Curriculum Administrator magazine recently recognized what its editors consider the top curriculum web sites developed by companies, educational organizations, and individual schools. The top three sites, designated as “Platinum Award” winners, are:
Classroom Connect (http://www.classroom.com). This site offers teachers extensive links to web sites with educational material in art and music, math, health and physical education, language arts and languages, and science. The site also offers a database of educators developing online learning tools, an activity-each-day curriculum, and listings of teacher resources and materials.
Global SchoolNet Foundation’s “Global Schoolhouse” (http://www.gsn.org). With its International Schools CyberFair competition, Global Schoolhouse continues to inspire educators to improve web-based learning projects. The site also has a Projects Registry for teachers seeking cooperative online learning activities, as well as other databases to link K-12 educators.
Advanced Network & Services Inc.’s “ThinkQuest” and “ThinkQuest Junior” (http://www.thinkquest.org). Advanced Network has created a competition for student-teacher teams to develop web-based learning projects. One competition is aimed at students ages 12-19 and the other is for younger students. Presently, there are four categories for consideration: Arts and Literature, Science and Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Sports and Health. The library of winning projects from previous years, which is available on the web site, is an extremely valuable resource.
“Gold Award” winners were: Annenberg/CPB Project’s “Exhibits Collection” (http://www.learner.org/exhibits); Bonus Network Corp.’s “Bonus.com” (http://www.bonus.com); Discovery Communications’ “Discovery Channel School” (http://www.discoveryschool.com); The New York Times Co.’s “Learning Network” (http://www.nytimes.com/learning); and University Park Elementary School’s “Microcopia” (http://www.northstar.k12.ak.us/schools/upk/u pk.home.html).
Curriculum Administrator also selected 12 sites built by individual schools as winners in the student-facilitator category. The winners included sites that enabled students to built their own research portfolios, create virtual art galleries and digital music links, write multimedia short stories, create an online literary magazine, and develop histories of various topics. For descriptions and links to those sites, see the Curriculum Administrator web site.