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HOT SITE OF THE WEEK
African Voices *****
From the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History,
this site explores Africa's past and the history of the land and people.
Topics presented in themes are about various forms of the wealth,
working and living in Africa; more themes will be added in the coming
months. History looks at Mali, the slave trade, colonialism and more.
The Learning Center contains an excellent hotlist of African resources.
Some sections of the site use browser plug-ins to enhance your
experience. We recommend using these free plug-ins with your browser:
Macromedia Flash 4 or Apple Quicktime 4
Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College, Adult/Professional
Content Area: History & Social Science (Geography & Cultures/World
Application Type: Resource, Hotlist
Launched to the general public May 2000, AOL@School is targeted for
teachers that want to integrate the Interent into their classroom; but
don't have the time to find ways to do it. For teachers just starting
out on the Internet, this is a fine website with resources for students,
teachers and administrators. Built-in Internet search filters let
nervous teachers feel a little safer. Some of the sources for lesson
plans, for example, are ERIC and SCORE, two of the sites listed here on
Blue Web'n. Teachers are also invited to create a website, or add to
their school website with easy to use templates.
Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Content Area: Technology (Internet) [Dewey #600]
Application Type: Hotlist, Lesson Plan
Do Federal Government organizations have websites appropriate for kids?
Yes, they do and now you can find them all in one place. Choose sites
for either kids or teens, and explore some of the resources put together
by various departments of the government. This is also an easy site for
adults to use to get information from federal websites. The site was
developed by 17 Federal agencies supported by Vice President Gore's
National Partnership for Reinventing Government and the General Services
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Content Area: History & Social Studies (Government) [Dewey #320]
Application Type: Resource, Reference
Press Freedom Survey 2000 ***
How free is the press in countries around the world? Why should you
care? Part of information literacy is to know the veracity of the source
of information. If newspapers or other media you access on the web are
controlled by their government, you should know that. Consult the map on
the main page to get a quick view of free, partly free, and not free
media countries. Access reports from the individual countries to get a
more detailed picture. Freedomhouse is a non-profit, non-partisan
organization that has compiled these reports since 1972.
Grade Level: High School, College, Adult/Professional
Content Area: English (Journalism) [Dewey #808]
Application Type: Resource
NASA has been recruited to help track endangered birds in their
migratory treks. This site shows some of the tracking, as well as other
projects involving endangered birds. Can you teach a not so old bird new
tricks in migration? Check out the project report about Sandhill cranes
learning to walk onto trucks.
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
Content Area: Science (Environmental Studies/Life Science) [Dewey #570]
Application Type: Resource
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