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First Steps: Awesome URLs by Bonnie Bracey Sutton

I will share those without much comment. But there are so many really great Web sites, know that these are the ones I love. is the cornerstone of Verizon Foundation’s literacy, education and technology initiatives. The goal of this program is to improve student achievement in traditional classroom settings and beyond by providing high-quality content and extensive professional development training. There is a marvelous search Engine and a set of quality standards reference lessons that have been created especially for teachers

This free, comprehensive digital learning platform is built upon bringing together o two acclaimed programs Verizon MarcoPolo and the Thinkfinity Literacy Network.

This program offers free teacher trainers to educational communities but few people seem to know that this professional development is available.

Blue Web’n 
Maybe you just like to find the best web sites . Blue Web’n: a library of Blue Ribben learning sites on the Web. Blue Web’n is an online library of 2187 outstanding Internet sites It is constantly being updated.

The Exploratorium is a public science museum, located in the Marina District at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California. It is one of San Francisco’s most popular museums, drawing over 500,000 people each year.

The Exploratorium has an extensive website with many online science exhibits and experiments, which has received the Webby Award for Best Science Site five times since 1997. I like the accidental science of cooking, the cool web sites, and the resources for teachers.

Tools for teaching
I discovered lots of students using games and gaming. Here is a stie that allows teachers to learn about serious games, and the philosophy behind them. The authors are user friendly and there is a blog.

The Education Arcade 
The Education Arcade explores games that promote learning through authentic and engaging play. TEA’s research and development projects focus both on the learning that naturally occurs in popular commercial games, and on the design of games that more vigorously address the educational needs of players.

Earth Science and Geography, Cultures, Social Studies
I have a bias toward the use of technology in teaching that was developed by exposure to the many uses of technology at the National Geographic in a summer workshop. Here are just a few of the tools we used. There is here a community of learners, and some tools by which we can explore the earth, learn some earth science and geography, and benefit from the many resources that are a part of the educational outreach of the National Geographic magazine.

Explore a virtual museum and a wealth of teaching resources. I, this is a personal applicaiton to learn with. Always open .




MAP MACHINE – National Geographic 
Locate nearly any place on Earth, search and print historical, weather, and population maps, and more with our dynamic atlas.

* The Ashmolean – Museum of Art & Archaeology
The Ashmolean Museum: Home page of the Museum. … in special open aftern on the Ashmolean construction site on 13 September … free web page hit counter.

Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems
GIS applies a scientific process to the tasks for which it is used. Proper education and training are essential to your success.

Explore Google Maps
View station information and schedules. See cities with transit information on Google Maps … Enter a location to search for it in Google Maps.

Volcano World
This is way better than reading about a volcano. Space Imaging has kindly donated several amazing high resolution satellite images of volcanoes including this beauty of Krakatau. Click here to see more! …There are various levels of involvement here.

Google Tools for Teachers
It is hard to describe this set of tools, because we all choose from personal ideas. I like to use it as a link to show the power of maps, having people to find their own home on the planet, to then walk along using street maps and then to do visual cities like Berlin or some of the others. The next application would be to use the tools on the internet which are not Google tools to build a city. Some lower level classes may even build a physical model of a cty.

The Visible Human Project
The Visible Human Project® is an outgrowth of the NLM’s 1986 Long-Range Plan. It is the creation of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies. Acquisition of transverse CT, MR and cryosection images of representative male and female cadavers has been completed. The male was sectioned at one millimeter intervals, the female at one-third of a millimeter intervals.

Kinetic City 
Welcome to Kinetic City: Mission to Vearth, the web-based after school science program! The Kinetic City Super Crew needs your kids’ help to save their planet.

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, … Sharing photographs with a broad new audience in a Web 2.0 community.

American Memory Project
Library of Congress

Windows to the Universe
All sites should be as accomodative to students as this one is. It has three different levels of learning, is deep and rich.
Aimed at portraying Earth and Space Sciences in a fun way. Includes information about space weather, global space physics and a real time movie of current space happenings wonderful teacher support and games, mythology, art.. take a look at this wonderful site.

World Heritage Site
Elegant site fromUNESCO explaining the choice of certain buildings and sites as World Heritage. List with pictures and information available on each.

The National Museum of the American Indian is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, of the Indians. General Resources within the site

Starfestival Website. Audience Those who are studying Japanese language/culture; those who are interested in Japan even only in passing; those interested in the story of culture in Japan.

Athena Review Journal of Images

Discover Data Portal

[Thanks, Bonnie! Tomorrow will conclude my week-long spotlight on Bonnie and her amazing list of resources for educators. Please extend your gratitude to her for her tireless efforts – please – the comment section is open]