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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 (www.districtadministration.com)--with 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

edstandards.org/Standards.html

* International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE):

ISTE National Educational Technology Standards--NETS cnets.iste.org

ISTE Technology Standards for School Administrators

cnets.iste.org/tssa

ISTE NETS for Students

cnets.iste.org/students

ISTE NETS for Teachers

cnets.iste.org/teachers

Lesson Plan Sources

* A to Z Teacher Stuff

atozteacherstuff.com

* Columbia Education Center

www.col-ed.org

* EdHelper.com

www.edhelper.com

* Lesson Planet

www.lessonplanet.com

* LessonPlansPage.com

www.lessonplanspage.com

* McREL Lesson Plans

www.mcrel.org/lesson-plans

* Microsoft Education Lesson Plans

www.microsoft.com/education

Online Projects

* ePALS

www.epals.com

* Generation YES

www.genyes.org

* Global SchoolNet Foundation

www.globalschoolnet.org

* iEARN--International Education and Resource Network

www.iearn.org

* The JASON Project

www.jason.org

* KIDLINK/KIDPROJ

www.kid/ink.org/KIDPROJ

* NASA Quest

quest.arc.nasa.gov

* SitesALIVE!

www.sitesalive.com

* Teaching.com

www.teaching.com

* ThinkQuest

www.thinkquest.org

* The WebQuest Page

webquest.sdsu.edu

Teaching Tools

* ABCTeach

www.abcteach.com

* APTE Puzzle Center

puzzles.apte.com

* Discovery School's PuzzleMaker

www.puzzlernaker.com

* Filamentality

www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil

* Quia

quia.com

* SchoolExpress

www.schoolexpress.com

* The Science Spot

sciencespot.net

* Thematic Units

www.edhelper.com/cat301.htm

* Trackstar

trackstar.4teachefs.org

* WWW4Teachers

www.4teachers.org

Libraries and Museums

* American Memory Historical Collections

memory.loc.gov

* American Museum of Natural History

www.amnh.org

* The Archaeology Channel

www.archaeologychannel.org

* Exploratorium

www.exploratorium.edu

* The Franklin Institute Online

www.fi.edu

* Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide

www.cs.cmu.edu/~mwm/sci.html

* The Internet Public Library

www.ipl.org

* Librarians' Internet Index

Iii.org

* The Library of Congress

lcweb.loc.gov

* Library Spot

www.libraryspot.com

* The Museum of Broadcast Communications

www.museum.tv

* Museum Spot

www.museumspot.com

* MuseumStuff.com

www.museumstuff.com

* The Museum of Television & Radio

www.mtr.org

* National Air and Space Museum

www.nasm.si.edu

* National Archives

www.archives.gov

* National Gallery of Art

www.nga.gov

* Smithsonian

www.si.edu

* Smithsonian Kids

www.smithsonian.kids.us

* United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

www.ushmm.org

Schools on the Web

* American School Directory

www.asd.com

* EduRound Schools on the Web

www.eduhoundschoo/sontheweb.com

* GreatSchools.net

www.greatschools.net

* School Directory

www.edu-cyberpg.com/Schools

* Public Schools in the United States

www.uspublicschools.com

Student Research Resources

* Ask for Kids

www.askforkids.com

* CyberSleuth Kids

cybersleuth-kids.com

* Fact Monster

www.factmonster.com

* HomeworkSpot

www.homeworkspot.com

* InfoPlease

www.infoplease.com

* iTouls

www.itools.com

* KidsClick!

www.kidsclick.org

* Library Spot

www.libraryspot.com

* MSN Encarta

encarta.msn.com

* The National Student Research Center

youth.net/nsrc

* NetTrekker

www.nettrekker.com

* Refdesk.com

www.refdesk.com

* Yahoo Kids

kids.yahoo.com

Company/Organization Curriculum Collections

* AOL@Schuol

school.aol.com

* Apple Education

www.apple.com/education

* Classroom Connect

www.classroom.com

* Disney Online Edu-Station

Disney.go.com/educational

* FableVision

www.fablevision.com

* Family Education Network

fen.com

* Harcourt School Publishers

www.hbschool.com

* Houghton Mifflin

www.eduplace.com

* Kaboose Family Network

www.kaboose.com

* Macmillan/McGraw-Hill

www.mmhschool.com

* Pearson Education

www.pearsoneducation.com

* Pitsco

www.pitsco.com

* Plato Learning

www.plato.com

* ProQuest K-12

www.proquestkl2.com

* Riverdeep

www.riverdeep.com

* Scholastic.com

www.scholastic.com

* Tom Snyder Productions

www.tomsnyder.com

Curriculum Resource Centers:

