[NetWatch] [MultiMedia Schools]
October 2001
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by Kathie Felix, News/Reviews Editor

News of the latest Net-related products and technology for K-12 may be sent directly to Kathie Felix at 5746 Union Mill Rd., PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or to kfelix@infotoday.com.

* Net News

Internet Safety Updates
To help schools understand online safety issues and comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is providing updated resources related to Internet safety. At www.safewiredschools.com, school leaders will find a downloadable PowerPoint presentation on factors to consider for Internet protection, as well as an updated white paper titled "Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse: A Briefing Paper on District Options for Providing Access to Internet Content." In addition, the CoSN Web site [www.cosn.org] provides a detailed compliance guide covering all of the requirements of the CIPA legislation. CoSN, 202/466-6296 or http://www.cosn.org/.

Ed Tech Answers
NetDayCompass.org now features a Research Desk that will answer ed tech questions submitted by educators. A research team of technology experts answers the queries within 36 hours, recommending appropriate resources and information. All frequently asked questions are archived on the Web site. NetDay Compass, http://www.netdaycompass.org/research.cfm/.

* Net Learning

Hotmath.com, developed for students in high school and beyond, provides a Web-based tool that allows students to work through the actual homework problems assigned by their teachers. The site offers guided solutions to math homework from standard textbooks for algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus. Free of charge for daytime school use, Hotmath.com is a subscription service for students and their parents. Student/parent subscriptions are priced at $4-$9 per month. Founded by two math teachers, Hotmath is made up of more than 75 math teachers and professors who author the solutions found on the site. Hotmath.com, http://www.hotmath.com/.

Remembering Pearl Harbor provides expanded information on the events that sparked America's entry into World War II. The site provides a multimedia map and timeline with photos, film and video clips, firsthand accounts, and narration. A searchable archive of survivor's stories presents personal tales of heroism and tragedy. The archive also allows users to locate long-lost relatives or friends and submit their own true stories. The site is linked to related sites and provides reviews of recommended resources. The links to National Geographic Resources include a "Beyond the Movie" area, with true tales that inspired the film Pearl Harbor, a new video titled "Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor," and a Q&A with the film's stars. An expanded look at the related National Geographic magazine article, complete with the photographer's technical notes, and a link to related publications is included. National Geographic, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/.

* Net Libraries

America the Beautiful—State by State, the latest addition to Grolier Online, provides more than 1,000 interactive articles with the latest state information, including history, economy, government, spotlights, teacher resources, geography, culture, cities, fast facts, related Web sites, and classroom activities. Also covered are presidents, cities, natural wonders, native American tribes, famous places, profiles of state VIPs, college information, and an almanac. The subscription database is designed for grades 4 and up. As an add-on reference to an existing Grolier database, pricing based on user population begins at $209. Grolier Educational, 800/353-3140 or http://www.grolier.com/.

The Modern World expands Gale's online History Resource Center with themes and trends from the current history curriculum and World History textbooks. Developed for high school and up, The Modern World provides global coverage of the 20th century, beginning with China's Boxer Rebellion in 1900 and moving forward to the present day. The material integrates 17 reference sources from Gale, Macmillan, and Scribner's, as well as full-text articles from more than 100 academic journals, 1,500 primary source documents, 500 maps, 1,000 images, and links to the library's OPAC. Gale Group, 800/877-4253 or http://www.galegroup.com/modernworld/.

New subtopics have been added to Sirs NetSelect: AIDS & HIV, Cancer (In Health, Diseases/Conditions/Illnesses); Women in History, Presidents (In Global Issues, History); State Government (In Global Issues, Government, U.S. Government); and Space Exploration (In Science, Physical Science). SIRS Mandarin, Inc., 800/232-7477 or http://www.sirs.com/.

* Net Teaching

The online National Geographic Teacher Community provides a host of resources for educators, including access to geography teaching alliances that can help with grant applications and skill building. The site's online search tools are designed to locate educational materials by subject, resource type, grade, and keyword. Also posted is information on the National Geographic Education Foundation, a calendar of events, and a listing of educational conferences. National Geographic, 800/368-2728 or http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/teacher_community/index.html/.

* Net Awards

The Macromedia Student Web Design Contest recognized four first-place winners with $1,000 scholarships and a featured place in the Macromedia Student Showcase. The winners are Jonathan Valliere, 10th grade, Martin County High School in Stuart, Florida [http://www.digisoftworld.com/new/2/]; Phillip Duong, 12th grade, Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, Oregon [http://www.techcadre.com/ws21/]; Adrienne Rodgers, 2nd year, SFSU Multimedia Studies Program, San Francisco, California [http://www.sowdendesign.com/]; and Pedro Chavez, 3rd year, Ventura College, Ventura, California [http://www.oopstoons.com/]. A complete list of winners is available online at the Macromedia Student Resource Center [http://www.macromedia.com/resources/student/]. Macromedia, 415/252-2000 or http://www.macromedia.com/.

The ThinkQuest Junior 2001 Awards honored a total of 16 student-created Web sites in Best of Contest, Platinum Award, Gold Award, and Silver Award categories. The Best of Contest Award went to "The Hole Truth (and Nothing But the Truth)—A Unit Study Based on Louis Sachar's book" [http://library.thinkquest.org/J0113061/]. A Special Recognition Award was given to Dianne S. Sallee of the Pioneer Ridge Sixth Grade Center of Independence, Missouri, for her work in coaching the highest number of teams to complete the ThinkQuest Junior Competition. ThinkQuest, 914/273-1700 or http://www.thinkquest.org/.

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