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AAAS Science Sites for
The AAAS Directorate for
Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) has several Web sites dealing
for Education and Human Resources Programs The EHR site includes news,
featured projects, a four-month calendar, links to AAAS science media programs,
the current issue of Science Education News and its archives, more
than 50 publications and resources, and two online books.
Online The Online version of the review journal Science Books &
Films, this web site contains bibliographies of books for all ages,
listings for science-related television programs, and feature articles
relating to books, videos, and software in all the sciences.
Update This site lists each week's 90-second "Science Update" and "Why
Is It?" radio programs, with button option for audio. Archives contain
past editions of both shows.
City This Web site features "Kinetic City Super Crew," the award-winning
children's radio show produced for 8-to-10-year olds. Viewers of this site
may access Home Crew Hands-On experiments (and hear them as performed by
the crew); receive a clip of the next week's show; find station listings;
and see pictures and descriptions of the Crew and "Super Scientists," first
person accounts from scientists on what they do and why it's "cool."
Cyber Club The new, complementary online site to Kinetic City Super
Crew. This site leads viewers through science mysteries, challenging them
to follow clues provided by the Super Crew cast.
National Science Foundation
(NSF) sites for Elementary Science Activities
NetLinks A web site to help science teachers, librarians and other
educators get on the Internet, navigate it safely and efficiently, identify
useful resources, and use those resources in a teaching environment.
These Web-based opportunities
and resources--particularly for science activities in elementary classrooms--are
either supported or produced by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
in the Home is a link on the NSF education home page aimed specifically
at parents and students. It lists Internet resources on science, scientists,
and scientific investigations. Students learn about geometric patterns,
and can create their own, through a page maintained by the Center for the
Computation and Visualization of Geometric Structures, an NSF Science and
Technology Center at the University of Minnesota. They can find plans to
learn to build a seltzer tablet rocket from a page maintained by the Los
Alamos National Laboratory, or they can find out more about James Lovell,
the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission.
magazine, published jointly by the National Science Teachers Association
and Miami University of Ohio, is an NSF-supported bi-monthly printed magazine
that contains examples of investigations for elementary school students.
The electronic version of the magazine features several interactive articles
and experiments. In one, students read about trees and how their component
parts--such as stems, leaves, and roots--allow them to adapt to a particular
ecological niche. Students are challenged to design a tree of their own
to survive in a particular niche. Immediate feedback tells students how
FeederWatch, organized by Cornell University, involves many students
and teachers as volunteers throughout North America to monitor birds at
backyard feeders from November through March. FeederWatch data show how
populations of winter birds are growing or shrinking, and how species distributions
are changing. FeederWatch and many similar projects were discussed at an
NSF-sponsored national conference in Washington, DC, last fall. The conference
proceedings and descriptions of the projects can be found at http://www.terc.edu/ssp.html.
Professional educators who
would like to be able to evaluate the quality of science and mathematics
education in their schools may obtain a series of checklists developed
by Horizon Research, Inc.
of Chapel Hill, NC. The assessment tools were created to measure the effectiveness
of programs in NSF's Local Systemic Change Initiative, but are available
freely to other interested educators and any Internet user.
The National Science Foundation
also maintains a Web page at http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/teachlinks.html
lists resources for teachers, primarily elementary school teachers, who
are anxious to teach science but are unsure how to begin.
Online Resources That Enhance
Learning for Teachers and Students
The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
(ENC) (www.enc.org) searches the Internet for new mathematics and science
resources. The ENC's Digital Dozen page updates links monthly at www.enc.org/classroom/dd/frames.htm.
with a Stick (AWS) provides ideas for daytime astronomy for elementary
and middle school students.
The National Academy of Science
offers many valuable resources that can be accessed at no charge from their
Internet site or purchased through the National
Academy Press. Some of these are highlighted below.
Classroom of the Future contains environmental earth science modules
that make use of remote sensing and information technology to engage high
school students in collaborative scientific inquiry and analysis.
Physics is a free tool for students and teachers that integrates Internet
resources while teaching physics.
Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium offers news about
teachers who are succeeding in their use of technology in the classroom.
The Kid Speak section is a forum for children to tell about what they are
doing with technology.