General Curriculum

* ABC-CLIO.com

abc-clio.com

* Awesome Library

www.awesomelibrary.org

* Beyond Books.com

www.beyondbooks.com

* B. J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck

* Bonus.com

www.bonus.com

* BrainPOP

www.brainpop.com

* Funschool.com

www.funschool.com

* Grade Level Gold

www.gradelevelgold.com

* HowStuffWorks

www.howstuffworks.com

* iKnowthat.com

www.iknowthat.com

* Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

discoveryschool.com/schrockguide

The Arts

* ArtsAwards.org

www.artsawards.org

* ArtsConnectED

www.artsconnected.org

* ArtsEdge

artsedge.kennedy-center.org

* ArtSiteNet

artsitenet.com

* Artsonia

www.artsonia.com

* Art Teacher on the Net

www.artmuseums.com

* Crayola.com

www.crayola.com

* Music Education Online

www.childrensmusicworkshop.com

* Music Education Resource Links

www.chapman.edu/soe/faculty/piper/cpiper/MERLmenu.htm

* Puppetry Home Page

www.sagecraft.com/puppetry

* Sapphire Swan Dance Directory

www.SapphireSwan.com/dance

Language Arts and Literature

* AskOxford.com

www.askoxford.com

* Bartleby.com

www.bartleby.com

* Bookadventure

www.bookadventure.com

* The Children's Book Council

www.cbcbooks.org

* The Children's Literature Web Guide

www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown

* Kidsreads.com

www.kidsreads.com

* The Online Books Page

onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu

* The Purple Crayon

www.underdown.org

* Spaghetti Book Club

www.spaghettibookclub.org

* TeachingBooks.net

www. teachingbooks, net

* Teenreads.com

www.teenreads.com

Mathematics

* Calculators On-Line Center

www.martindalecenter.com/Calculators.html

* ExploreLearning.com

www.explorelearning.com

* GoENC.com

goenc.com

* Hotmath

www.hotmath.com

* Math.com

www.math.com

* MathDL

convergence.mathdl.org

* The Math Forum @ Drexel

mathforum.org

* Math Goodies

www.mathgoodies.com

* NCTM Illuminations

illuminations.nctm.org

Science

* eNature.com

www.enature.com

* GoENC.com

goenc.com

* Math and Science Gateway

www.tc.cornell.edu/Edu/MathSciGateway

* NASA Education Program

education.nasa.gov

* Science NetLinks

www.sciencenetlinks.com

* Space.cem

www.space.com

* Space Educators' Handbook

vesuvius.jsc.nasa.gov/er/seh

* The Yuckiest Site on the Internet

yucky.kids.discovery.com

Social Studies

* CNN.com Education

www.cnn.com/education

* CountryWatch

www.countrywatch.com

* EconEdLink

www.econedlink.org

* EyeWitness to History

www.eyewitnesstohistory.com

* Practical Money Skills for Life

www.practicalmoneyskills.com

* Social Studies School Service

www.socialstudies.com

* Social Studies Sources

education.Indiana.edu/~socialst

* Teaching with Documents

www.edteck.com/dbq

News Sources

* ABC News

abcnews.go.com

* CNET News.com

news.com.com

* CNN.com

www.cnn.com

* Google News

news.google.com

* MSNBC News

www.msnbc.msn.com

* NBCi

www.nbci.com

* Newseum, The Interactive

Museum of News

www.newseum.org

* NewsVoyager

www.newsvoyager.com

* Newsweek Education Program

school.newsweek.com

* The New York Times

Learning Network

www.nytimes.com/learning

* Time for Kids.com

www.timeforkids.com

* USA Today Education Online

www.usatoday.com/educate

* USNewsclassroom.com

usnewsclassroom.com

* The Wall Street Journal

Classroom Edition

wsjclassroom.com

* WeeklyReader Online

www.weeklyreader.com

* Yahoo News

news.yahoo.com

Television/Radio Media

* A&E Classroom

www.aetv.com/class

* Annenberg Media Learner.org

www.learner.org/exhibits

* Biography.com

www.biography.com

* Book TV

www.booktv.org

* Cable in the Classroom

www.ciconline.org

* Cablevision Power to Learn

www.powertolearn.com

* Discovery.com

www.discovery.com

* DiscoverySchool.com

school.discovery.com

* ESPN.com

espn.go.com

* HBO Family

www.hbofamily.com

* History.com

www.history.com

* Nationalgeographic.com Education

www.nationalgeographic.com/education

* National Public Radio Online

www.npr.org

Nickelodeon Nick Jr.

