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All Experts: Homework Help
Calling themselves "the oldest and largest free Q&A service on the Internet," All Experts boasts a network of a thousand question-answering volunteers. Find an expert by navigating through the subject directory. Clicking on your topic (such as Geography or Spanish), you'll be presented with an annotated list of volunteers. Each expert has a profile with ratings and comments from previous question askers, so you can choose your volunteer based on past performance.

American University in Cairo: Ten Steps to Writing an Essay
Freelance tech writer and college teacher Tom Johnson offers a thorough tutorial on how to write an essay, broken down into ten steps from research to editing the final draft. And although there are no guarantees in life or in writing, I agree with Johnson's conclusion: "If you carefully follow the ten steps for writing an essay as outlined on this site -- honestly and carefully follow them -- you'll learn how to write an essay that is more organized, insightful, and appealing. And you'll probably get an A"

AOL @ School: Middle School Search
AOL @ School divides their site recommendations into four grade levels: primary school (grades K-2), elementary (grades 3- 5), middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9 -12.) This directory is for middle schoolers. The others can be found by returning to Home (look for the link at the bottom of the page), following the appropriate grade link, then choosing Browse by Category. Note that the red at-sign icon next to a site listing means it is "educator approved."
AskA+ Locator
Need to find an expert on a particular subject? The AskA+Locator will allow you to search for experts by subject area and grade level.
Ask Jeeves for Kids
PC Magazine Online ranks this as the "best" search engine for middle school and younger students.

Basic Guide to Essay Writing
"Don't let the thought of putting pen to paper daunt you. Get started!" Homeschooling mom Kathy Livingston includes sample essays in her eight-step approach to essay writing for middle-school students. She advocates a diagram (or mind map) to organize ideas that becomes the basic structure for your essay and will lead you into the creation of your thesis statement. "The thesis statement tells the reader what the essay will be about, and what point you, the author, will be making."

BrainPOP was created to satisfy a demand among parents and educators for an Internet environment where young people could learn about health, science and technology while having fun.
Britannica Online editors bring you the best Web sites, leading magazines, related books, and the complete Encyclopædia Britannica.
Captioned Media Program
We are a free-lending library of open-captioned videos. We are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf. Currently, we have around 4,000 captioned videos in our collection and are adding more each year.
CGFA- Misc. Artists
A Virtual Museum of Fine Art
Classroom Connect
Classroom Connect, Inc., is an innovative Internet company that develops and markets original, Web-based curriculum products and professional development programs for K-12 education.
Classzone: Web Research Guide
Are you Web-savvy? You may already use the Internet to e-mail friends and find the latest information on movies, news, sports, or music. Take the Internet Basics Quiz to determine what you know about the Internet and its uses. Then explore the other sections of Web Research Guide to build on your prior knowledge and learn the skills you'll need to do effective research on the Web.
Columbia Encylopedia Online has relaunched its electronic version of the _Columbia Encyclopedia_ with numerous updates, including improved search and navigation features. The sixth edition contains close to 51,000 entries, including 17,000 biographies, with over 80,000 hypertext cross-references, as well as links to other resources such as maps, speeches, and additional full-text collections held by
Crayola Lesson Plans
Rich hands-on learning experiences, linked with core curriculum standards. New lessons are added each week.
Information on new sites for kids from MultiMedia Schools.
A hotlist of Internet sites organized using Dewey Decimal Classification codes.
Debate Central
Here is a comprehensive site that covers almost anything you need to know to begin a debate team at your school and/or involve your team in all kinds of competitions. There's everything here from Lincoln-Douglass style debates through Policy debates, Parliamentary debates and even Internet debates!
DMOZ for Kids and Teens
"The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors." The volunteers responsible for the Kids and Teens section have reviewed and organized 23,790 sites into fourteen subcategories Each site is briefly annotated and includes a recommended audience: kids, teens, or mature teens. Have a passion you want to share with the world? Find an appropriate DMOZ topic, and volunteer to be a section editor.
Disney Educational Productions -- Cyberlesson Page
Take an online field trip courtesy of Walt Disney! Some really neat sites!
For over thirty years, Edmark has been a pioneer in developing innovative and effective educational materials for children. Recognizing the possibilities of the computer as a learning tool, Edmark has combined new multimedia technologies with proven educational strategies to create a family of award-winning educational software products (free downloads at this site)
Educate the Children
Educate the Children provides free worksheets, lesson plans, and teaching ideas to teachers and parents of children 5 to 11.
EduHound proclaims to be "Everything for Education K-12." This is not just a meta-site of annotated links. EduHound also provides a free tool for developing a password-protected hotlist, a site of the week, a list of A+ sites, and a weekly newsletter. The database of resources is extensive, with more than 60 subject categories. The site is also offered in Spanish. Just added to the site is a new section for the Pre-K through 2 set, EduPuppy. It is very similar in format to EduHound, and users can browse by category or search by alphabetical keyword.