Young Women in Science for Rural Communities site tells of the nine-month
science projects of participating high school women. Online field notes
describe the scope and results of projects on topics ranging from blacktail
deer to recycling to whale rights.
People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School by John
D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking, Editors;Committee on
Developments in the Science of Learning, National Research Council, offers
exciting new research about the mind and the brain that addresses how teachers
and schools can help children learn most effectively.
Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success by
the Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children,
National Research Council. The book includes 55 activities to do with children
to help them become successful readers, a list of recommended children's
books, and a guide to CD-ROMs and websites.
Online Resources from
PBS--The Public Broadcasting
Service--has completed the relaunch of a comprehensive online service designed
to help K-12 teachers use PBS's television and online programming in the
Teacher Connex, a teacher-focused section of PBS ONLINE, provides information
about PBS programming with uses in the K-12 curriculum, as well as associated
teacher resources and off-air recording rights. PBS Teacher Connex
also showcases the education services offered by local PBS member stations
by providing links to them, and lists the areas of PBS ONLINE, as well
as other Web sites that can help teachers bolster their classroom resources.
Online Learning and
Three distinctly different
Web sites reinforce the trend toward online learning and teacher education:
Orbit is the Web site of SpaceNews, a weekly newspaper that
covers the international space industry. It provides elementary and high
school science teachers with resources and ideas for classroom curricula
aimed at space exploration. Classroom activities for grades 5-8 and grades
9-12 are updated monthly. SpaceChat, an interactive chat line, connects
teachers and students around the country in online discussions with space
industry experts. During 90-minute-to-two-hour sessions, students pose
questions via computer and view responses within seconds. See Outer Orbit
for a schedule of each week's SpaceChat experts.
Science Is Fun Web site was developed by Bassam Shakhashiri, chemistry
professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and creator of the popular
televised "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri." The
Web site shares the fun of science through home science activities, demonstration
shows, videos, and books for all age levels. The site features links to
"Chemical of the Week;" Experiments You Can Do at Home;" "A 3-D Message;"
and general chemistry course information.
Teacher Enhancement Electronic Communications Hall (TEECH) is a three-year
project at TERC, funded by the NSF. Its aim is to advance the work of Teacher
Enhancement (TE) projects by fostering increased collaboration among leaders
in teacher development. The TEECH site provides resources, papers, and
discussion groups on topics such as professional development, systemic
reform, future funding opportunities, implementing standards, evaluation
of TE efforts, curriculum material, TIMSS, and electronic communities.
It also provides connections to other projects and colleagues in the field
through a searchable database. Viewers can read and participate in discussions,
electronically post or download papers, search and add one's project and
staff information to the TEECH database, read or listen to lectures, or
use TEECH's resource links and calendars of events.
AAAS's Science + Literacy
for Health Drug Education Partnership has produced excellent literacy resources.
See The Project &
Materials on this Web site for details. Other excellent
resources are listed below.
Every Child a Scientist
The National Research Council's
booklet Every Child a Scientist: Achieving Scientific Literacy for All
is intended to help parents and others help local K-12 schools make the
transition to standards-based teaching and learning in science. The booklet
shows how parents can change the system, explains the importance of high-quality
science education, and shows how to measure the quality of school science
The booklet costs $10 for
single copies; $7 for 2-9 copies; and $4.50 for ten or more copies. Shipping
charges are $3 for single copies and $.50 for each additional copy. Send
checks to National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Lockbox
285, Washington, DC 20055; or call (800) 624-6242 or (202) 334-3313. Orders
may also be placed over the Internet at http://www.nap.edu/bookstore.
Ordering information for copies of the National Science Education Standards
is included in the booklet.
Educational Practice Report
on Limited English Proficient Students
The National Center for Research
on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning (NCRCDSLL) has published
an Educational Practice Report entitled Learning Science and English:
How School Reform Advances Scientific Learning for Limited English Proficient
Middle School Students.
The report presents findings
of exemplary middle school science and mathematics programs for students
with limited proficiency in English, and shows how four schools in Texas,
California, and Massachusetts give students access to stimulating science
and mathematics curricula by instructing them through the students' primary
language or in English using sheltered instruction.
