ERIC Identifier: ED384681
Publication Date: 1995-06-00
Author: Burnett, Gary
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban
Education New York NY.
Urban Education Resources on the Internet. ERIC/CUE Digest
The Internet is rapidly becoming one of the most important vehicles for
educators and others to communicate and share information. Because materials on
it can be updated almost instantaneously, the Internet is often the best source
for up-to-the-minute information. Further, anyone who has the proper hardware,
software, and access to the Internet can locate Internet resources easily and at
Information resources on the Internet are usually provided using one of two
GOPHER provides access to text-only information available anywhere on the
Internet by means of simple lists of materials from which users can choose
whatever interests them.
THE WORLD WIDE WEB (WWW), like Gopher, provides access to texts, but often
supplements the words with graphics and sounds. Another important feature of the
WWW is the presence of highlighted terms (called "links") that allow the user to
move to related texts and other information elsewhere on the Internet. By using
software packages such as Netscape, Mosaic, or Lynx (commonly called
"browsers"), users are able to follow these links to additional information.
Many organizations and individuals have developed their own "sites" within
which they place their Gopher or WWW resources; others make use of sites
provided by Internet access providers. Each site can be reached by using its
unique Internet address. WWW users can access all types of Internet resources,
including Gopher and WWW sites, by using a type of computer address called a
Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Users with Gopher access only are only able to
use the resources whose URLs begin with "gopher://," and must use computer
addresses that are slightly different from URLs. Users should check with
colleagues experienced in using the Internet or with their Internet access
provider to find out which type of resources they will be able to use. Access
providers can also offer assistance in obtaining and using the proper software,
and may be able to provide training in using both Gopher and the WWW.
This digest describes a sample of the best current Gopher and WWW resources
devoted to urban and minority education, and provides Gopher addresses whenever
applicable in addition to URLs. Because resources on the Internet change
constantly, the digest will be updated annually.
URBAN EDUCATION RESOURCES
The following sites have been
developed specifically to offer resources and support to urban K-12 educators.
UEweb was developed by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education (ERIC/CUE)
to serve urban students, families, and educators. It contains ERIC/CUE digests,
information alerts, and "reference gems," that include information, annotated
bibliographies, abstracts of documents in the ERIC databases, and other
resources for urban educators. In addition, most of the other sites described in
this digest can be accessed from UEweb; thus, this web should be the first stop
in any search for urban education information on the Internet. Highlights of
URBAN/MINORITY FAMILIES. This section is part of the National Parent
Information Network (NPIN), which is co-sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouses on
Urban Education and on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. It includes
"Strong Families, Strong Schools," a handbook for families prepared by the U.S.
Department of Education; "New Beginnings: A Guide to Designing Parenting
Programs for Refugee and Immigrant Parents," by Daniel R. Scheinfeld of the
Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development; and "What Students
Need to Know," a manual for parents on how they can help with their children's
schooling, developed by the National Urban League and The College Board.
HOT TOPICS. This section presents a changing series of documents and
resources on timely issues. It currently contains information on school reform,
school safety, and technology in urban education.
THE HBCU HOME PAGE. This page was developed as part of an ERIC/CUE special
project to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities gain access to
the Internet. It contains a project description, results of a technology survey
of HBCUs, links to HBCU and other African American Internet resources, and "The
Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A Future in the Balance," a report
prepared by the American Association of University Professors.
MAJOR SUBJECT AREAS. This section contains resources covering all areas of
ERIC/CUE's subject scope, including equity and cultural diversity; urban
teachers; curriculum and instruction; compensatory education; administration and
finance; urban/minority student services; urban/minority youth development;
community involvement; and postsecondary, higher, and adult education.
EXTRAS. This section includes links to other ERIC system resources on the
Internet, as well as links to conferences and workshops, and other urban
THE NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY
Gopher provides a number of services, including CITYSCHOOLS, a
research magazine devoted to urban education, and the NCREL Urban Education
Monograph Series, a collection of nine substantive documents on urban education.
NCREL also maintains a web, Pathways to School Improvement, that contains an
extensive online library of multi-media resources on a wide range of topics,
such as school-to-work transition, science and mathematics, instruction and
assessment, teaching, parent and family involvement, school safety, and
THE URBAN EDUCATION PROJECT of Research For Better Schools, Inc., includes
articles on Title I/Chapter 1, magnet schools, and other issues, as well as
links to current news and announcements. It also includes a link to the Urban
Education National Network, a collaborative project with NCREL.
NEWS FROM THE URBAN EDUCATION FRONT, sponsored by the Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development's Urban Education Advisory Board,
provides press releases on school reform for schools serving low-income and
The Center for Research on Human Development and Education's CHILDREN AND
YOUTH AT RISK GOPHER, sponsored by Temple University, contains materials
developed by the National Center on Education in the Inner Cities (CEIC),
including newsletters, research abstracts, and announcements of upcoming events.
The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching
(NCREST) has developed the PLURIBUS UNUM GOPHER, devoted to the study of
diversity and school administration. It contains a series of documents on
diversity and leadership, including a casebook and an overview of issues and
ideas, as well as several papers on the role of technology and networking in
RESOURCES FOR BILINGUAL AND LANGUAGE MINORITY STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS
A number of Internet resource sites provide information
specifically for educators serving bilingual and language minority students.
The NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATION (NCBE) Gopher contains
materials related to linguistic and cultural diversity. It includes a number of
NCBE publications, selected journal articles, a list of Frequently Asked
Questions, and the archives of NCBE's electronic discussion groups.
The University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute (LMRI)
maintains the LMRInet Gopher, which includes the LMRI Newsletter, abstracts of
research projects, links to funding and employment opportunities, and the
archives of LMRI-sponsored electronic discussion groups. At the same site, LMRI
also sponsors the NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND SECOND
LANGUAGE LEARNING GOPHER, which includes related materials, such as a Bulletin
Board of announcements and press releases, and research reports on linguistic
and cultural diversity.
The University of California at Los Angeles' Chicano/LatinoNet contains
information on Chicano/Latino research as well as research and curricular
information on bilingual and language minority issues. It includes press
releases, links to databases and special library collections of interest to the
Chicano/Latino community, and directories of scholars and organizations.
URBAN SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS ON THE INTERNET
number of urban schools and districts are showing up on the Internet, primarily
on the WWW. Typically, these WWW resources include local information on student
and teacher projects, information on the history and neighborhoods of the
schools, student publications, directories of faculty and administrators, and
links to a wide range of other Internet resources. The following is a partial
list of resources developed by urban K-12 schools that can be used as models for
other schools interested in providing their own information:
The Rice School/La Escuela Rice, Houston, TX
George Washington High School's GeorgeWeb, Denver, CO
Ralph Bunche School, Harlem, NY
Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY
Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable High School, Chicago, IL
The School District of Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco, CA Unified School District
Schools and districts interested in developing their own Internet resources
should look at Web66. A project supported by the University of Minnesota's
College of Education, Web66 is devoted to helping K-12 educators establish their
own links to the Internet and the World Wide Web, by assisting them in setting
up their own servers, and by training them in finding and using WWW resources.
It includes links to a Registry of K-12 schools on the WWW, a Cookbook, with
step-by-step instructions for setting up Internet resources on a Macintosh
computer, a mailing list for educators using the WWW, and more.