by Kathie Felix, News Editor
News of the
latest Net-related products and technology for K-12 may
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New ERIC Web Site Launched
A new Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Web site has been launched, with a series of improvements
scheduled to continue throughout the coming months.
The new site provides increased search capabilities
using streamlined retrieval methods to access the existing
ERIC bibliographic database (1966-2004). Users can refine
search results through the use of keywords, publication
date or type, or the ERIC thesaurus. A My Eric personalization
feature provides the capability to save and rerun searches.
Free full-text nonjournal ERIC resources have been added
to the site, including 105,000 full-text documents previously
sold through ESubscribe from the ERIC Document
Reproduction Service. In December, new bibliographic
records and full-text journal and nonjournal resources
will be added. Newly indexed materials not available
free of charge will be accessible through links to commercial
sources. ERIC, a digital library of education-related
services, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's
Institute of Education Sciences. ERIC, 800/LET-ERIC,
State School Guides Online
QED has released an online edition of its State
School Guides. The Guides provide access to up-to-date
contact and demographic information for every school
and district in the nation. Print editions are also
available. QED, 800/525-5811, http://www.qeddata.com/.
ProQuest Offers Standards-Based Searching
ProQuest Information and Learning has launched dynamic
standards-based searching in its K-12 databases. The
new feature allows educators to locate resources in
ProQuest's portfolio of K-12 products by content standard
and benchmark. Standards-based searching will be available
in eLibrary, eLibrary Curriculum Edition, and the SIRS
suite of databases. In total, these databases will allow
searching by standards across more than 50 million documents.
Free trials are available. ProQuest, 800/521-0600,
The Rainforest Action Network has launched RainforestHeroes.com,
a new Web site based on the Network's Kid's Corner Web
area. Features include an interactive rainforest quiz,
the downloadable Rainforest Hero Action Packet, creative
activities, games, and an interactive library with information
about saving Earth's last remaining endangered rainforests.
A Teacher's Lounge provides lesson plans, resources,
and worksheets for the classroom. A free Rainforest
Forever! curriculum supplement for grades 36 is
available online. The site is located at http://www.rainforestheroes.com/.
Rainforest Action Network, 415/398-4404, http://www.ran.org/.
Envision Your World/Science
Olympus America has launched Envision Your World/Science,
an online educational resource guide for students, educators,
and parents. The site's classroom applications give
students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on
exploration of the basic scientific concepts relating
to measurement, space travel, and the nature of light.
Also included is a study of the invention of cameras
and an examination of scientific procedure including
experimentation, data collection, and hypothesis testing.
The materials are designed to meet national standards.
The site is located at http://www.envisionyourworld.com/.
An online newsletter, the Visionary Educator, is available
Olympus America Inc., http://www.olympusamerica.com/.
NOAA EstuaryLive Curriculum Materials
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
offers online curriculum materials for its EstuaryLive
program. A complete Teacher's Guide assists in leading
classrooms through the programfrom getting computers
prepared to view EstuaryLive to providing suggestions
for follow-up activities. The guide can be downloaded
The EstuaryLive program showcases seven ecosystems:
The Rachel Carson site of the North Carolina Reserve;
the Mullica River-Great Bay, N.J.; Puget Sound, Wash.;
The Peconic Estuary, Eastern Long Island, N.Y.; South
Slough, Ore.; Weeks Bay, Ala., and Waquoit Bay, Mass.
Additional estuary information can be found at http://www.estuaries.gov/.
NOAA, 202/482-6090, http://www.noaa.gov/.
Alliance to Save Energy Web Site
The Alliance to Save Energy has launched a new Web
site for educators at http://www.ase.org/section/_audience/educators/.
Site features include multidisciplinary K-12 lesson
plans, information on the Alliance's Green Schools program,
and an energy-efficiency Web page for kids. The Alliance
is a coalition of business, government, environmental,
and consumer organizations. Alliance to Save Energy,
iEARN Professional Development
The International Education & Resource Network
(iEARN) offers interactive 9-week courses for teachers
who want to learn how to integrate an online collaborative
project into their teaching. The courses provide a step-by-step
guide to using international collaborative projects
in the classroom. Participants complete hands-on activities,
discuss related readings, and collaborate with partner
teachers. Each course, facilitated by two experienced
iEARN online educators, includes 25 teachers from the
U.S. and around the world. Course offerings include
Creative Arts, Creative Writing/Language Arts, Social
Studies/Contemporary Affairs/Geography, Science/Environment/Math,
English as a Second Language, Helping Students Cope
with Trauma in Schools, and Learning Circles. iEARN-USA,
NetCrunch offers a Web-enabled management application
that provides integrated, out-of-the-box network visualization,
monitoring, alerting and reporting across platforms
(Windows, NetWare, Linux), devices, services, and applications.
The program's key features include automatic network
discovery; mapping of the logical and physical network
topologies; user-defined network views based on various
criteria; agentless fault and performance monitoring
of network devices, servers, workstations, and network
services running on them; syslog monitoring; threshold-based
event notification, alert escalation, and automatic
corrective actions; performance trending and reporting;
and full-fledged SNMP management with an option to modify
SNMP parameters. AdRem Software, Inc., 212/319-4114,