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Ask a Librarian - Library of Congress

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If your local library just can't help, try this online service that puts you in contact with Library of Congress research librarians. Live chats are available for some topics. Other...more
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If your local library just can't help, try this online service that puts you in contact with Library of Congress research librarians. Live chats are available for some topics. Other inquiries will receive a response within 5 days. Be sure to read the Reference Correspondence Policy at the bottom of the home page for directives on how this resource should be used. This is an "adult" reference tool, not a student's homework assistance hotline!

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Have students use this as a resource while working on a research project. Just check with your school technology policies and make sure it's acceptable to use the live chat option.

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Copyright Terms and the Public Domain - Cornell University

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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials...more
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Knowing the specific rules about copyright terms can be a definite benefit when copying or scanning. This easy-to-read chart outlines the point at which published or unpublished materials enter the public domain. It may be more information than you care to know about the public domain, but it will keep you legal!

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Electronic Emissary - College of William and Mary

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Have you ever wished that you had an expert to turn to when undertaking a challenging unit or lesson? Imagine a professor from Yale volunteering to work with your students. ...more
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Have you ever wished that you had an expert to turn to when undertaking a challenging unit or lesson? Imagine a professor from Yale volunteering to work with your students. This free, web-based mentoring service does just that by bringing teachers and students in contact with experienced mentors in a variety of subject areas. Curriculum-based interactions take place via email, web forum, chat and teleconferencing and can range in length from 6-weeks to an entire school year, depending on the needs and interests of the students. The website includes summaries of completed Electronic Emissary learning projects, and information on how to get involved with the program as a mentor, student, or teacher.

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Copyright Primer - University of Maryland

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Test your working knowledge of copyright laws with this interactive tutorial that addresses the underlying principles behind copyright laws in the U.S., outlines requirements for copyright...more
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Test your working knowledge of copyright laws with this interactive tutorial that addresses the underlying principles behind copyright laws in the U.S., outlines requirements for copyright protection, and discusses parameters for use of copyrighted materials. As the tutorial progresses, visitors are presented with quizzes in the form of scenarios requiring a decision. It's entertaining, enlightening, and extremely helpful in clarifying copyright issues. You may even want to share this resource with your high school students before sending them off to college.

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Understanding Evolution - University of California Museum of Paleontology

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This searchable site is designed to give educators direction and advice when teaching the scientific theory of evolution. Common misconceptions, supporting evidence, and basic elements...more
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This searchable site is designed to give educators direction and advice when teaching the scientific theory of evolution. Common misconceptions, supporting evidence, and basic elements of the theory are provided along with tips on how to identify and deal with problems that may arise when teaching evolution in the classroom. A glossary and links to teacher resources are also included.

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Modeling for Understanding in Science Education - University of Wisconsin

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The University of Wisconsin created this site as a resource to help secondary science teachers develop modeling techniques for use in teaching several science concepts. The site presents...more
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The University of Wisconsin created this site as a resource to help secondary science teachers develop modeling techniques for use in teaching several science concepts. The site presents each of these in some detail, with an eye toward giving science teachers the ability to develop model-based teaching approaches for other topics. This would be a great resource to use as a starting point for a professional inservice or a summer workshop.

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Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web - Rand Corp.

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Here's a research-based site that will interest teachers working to improving their proficiency with technology or administrators who need better information gathering tools. This Rand...more
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Here's a research-based site that will interest teachers working to improving their proficiency with technology or administrators who need better information gathering tools. This Rand study offers suggestions on effective survey design and administration techniques, the unique factors present in web and e-mail based surveys, and a look at the attractive speed with which researchers can develop and collect information using these technologies. For those who depend on accurate responses, this could be useful information.

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Educator's Reference Desk - Information Institute of Syracuse

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Educators who have lamented the demise of the AskERIC service will welcome its new incarnation, offering a robust, up-to-date collection of theme-based educator resources, and wealth...more
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Educators who have lamented the demise of the AskERIC service will welcome its new incarnation, offering a robust, up-to-date collection of theme-based educator resources, and wealth of lesson plans, and archives of past questions. Managed by the Information Institute of Syracuse, the new format greatly enhances usability. Kudos!

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Education Epidemic - Demos

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Here's proof that education is a challenge everywhere. In this article, a British researcher suggests that traditional top-down education innovation and reform efforts might be supplanted...more
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Here's proof that education is a challenge everywhere. In this article, a British researcher suggests that traditional top-down education innovation and reform efforts might be supplanted by facilitating peer-to-peer sharing of innovations - a sort of global teachers' lounge. It's an interesting perspective.

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National Runaway Safeline

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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors,...more
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors, and anyone else who works with young people who have run away (or may be thinking about doing so) and their families. In addition to location and confidential contact services, the site offers a wealth of resources for both families and young people. This is a quiet problem whose dimensions are far larger than many realize. The site includes resources for homelessness, as well.

