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Computers in the Classroom

Compiled by Karen Work Richardson (
October 2002

 This Month:

Good Sites

There's no particular theme this month: just 10 great interactive websites designed with kids and teachers in mind. Have fun exploring!

1. NASA SCIfiles: Sponsored by NASA, this website features detailed webquest-style units on scientific issues ranging from pyramids to the weather. Students adopt roles, keep journals, and solve scientific mysteries.

2. CyberFair 2002 Winners: Want to see what kids can do with the web? Visit the winners of CyberFair 2002. The sites are organized into eight areas and show work from students all over the world.

3. Wee Ones Magazine: An online magazine designed for elementary school aged children. Features includes short stories, poetry, nonfiction articles in various curriculum areas, craft ideas and recipes. The "Wee Teach" section has ideas for teachers.

4. Arthur's 100th Episode and the 100 Book Challenge: On October 14, PBS Kids will air "Elwood City Turns 100!", the 100th episode of the award-winning children’s show ARTHUR. In celebration of this event, Arthur and his friends invite classrooms across America to join the 100 Book Challenge.

5. Kids Courier: This website, sponsored by the National Children's Literacy Project, includes learning games, reading activities and links to quality kid-oriented websites. Students can submit their own writing to the site.

6. The Official Bob the Builder Website: The website that accompanies the popular pre-school television show. Explore the town with Bob and find lots of fun activities.

7. Technology Infused Projects: Teachers throughout the Half Hollow Hills school district engage their students in utilizing technology as a tool to enrich and enhance their learning environment. Browse the wide variety of curriculum related projects.

8. Indian Hills Primary School: This primary school sponsors the Museum of Peace. Their website is an example of how schools to use the web to communicate with parents and support student learning.

9. World Writers: Created by elementary students, this website is designed to help students write stories. It's full of ideas for characters, settings, as well as help with proofreading and publishing.

10. The Greatest Places: A virtual look at the most culturally and geographically diverse places in the world.

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