D-Lib Magazine
September 1996

ISSN 1082-9873

Clips and Pointers


Get Started: Education

Tracy Hammerman
Graduate Student
School of Information, University of Michigan

Anyone who regularly explores the Web knows it's a work constantly in progress. Its character changes more quickly than the media can report and its dimensions expand exponentially so there is always more out there to be found. This characteristic can be both exciting and frustrating, especially for classroom teachers who want to use the Web as a resource but have limited time because of other school demands. Listed below is a selection of reputable education resources recommended by individuals working on the University of Michigan's Digital Library Project. These resources do not-- and cannot-- include everything that is out there, but they are good places to start and worthy of recognition for their various efforts.

Research on education and technology

A number of universities and non-profit organizations are engaged in research concerning education and technology. Listed below are a few sites which provide information about projects of interest to educators.

Resources for educators

Web 66 is made possible by a grant from 3M and is the Web's answer to the legendary Route 66. It is designed to facilitate the exploration of a new frontier in education: Web use in a K-12 setting. Web66 includes detailed information about educational issues as well as step-by-step solutions to technical problems. The technical pointers can be especially useful for individuals just starting out on the web, because they are straightforward and easy to understand. The site's clever design is user friendly and presents information in a helpful fashion for educators and the general public.

The Schoolhouse is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Funds for Innovation in Education, Teacher/Pathfinder Project. The Schoolhouse provides comprehensive educational resources, projects, discussions, interactions, collaborations, lessons, curriculums, and standards for grades K-12. Its resources are well rounded and include not only the four r's but links for school counselors, principals, physical education teachers and much more.

Museums with great exhibits and information

The Exploratorium The Exploratorium is San Francisco's museum of science, art, and human perception with over 650 interactive "hands on" exhibits. Each year more than 660,000 visitors come to the Exploratorium, over 67,000 children come on field trips, and more than 500 teachers are trained here. The museum's on-line site takes the strengths of its physical collections and makes the exhibits and information available to people who cannot travel to San Francisco. Exhibitions such as the demonstration of fruit fly mutations and Turbulent Landscapes, which displays the complexity of nature through the eyes of artists and scientists, are examples of the interdisciplinary nature and breadth of information available at this site.

The Smithsonian Institution is living up to its name "America's Museum". The Electronic Smithsonian is designed to guide the user through the various facets of the Institution, weaving its museums with research, education, activities, and events that make the Smithsonian both unique and exciting. The SI web site is a major feature of the Smithsonian's program to reach people throughout the world. Included are on-line representations of various exhibits such as minerals and gems and reptiles and amphibians.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum has a mission to, "stimulate interest in science, to promote public understanding of science, and to strengthen science education." Its web site offers visitors an overview of the actual, physical museum as well as the unique experience of visiting online exhibits. When visiting the Franklin Institute web site, it's possible to view their excellent list of educational web sites, find science news, activities, and resources in their publications library and sample some interesting science programs and demonstrations.

Collections of good sites

The Internet Public Library is a project which originated at the University of Michigan's School of Information. It offers a user friendly interface to the ever-increasing confusion of web-based resources. This site includes youth and young adult sections, Weblink, an internet newsletter for kinds, and links to reference materials as well as a place for users to submit reference questions. The IPL has gained recognition for its efforts to provide valuable library services in a digital environment.

Yahooligans!, a kid-sized version of Yahoo!, is a searchable, browsable index of the Internet designed for Web surfers ages 8 to 14. It is a wonderful site for kids, complete with advice about being "street smart" on the web and suggestions for parents who recognize the educational value of the web but are also aware of its dangers. Yahooligans includes heaps of links to valuable, child-oriented sites on an encyclopedic array of topics.

Ask An Expert is part of Pitsco Technology Education Web Site. From the Amish to Zookeeping, Ask An Expert includes over 200 web sites and email addresses where users can find experts to enhance their curricula and answer their questions.

Possibilities! Integrating the Internet Into the Secondary Science Classroom is a site put together by a science teacher, Bill Band, who has a personal interest in using the internet to enhance his instruction methods. He states, "Here, I have tried to categorize the various types of projects that could be incorporated into a science classroom. With each category I am listing interesting examples that could serve as a model project or a useful resource. ...As you observe the work of other teachers, students and organizations, my goal is that these might inspire you to create your own electronic learning environment in your science classroom. "

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse encourages the adoption and use of K-12 curriculum materials and programs which support state and national efforts to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science. It provides a comprehensive collection of materials and programs for the use of educators. The site includes a resource finder, curriculum ideas, a "digital dozen' site which highlights outstanding educational sites each month, as well a host of links to informational pages with information about subjects ranging from air quality lesson plans to grant applications.

On-line publications

Edupage, a summary of news about information technology, is provided three times a week as a service by Educom, a Washington, D.C.-based consortium of leading colleges and universities seeking to transform education through the use of information technology.

Educom is a nonprofit consortium of higher education institutions that facilitates the introduction, use, and access to and management of information resources in teaching, learning, scholarship, and research. Edupage is also available through subscription: send mail to: [email protected] with the message: subscribe edupage Ray Charles (if your name is Ray Charles; otherwise, substitute your own name). ... To cancel, send a message to: [email protected] with the message: unsubscribe edupage. (If you have subscription problems, send mail to [email protected].)

The Scout Report is a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators, the InterNIC's primary audience. However, everyone is welcome to subscribe to one of the mailing lists (plain text or HTML). Subscription instructions are included at the end of each report.

Available at the web site: * The current Scout Report, with active links to featured sites * An archive of previous Scout Reports * A search engine for the archive * The Scout Toolkit, with links to the best Network Tools * Subscription information for the Scout Report

In Print

Goings On

Pointers in This Column

ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section/ NELINET
Institute on Interactive Multimedia Cataloging and
The Guidelines for Bibliographic Description of Interactive Multimedia
Allerton Institute, Proceedings
of the 37th conference
Ask An Expert http://www.askanexpert.com/p/askexperts.ht ml
CoVis http://www.covis.nwu.edu
Csile http://www.gsn.org/web/reform/sri/csile.htm
Edupage http://www.educom.edu/web/pubs/p ubHomeFrame.html
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse http://carson.enc.org
San Francisco
Franklin Institute Science Museum
GILS (conference) http://www.dtic.mil/gils/
Global Digital Library II (OGDL II) and
Naming Conventions
(Library of Congress)
Hi-C (Highly Interactive Computing
Research Group
Internet Public Library
(University of Michigan)
Kids as Global Scientists http://stripe.colorado.edu/~kgshtml/KGS.html
Knowledge Integration Environment
UC Berkeley
New Zealand Digital Library http://lucy.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~nzdl/
Possibilities! Integrating the Internet
Into the Secondary Science Classroom
http://kendaco.telebyte.com:80/bi llband/Possibilities.html
(US Dept. of Education)
Scout Report http://rs.internic.net/scout/report
Smithsonian Institution http://www.si.edu/
TERC http://www.terc.edu/
TULIP: The University Licensing Program
Final Report
UMDL Teaching and Learning
University of Library and Information Science (ULIS)
experimental gateway for multilingual browsing (CJK)
Web66 http://web66.coled.umn.edu/
Webseek http://www.itnm.columbia.edu/webseek
Yahooligans! http://www.yahooligans.com

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