An Introduction to Internet Resources for K-12 Educators. Part II: Question Answering, Listservs, Discussion Groups, Update 1998. ERIC Digest. 

by Morgan, Nancy A. - Batovsky, Steven 

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. 

QUESTION ANSWERING:

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. 

--E-mail: askeric@askeric.org 

AskERIC Virtual Library: Resources developed from questions received at AskERIC are archived at the AskERIC Virtual Library: 

--http://www.askeric.org 

KidsConnect: KidsConnect is a question-answering, help and referral service for K-12 students on the Internet. The goal of KidsConnect is to help students access and use the information available on the Internet effectively and efficiently. KidsConnect is a component of ICONnect, a technology initiative of AASL (American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association). Students use e-mail to contact KidsConnect and receive a response from a volunteer library media specialist within two school days. 

--E-mail: AskKC@ala.org 

--http://www.ala.org/ICONN/kidsconn.html 

Ask a Young Scientist: A question answering service for students in grades 1-6 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 they wish. 

--E-mail: apscichs@pen.k12.va.us 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. 

--E-mail: dr.math@forum.swarthmore.edu 

--http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dr.math/dr-math.html%20The%20MAD%20Scientist Network: The MAD Scientist Network is an "Ask-A-Scientist" service run entirely on the WWW. They field questions in 25 areas covering chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth sciences, and the biological sciences. More than 500 scientists at institutions around the world have joined their efforts to provide answers to science questions. 

--http://www.madsci.org Ask A+ Locator: The AskA+ Locator is a database of high-quality "AskA" services designed to link students, teachers, parents and other K-12 community members with experts on the Internet. Profiles of each AskA service include identification information (e.g., publisher, e-mail address, contact person, links to services' home pages), scope, target audience, and a general description of the service. Searchable by subject, keyword, grade level, or alphabetical list. Ask A+ Locator is a part of the Virtual Reference Desk. 

--http://www.vrd.org/locator/index.html 

LISTSERVS:

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. Below are listservs of special interest to K-12 educators: 

ECENET-L: Early childhood education, to age 8. 

--To subscribe, send a message to: listserv@postoffice.cso.uiuc.edu 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write:subscribe ECENET-L your firstname lastname 

--Archives:http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Listserv_Archives 

--For more information: http://ericps.crc.uiuc.edu/eece/listserv/ecenet-l.html 

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EDNET: Internet use in education. 

--To subscribe, send message to: listproc@lists.umass.edu 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write: subscribe EDNET your firstname lastname 

--Archives:http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Listserv_Archives 

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Edres-L: Educational Resources on the Internet. 

--To subscribe, send message to: listserv@listserv.unb.ca 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write: subscribe Edres-L your firstname lastname 

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EdTech: Educational Technology. 

--To subscribe, send a message to: listserv@msu.edu 

Leave the subject line blank. 

 In the body of the message, write: subscribe Edtech your firstname lastname 

--Archives: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb 

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K12ADMIN: K-12 educational administration. 

--To subscribe, send a message to: listserv@listserv.syr.edu 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write: subscribe K12 Admin your firstname lastname 

--Archives:http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Listserv_Archives 

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KIDLINK: 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. 

--To subscribe, send a message to: listserv@listserv.nodak.edu 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write: sub Kidlink your firstname lastname 

--Archives: http://listserv.nodak.edu/archives/kidlink.html 

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LM_NET: School library/media services. 

--To subscribe, send a message to: listserv@listserv.syr.edu 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write: subscribe LM_NET your firstname lastname 

--Archives: http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Listserv_Archives 

--For more information: http://ericir.syr.edu/lm_net/ 

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MIDDLE-L: Education of children 10 to 14 years of age.

--To subscribe, send a message to: listserv@postoffice.cso.uiuc.edu 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write:subscribe Middle-L your firstname lastname 

--Archives:http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Listserv_Archives/ 

--For more information: http://ericps.crc.uiuc.edu/eece/listserv/middle-l.html 

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NET-HAPPENINGS: Internet related news and announcements. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to: listserv@cs.wisc.edu 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write: subscribe Net-Happenings your firstname lastname 

--Archives: http://wwwscout.cs.wisc.edu/scout/net-hap/index.html 

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SPECED-L: Special education issues discussion. 

--To subscribe, send an e-mail message to: listserv@uga.cc.uga.edu Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write: subscribe SPECED-L your firstname lastname 

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TAG-L: General discussion about all topics related to gifted children. 

--To subscribe, send e-mail message to: listserv@listserv.NODAK.EDU 

Leave the subject line blank. 

In the body of the message, write: subscribe Tag-L your firstname lastname 

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USENET NEWSGROUPS:
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: 
--k12.chat.teacher-General discussion between K-12 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.special-Educating students with special needs 

--k12.ed.tech-Technology Education 

REFERENCES AND READINGS

Abilock, D. (1996). Integrating e-mail into the curriculum. "Technology Connection," 3(5), 23-25. (EJ 531 026) 

Hill, J. A. & Misic, M. M. (1996). Why you should establish a connection to the Internet. "TechTrends," 41(2), 10-16. (EJ 520 228) 

"The Internet roadmap for educators." (1996). Arlington, VA: Educational Research Service. (ED 397 520) 

Junion-Metz, G. (1996). "K-12 Resources on the Internet: An instructional guide. Internet workshop series, Number 5." San Carlos, CA: Library Solutions Press. (ISBN-1-882208-14-5). (ED 389 316) 

K-12 computer networking.(1995). "The ERIC Review," 4(1) (ED 392 413) 

Lankes, R. D. (1996). "Bread and butter of the Internet." ERIC Digest. Syracuse, NY: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. (ED 402 925) 

Laughon, S. & Kurshan, B. (1996). A monster of a job! "MultiMedia Schools," 3(1), 12-18. (EJ 516 636) 

Miller, E. B. (1996). "The Internet resource directory for K-12 teachers and librarians, 95/96 edition." Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. (ISBN-1-56308-366-3). (ED 389 330) 

Tennant, R. (1996). "Internet basics: Update 1996." ERIC Digest. Syracuse, NY: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. (ED 392 466). 

Walter Shelby Group Ltd. Tile.net/Lists: The reference to Internet discussion groups. Internet WWW page, at URL:http://tile.net/%20(copyright 1997). 

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