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An Introduction to Internet Resources for K-12 Educators. Part I: Information Resources, Update 2000. ERIC Digest. 

by Sprague, Carolyn 

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. 

http://www.clearinghouse.net/ 

* AskERIC InfoGuides: Topical guides to Internet, ERIC, and print resources. 

http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/InfoGuides/ 

* The Internet Public Library: Links to pathfinders in the following categories: Arts & Humanities; Business & Consumers; Computers & Internet; Education; Entertainment, Leisure, Hobbies; General; Health, Medicine & Nutrition; Law, Politics & Government; Science & Technology; Society and Culture. 

http://www.ipl.org/ref/QUE/PF/ 

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. 

http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Lessons/ 

* The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) is a "virtual card catalog" to lesson plans, activities, projects, and curriculum found all over the Internet. 

http://www.thegateway.org 

KEYPALS AND PENPALS:

* IECC-Intercultural E-mail ClassroomConnections 

http://www.iecc.org 

* ePALS Classroom Exchange helps classrooms to meet, correspond and interact with other classrooms. 

http://www.epals.com/ 

* Mighty Media Keypals Club 

http://www.mightymedia.com/keypals/ 

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 

http://chico.rice.edu/armadillo/Rice/Resources/acceptable.%20html 

* Acceptable Use Policies: A Handbook-From the Virginia Department of Education. 

http://www.pen.k12.va.us/go/VDOE/Technology/AUP/home.shtml 

* Development of Student Acceptable Use Policies-From the National Education Association 

NEA Focus on Technology. 

http://www.nea.org/cet/BRIEFS/brief12.html 

TECHNOLOGY PLANS FOR K-12 SCHOOLS:

* The National Center for Technology Planning 

http://www.nctp.com/ 

* Technology Planning Resources 

http://www.etc.sccoe.k12.ca.us/CalTIP/techpln.html 

* District Administrator's Guide to Planning for Technology 

http://www.smartschools-cie.org/leadersonline/lol_library.%20html 

* Technology 101 

http://www.teachnet.org/docs.cfm/dcs%20tech101?page_frame=home 

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: 

* Global SchoolNet Foundation 

http://www.gsn.org 

* Pitsco Online Collaborative Projects 

http://www.pitsco.com/p/Respages/collab.html 

* NickNacks: Collaborative Education on the Internet. 

http://home.talkcity.com/academydr/nicknacks/ 

GRANT INFORMATION:

* U.S. Department of Education Grants and Contracts Information: Select "Grants Information." 

http://ocfo.ed.gov//index.htm 

* Foundation Center 

http://fdncenter.org/ 

* GrantsWeb 

http://sra.rams.com/cws/sra/resource.htm 

* The Foundation Center 

http://fdncenter.org/ 

* Pitsco's Launch to Grants and Funding 

http://www.pitsco.com/p/Respages/grants.html 

* Schoolgrants 

http://www.schoolgrants.org 

E-RATE INFORMATION:

* The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) 

http://www.sl.universalservice.org/ 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION:

* The Federal Web Locator: From The Center for Information Law and Policy at Chicago-Kent 

College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. 

http://www.infoctr.edu/fwl/ 

* FedWorld Information Network 

http://www.fedworld.gov/ 

* Ingram Library--Government Sites for Kids 

http://www.westga.edu/~library/depts/govdoc/kids.shtml 

* Federal Government Index 

http://www.info.gov/directory.html 

STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS:

* U.S. Department of Education links and Addresses of State Education Agencies. 

http://www.ed.gov/Programs/bastmp/SEA.htm 

* Links to State Education Agencies from the Council of Chief State School Officers 

http://www.ccsso.org/seamenu.html 

* Links to State Education Agencies from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher 

Education 

http://www.ncate.org/wannabe/links.html 

STANDARDS-BASED EDUCATION:

* The Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL) 
http://www.mcrel.org/standards/ 

* Developing Educational Standards 

http://www.putwest.boces.org/Standards.html 

* Sites Offering Academic and Skill Standards from the U.S. Department of Education 

http://www.ed.gov/G2K/standard.html 

* Connections+: lesson plans, activities, curriculum resources linked to standards. 

http://www.mcrel.org/resources/plus/index.asp 

* Achieve Standards Clearinghouse gathers state standards in one place. 

http://www.achieve.org/achieve/achievestart.nsf/pages/clea%20ringhome 

RERERENCES RESOURCES:

* Internet Public Library Reference Center 

http://www.ipl.org/ref/ 

* The Libraries at Purdue University 

http://thorplus.lib.purdue.edu/reference/index.html 

LIBRARY CATALOGS:

* webCATS, a directory of library catalogs. 

http://www.lights.com/webcats/ 

* Library of Congress 

http://lcweb.loc.gov/catalog/ 

KIDS RESOURCES:

* KidsClick! Web Search for Kids by Librarians. 

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick!/ 

* Berit's Best Sites for Children 

http://db.cochran.com/li_toc:theoPage.db 

* The New York Times Learning Network On the Web 

Home Page: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/ 

Student Connections: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/students/index.html 

* Student Connections 

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/students/index.html 

* Kids Web--A World Wide Web Digital Library for Schoolkids. 

http://www.kidsvista.com/index.html 

OTHER RESOURCES:

* ACCESS ERIC: Gateway to the Internet sites of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). 

http://www.accesseric.org/ 

* Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 

http://www.cosn.org/ 

* 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. 

http://www.education-world.com/ 

* NASA Spacelink: Information about NASA, including the space shuttle program and science curriculum activities. 

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/.index.html 

* Web 66: A K-12 WWW Project from the University of Minnesota. 

http://web66.coled.umn.edu/ 

* Yahoo: A hierarchical subject-oriented catalog for the World Wide Web and Internet. 

http://www.yahoo.com/ 

REFERENCES:

Branch, R. M.; Kim, D. & Koenecke, L. (1999). "Evaluating online educational materials for use in instruction." ERIC Digest. Syracuse, NY: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. (ED 430 564) 

Cotton, E. G. (1998). "The Online classroom: Teaching with the Internet, third edition." Bloomington, IN: EDINFO Press. (ISBN-1-883790-29-8). (ED 413 606) 

Junion-Metz, G. (1997). "K-12 resources on the Internet: An instructional guide." (2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded) Internet workshop series, number 5. San Carlos, CA: Library Solutions Press. (ISBN-1-882208-14-5). (ED 412 913) 

Miller, E.B. (1999). "The Internet resource directory for K-12 teachers and librarians." (1999/2000 Edition.). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. (ED 433 028) 

Treadwell, M. (1999). "1001 of the best Internet sites for educators. K-College." Arlington Heights, IL: Skylight Training and Publishing, Inc. (ED 429 560) 

Windschitl, M. (1999). "Using the WWW for teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms: What are the interesting research questions?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999). (ED 429 580) 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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