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10 Unique Resource Sites for Educators

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Ten Unique Resource Sites for Educators


Those of us who spend a great deal of time online often stumble across valuable Web sites that contain unique resources we think many educators would like to know about. The list below represents nine of those sites; online resources guaranteed to save you time and effort as you search for new ways to integrate technology into your curriculum. Included: Nine Web sites that provide a gold mine of useful education resources.

According to the Web Characterization Project, a study done by the Online Computer Library Center, the World Wide Web contained more than 9 million unique Web sites in 2002 -- representing a 231 percent increase in the number of Web sites since 1998.

Real Time Data Sites
The Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE). This Web site offers links to real time data in a number of science related categories, including weather and meteorology, space and astronomy, the environment, earth science, animals, oceanography, and world time zones. The sites, which provide information from satellites, Web cams, laboratory experiments, and recently updated reports and surveys, also includes a section on Internet projects that use real time data.

4 2 eXplore
The philosophy of this site is "When you're learning about something new, it's nice to have more than one resource to explore." The site's title is somewhat deceptive, however; way more than the four promised resources are provided for each listed topic! The site, provided by eduScapes, introduces a new topic each week. The current eclectic list of more than 200 topics.

Digital Saskatchewan
This is a small site with limited resources -- most of them related to Saskatchewan -- but the idea has so much potential that I had to include it. The site provides "free images, movies, and sounds from Saskatchewan and around the world." All the media resources provided may be used in lessons, projects, reports, and so on, by educators and students free of charge as long as the resources are properly credited. Although most of the 3,732 resources currently available

Expand your students' perspectives and perceptions by exposing them to some of the thousands of online newspapers listed at this site! Short of a world tour, there's no better way to introduce your students to the culture, politics, climate, and life style of their neighbors -- both near and far.

Hotlist of K-12 School Sites
Educational CyberPlayGround provides this hotlist of K-12 school Web sites from across the United States. Simply click a state on the U.S. map to find a list of elementary, middle, and secondary schools with an online presence. Click a school's name to go immediately to its Web site.

Library in the Sky
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory provides this database of more than 1,600 useful educational Web sites. Sites are categorized into 14 Departments, including Arts and Music, Early Childhood, Foreign Language, Math, Science, and Vocational, and 12 Materials, including Educational Games, Lesson Plans, Professional Development, and Tutorials. Each Department is further divided into subjects. The Web sites listed include resources for both teachers and students. Some are well known to educators; many, such as 1001 Periodic Table Quiz Questions and Arctica are tiny educational gems you might not come across anywhere else. This is definitely a library that demands browsing!

GEC Computers in the Classroom
The WebQuest locator, for example is worth its weight in gold, no matter where, what, or who you teach. This extensive list of WebQuests can be accessed by division (primary, junior, intermediate, or senior), by subject, or by curriculum area. Best of all, the links to all 730 WebQuests in the database have been recently verified!

My favorite site feature, however, is the monthly Computers in the Classroom Newsletter, which is e-mailed to subscribers free of charge. The lengthy newsletter, written in friendly, easy-to-read language, contains lots of worthwhile information for teachers interested in incorporating technology into their classrooms, including tips on using a variety of technology tools, suggestions for creative lessons and activities, and links to terrific Web site discoveries. All past issues are archived on the site.

Numbers from 1-10 in more than 4,500 languages
OK, you can count to 10 in English, Spanish, French, and German. But can you count to 10 in Bijago, Chinook, Aleut, Middle English, or Russian? This site, which includes the numerals from 1 to 10 in at least 4,000 languages I've never even heard of, is sure to stimulate your students' interest in geography or history and to provide a fun activity to extend almost any social studies activity. Unfortunately, the site provides little pronunciation guidance -- but then, who will know the difference?

UT Library Online
This extensive list of links to maps and map sites is the answer to a social studies teacher's prayer. The site, maintained by the University of Texas at Austin, contains links to general map sites, as well as to sites containing country maps, state maps, city maps, weather maps, historical maps, and outline maps.

In addition, the site's Cartographic Reference Resources section provides links to gazetteers, distance calculators, time zone guides, sun and moon rise/set calculators, tide predictors, map projections, map scale calculators, and glossaries and map guides. If you can't find the map you want here, chances are you won't find it anywhere!

Way Back Machine
Surf the more than 10 billion pages stored in its Web archive. And it really works! Remember those dead links at the real time data site above? Enter the URL of the one you were hoping to find into this site's search engine, click Take Me Back, and watch the Way Back Machine find it for you. Even if the search is unsuccessful, this archive locator will promise to find the lost site on its next crawl through cyberspace!

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Originally Posted 01/08/2003
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