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Tapscott, Don. GROWING UP DIGITAL: THE RISE OF THE NET GENERATION. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997. This book offers information on the educational uses of the Internet.

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 Information on Acceptable Use Policies
 Information about the Net
 Search Engines
 Online Resources for Teachers and Students
 Web Sites Created by Schools and/or Students
 Ask an Expert Sites
 Real Time Data Web Sites
 Mailing lists
 Media Literacy Sites

Information on Acceptable Use Policies:

An Acceptable Use Policy, also known as an AUP, is a set of standards and regulations for using the Internet that you, your class, or the entire school can establish for your students. Often, schools establish a technology committee that determines the Acceptable Use Policy. Parents and even students can be a part of this initiative.

Armadillo's WWW Server
An extensive list of Acceptable Use Policy resources.

Page-up Information about the Net:

About the Web
A history and overview of the Web from the World Wide Web Consortium.

Computer Museums Internet History Site
How the Web (and the rest of the Net) was won.

From Now On
An online journal on education technology, including the Internet, and its uses. Subscribe for free. Typical subjects covered include Internet use policies, how to build a school Web page, etc.

Internet Web Text Index
Provides an Internet orientation and a hypertext guide to Internet resources.

The Teachers.Net Homepage Maker
A resource you can use to make your own custom Web page by completing a simple form. There are millions of page styles to choose from, and every page comes with hyperlinks to educational tools and teacher Web-design support.

Webmonkey Guides
A primer on Web use.

Thirteen Ed Online Internet Primer
Provides an in-depth guide to using the Net in the classroom, including resources to help you and your students create your own Web sites.

Search Engines:

Alta Vista
Also offers free e-mail.

Ask Jeeves

Also offers free e-mail.

The most highly-used search engine.

Also offers free email.


Also offers free e-mail.

Filtered search engine for kids. Best for K-6.

Online Resources for Teachers and Students:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
This organization publishes SCIENCE, one of the most important scientific journals in the world, and has a wealth of resources related to science.

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Physics teachers' online resource.

The American Memory Collection
Consists of primary source and archival materials relating to American culture and history.

Classroom Connect
Helps students and teachers use the Net to collaborate online.

The Copernican Model: A Sun Centered Solar System
Data and graphics showing the Copernican model of the Solar system.

Educational Mailing Lists for Teachers
The Educational Mailing List for Teachers provides an index to many educational listservs for teachers. These discussion groups cover topics from educational software to American Literature.

The Electron Microscopy Facility at Arizona State University
Kids can learn how to use an electron microscope here.

Eric's Treasure Troves of Science
More on Copernicus and other science history.

The Global School House
The Global School House provides research, lessons, and projects for teachers, as well as a way for them to discuss them. At http://www.gsh.org/teach/, students can participate in a number of projects where they can interact with experts and students from around the world. At http://www.gsh.org/project/, resources are effective because they are dynamic; it is teacher and student questioning and interaction that guide the projects.

The GLOBE is an online environment where over 7000 schools worldwide work with researchers, teachers, and other students to develop an understanding of the global environment.

International Society for Technology in Education
A non-profit organization of "teachers helping teachers use technology in the classroom." Has projects, teacher resources, lesson plans, and more.

The Journey North Project
The Journey North Project coordinates over 4000 schools that share information and research on global wildlife migration. Students contribute their observations to form a global picture of migrations and the passing of seasons.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
A categorized list of sites on the Internet useful for enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth. It is updated daily and is a great resource.

The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress maintains an incredible Web site with Library of Congress catalogues, online exhibitions, and much more.

Measure 4 Measure
This is a list of links to calculators that convert various measures and allow you to utilize formulas from the complex to the silly. Very comprehensive (perhaps too comprehensive for some math or science teachers who will want students to demonstrate understanding of some of the calculations). Nonetheless, an incredible resource.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum offers a wide range of information online as well as a well indexed and categorized collection of online museum and library links. http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_online_resourc.asp

The Microsoft Terra Server
Satellite imaging.

MidLink Magazine
The mission of MidLink Magazine is to highlight exemplary work from the most creative classrooms around the globe. It is a non-profit initiative supported by North Carolina State University, the University of Central Florida, and a company called SAS inSchool. Any school, teacher, or student is invited to participate. (See submission guidelines on the site.)

