ERIC Identifier: ED391460
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 I: Information Resources, Update 1996. ERIC Digest.
The Internet is an international computer network composed of thousands of smaller networks. Recently, through state and regional education networks and commercial providers, the vast resources of the Internet are increasingly available to administrators, school library media specialists, and classroom teachers. This digest lists a sample of no cost Internet resources of special interest to K-12 educators.
Readers should be aware that the resources and their Internet addresses below are subject to change.
GUIDES TO INTERNET RESOURCES
Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides: A large collection of guides to Internet resources categorized by topic.
- Gopher Address: una.hh.lib.umich.edu
- Gopher URL: gopher://una.hh.lib.umich.edu:70/11/inetdirs
- WWW URL: http://www.lib.umich.edu/chhome.html
The AskERIC Virtual Library contains hundreds of lesson plans, including, but not limited to, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Also included are the electronic versions of "CNN Newsroom Classroom Guides" and lesson plans from "School Library Media Activities Monthly."
- 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
KEYPALS AND PENPALS:
IECC - Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections maintains a suite of listservs that facilitate international and cross-cultural classroom exchanges via e-mail over the Internet.
Archives and general information can be found on the St. Olaf's gopher server:
- Gopher Address: gopher.stolaf.edu
->St. Olaf Sponsored Mailing Lists
- Gopher URL: gopher://gopher.stolaf.edu:70/11/
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES:
Schools which provide Internet access to students and staff have created policies and agreements for the appropriate use of Internet accounts. Samples of agreements, policies and opinion pieces have been collected at Armadillo: The Texas Studies Gopher.
- Gopher Address: riceinfo.rice.edu 1170
->More About Armadillo and Other Gophers/
->Acceptable and Unacceptable Use of Net Resources (K12)/
- Gopher URL: gopher://riceinfo.rice.edu:1170/11/More/Acceptable
- WWW URL: http://chico.rice.edu/armadillo/Rice/Resources/acceptable.html
TECH NOLOGY PLANS FOR K-12 SCHOOLS:
The National Center for Technology Planning collects technology plans and makes them freely available over the Internet. Other documents that are available include planning aids such as checklists and forms, and electronic monographs.
- Gopher Address: gopher.msstate.edu
->National Center for Technology Planning
->Resources Maintained at MsState University/
- Gopher URL: gopher://gopher.msstate.edu:70/11/Onlinemservices/nctp/
INTERNET PROJECTS FOR THE CLASSROOM:
Examples of telecommunication projects that incorporate the use of the Internet in the classroom can be found on the following sites:
UMass K-12 Gopher: Several telecommunication projects are listed, including guidelines from the Global SchoolNet to help teachers plan a successful project.
- Gopher Address: k12.ucs.umass.edu
- Gopher URL: gopher://k12.oit.umass.edu:70/11/projects
NYSERNet: Empire Internet Schoolhouse (K-12) Gopher.
- Gopher Address: nysernet.org:3000
->Assembly Hall for Projects and Discussions
->Invitation to join Internet Projects/
- Gopher URL: gopher://nysernet.org:3000/11/
A Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education describes programs, services, and publications, including educational grants provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Gopher Address: gopher.ed.gov
->U.S. Department of Education Programs-General Information/
->A Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Dept. of Education/
- Gopher URL: gopher://gopher.ed.gov:70/11/genmprogs/teachmguide
- WWW URL: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/TeachersGuide
The number of Internet sites sponsored by government agencies continues to increase. Some examples are:
Library of Congress Marvel: provides links to many federal agencies:
- Gopher Address: marvel.loc.gov
- Gopher URL: gopher://marvel.loc.gov:70/11/
- WWW URL: http://marvel.loc.gov/
Welcome to the Whitehouse
- WWW URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov
STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS:
This is a partial list of Internet sites run by state departments of education:
Michigan Department of Education: MDEnet provides direct access to several K-12 gophers, State Board of Education approved curriculum goals and objectives, and links to several free-nets.
- Gopher Address: gopher.mde.state.mi.us
- Gopher URL: gopher://gopher.mde.state.mi.us:70/1
- WWW URL: http://web.mde.state.mi.us
California Department of Education: Provides up-to-date information, including selective legislative and California State Board of Education information, education conferences, a technology planning guide for California schools, and the Bilingual Education Network (BiEN).
