In the early days of the internet, finding good web sites to use in your classes meant logging on to a search engine and taking your chances. But now, the quickest way to find good sites is to tap into the work others have done already in gathering links for educators. Here are five sources for “gathering,” as opposed to “searching,” for sites: 1. Filamentality (http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil). Type a common topic from your curriculum into the “For:” text field. Click on the Search button, and within seconds you’ll know whether other educators have created web activities on this topic. 2. Blue Web’n (http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/ bluewebn). Look for Hotlists in the matrix divided by content area. 3. AskJeeves (http://www.ask.com). See if your search turns up an “Index” on the topic. 4. Mining Co./About.com (http://www.about.com). Subject area guides lend a human eye to exhaustive directories. 5. Liszt Directory (http://www.liszt.com). Join and query one of more than 100 discussion lists posted under the Education heading.
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