The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
Likewise, for biology teachers.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA provides an incredible range of information about our planet, from research on our planet's climate to the latest commercial fishing harvest statistics.

The Odyssey: World Trek for Service and Education
The mission of this Internet-based project is to promote global awareness and to create positive change. The Odyssey uses the Internet to bring in 1300 classes from 80 countries to join a team of five educators on a two-year world trek across the continents.

Teachers Net
The Teachers Net provides a forum for teachers to discuss a broad range of topics that relate to classroom teaching. The discussions are supported by resources designed for teachers.

The Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
No gooey mess! Dissect your frog online. Great for animal rights supporters.

Virtual Reality on the Web
Thirteen Ed Online's primer on Web-based virtual reality using QuickTime VR.

The Visible Human Project
The Visible Human project provides teachers and students with resources previously only available to medical students. A digital image data set of a complete human male and female cadaver in MRI, CT, and anatomical modes are available online as well as many other resources

The Web Museum
Includes images from the entire history of art.

Word Play
Created by the author of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, this site lists hundreds of links for word-related fun and education.

Web Sites Created by Schools and/or Students:

The Episcopal High School (a prep school located in Alexandria, Virginia) Art Gallery Home Page
Includes a variety of student artwork, including CD covers, photography, Photoshop¨ creations, and animated GIFs.

Harlem Live
Kids in Harlem created and maintain this site, which reports on news and events in the community and offers opinions on the news.

Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Sitka Alaska
The Mt. Edgecumbe Web site is up-to-date and provides a broad range of resources for students, teachers, and parents. The site is designed to keep the community involved in the school's practice. This can be seen in the student portfolio work at http://www.mehs.educ.state.ak.us/portfolios/portfolio.html and the school's use of Alaska state standards at http://www.mehs.educ.state.ak.us/standards/curriculum.html. Students also play an active role in the site, publishing such projects as Sitka's Military History (http://www.mehs.educ.state.ak.us/sitka/ww2.html).

Wilburn Elementary, Wake County, Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilburn Elementary School's Web site provides resources for parents, teachers, and students alike. The site provides information about practical school functions, such as meetings and school lunches. The school has also taken advantage of the educational potential of the Web by participating in a number of online projects. You may want to look at the First Grade Tooth Tally Project, where students learn math by gathering data on how many first graders lose teeth.

Ask an Expert Sites:

Ask Dr. Internet
Ask any Internet question, although many are already answered on the Web site.

Ask Dr. Tech
Ask Dr. Tech your technical support question and you'll receive an answer from a professional, certified computer technician within four hours.

On this site, you can Ask Dr. Math -- and a team of math educators will answer. The site is run by Swarthmore College. Discussion forums for teachers and students are also provided here.

Page-up Real Time Data Web Sites:

The Geostationary Satellite Server
Satellite data related to the earth and weather.

The Global Hydrology and Climate Center
Information on the oceans, currents, and climate.

Live Internet Seismic Server
This site gives 24-hour real-time seismic data from around the world.

Online Astronomy Course
An online astronomy course for middle and high school students.

The US Naval Observatory
Data on sun/moon rise and set times for any location.

Volcano World
Information on eruptions around the world as they take place.

The Weather Channel
Forecasts and weather condition information worldwide.

WWW Tide/Current Predictor
This site gives predictions of the tides and currents for the continental United States as well as many other areas of the world.

Page-up Mailing lists:

For a list of existing lists, see the Web site www.liszt.com.

Page-up Media Literacy Sites:

The Media Awareness Network
This Canadian site offers numerous articles on detecting bias in sources, information on how to teach media literacy, and lesson plans.

Media Literacy Online Project
This is a project of the University of Oregon School of Education to support teachers in helping their students become media literate. Includes lesson plans, articles, and numerous links to other online media literacy organizations.


Ed Online
This award-winning highlights proven techniques for implementing Internet resources in your classroom and lesson plans. You also get ideas and tips on how to join online expeditions, where to find the "best" real-time data sites, and how to create your own Web projects, all to give your students the online advantage. A companion Teacher's Guide offers step-by-step instructions for getting started on the Internet, plus in-depth online teaching techniques and rich resources. For more resources, visit the companion Web service (www.thirteen.org/edonline) to check out the "Internet Primer."

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