- Gopher Address: goldmine.cde.ca.gov
- Gopher URL: gopher://goldmine.cde.ca.gov:70/1
- WWW URL: http://goldmine.cde.ca.gov/
Project Gutenberg: Classic, religious and children's books, poetry, and historical documents in full text.
- Gopher Address: spinaltap.micro.umn.edu
- Gopher URL: gopher://spinaltap.micro.umn.edu:70/11/
- WWW URL: http://jg.cso.uiuc.edu/PG/welcome.html
The Libraries of Purdue University: The Virtual Reference Desk: An extensive collection of online "ready reference" resources, such as dictionaries, thesauri, phone books and zip codes.
- WWW URL: http://thorplus.lib.purdue.edu/reference/index.html
Florida Tech Education Gopher: Access to a nice collection of reference sources including the "American English Dictionary," "Roget's Thesaurus," the "U.S. Zip Code Directory," and the "CIA World Fact Book."
- Gopher Address: sci-ed.fit.edu 70
- Gopher URL: gopher://sci-ed.fit.edu:70/1
Yale University: Provides easy access to library catalogs worldwide. Users can browse through a geographic listing, or search by institution, library name or city. Helpful instructions, organized by catalog type, are also provided.
- Gopher Address: libgopher.yale.edu
- Gopher URL: gopher://libgopher.yale.edu:70/11/
Library of Congress: Provides access to the holdings of the Library of Congress, U.S. Government copyright files, federal legislation, and foreign law.
- Telnet Address: locis.loc.gov
Hundreds of resources covering almost every subject imaginable exist on the Internet. Here are some additional ones that would be of special interest to K-12 educators:
ACCESS ERIC: Gateway to the Internet sites of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC).
- Gopher Address: gopher.aspensys.com
- WWW URL: http://www.aspensys.com/eric2/welcome.html
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN):
- WWW URL: http://www.cosn.org
Kid's Web: A World Wide Web Digital Library for Schoolkids.
- WWW URL: http://www.npac.syr.edu:80/textbook/kidsweb/
NASA Spacelink: Information about NASA, including the space shuttle program, and science curriculum activities.
- Gopher Address: spacelink.msfc.nasa.gov
- Gopher URL: gopher://spacelink.msfc.nasa.gov:70/1
- Telnet Address: spacelink.msfc.nasa.gov
-> login as "newuser," password "newuser"
- WWW URL: http://spacelink.msfc.nasa.gov
Roadmap: An Internet Training Workshop.
- Gopher Address: ua1vm.ua.edu
->Network Resources, Services, and Information
- Gopher URL: gopher://ua1vm.ua.edu
- WWW URL: http://ua1vm.ua.edu/~crispen/roadmap.html
Web 66: A K-12 WWW Project from the University of Minnesota.
- WWW URL: http://web66.coled.umn.edu/
Yahoo: A hierarchical subject-oriented catalog for the World Wide Web and Internet.
- WWW URL: http://www.yahoo.com/
REFERENCES AND READINGS:
Abbott, T. (Ed.). (1994). Internet world's on Internet 94: An international guide to electronic journals, newsletters, texts, discussion lists, and other resources on the Internet. Westport, CT: Mecklermedia. (ISBN:0-887360929-4)
Descy, D. E. (1993). All aboard the Internet. TechTrends, 38(1), 29-34.
Freda, K. (Comp.). (1992). Electronic resources in education: An annotated guide to resources in primary and secondary education. Unpublished manuscript, Simmons College, Boston, MA. (ED 354 859)
Harris, J. (1993). Mining the Internet: Using Internet know-how to plan how students will know. Computing Teacher, 20(8), 35-40.
Honey, M. & Andres, H. (1993). Telecommunications and K-12 educators: Findings from a national survey. New York: Center for Technology in Education. (ED 359 923)
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).
Polly, J. A. (1992). Surfing the Internet: An introduction. Wilson Library Bulletin, 66(10), 38-42.
Roempler, K. S. & Warren, C. R. (1993). Computer networks for science teachers. ERIC Digest. Columbus, OH: ERIC Clearinghouse on Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education. (ED 395 044)
Tennant, R. (1992). Internet basics. ERIC Digest. Syracuse, NY: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources. (ED 348 054)
Valauskas, E. J. (1993). Education online: Interactive K-12 computing.
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