Following is a list of World Wide Web sites that teachers and their students may find helpful.
Bantam Doubleday Dell’s Books for Young Readers division has launched Teacher’s Resource Center, a site featuring tools to help educators, librarians, and parents teach literature to young readers. Visitors to the site can hear interviews with award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. It also includes classroom activities. Web address: http://www.bdd.com/teachers.
Educators can find information on such topics as equity, cultural diversity, and minority student services on the Urban Education Web. Presented by the ERIC Clearinghouse of Urban Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, it offers brief articles, annotated bibliography reviews, and summaries of publications and conference announcements regarding urban education. Links are provided to other educational sites such as the U.S. Department of Education and state education agencies. Web address: http://eric-web.tc.columbia.edu.
Maryland Public Television has created Numbers Alive! to promote mathematics literacy. This site offers classroom activities and demonstrations of everyday uses of mathematics, such as the use of statistics in television commercials. Web address: http://www.mpt.org/numbers_alive.
The National Institute for Science Exploration offers the Why Files. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the site explores the science, math, engineering, and technology at work in everyday news. New features appear twice a month; recent topics include airline crashes, outer space exploration, cellular biology, dinosaurs, and political polling. Web address: http://whyfiles.news.wisc.edu.
History and Social Studies.
The History/Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers and Educators provides extensive links to resources on topics such as government and politics, archaeology, humanities, the arts, genealogy, geography, and economics. Web address: http://www.execpc.com/~dboals/boals.html
The Getty Institute for the Arts has developed ArtsEdNet, an arts education site. Resources are available for K-12 arts educators about arts advocacy, professional development, curriculum development, and theory development. The site links to museums and other arts-related sites. Web address: http://www.artsednet.getty.edu.
American Fidelity Assurance Company sponsors Education World, a site featuring education news, resources, and links to hundreds of K-12 schools with web sites. Information about distance education, continuing education, and parent and student resources is available. A teacher’s resources section includes links to information about education grants, classroom management, and professional-development opportunities. Web address: http://www.education-world.com.
The Busy Teachers Web Site K-12 offers educators direct source materials, lesson plans, classroom activities, and assistance in using the Internet. K-12 teachers can access information in such subjects as art, astronomy, biology, computer technology, English, geology, mathematics, and paleontology. A teachers’ reference section features resources for cultural diversity, Internet search tools, and reference works. Web address: http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/BusyT.
Women in World History Curriculum launched a site last fall where teachers can access lesson plans, book reviews, and discussions of current events in women’s world history and links to other resources. The site features a heroine of the month, links to other sites, sample lessons, and a catalog of curriculum units that can be purchased. Web address: http://home.earthlink.net/~womenwhist.
The JASON Project is a comprehensive distance-learning program that features Internet applications, live satellite broadcasts, fiber-optic networks, and hands-on curriculum. Each year, JASON organizers take students on a two-week expedition; previously, students have explored ancient Roman trading ships on the Mediterranean Ocean floor, observed migrating whales, and excavated ancient Mayan cities. Teachers can tap interactive exercises on current and past projects, and students can talk with scientists. Web address: http://www.jasonproject.org.
A version of this article appeared in the January 01, 1997 edition of Teacher as On the Web