Teachers on the Web
The Web is becoming the nation's blackboard, according to a study released by Website building services provider Homestead Technologies. According to the company's 2002 ClassroomWeb Site Study, 42 percent of teachers already have a Web site, while 71 percent believe that most will have a Web site to assist with their teaching within 5 years. Among the teachers currently working with their own Web site, communication with students was listed as the most popular use (73 percent), followed by communication with parents (51 percent). The study also examined how teachers benefit from their Web sites. Responding teachers said that a classroom Web site saves them time (52 percent), helps them meet technology standards (41 percent), enables them to teach about technology (27 percent), and increases interest in their jobs (21 percent). The survey results are available online. Homestead Technologies, http: : wI homestead.com/.
The Holt Online Learning science series for grades 6-12 includes online books such as the Holt Science and Technology Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science textbooks for middle grades, as well as Holt Science Spectrum: A Physical Approach; Modern Biology; Modern Chemistry; and Holt Physics. The online books, with interactive features, are divided into four sections: Book Pages (exact duplicates of the print editions), Quick Concepts (interative sections to reinforce text learning), Practice and Review, and Web Links. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 800/992-1627 or http://www.hrw.com or http://harcourt.com/.
Free Online Professional Development Tools
Tom Synder Productions has launched a new free Web site to help teacher training and professional development. Among the free resources on the site are grant funding Information for hardware, software, and professional development; support materials, articles, and Web sites for technology coordinators; links to tutorials for hardware and software tools; teacher-created walk-throughs for effective integration of specific software titles such as Microsoft Power Point, TimeLiner, and Inspiration; and links to subjct-specific hot lists. Tom Snyder Productions, 800/342-0236 or http:// www.tomsnyder.com/profdev/.
Free Online Course Delivery Platform
Jones Knowledge is donating its baseline Jones e-education online course delivery and management platform to schools and students. The source code for this sofware is scheduled to be freely available by the end of the year to the world's educational instutions.The company will continue to support existing customer's using a more advanceed version of the platform-Jones e-education v.4.0-but currently intends to no longer develop or accept new contracts for this edition of the software. THe company is not donating the version 4.0 source code because third-party products were integrated into the software and it cannot be freely offered to the open market. Jones Knowledge, 800/453-5663 or http://www.jonesknowledge.com/
The online subscription World Atlas from Facts On File for grades 6 and up has been updated with new content and features and a redesigned interface. Country, state, and province information-including the vital statistics, governments, history, and chronology sections-has been updated through 2002. …