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This section of sciencelines will share information about on-line resources including dial in, telnet sites and WWW sites. We'll also include information about projects in which you and your students may want to participate. If you locate some outstanding sites you wish to share, please contact the Teacher Resource Center.
If you do not currently have access to the Internet, you do have options. Come use the NCREL Demonstration Site computers in the Teacher Resource Center to browse. You may want to attend one of the Internet Awareness Science Adventures.
A Bird Migration Watch project is underway. Students can record their observations about the birds in their area and post the results for others to compare and read. Two special weeks are set aside as concentrated bird watching sessions in October and in March. "During the remainder of the year postings can be made on observations from home or school. Special files on birds, bird migration, and the hobby of bird watching are available for on-line research. For more information contact: Judson Elliott or Nick Barber at email@example.com.
Cyberspace Scavenger Hunt is provided by the Centennial Regional High School, Greenfield Park, Quebec. The Hunt is in the INCLASS DIGEST on School-Net run by the Federal Government of Canada. They believe that the Internet is one huge library with massive resources to browse through to find specific information or "just plain interesting things." Each week the school will post questions dealing with a wide variety of topics, which should be of interest to most students, elementary to high school. The Hunt will begin the middle of September. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Internet Tools Summary is a good reference site. The audience is identified as "those getting started in understanding what you can do on the Internet in Network Information Retrieval (NIR) and Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC.) You can access this site with a WWW browser at: http://www.rpi.edu/Internet/Guides/decemj/itools/top.html.
One function of I*EARN is to facilitate student projects. The projects for elementary and secondary students "go beyond being "pen-pals" to using telecommunications in joint student projects designed to make a difference in the world as part of the educational process." Examples include: "The People We Admire! - Las Personas que Admiramos! - A Cross-cultural Look at Heroes and She-roes," in English and Spanish, and "Proposed Treaty on Deforestation," Submitted to the World Court at The Hague by high school students in U.S., Russia, Belgium 1990. While the date to enroll for "Learning Circle" has past, you'll want to see these projects and plan for '96. For more information connect at: gopher://gopher.igc.apc.org:7008/11 or contact: Ed Gragert, I*EARN Secretariat, 345 Kear Street, Suite 200, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598; 914-962-5864 or email@example.com.
NESPUT is the National Educational Simulations Project Using Telecommunications which are conducted with the assistance of the National Association of Space Science Educators. Learn about sharing classroom activities, exchanging GIF images, using actual data, Cu-See Me and more. If you are interested in simulating outer space activities in the classroom or via telecommunications you can receive an introductory kit by writing: Robert Morgan, University School, 20701 Brantley Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122, 216-321-8260; or firstname.lastname@example.org. The first simulation this year is scheduled for October 18, 1995. A listserv is also available.