www.nickjr.com

* Nickelodeon Teachers.Nick.Com

teachers.nick.com

* PBS

www.pbs.org

* PBS Kids

pbskids.org

* PBS TeacherSource

www.pbs.org/teachersource

* Sesame Workshop/SesameStreet.com

sesameworkshop.org

* The Weather Channel

weather.com

Especially for Kids

* 4kids.org

www.4kids.org

* Berit's Best Sites for Children

www.beritsbest.com

* Bonus.com

bonus.com

* Cyberkids

www.cyberkids.com

* Fun-Attic

www.funattic.com

* FunBrain

www.funbrain.com

* Funschool

funschool.kaboose.com

* KidsCom; KidsCom Jr.

www.kidscom.com

* MaMaMedia.com

www.mamamedia.com

* MSN Kids

kids.msn.com

Information Indexes

* About.com

www.about.com

* Education Planet

www.educationplanet.com

* Education World

www.educationworld.com

* EduHound.com

www.eduhound.com

* Linkopedia

www.linkopedia.com

* StartSpot Network

www.startspot.com

* Yahoo!

www.yahoo.com

Search Tools

* A9 Search

www.a9.com

* Alltheweb

www.alltheweb.com

* AltaVista

www.altavista.com

* Answers.com

www.answers.com

* Ask.com

www.ask.com

* Dogpile

www.dogpile.com

* Excite

www.excite.com

* Go.com

go.com

* Google

www.google.com

* Hotbot

www.hotbot.com

* InfoSpace

www.infospace.com

* LookSmart

www.looksmart.com

* Lycos

www.lycos.com

* MetaCrawler

www.metacrawler.com

* Scirus

www.scirus.com

* Search.com

www.search.com

* SearchEdu

www.searchedu.com

* Search Engine Watch

www.searchenginewatch.com

* WebCrawler

www.webcrawler.com

Professional Resources

* Administrators.Net

administrators.net

* Blackboard

www.blackboard.com

* Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology

caret.iste.org

* Educational CyberPlayground

www.edu-cyberpg.com

* Educational Research Network

www.ernweb.com

* Educator's Reference Desk

www.eduref.org

* Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

www.free.ed.gov

* Library in the Sky

www.nwrel.org/sky

* MIT OpenCourseWare

ocw.mit.edu

* National Center for Education Statistics

nces.ed.gov

* National Center for Technology Planning

www.nctp.com

* National Education Technology Plan

www.nationaledtechplan.org

* Network of Regional Technology in Education Consortia

www.rtec.org

* OnlineLearning.net

www.onlineleaming.net

* SchoolGrants

www.schoolgrants.org

* Sites for Teachers

www.sitesforteachers.com

* SRA International Grants Web

www.sraintemational.org/newweb/grantsweb

* TeachersFirst.com

www.teachersfirst.com

* Teachers.Net

www.teachers.net

* TeacherVision

www.teachervision.com

* Teachnet.com

www.teachnet.com

* Theory into Practice

tip.psychology.org

* U.S. Department of Education

www.ed.gov

* W3 Schools

www.w3schools.com

Professional Organizations

* AASA, American Association of School Administrators

www.aasa.org

* AASL, American Association of School Librarians

www.ala.org/aas/

* ACEI, Association for Childhood Education International

www.acei.org

* ACTFL, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

www.actfl.org

* AECT, Association for Educational Communications and Technology

aect.org

* AERA, American Educational Research Association

www.aera.net

* AESA, Association of Educational Service Agencies

www.aesa.us

* AFT, American Federation of Teachers

www.aft.org

* ALA, American Library Association

www.ala.org

* ASCA, American School Counselor Association

www.schoolcounselor.org

* ASCD, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

www.ascd.org

* CEC, Council for Exceptional Children

www.cec.sped.org

* CoSN, Consortium for School Networking

www.cosn.org

* CUE, Computer-Using Educators

www.cue.org

* IRA, International Reading Association

www.reading.org

* ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education

www.iste.org

* ITEA, International Technology Education Association

www.iteaconnect.org

* MENC, The National Association for Music Education

www.menc.org

* NAEA, National Art Education Association

www.naea-reston.org

* NAESP, National Association of Elementary School Principals

www.naesp.org

* NAEYC, National Association for the Education of Young Children

www.naeyc.org

* NAGC, National Association for Gifted Children

www.nagc.org

* NASPE, National Association

for Sport and Physical Education

www.aahperd.org/naspe

* NASSP, National Association of Secondary School Principals

www.nassp.org

* NBEA, National Business Education Association

www.nbea.org

* NCSS, National Council for the Social Studies

www.ncss.org

* NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English

www.ncte.org

* NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

www.nctm.org

* NEA, National Education Association

www.nea.org

* NMSA, National Middle School Association

www.nmsa.org

* NSBA, National School Boards Association

www.nsba.org

* NSTA, National Science Teachers Association

www.nsta.org

* PTA, National Parent Teacher Association

www.pta.org

* USDLA, United States Distance Learning Association

www.usdla.org

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