Electronic Journals 

Liszt, the mailing list directory 
 
Pitsco's Launch to Listserv Information 

Tile.Net--Comprehensive reference to discussion lists 

To subscribe type SUBSCRIBE NAME OF LISTSERV FIRST NAME and LASTNAME 
(i.e., subscribe BigSix Deborah Stirling) Leave subject line blank. 
Big 6 
BLOCKLIST--K-12 Block Scheduling Discussion List 
Blue Web'n listserv--weekly newsletter 
CHATBACK 
Classroom Connect 
EARTH~SPACE 
ECENET-L 
ECEOL-L 
EDRES-L 
EDSTYLE 
EDNET 
EDTECH 
5-6th Grade Connection 
FIRST GRADE 
FYI 
GEOGED 
ITS 
KIDLINK 
KIDSNET 
KIDSPHERE 
KIDS REPORT--weekly newsletter 
LM_NET 
MUSIC-ED 
NCTE-talk 
NCTM-L 
NET-HAPPENINGS 
NETWORK_NUGGETS-L 
NEWEDU-L 
NIITEACH--newsletter 
PRESTO 
RTEACHER 
Scout Report--news 
SOCSTUD-L 
SPECED-L 
SPEDTECH-L 
T321-L 
TAG-L 
TEACHNET 
Tech-Teacher 
TIE-L 
TOYSTCHR 
Web66
WEBTALK 
WWWEDU 

 

    



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