ON THE WEB
Following is a list of World Wide Web sites that teachers and their students may find helpful.
The Awesome Library features 10,000 resources for teachers, kids, parents, librarians, and communities. It provides links to sites about such subjects as technology, language, mathematics, social studies, and the arts and reviews them for child safety, timely information, and technological ease. The linked sites generally include documents, projects, pictures, and discussion groups. The Awesome Library is sponsored by the Evaluation and Development Institute, which specializes in promoting leadership skills and conducting program evaluations and needs-assessment studies for K-12 education programs. www.neat-schoolhouse.org/awesome.html.
The American Educational Guidance Center, a college and scholarship counseling service based in Louisburg, N.C., sponsors one site that lists college and university telephone numbers and another listing college and university admissions office e-mail addresses. Both also feature links to sites created by colleges and universities. The telephone-number site is www.tou.com/host/aegc; the e-mail site is www.college-scholarships.com.
Graduate students at California State University at Hayward have launched Bats, a thematic resource for teachers and students on the world's only flying mammal. Sponsored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education, the site discusses everything from a bat's diet to issues about extinction and conservation. Among other things, it shows students how to build a bat house and go on a bat quest. The site also offers many other bat-related resources. www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/bats.
Jane Thompson of Mount Mary College has created a site called On-Book for high school literature students. Included are definitions of literary terms, paper-writing topics and tips, proper bibliographic citations, warnings about plagiarism, and many other helpful hints and information on writing. www.uwm.edu/People/jat.
The Galileo Project is a site dedicated to providing information about the life and work of Galileo Galilei. Supported by the Office of the Vice President of Computing at Rice University, the site is set up like an Italian villa. Visitors can stop into various "rooms" to learn about the renowned scientist; there is a portrait gallery, family room, laboratory, library, and instrument closet, which contains the tools Galileo used. Also included are a timeline of Galileo's life, a map of his world, and a listing of other 16th- and 17th-century scientists. es.rice.edu/ES/humsoc/Galileo.
New Scientist, a weekly magazine devoted to science and technology, covers topical issues, such as mad cow disease, astronomy, and longevity. The magazine's site also includes editorials, reviews, and forums that allow readers of all ages to tap into what's new in the world of science. http://www.newscientist.com.
CyberLatin, conceived, designed, and produced by teacher Chalice Yehling, offers links to numerous sites about Latin literature, heroes, myths, Greco-Roman history, and ancient cities. A Latin library, translation aids, and information about Cicero, Vergil, and Horace are all available. An instructional portion of the site features self-correcting quizzes, an integrated textbook, and etymology. www.academyonline.com/academy/athens/latin .
The Annenberg/CPB Multimedia Collection, which uses technology and telecommunication to improve learning for students, sponsors this site about Russia and its history. Students can study early Russia, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the transition of power, the building of the Russian Federation, and more. In addition to related resources and links, the site includes an interactive atlas that allows students to access maps, flags, and facts about former Soviet Union countries. www.learner.org/exhibits/russia.
The National Association of Securities Dealers Inc. and the National Institute for Consumer Education at Eastern Michigan University offer a Web site titled: The Basics of Investing: A Guide for Educators. The site is designed for high school students studying mathematics, economics, business, or finance. It contains six units focusing on, among other things, how financial markets work, investment choices, ethics, and fraud. Learning objectives, suggested activities, handouts, worksheets, and a glossary of terms are also available for classroom use. www.investor.nasd.com.