English Worksheets Land
English Worksheets Land is the creation of 17 teachers. When the Common Core Standards began being implemented in schools, we felt a little lost. The curriculum got flipped upside down in some of our States. In others, teaching became more like acting. We basically read from a script all day. Looking for resources that were aligned to the Common Core for Language Arts became impossible. That's when we knew we had to do something to help teachers every where.

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system designed to provide users with ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature. ERIC, established in 1966, is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and the National Library of Education.
Ethics in Computing
Ethics in Computing covers such broad topics as the basics, privacy, intellectual property, speech issues, social justice issues, commerce, risks, and computer abuse. The series of topics within each category link to off-site articles and papers. A study guide and questions for discussion are provided for each area. Teachers will appreciate this rich resource when designing a study of ethics and technology to meet student technology standards.
FactMonster: On-Line Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Homework Help
Fact Monster, a part of Information Please, is a reference site for young students. It includes fun facts, homework help, and cool games and quizzes. - Helping to Strengthen Families has prescreened millions of sites that contain family related "search" words. Now the best internet sites for family related topics are summarized here and made available by subject.
Fast Facts
This site has everything from almanacs to weather

The Five Paragraph Essay
The five paragraph essay is a commonly taught and tested structure. And although the author of this Geocities site doesn't identify themselves, The Five Paragraph Essay is a good overview of this defined format. I particularly like the color-coded outline defining the role of each of the paragraphs. "The introductory paragraph is the place in which the writer introduces the reader to the topic. It is important to make this a clear and limited statement."

Genius Find
Geniusfind is a directory of search engines, archives, and databases that are topic-specific.
High School Hub
The High School Hub is a noncommercial gateway to excellent free online academic resources for high school students. It features interactive learning activities, an ongoing poetry contest, a reference collection, college information, and subject guides for English, mathematics, social studies, science, world languages, arts, and technology. Over 500 U.S. high schools representing all 50 states have linked to the High School Hub from their web sites.
Homeschooler Freebies
This site is dedicated to helping homeschooling families find the best educational freebies the internet has to offer.
Homework Help
About the site. This site is loaded with helpful links to homework help online.
Internet School Library Media Center
This site contains professional and student resources. It also provides librarian resources and links with online networks. Visually appealing with many links to library and academic information. This site is user-friendly, providing several links and extensive search features. There are lesson plans available along with curriculum resources. Student resources are easy to understand and are well thought out. It also has an electronic library and is updated regularly.
IPL KidSpace: Ask a Question
At IPL KidSpace there are no previous questions and answers to peruse, just a form to submit your own query. Questions will be answered via email by a school librarian in a couple of days. Most likely, the volunteer will point you to Internet resources where you can find your own answer. What else would expect from a librarian? IPL KidSpace reminds us that our own school librarians are terrific (and live) resources that should not be
IPL Teen Library
Your suggestions and a real librarian select fun & useful sites from all over the Web.
IPL Youth Division
Internet Public Library, Youth Division
Web search for kids by librarians.!/
Libraries and the Information Literate School Community
This site is devoted to media centers, libraries, books, electronic information, information literacy and the search for understanding.
The Library of Congress
Web-based excerpts from the nation's largest library, with subject-based and thematic groupings which change from time to time. Not the simplest site to navigate, (it's improving), but the content is high-quality.
Library Tips for Kids
A collection of ten great things to do at the library. Compiled by the American Library Association as part of American Library Week. This site also includes links to other library resources and ideas.
Lightspan-Online Learning and Search
The Lightspan Partnership, Inc., a provider of curriculum-based educational software and Internet products and services, is guided by a simple principle: there is no limit to what students can achieve when provided with tools that motivate them to learn. That's why Lightspan is dedicated to improving student academic achievement by providing educational resources that can enhance learning in schools and students' homes links
The Denver Public Library has put together this neat site
National Center for Educational Statistics
Welcome to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Students' Classroom. We're glad you stopped by our site. Move your mouse around the classroom above and watch the chalkboard to see the different pages you can visit. Click on one when you're ready to try it out. You can also use the text links below.
Net Surf Learning
The site provides a collection of interactive work sheets. Students at all levels use materials from the Web to learn English.
Newspapers US and Worldwide
Locate and read newspapers from around the globe
Noodle Quest
One of the hardest parts about doing academic research on the Internet is figuring out where to start! A search engine is usually the first thing to try, but what search engines are the most useful for your topic? Fill in the short form below, and we'll point you in the right direction.
Noodle Tools
NoodleTools offers two research aids: a "fill in the blanks" search engine designed to help novice web users conduct complex searches, and an on-line tool to generate MLA style bibliography citations for a wide variety of sources. The bibliography tool is especially useful for its ability to spit out a technically correct citation for almost any situation.
Odyssey of the Mind
The OM folks have really spruced up their website to reflect the quality of their competition! OM promotes creative problem solving and team work through assigned problems. Each team works the same problem and the solutions are then evaluated for efficiency and effectiveness