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Check out the "Let's Talk" free runaway prevention curriculum for lessons you can use for specific situations or concerns.

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Attracting Highly Qualified Teachers - Arizona State University

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Administrators and those interested in training qualified teachers and deploying them where they're most needed will find this paper from Arizona State University intriguing. The authors...more
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Administrators and those interested in training qualified teachers and deploying them where they're most needed will find this paper from Arizona State University intriguing. The authors advocate for a system similar to that which has been used to attract physicians and health care professionals to specific training programs and practice locations. Both the concept and the logic are interesting and well presented.

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Halloween Recipes

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This one's just for fun. There's a long list of recipes for foods with ghoulish names. Just the thing for a classroom Halloween party. Enterprising teachers or parents may want ...more
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This one's just for fun. There's a long list of recipes for foods with ghoulish names. Just the thing for a classroom Halloween party. Enterprising teachers or parents may want to suggest some of these to the school food service in late October.

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Education Resources Directory - US Dept. of Education

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The federal Department of Education offers this site that lets users access a database of federal programs, grant opportunities, and services. Its utility for the average teacher is...more
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The federal Department of Education offers this site that lets users access a database of federal programs, grant opportunities, and services. Its utility for the average teacher is largely dependent on specific circumstances, but it does consolidate a great deal of information into a single resource. There is also a very complete listing of state resources, and these may be more directly useful.

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Powerpoint is Evil - Edward Tufte

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Edward Tufte is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the use of visual images to convey statistical and quantitative information. In this short article, he launches...more
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Edward Tufte is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the use of visual images to convey statistical and quantitative information. In this short article, he launches a salvo at the power of powerpoint to misrepresent, overcomplicate, or otherwise distort information and information flow. It's a bitter pill, but one that any teacher who uses this technology should take at least once.

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National Center for Homeless Education - University of North Carolina

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Based at the University of North Carolina, this center offers information, strategies, and tools for educators who must meet the needs of students who are homeless. While much of the...more
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Based at the University of North Carolina, this center offers information, strategies, and tools for educators who must meet the needs of students who are homeless. While much of the content is geared to those who are specifically responsible for working with these populations, there is a good deal of content for teachers as well. It's hard to access, however. We found the "site index" link the most efficient way to navigate.

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The Internet and Children - What Works? - NTIA

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This report on the Children's Internet Privacy Act from the National Telecommunications Information Agency focuses on practical ideas that can have a meaningful impact in managing children's...more
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This report on the Children's Internet Privacy Act from the National Telecommunications Information Agency focuses on practical ideas that can have a meaningful impact in managing children's access to the web while avoiding unnecessary restrictions on others. School technology staffs will find its "lessons learned" and "best practices" sections particularly interesting.

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Microsoft Security and Privacy - Microsoft

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The recent rashes of e-mail borne viruses and worms make a visit to this Microsoft page almost a necessity. Surprisingly usable, the site offers tips, patches, and suggestions for maintaining...more
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The recent rashes of e-mail borne viruses and worms make a visit to this Microsoft page almost a necessity. Surprisingly usable, the site offers tips, patches, and suggestions for maintaining computer security in home, office, and school environments. This is a useful resource whether you're already infected or simply want to avoid becoming infected.

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Web Junction - Librarian Resources - Library of Congress

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Launched in Spring of 2003 by the Library of Congress, this site provides helpful resources for librarians interested in finding the best ways to utilize technology in their libraries....more
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Launched in Spring of 2003 by the Library of Congress, this site provides helpful resources for librarians interested in finding the best ways to utilize technology in their libraries. Committed to raising awareness of public access resources, this site has tips, tools, and practices for updating libraries in the information age. There are even online courses for those who want a full introduction to the range of possibilities the internet holds.

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Internet Blocking in Public Schools- A Study on Internet Access - Electronic Freedom Foundation

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This study has helpful information for educators and other professionals concerned with the quality of internet accessibility in out public schools. The study examines the educational...more
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This study has helpful information for educators and other professionals concerned with the quality of internet accessibility in out public schools. The study examines the educational and societal implications of placing internet filtering software on school computers. The study is specifically aimed at determining whether such software actually impedes the pursuit of curriculum goals by inappropriately blocking educational resources. The study's use of state mandated curriculum standards as a basis for internet searches places the study in a context that continues the current dialogue over the most effective way to filter internet use in schools.

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Internet Safety Education Foundation

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This site has extensive resources on internet safety for adults and students alike. Visit the Xblock section where kids and teens can become "i-mentors," helping their peers and adults...more
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This site has extensive resources on internet safety for adults and students alike. Visit the Xblock section where kids and teens can become "i-mentors," helping their peers and adults to better understanding Internet safety or go to the iLearn section for tutorial modules for kids, parents, and even senior citizens. You have to join, but it is free. The site may be good for schools looking to develop rules and policies for safe classroom internet use. It also discusses some of the information sharing risks children should be aware of when using internet resources.

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