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This section of sciencelines will share information about online resources. We may also include information about projects in which you and your students may want to participate. Sites are not included unless they are accessible at the time of publication.
Please note that many Internet sites are now copyrighted. When using information and images from sites, be sure to reference and use them appropriately.
If you do not currently have access to the Internet, you do have options. Come use the ENC Demonstration Site computers in the Teacher Resource Center. You may want to attend an Internet Awareness Workshop.
Pacific Bell Knowledge Network Explorer. Grant Opportunity Resources is on the Web at http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/grants/grant_res.html#business. This site has references to Web site and print resources and includes government sources as well as businesses, corporations and professional society resources. A number of grant-writing resources for those looking to hone their skills is also included. Specifically for community and educational echnology is the "Technogrants" section containing the "Distance Learning Funding $ourcebook."
Headbone Interactive site at: http://headbone.com/text/ "Elroy's Netscapade which is an Internet learning adventure providing a framework for problem-solving on the Web. Elroy is a comic-based story used to spark students' searching and learning skills with the Internet through episodes ranging from geography, astronomy, mathematics, biology, and entomology to name a few. A really fun site that prompts thinking and problem-solving, but adds clues to suggestions of searching methods or sites to go to. A teachers guide is an additional useful link. As of early 1997 Iz & Auggie's Netscapade will also be introduced with a science fiction research mission. You'll also find information here on Headbone Interactive software.
B. J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper is a child and parent site created by B.J. to access to help with homework. It is organized by search engines, reference, news and current events, math and science, social studies, English, history, playtime, foreign languages and music. Accessed at: http://tristate.pgh.net/~pinch13 A few words under each section will give you an idea of what you'll encounter at each site before taking the time to go there. This may be a good place for you to start your students out or to recommend for use from home. Be sure to give your students guidance on citing electronic resources.
Science News Online comes to you from the publishers of the popular weekly newsmagazine of the same name. You'll find not only the current issue listing of articles some with full text capabilities but some special features too. MathLand, TimeLine, Food for Thought and the Mystery Box are additions you won't find in print. The Mystery Box has a weekly feature of a quotation, poem, riddle, while the TimeLine has a short article from a science article in history of the same date. You can also access the Science News Shot where current science books are described and can also be ordered. Explore at: http://www.sciencenews.org/
Teachers Helping Teachers at: http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/ is updated weekly with teaching ideas and tips in areas including classroom management, language arts, math, science, social studies, the arts, special education and a topic of the week. This week's topic is Attention Deficit Disorder while last week's was Bulletin Boards. You'll find lessson plans and also be able to participate in the Teacher Chat center. If you've never done this before, you'll find good instructions here for what IRC is and how to set things up to participate.