Online Writing Lab: Writing Essay Exams
Brought to you by Purdue University Online Writing Lab, this lesson starts with a question. "What is a well-written answer to an essay question?" A well-written exam essay is well focused, well organized, well supported and well packaged. It then continues with dozens of essay writing tips such as how to use common writing devices including providing details, examples, comparisons, classification, or examination of cause or effect. It even lists useful transition words such as: yet, similarly, though, despite, however, conversely, next, subsequently, and so on.

OWL: Research & The Internet
The free PowerPoint viewer is required to view this Purdue University Writing Lab workshop. Windows users can get one from ; Mac users can download theirs from .
Once the slide show is opened, use a single mouse click anywhere on a slide to proceed to the next slide. A right-mouse click will open a navigational menu with additional selections such as full-screen or reverse. For your efforts, you'll be rewarded with a nice introduction to online research and criteria for Web site evaluation.
Personal Educational Press
Personal Educational Press is a free utility for generating work sheets, word lists, game boards, quizzes, and flashcards.
Princeton University Reference Resources
A virtual reference desk from Princeton University Library staff. This is an easy access to online dictionaries, encyclopedias, data archives, government info, library resources, book/journal collections, measures and weights, currency converters etc. It is user friendly and updated regularly.
Project Gutenberg began in 1971 when Michael Hart was given an operator's account with $100,000,000 of computer time in it by the operators of the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the Materials Research Lab at the University of Illinois.
RefDesk: Ask the Experts
Wouldn't it be wonderful if your class could submit questions to a real astronomer while studying the solar system? Or how about an entomologist to answer your bug questions? This site contains the Web addresses of fifty experts who are willing to answer questions. It is not as extensive a list as the Pitsco site (see below), but it is a good starting point.
Scholastic News Zone
Scholastic News Zone, part of the larger Scholastic site, presents current events in a fun and appealing way for students in grades three through eight
School Library Journal: Surf For
A thematic guide to Internet sites.
Study Guides and Strategies
Your path for most effective learning is through knowing yourself your capacity to learn the process you have successfully used, and will need interest, and knowledge of, the subject you wish to learn. It may be easy for you to learn physics but impossible to learn tennis, or vice versa All learning, however, is a process which settles into certain steps. This amazing site is full of study and learning strategies
The FamilyEducation Network
The FamilyEducation Network, helping parents help their kids succeed in school and in life. Rated one of the top 10 Web sites in the world and the #1 Web site on the Internet for parents (FamilyPC Magazine, May 1998)
The Global Schoolhouse
Link to educational information from all over the world!
The New York Times Learning Network
The New York Times Learning Network is a free service for students in grades 6-12, their teachers and parents. The site is updated Monday through Friday throughout the school year.
Think Quest
You've seen some of the fabulous websites created for this competition featured in this newsletter and on hotlists around the Net. Here's your chance to participate in the thrill of international competition while working with students to research and create their own original website on a high interest topic!
United States House of Representatives
Washington D.C. 20515
World Book Fun
World Book Encyclopedia's Fun Pages

Writing Den: Essays
Designed for students in grades six through twelve, this section of the Writing Den introduces parts of an essay, how to write an essay, and eight kinds of essays: definition, classification, description, compare/contrast, sequence, choice, explanation, and evaluation. "In a compare and contrast essay, you write about the similarities and differences between two or more people, places, or things. You can organize the essay by writing about one subject first and then comparing it with the second subject. A more effective way is to organize the essay by comparing each subject by category."

Xerox Map Viewer
The Xerox PARC Map Viewer is a World-Wide Web HTTP server that accepts requests for a World or USA map and returns an HTML document including an image of the requested map. Each map image is created on demand from a geographic database.
A Great Kids Search Engine!
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