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Charter school’s cost-cutting measures pay dividends for students

A new Colorado charter school that opened this fall has saved thousands of dollars in technology costs by getting expert volunteers to do the work, shopping for computer equipment at…

“Ocean Explorer” plumbs the mysteries of the sea

http://www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov Teachers and students can dive deeper into our world’s oceans with this site from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “Ocean Explorer” enables teachers and students to follow…

Young astronomers can now use NASA’s “Telescopes in Education”

http://tie.jpl.nasa.gov Teachers might want to defer plans for a field trip to the planetarium in favor of this new site. “Telescopes in Education,” from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration…

“Pieces of Science” engages students with science artifacts

http://www.fi.edu/pieces Students and teachers can explore the history and evolution of science through “Pieces of Science,” an online gallery of educational resources related to 16 science artifacts. From Benjamin Franklin’s…

“Stormy Weather” will brighten any educator’s day

http://www.educationcentral.org/stormy Created by educators at Duval County Schools in Florida, this attractive site uses technology to enable students to learn more about the patterns and destructive potential of nature’s most…

“Jurassic Park Institute” is a dino-mite resource

http://www.jpinstitute.com Universal Studios’ “terrible lizard”—otherwise known as Tyrannosaurus Rex—jumps from the movie screen to the internet in a new web site based on the blockbuster “Jurassic Park” films. While the…

“Techs4schools” offers free online tech support for educators

http://www.techs4schools.com Techs4schools, sponsored by Compaq Computer Corp. and the nonprofit group TECH CORPS, is a free, interactive mentoring program that connects information technology (IT) professionals with schools to create a…

Tap into professional development with “Teacher Tap”

http://eduscapes.com/tap The Teacher Tap is a free, online professional development resource that helps educators address common technology integration questions by providing practical, web-based resources and activities. Each project page focuses…

Get the most out of your old computers at these two sites

http://www.lowendmac.com http://www.lowendpc.com Not all the dinosaurs are extinct. At least, not according to these two computer-related sites. Low End Mac and Low End PC provide a place for teachers and…

Rejuvenate your schools with help from the “School Renewal WebCenter”

http://www.schoolrenewal.org Think innovation. Think change. The School Renewal WebCenter provides a place for teachers, administrators, and parents to discuss ways to share new ideas for bettering the learning experience in…