Internet access has become the norm in K- 12 education, with nine in 10 public school teachers using the Internet as a resource, according to a recent report from Quality Education Data. This is an increase over the year 2000, when 86 percent of teachers used the Internet for their class work. The QED report, Internet Usage in Teaching 2001-2002, also found that 97 percent of America's public schools are connected to the Internet, 84 percent of all public school classrooms are connected to the Internet, 74 percent of students spend 1 hour or more per week hands-on at school with the Internet, and 96 percent of students who use the Internet weekly use it for research. Quality Education Data, 800/525-5811 or http://www.qeddata.com/.
Online Education Technology Resources
One year after its launch, NetDayCompass.org, a free online directory for K- 12 school leaders, has quadrupled its number of resources, added a personalized Research Desk, and expanded its range of topics to include timely information to address current school needs. Currently, NetDayCompass.org has more than 1,700 resources that have been reviewed and cataloged for easy access by educators. Users can locate resources by searching in one of five categories-technology planning, infrastructure, funding, classroom support, and real stories-best practices-or by conducting a "word search" for the desired resources. NetDayCompass.org, http://www.NetDayCompass.org/. Portals to the World
The Library of Congress has launched Portals to the World, a guide to Internet resources dealing with the countries and regions of the world. The online project offers links to electronic resources aligned by country or geographic regions, with links sorted in a wide range of broad categories. Each country portal is designed to cover topics of interest to specialists and the general public, including business, commerce, economy, culture, education, government, politics, law, history, libraries, and archives. When the project is completed in 2003, there will be a portal page for every nation of the world. The Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html/.
Online Collections Updated
Gale Group's Discovering Collection and Junior Reference Collection have been updated, featuring new interfaces, more functions. and more precise search results. Discovering Collection, originally launched as a series of CD-- ROMs, is now available online to help high school through undergraduate students complete classroom assignments in all aspects of literature, social studies, world and U.S. history, science, and multiculturalism. The Junior Reference Collection, aimed at a middle-school audience, mirrors the Discovering Collections curriculum-based approach. The new interfaces on both products present students with results tabs organized by type of document-Reference, Primary Documents, or Multimedia elements-making it easy to narrow a broad search. A timeline search lets students view by year, range of years, or event. Gale Group, 800/877-4253 or http://www.galegroup.com/.
The Changed World
Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, countless resources have been developed to help teachers in the class-- room. …