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Curriculum hotspots: here is the latest DA guide to the best education sites on the Web.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 66 percent of adult Internet users in the United States--about 97 million people--use Internet resources on an average day. Of these, approximately 5 million people post information through Weblogs or other content-creating applications, 4 million share files on peer-to-peer networks, and 3 million use the Web to rate a person, product or service. The Internet has reached into and reshaped just about every important realm of our lives, including how we teach and learn.

But with numbers of Web pages now measured in the billions, the demand for information on the latest and best educational resources has never been greater, or more complicated. As a result, most educators rely on only a few familiar Web sites, if they aren't aware that superior models and applications exist. DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION therefore presents this revised and fully verified guide to "curriculum hotspots"--also featured on our Web site ( the latest search tools, lesson plan collections, research sites, sources for online projects, media resources, curriculum centers in every content area, and related professional materials. Distribute the guide to your staff, students and parents, and add the resources to your district Web site.

Standards Resources

* Developing Educational Standards

* International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE):

ISTE National Educational Technology Standards--NETS

ISTE Technology Standards for School Administrators

ISTE NETS for Students

ISTE NETS for Teachers

Lesson Plan Sources

* A to Z Teacher Stuff

* Columbia Education Center


* Lesson Planet


* McREL Lesson Plans

* Microsoft Education Lesson Plans

Online Projects


* Generation YES

* Global SchoolNet Foundation

* iEARN--International Education and Resource Network

* The JASON Project



* NASA Quest

* SitesALIVE!


* ThinkQuest

* The WebQuest Page

Teaching Tools

* ABCTeach

* APTE Puzzle Center

* Discovery School's PuzzleMaker

* Filamentality

* Quia

* SchoolExpress

* The Science Spot

* Thematic Units

* Trackstar

* WWW4Teachers

Libraries and Museums

* American Memory Historical Collections

* American Museum of Natural History

* The Archaeology Channel

* Exploratorium

* The Franklin Institute Online

* Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide

* The Internet Public Library

* Librarians' Internet Index

* The Library of Congress

* Library Spot

* The Museum of Broadcast Communications

* Museum Spot


* The Museum of Television & Radio

* National Air and Space Museum

* National Archives

* National Gallery of Art

* Smithsonian

* Smithsonian Kids

* United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Schools on the Web

* American School Directory

* EduRound Schools on the Web



* School Directory

* Public Schools in the United States

Student Research Resources

* Ask for Kids

* CyberSleuth Kids

* Fact Monster

* HomeworkSpot

* InfoPlease

* iTouls

* KidsClick!

* Library Spot

* MSN Encarta

* The National Student Research Center

* NetTrekker


* Yahoo Kids

Company/Organization Curriculum Collections

* AOL@Schuol

* Apple Education

* Classroom Connect

* Disney Online Edu-Station

* FableVision

* Family Education Network

* Harcourt School Publishers

* Houghton Mifflin

* Kaboose Family Network

* Macmillan/McGraw-Hill

* Pearson Education

* Pitsco

* Plato Learning

* ProQuest K-12

* Riverdeep


* Tom Snyder Productions

Curriculum Resource Centers:

General Curriculum


* Awesome Library

* Beyond

* B. J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper


* BrainPOP


* Grade Level Gold

* HowStuffWorks


* Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

The Arts


* ArtsConnectED

* ArtsEdge

* ArtSiteNet

* Artsonia

* Art Teacher on the Net


* Music Education Online

* Music Education Resource Links

* Puppetry Home Page

* Sapphire Swan Dance Directory

Language Arts and Literature



* Bookadventure

* The Children's Book Council

* The Children's Literature Web Guide


* The Online Books Page

* The Purple Crayon

* Spaghetti Book Club


www. teachingbooks, net



* Calculators On-Line Center



* Hotmath


* MathDL

* The Math Forum @ Drexel

* Math Goodies

* NCTM Illuminations




* Math and Science Gateway

* NASA Education Program

* Science NetLinks

* Space.cem

* Space Educators' Handbook

* The Yuckiest Site on the Internet

Social Studies

* Education

* CountryWatch

* EconEdLink

* EyeWitness to History

* Practical Money Skills for Life

* Social Studies School Service

* Social Studies Sources

* Teaching with Documents

News Sources

* ABC News



* Google News

* MSNBC News

* NBCi

* Newseum, The Interactive

Museum of News

* NewsVoyager

* Newsweek Education Program

* The New York Times

Learning Network

* Time for

* USA Today Education Online


* The Wall Street Journal

Classroom Edition

* WeeklyReader Online

* Yahoo News

Television/Radio Media

* A&E Classroom

* Annenberg Media


* Book TV

* Cable in the Classroom

* Cablevision Power to Learn




* HBO Family


* Education

* National Public Radio Online

Nickelodeon Nick Jr.

* Nickelodeon Teachers.Nick.Com


* PBS Kids

* PBS TeacherSource

* Sesame Workshop/

* The Weather Channel

Especially for Kids


* Berit's Best Sites for Children


* Cyberkids

* Fun-Attic

* FunBrain

* Funschool

* KidsCom; KidsCom Jr.


* MSN Kids

Information Indexes


* Education Planet

* Education World


* Linkopedia

* StartSpot Network

* Yahoo!

Search Tools

* A9 Search

* Alltheweb

* AltaVista



* Dogpile

* Excite


* Google

* Hotbot

* InfoSpace

* LookSmart

* Lycos

* MetaCrawler

* Scirus


* SearchEdu

* Search Engine Watch

* WebCrawler

Professional Resources

* Administrators.Net

* Blackboard

* Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology

* Educational CyberPlayground

* Educational Research Network

* Educator's Reference Desk

* Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

* Library in the Sky

* MIT OpenCourseWare

* National Center for Education Statistics

* National Center for Technology Planning

* National Education Technology Plan

* Network of Regional Technology in Education Consortia


* SchoolGrants

* Sites for Teachers

* SRA International Grants Web


* Teachers.Net

* TeacherVision


* Theory into Practice

* U.S. Department of Education

* W3 Schools

Professional Organizations

* AASA, American Association of School Administrators

* AASL, American Association of School Librarians

* ACEI, Association for Childhood Education International

* ACTFL, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

* AECT, Association for Educational Communications and Technology

* AERA, American Educational Research Association

* AESA, Association of Educational Service Agencies

* AFT, American Federation of Teachers

* ALA, American Library Association

* ASCA, American School Counselor Association

* ASCD, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

* CEC, Council for Exceptional Children

* CoSN, Consortium for School Networking

* CUE, Computer-Using Educators

* IRA, International Reading Association

* ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education

* ITEA, International Technology Education Association

* MENC, The National Association for Music Education

* NAEA, National Art Education Association

* NAESP, National Association of Elementary School Principals

* NAEYC, National Association for the Education of Young Children

* NAGC, National Association for Gifted Children

* NASPE, National Association

for Sport and Physical Education

* NASSP, National Association of Secondary School Principals

* NBEA, National Business Education Association

* NCSS, National Council for the Social Studies

* NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English

* NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

* NEA, National Education Association

* NMSA, National Middle School Association

* NSBA, National School Boards Association

* NSTA, National Science Teachers Association

* PTA, National Parent Teacher Association

* USDLA, United States Distance Learning Association

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Odvard Egil Dyrli,, is editor-in-chief of District Administration, and emeritus professor of education at the University of Connecticut.
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