Jamieson MacKenzie's article in his online magazine, From Now On,
examines the nature of curriculum, and offers strategies for its use with
the vast and chaotic resources of the Internet. His concept of "prospecting"
for information offers effective strategies for both students and teachers.
"This article first appeared in the February-March, 1995 issue of From
Now On, written at a time when schools were just beginning to network,
at a time when the promises of great virtual libraries were being trumpeted
far and wide. The 1995 article struck a cautionary note, arguing that printed
books would remain essential for quite a long time. Five years later, the
printed book seems even more important as the free Internet has spawned
a new information landscape that often seems blemished and disappointing,
dominated by pop culture, commercials, entertainment values and a billboard
sensibility. Information is more freely available than ever before, but
quality is elusive. Noise often exceeds signal."
"A support forum for K12 technology leaders." Writings on current and past
issues facing technology leaders. Please contribute your suggestions; A
collection of downloadable tools of the trade; Quick tips on technology
tools and how to use them; A database of experts and a powerful listserv
with over 300 participants; and A searchable collection of the best of
The Internet is as much about collaboration and cooperation as anything
else. Individuals and organizations make their information resources available,
usually free of charge, via the Internet. The Clearinghouse service is
to find, describe, evaluate, and make available these guides via a single
An online journal with lots of ideas and help for educators using the World
Wide Web and the Internet, edited by Jamieson McKenzie, Director of Libraries,
Media and Technology, Bellingham Schools, Bellingham, WA.
The teaching pyramid and the eight modules provide the basis for a President's
Showcase of Ideas poster session at the June, 1997 American Library Association
Conference in San Francisco. (Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University)
Eudora is a free (there is a commercial version available too) e-mail application
that allows you to read and write e-mail off line. You need a direct-connect,
SLIP or PPP route to the Internet to use it.
The goals of this module from Teaching the WWW is twofold: 1. Provide materials
to assist in teaching how to evaluate the informational content of Web
resources; 2. Provide a bibliography of materials related to teaching how
to apply critical thinking techniques to Web resources.
Hope Tillman offers an in-depth analysis and overview of criteria for evaluation
of Web resources. Includes an interesting overview of resource types, with
links to example pages; plus excellent sections on search engines, guides,
and a nice summary of criteria at the end of the document.
"California Learning Resource Network will provide educators with an information
surce to assist in the selection of technology-based supplementary materials
aligned to standards and linked to model lesson plans utilizing technology."
The launch date for the site is May 17, 2001.
An online course from Bellingham Schools (Washington) "emphasizes student
investigations as vehicles to explore the information available over the
Internet. The course engages participants in learning the research cycle,
several types of literacy, Gardner's seven intelligences and much more."
"Infobits is an electronic service of the Institute for Academic Technology's
Information Resources Group. Each month we monitor and select from a number
of information technology and instruction technology sources that come
to our attention and provide brief notes for electronic dissemination to
This is "a unique publication that explores and deliberates on a comprehensive
range of issues important to the professional database searcher. The magazine
is targeted to experienced, knowledgeable searchers and combines evaluations
of data content with discussions of delivery media. Searcher includes evaluated
online news, searching tips and techniques, reviews of searchaid software
and database documentation, revealing interviews with leaders and entrepreneurs
of the industry, and trenchant editorials."
This commercial site "offers quick access to authoritative reviews of computer
products, the most current product pricing information, continuously updated
news, an extensive library of carefully evaluated freeware and shareware,
interactive tools, and free newsletters. The winner of the 2003 Maggie
Award for Best Online Publication, PCWorld.com helps business managers
plan, buy, integrate, and use computer products for work and home alike."
The library subscribes to this magazine and articles are available through
EBSCOHost as well.
This is the online version of a print magazine which began publishing in
1990 as PC Novice. "Popular regular features include a Q&A section,
which answers readers’ questions; PC Operating Instructions, which focuses
on the fundamental skills of using various operating systems; and Quick
Studies, which contains how-to articles explaining a single feature of
major applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, WordPerfect,
and Quicken. Other sections cover the Internet, computing basics, upgrading
components, troubleshooting, and more."
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