Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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Internet Safety Updates

To help schools understand online safety issues and comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is providing updated resources related to Internet safety. At www. safewiredschools.com, school leaders will find a downloadable PowerPoint presentation on factors to consider for Internet protection, as well as an updated white paper titled "Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse: A Briefing Paper on District Options for Providing Access to Internet Content." In addition, the CoSN Web site [www.cosn.org] provides a detailed compliance guide covering all of the requirements of the CIPA legislation. CoSN, 202/466-6296 or http://www-cosn.org/.

Ed Tech Answers

NetDayCompass.org now features a Research Desk that will answer ed tech questions submitted by educators. A research team of technology experts answers the queries within 36 hours, recommending appropriate resources and information. All frequently asked questions are archived on the Web site. NetDay Compass, http://www.netdaycompass.org/research.cfm/.

net Learning

Hotmath.com, developed for students in high school and beyond, provides a Web-based tool that allows students to work through the actual homework problems assigned by their teachers. The site offers guided solutions to math homework from standard textbooks for algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus. Free of charge for daytime school use Hotmath.com is a subscription service for students and their parents. Student/parent subscriptions are priced at $449 per month. Founded by two math teachers, Hotmath is made up of more than 75 math teachers and professors who author the solutions found on the site. Hotmath.corn, http://www.hotmath.com/.

Remembering Pearl Harbor provides expanded information on the events that sparked America's entry into World War II. The site provides a multimedia map and timeline with photos, film and video clips, firsthand accounts, and narration. A searchable archive of survivor's stories presents personal tales of heroism and tragedy. The archive also allows users to locate long-lost relatives or friends and submit their own true stories. The site is linked to related sites and provides reviews of recommended resources. The links to National Geographic Resources include a "Beyond the Movie" area, with true tales that inspired the film Pearl Harbor, a new video titled "Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor," and a Q&A with the film's stars. An expanded look at the related National Geographic magazine article, complete with the photographer's technical notes, and a link to related publications is included. National Geographic, http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/.

Net Libraries

America the Beautiful-State by State, the latest addition to Grolier Online, provides more than 1,000 interactive articles with the latest state information, including history, economy, government, spotlights, teacher resources, geography, culture, cities, fast facts, related Web sites, and classroom activities. Also covered are presidents, cities, natural wonders, native American tribes, famous places, profiles of state VIPs, college information, and an almanac. The subscription database is designed for grades 4 and up. …

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