ERIC Identifier: ED372758 Publication Date: 1994-05-00
Author: Morgan, Nancy A. Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on
Information and Technology Syracuse NY.
An Introduction to Internet Resources for K-12 Educators. Part
II: Question Answering, Listservs, Discussion Groups. ERIC Digest.
The Internet is an international computer network consisting of thousands of
smaller interconnected computer networks. As K-12 schools connect to the
Internet, a new and different means of communication opens up to educators and
their students. This digest describes some sample services and resources that
are available to the K-12 community by electronic mail over the Internet.
The number of information services that
use electronic mail to deliver information is increasing. Services that teachers
will find on the Internet include:
AskERIC: AskERIC is a human mediated question answering service for teachers,
library media specialists, administrators, and others involved in education. A
project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology at Syracuse
University, AskERIC uses the vast resources of the ERIC system and the Internet
to answer questions sent by electronic mail. Questioners receive an electronic
mail response at no cost within 48 hours. Typical responses include citations
from ERIC database searches, full text ERIC Digests, and Internet resources such
as listservs and addresses for gopher sites. (Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
and other resources developed from questions received at AskERIC are archived at
the AskERIC Virtual Library which can be accessed by gophering to
firstname.lastname@example.org) Address for electronic mail questions:
Ask a Young Scientist: A question answering service for elementary students
on scientific topics. Questions are researched and answered by advanced
chemistry students. Students are asked to limit their questions to five per
message, but are encouraged to post as many questions as they wish. Address:
Ask Prof. Math: Answers questions on mathematical content or pedagogy from
K-8 students and teachers. (Archives of the questions and responses can be found
via anonymous ftp atacs.sbu.edu in the pub/prof.math subdirectory.) Address:
email@example.com Online Writing Lab (OWL): Purdue University Writing Lab provides
help on correct English usage and writing. Information on how to get free copies
of help sheets on topics ranging from resume writing to proper punctuation can
be obtained by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject:
owl-request. Message: Send help. Tutors will also answer a question by email.
Send the question to email@example.com.
Listservs are automated programs that serve as
distribution centers for mail messages. Listservs usually focus on a single
topic that may be very broad or extremely narrow. People join a listserv by
subscribing, and actively participate by sending messages to the listserv, or by
simply reading them.
To subscribe, send a message to: listserv@node Leave the subject line blank.
In the body of the message, write: subscribe <listserv name><your
For example, to subscribe to LM[underscore]NET: Address the message to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Message: subscribe LM[underscore]NET Nancy Morgan
Below are listservs of special interest to K-12 educators:
NET-HAPPENINGS@is.internic.net: Internet related news and announcements
CHILDLIT@RUTVM1.RUTGERS.EDU: Children's literature
LM[underscore]NET@suvm.syr.edu: School library/media services
SUPERK12@suvm.syr.edu: Supercomputing implementation and utilization in the
MIDDLE-L@VMD.CSO.UIUC.EDU: Middle school education
EDNET@nic.umass.edu: Internet use in education
EDTECH@MSU.BITNET: Educational technology
EDPOLYAN@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU: Education policy
KIDSPHEREemail@example.com: Global network (formerly Kidsnet) for
K-12 children & teachers
KIDLINK@vm1.nodak.edu: Kidlink Society runs several listservs in support of a
global dialog for 10-15 year old students. Subscribe to KIDLINK listserv to
receive information about the other lists.
ECENET-L@VMD.CSO.UIUC.EDU: Early childhood education
TESLK-12@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU: Teachers of English as a second or foreign language
ICN-REQUEST@ctrvax.vanderbilt.edu: International Counselor Network (ICN):
counselors or counselor educators
BIOPI-L@ksuvm.bitnet: Secondary education relating to biology
NEWEDU-L@uscvm.bitnet: New and improved methods of education
TAG-L@avml.nodak.edu: Talented and gifted students
MUSIC-ED@UMINN1.Bitnet: Music education
Usenet Newsgroups are an electronic
bulletin board system, accessible via the Internet, that consists of discussion
forums on literally thousands of topics. Users should contact their system
operator for instructions. (Student access should be monitored. Many newsgroup
topics are not suitable for minors.)
Some of the Usenet Newsgroups are:
k12.chat.elementary: General discussion for Elementary Students
k12.chat.junior: General discussion for Junior High Students
k12.chat.senior: General discussion for Senior High Students
k12.chat.teacher: General discussion between K12 Teachers
k12.ed.art: Arts and Crafts Education
k12.ed.business: Business Education
k12.ed.life-skills: Life Skills Education
k12.ed.math: Mathematics Education
k12.ed.music: Music and Performing Arts
k12.ed.science: Science Education
k12.ed.soc-studies: Social Studies Education
k12.ed.tag: Talented and Gifted Education
k12.ed.tech: Technology Education
REFERENCES AND READINGS
Abbott, T. (Ed.). (1994). INTERNET
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Andres, Y. M. (1993). Education on-line. EXECUTIVE EDUCATOR, 15(6), 21-23.
Harris, J. (1993). Mining the Internet: Using Internet know- how to plan how
students will know. COMPUTING TEACHER, 20(8), 35-40.
K-12 computer networking. (1993). THE ERIC REVIEW, 2(3). (ED 355 940)
Krol, E. (1992). THE WHOLE INTERNET: USER'S GUIDE & CATALOG. Sebastopol,
CA: O'Reilly. (ISBN: 1-56592-025-2)
Murray, J. (1993). K12 network: Global education through telecommunications.
COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM, 36(8), 36-41.
Sellers, J. (1994). FYI ON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED 'PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL INTERNET USER' QUESTIONS. Network Working Group, Request for Comments 1578. [Available from
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Tennant, R. (October, 1992). INTERNET BASICS. ERIC DIGEST. Syracuse, NY: ERIC
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Valauskas, E. J. (1993). Education online: Interactive K-12 computing.
ONLINE, 17(4), 89-91.
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