ERIC Identifier: ED429593
Publication Date: 1999-05-00
Author: Morgan, Nancy A.
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse on
Information and Technology Syracuse NY.
An Introduction to Internet Resources for K-12 Educators. Part
I: Information Resources, Update 1999. 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:
---The Argus Clearinghouse: A
large collection of guides to Internet resources categorized by topic.
---AskERIC InfoGuides: Topical guides to Internet, ERIC, and print resources.
LESSON PLANS AND TEACHING MATERIALS:
---The AskERIC Virtual
Library contains hundreds of lesson plans, including, but not limited to,
language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Also included are
lesson plans from School Library Media Activities Monthly, Newton's Apple
Educators Guides, and Crossroads: K16 American History Curriculum.
---The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) is a "virtual card catalog" to
lesson plans, activities, projects, and curriculum found all over the Internet.
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 WWW server.
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES:
Many schools 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's WWW Server
TECHNOLOGY PLANS FOR K-12 SCHOOLS:
---The National Center for Technology Planning collects technology plans and
makes them freely available over the Internet. Guidebooks and articles for
developing technology plans are also included.
INTERNET PROJECTS FOR THE CLASSROOM:
telecommunication projects that incorporate the use of the Internet in the
classroom can be found on the following sites:
---Global SchoolNet Foundation: Internet Projects Registry Archive Service:
---Pitsco Online Collaborative Projects:
---U.S. Department of Education Grants & Contracts Information: Includes current grant application announcements.
---Foundation Center: Provides a searchable database of funding activities as
well as links to private or corporate foundations' Web sites.
---The Schools and Libraries Division
(SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC): This site has the
most current information on E-rate. The Schools and Libraries Division
administers the E-rate program. The site has examples of technology plans, as
well as online versions of the relevant program forms.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION:
University Libraries U.S. Federal Government Agencies Directory
---The Federal Web Locator: From the Villanova Center for Information Law and
---FedWorld Information Network
---Ingram Library - Government Sites for Kids
---LinxNet U.S. Government Index
STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS:
---U.S. Department of
Education Links and Addresses of State Education Agencies
---Links to State Education Agencies from the Council of Chief State School
---The Mid-Continental Regional
Educational Laboratory (McREL) is recognized for its work in standards-based
education. This Web site includes several full-text online resources that will
assist educators in developing their own standards-based curriculum.
---Developing Educational Standards
---Internet Public Library Reference
Center. An excellent collection of reference sources, also allows patrons to ask
reference questions through e-mail or on the Web.
---The Libraries at Purdue University: The Virtual Reference Desk. An
extensive collection of online ready reference resources, such as dictionaries,
thesauri, phone books, and zip codes.
---webCATS, from the University of
Saskatchewan Libraries is a directory of library catalogs which can be searched
via the Web. webCATS is organized for searching geographically, by type of
library, and by library catalog vendor.
---Library of Congress: Provides access to the holdings of the Library of
Congress, U.S. Government copyright files, federal legislation, foreign law, and
gateway access to many other library catalogs.
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).
---Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
---Education World: A searchable database of 50,000 education links for
teachers, parents, and students. Includes lesson plans, education news, an
educators' forum, and more.
---NASA Spacelink: Information about NASA, including the space shuttle
program and science curriculum activities.
---Roadmap: An Internet Training Workshop
---Web 66: A K-12 WWW Project from the University of Minnesota.
---Yahoo: A hierarchical subject-oriented catalog for the World Wide Web and
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