‘Citing Sources From the World Wide Web’ keeps citations ethical


This page is from the Modern Language Association’s web site. It lists the MLA’s authorized guidelines for citing internet sources. The guidelines include fourteen items to consider when citing a source from the internet and are followed by several examples. Teachers of all subjects may find this site useful in guiding students to use the internet in their research papers and homework.


‘PhysLINK’ makes a science of physics assistance


This site, subtitled “the ultimate physics resource,” has well-developed sections for physics references, societies, job listings, and publications, plus links to national and international physics departments, new software releases, and physics news. You can also subscribe to PhysLINK’s Quotations mailing list for a weekly quote by eMail.


National Association for the Education of Young Children is big on little ones


NAEYC is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood professionals, and its web site offers a wealth of information, news, and public policy issues to anyone who works with young children. Topics of interest include “Helping children cope with violence,” “Fostering kindness in the classroom,” and “Encouraging independence in young children.”


‘webTeacher’ can be your internet tutor


Created by Tech Corps along with the National Cable Television Association, webTeacher is a free, self-paced internet tutorial that offers both basic and in-depth information to educators. Topics include eMail, video conferencing, chat rooms, web page design, internet safety, and curriculum material research. You can choose from any topic and explore at your own pace. Because the site is interactive, you can apply what you’ve learned immediately through online exercises and activities.


Distance Learning Resource Network brings help close to home


Sponsored by WestEd, this site should supply anything you need to know about distance learning. The site includes research reports, articles, examples of successful K-12 distance education programs, resources for planning your own program, even information about distance learning grants. There’s also a Distance Teaching Resource Guide and a list of college and K-12 courses taught online through other institutions.


‘Windows to the Universe’ is out of this world


This NASA-funded site explores earth and space sciences through topics like “Our Planet,” “Our Solar System,” “Space Missions,” “People,” and “Data.” The site boasts a vast array of images, animations, and data. A section called “Headline Universe” features space science news, such as a story about Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle commander. A “Teacher Resources” section includes classroom activities based on the Jupiter Galileo mission and lesson plans for creating weather phenomena like clouds and lightning in your classroom.


Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition lights up learning


This is a great site for all sorts of K-12 science lessons and experiments. The lessons are grouped by subject and grade level. Many are set up to answer questions, like “Why does my voice sound different on a tape recorder?” or “How does a bicycle and its rider stay upright?” Other highlights include “Fun with Liquid Nitrogen,” where students can make ice cream in minutes using liquid nitrogen, plus cooking with solar energy, making toothpaste, rigging a burglar alarm, and DNA fingerprinting


National Poetry Month Resource Center is a canon ball


Sponsored by Gale Research, this site was constructed in honor of National Poetry Month in April but will remain active indefinitely. The site features biographies and a representative poem from each of 24 authors, including Shakespeare, Yeats, Poe, Frost, and Eliot. Each poem includes a line-by-line explication, as well as links to critical interpretations describing how the poem fits into the larger body of the poet’s works. Other features of the site include a timeline of milestones in the history of poetry and suggestions for classroom activities.


‘World Wide Words’ is a language lover’s paradise


Created by Michael Quinion, this site is the ultimate resource for lovers of the English language. “Turns of Phrase” is a section devoted to words and phrases too new to appear in a dictionary, like “upsizing” or “millenium bug.” “Topical Words” takes words making recent headlines, like “impeach” and “organic,” and explores their origins and histories of usage. “Weird Words” is a playful section that dusts off and examines archaic words from the Oxford English Dictionary, such as “humdudgeon”Ðan imaginary illness. “Articles about the English language” is a collection of essays on various topics, including “The Full Monty: Where the Film Title Came From,” and “Chosen Words: the Language of Elections.” Teachers can use this site to engage students in an exploration of their language and how it evolves over time.


‘Words and Deeds in American History’ is a four century sampler


In honor of the centennial of the Library of Congress’s Manuscript Division, its staff has selected more than 90 original documents for display on this site. The documents span four centuries and include the very first telegraph message, written in Samuel Morse’s own handwriting and sent on May 24, 1844; Alexander Bell’s initial sketches for the design of the telephone; and a poem written by Helen Keller at age 13. Documents are grouped by categories such as “The Presidency,” “Military Affairs,” and “Arts and Literature,” and you can also browse them chronologically or perform keyword searches.