Planning for the 21st Century

You're ready to start finding resources that make the best use of technology that might impact the ways we teach and subsequent student learning. Any resources retrieved from the Internet and used in your project must be accompanied by a reference telling where it was obtained.

Illinois Academic Standards Project

National Science Education Standards present a vision of a scientifically literate populace. They outline what students need to know, understand, and be able to do to be scientifically literate at different grade levels. They describe an educational system in which all students demonstrate high levels of performance, in which teachers are empowered to make the decisions essential for effective learning, in which interlocking communities of teachers and students are focused on learning science, and in which supportive educational programs and systems nurture achievement.

Developing Educational Standards provides an annotated list of Internet sites with K-12 educational standards and curriculum frameworks documents - brought to you by the Putnam Valley Schools, Putnam Valley, NY.

Standards for K-12 Education - developed by the Mid-continent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL).
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics's Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics - provided by The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) for Mathematics and Science Education.

The National Science Teachers Association and its Scope, Sequence & Coordination Website offers science educators and science enthusiasts hundreds of curricular resources derived from A Framework for High School Science Education, an NSTA Publication.

Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is a long-term initiative to reform K-12 education nationwide so that all high school graduates are science literate. SCIENCE is the global weekly of research published by the AAAS

Pathways to School Improvement (NCREL) addresses school improvement issues about students, educators, content, methods, and environment. Critical issues and other resources under each of these areas contains practical, action-oriented summaries of best practice and research, descriptions of schools that have successfully addressed the issue, and collections of materials to support change.

Meaningful, Engaged Learning examines the importance of engaged, meaningful learning and on what constitutes engaged learning in schools and classrooms.

Plugging In: Choosing and Using Educational Technology examines how various educational technologies can increase teacher effectiveness and improve student achievement.

The Internet Style of Learning discusses using the Internet and World Wide Web to create a unique style of learning that emphasizes resources, relationships, and exploration.
Blue Web'n Applications Library, sponsored by Pacific Bell, has amassed a number of links to sites for Internet-based instruction. What's really cool is that you can sign up to receive a weekly e-mail message that points you to newly discovered sites.

Global SchoolNet Foundation features the Projects Registry for some of the best curriculum projects on the net! There are a number of different ways to organize productive online projects. Judi Harris has described these as "activity structures" or models for designing educational telecomputing activities. Check out Judi Harris' Network-Based Educational Activity Collection, including her most recent collection of Web projects.

Education Sites on the WWW - The title says it all. This resource offers links to sites that assist with teaching the Internet, lessons/ projects, and numerous sites listed by subject title.

Whether you're a high school biology teacher or a research scientist, Access Excellence allows all teachers to participate in online science seminars, exchange innovative lesson activities and keep abreast of the latest advances in science. Access Excellence is a national educational program sponsored by the biotechnology industry pioneer, sponsored by Genentech, Inc., that puts high school biology teachers in touch with their colleagues, scientists and critical sources of new scientific information through an online network.

EnergyNet - Students at 17 Illinois high schools will conduct energy audits of their school buildings. They will compile their information by way of an electronic network that connects their classrooms to each other, to their project consultants and to the Internet. Using computer-based tools and telecommunications, the students will collect, analyze, and disseminate the information needed to understand and solve complex problems related to energy use and conservation.

The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), published in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Labor, helps schools prepare today's students for tomorrow's world.
Reinventing Schools: The Technology is Now suggests that schools of the future could look dramatically different from those we attended. "If we plan carefully, if we bring teachers along with us and implement new technology wisely together with other needed reforms, learning could be dramatically better."

Getting America's Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge - developed by our Office of Educational Technology, with input from hundreds of individuals.

The ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education (ERIC/CSMEE) is one of 16 clearinghouses in the ERIC system. The Clearinghouse collects and processes all the science, mathematics, and environmental education materials included in the ERIC database, and also offers an array of products and services of special interest to educators.

SciEd: Science and Mathematics Education Resources find numerous sites for science history, science ethics, museums and exhibits, science organizations and more.

A Career Planning Center for Beginning Scientists and Engineers