Topic 2: Online Resources


Bookmarks and Online Resources

Have you ever wished you could find a particular Web site again? Would you like to easily access frequently used Web sites? Would you like to share “gems” that you find on the Web with friends, colleagues, and family? It takes a little discipline to do this, but it is fast and easy. Both Netscape Communicator and Microsoft's Internet Explore allow you to bookmark Web sites on your computer. Netscape calls this Bookmarks and Explorer calls this Favorites. Both allow you to easily capture and save a Web address for future use. Your bookmarks or favorites can be saved to floppy or zip disk and used on multiple computers.

To learn how to save and file you favorite URLs read these Web sites:

In addition there are Web sites that provide free space for you to save your bookmarks and files on remote servers. The space is free because it is paid for by advertisers, so you need to be aware that the sites will contain advertisements. These storage sites can be extremely useful if you use multiple computers. These are also good places to back up your files and work.

Review the links below that provide free file storage and sign on with it or another similar site you locate. Upload your bookmark file. Use this space to continue to file your bookmarks and work during this course.

  • My bookmark : allows you to save and organize bookmarks on remote server, that can be viewed form any computer connected to Internet.
  • I keep bookmarks: Teachers recommended web site for saving and organizing bookmarks.
  • Back flip: will save and organize your bookmarks. This site also suggest you similar web sites that were bookmarked by other members.
  • Yahoo!Bookmarks- free service available for Yahoo! members.
  • Save Your Links : saves your links for free. For a low price will turn your bookmarks into web page and even post it on the Internet.
  • Free Link : another free service web site.
  • BackFlip: offers free bookmark storage and gives you a possibility to search other members' lists.
  • Also check TrackStar , that gives you a possibility to create annotated bookmark or reference list, however we will review this site later, in Topic 6.

Make sure that you visit your bookmark list frequently. Free web-sites sometimes start applying fees for their services or discontinue the service. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your bookmarks as Word document.

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Educational Portals and Resources

Portals are excellent starting points for your research. Explore some of the sites on this list of education portals and resources and bookmark the ones you find interesting for later use. Hopefully you will find information on many of these that will be useful to you and your students. As you explore these portals and resources be thinking about something you are going to be teaching soon, or research that you are currently doing or plan to do soon that you can use for your project for this course. Once you are done with exploration, go to the assignment section and complete the assigned task.

American Memories Collection— National Digital Library of the Library of Congress
- Provides access to the resources in the Library of Congress

Bibliocat Web Page - Resources for Librarians, School librarians, Library/Media Specialists, Teachers, Parents.

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper - Resources for teachers, students and parents.

Blue Web 'N - A searchable database of Internet learning sites categorized by subject area, audience, and type (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools).

Busy Educators Guide to the World Wide Web - Marjan Glavac's site for educators.

Classroom Connect - Innovative thought-provoking, interactive media and services for teachers including teaching resources, and online classes.

Discovery Channel School - Outstanding teaching materials and ideas.

Education Index - A guide to some of the best and most useful education-related sites on the Web.

Education World - Complete resource guide to the Internet for educators to integrating the Internet into the classroom.

Forefront Curriculum - Resources for teachers who want to effectively integrate the Internet into their classroom.

Homework Central - Study collections on the Internet.

Homework Help - Lesson plans, test preparation, ideas, links, lessons.

JITT - Information on using and integrating technology.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - A list of sites on the Internet found to be useful for enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth.

Math Forum Resources - Swarthmore University's resources for teaching mathematics.

PacBell‘s Filamentality - Pac Bell's resources for educators.

S.C.O.R.E. - Schools of California Online Resources for Educators contains teacher created units and lessons that are based on the CA Content Standards, links to resources, and CA Content Standards for mathematics, language arts, history/social studies, and science.

Scholastic - Ready-to-use Reproducible and more.

SFMOMA's school - Modern art lessons and resources for K-12 educators and students.

Tapped In -Online Community for Educators.

Teacher Created Materials - Free lessons and Activities for classrooms.

The Tech - Educator Page from The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA

Web Sites and Resources for Teachers - Educational sites and resources compiled by Dr. Vicki F. Sharp and Dr. Richard M. Sharp, Professors of Education at California State University, Northridge. It is organized in nine categories which include lesson plans, instructional materials, online activities and projects, and virtual trips to museums and countries around the world.

WebQuests -Bernie Dodge's, (San Diego State University) list of WebQuests- This site is designed to serve as a resource to those who are using the WebQuest model to teach with the web.

Where Learning Takes You - 500.000 activities for classrooms from

WNet School - Educational resource for k-12 teachers requiring online registration.

Yahooligans - Educational portal for students. Provides searchable database of safe educational resources designed specifically for kids.

Yahooligans Teaching Guide - Has great ideas for planning, implementing, and assessing integrated Internet units.

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