ERIC Identifier: ED391461 Publication Date: 1996-00-00
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, Update 1996. ERIC Digest.
The Internet is an international computer network composed of thousands of
smaller networks. As K-12 schools connect to the Internet, a new method 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 services that use
electronic mail to deliver information is increasing. Services that teachers
will find on the Internet include:
AskERIC: AskERIC is the Internet-based education information service of the
Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) system, headquartered at the
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology at Syracuse University.
Teachers, library media specialists, administrators, and others involved in
education can send a message requesting education information to AskERIC.
AskERIC information specialists will respond within 48 hours with ERIC database
searches, ERIC Digests, and Internet resources. The benefit of the personalized
service is that it allows AskERIC staff to interact with the user, and provide
relevant education resources tailored to the user's needs.
Resources developed from questions received at AskERIC are archived at the
AskERIC Virtual Library:
Gopher Address: ericir.syr.edu
Telnet Address: ericir.syr.edu, login as "gopher"
Gopher URL: gopher://ericir.syr.edu
WWW URL: http://ericir.syr.edu
Ask a Young Scientist: A question answering service for students in grades
1-8 on scientific topics. Questions are researched and answered by advanced
chemistry students at Christiansburg High School. Students are asked to limit
their questions to five per message, but are encouraged to post as many times as
Ask Dr. Math: "Ask Dr. Math," a service for elementary, middle, and high
school students, is administered by students and professors at Swarthmore
College in Swarthmore, PA.
Ask a Geologist: A service of the U.S. Geological Survey Branch of Pacific
Marine Geology, with participation from several other branches. General
questions on earth science are referred to the geologist of the day.
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:
Message: Send help.
Tutors will also answer a limited number of questions by e-mail. Send the
OWL also maintains a world wide web site with over a hundred handouts on
writing skills, resume tips, and a career center with links to job listings.
WWW URL: http://owl.trc.purdue.edu
Listservs are automated programs that serve as
distribution centers for mail messages. Listservs focus on a single topic that
may be very broad or extremely narrow. People join a listserv by subscribing,
then participate by reading messages, or actively contribute by sending messages
to the listserv.
To subscribe, send a message to: listserv@node
Leave the subject line blank.
In the body of the message, write:
subscribe listserv name your firstname lastname
BELOW ARE LISTSERVS OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO K-12 EDUCATORS:
Announcements and reviews of K-12 educational resources on the Internet.
Mixed-age grouping, mostly in elementary and middle schools.
Internet related news and announcements.
Educators and families of gifted youth discuss issues such as appropriate
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. Some of the Usenet Newsgroups are:
General discussion for Elementary Students
General discussion for Junior High Students
General discussion for Senior High Students
General discussion between K-12 Teachers
Arts and Crafts Education
Life Skills Education
Music and Performing Arts
Social Studies Education
Talented and Gifted Education
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newsletters, texts, discussion lists, and other resources on the Internet.
Westport, CT: Mecklermedia. (ISBN: 0-88736-929-4)
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. (1994). The whole Internet: User's guide & catalog. Sebastopol,
CA: O'Reilly. 2nd ed. (ISBN: 1-56592-063-5)
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. Internet resource
available at URL: <gopher://ericir.syr.edu:70/00/Guides/QA>
Tennant, R. (October, 1992). Internet basics. ERIC Digest. Syracuse, NY: ERIC
Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. (ED 348 054)
Walter Shelby Group Ltd. Tile.net/Lists: The reference to Internet discussion
groups. Internet WWW page, at URL: <http://tile.net/LISTSERV> (copyright
Valauskas, E. J. (1993). Education online: Interactive K-12 computing.
ONLINE, 17(4), 89-91.
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