PBS Literacy Links
Funded by a five-year $15
million grant from the US Department of Education Star Schools Project,
LiteracyLink is creating an integrated instructional system of video and
online computer technology to help adult students advance their GED and
workplace skills. LiteracyLink also offers professional development resources
and training to literacy educators. In addition, LiteracyLink offers a
web site (http://www.pbs.org/learn/literacy)
to provide general information to the public about Literacy.
See Science + Literacy for
Health Drug Education Partnership materials listed in The
Project & Materials section of this Web site.
on Smoking and Health
ASH makes available the
proposed FDA regulations on youth access, press releases, newsletters,
and links to other smoking related sites.
Research Foundation (ARF)
An agency of the province
of Ontario, the ARF's mission is to learn about alcohol, tobacco and other
drugs and to put that knowledge to work in the form of products, programs
and services that can be used in the community. This is a major resource
for alcohol and other drug information. It contains many informative fact
sheets which are also available in French.
for Education and Drug Abuse Research (CEDAR)
CEDAR serves to elucidate
the factors contributing to the variation in the liability to drug abuse
and determine the developmental pathways culminating in drug abuse outcome,
normal outcome, and psychiatric/behavioral disorder outcome.
This is a site is a model
for using the Internet to organize communities and disseminate information.
This site provides a computer information database and exchange network
for community health and development. Included are content areas for coalition
building, a search engine (with good instructions), and links to city home
the Power: A Tobacco Advocacy Guide for Asian, Pacific Islander,
Hispanic and Latino Youth
From KCET Television, this excellent resource is really two Web sites
in one--each targeted specifically to Asian and Hispanic audiences.Winner
of the Aurora Gold Award for Health Programming and the PRISM Certificate
of Merit for Community Service, Finding The Power contains an online
tobacco quiz, facts and statistics, an action plan to counter pro-tobacco
influences in the community, and more.
As a project of the Boston
University School of Public Health funded by a grant from the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, Join Together Only is a leading (and probably oldest)
national online resource specializing in community-based strategies to
reduce substance abuse. With over 14,000 documents online, 100 new ones
added weekly, and several interactive tools.
Exchange Network (KEN)
KEN is a one-stop source
of information and resources on prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation
services for mental illness. KEN is a service of the Center for Mental
Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol & Other Drug Problems
The Marin Institute has
made its alcohol policy and industry database available to the public via
its Web site.
Produced by the Mayo Clinic,
this site is a online library of information health topics such as cancer,
nutrition, heart disease, women's health, substance abuse and so. Use the
search engine to find information. The site also includes interactive quizzes
and health assessment, one of which relates to alcohol.
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
CASA's mission is to inform
the American people of the cost of abuse of all substances (legal and illegal
drugs, alcohol, tobacco) throughout society and its impact on their lives,
to determine what works for whom in prevention and treatment, and to encourage
each individual and institution to take responsibility to combat substance
abuse. Their web site provides access to information, research and commentary
on tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse issues including prevention, treatment
and cost data.
Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD-New Jersey)
This site contains reprints
of articles from the excellent newsletter "Perspectives on Public Policy
& Prevention." In addition to topics of relevance to New Jersey, the
newsletter covers policy issues of national significance.
Families in Action Online
This site is dedicated to
providing accurate drug information to parents and young people. It includes
information on common drugs of abuse, information about partner organizations
that are targeted to specific ethnic groups, and an "Ask an Expert" column
which draws upon experts in a variety of fields to answer questions.
Institute on Drug Abuse
The home page of the National
Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) includes information about drugs of abuse
such as LSD, anabolic steroids, cocaine, marijuana, and nicotine. The following
are among the excellent resources you can find there.
Harm Yourself: Arm Yourself With Knowledge About Drugs
and Adolescents Recovering Together Successfully (PARTS)
This online booklet from
NIDA provides factual information about the dangers of drug use as well
as anti-drug activities that are designed for families.
These are actually two booklets,
one is aimed at teens and the other is for parents. The booklets are clearly
written and nicely illustrated. They put into plain language research-based
facts about marijuana and provide practical suggestions based on that research.
Also available in Spanish, these publications may be reprinted without
permission. Both brochures are available in graphic and text versions.
This is a seven-part series
targeted to middle school students about the effects of drug abuse on the
body and the brain. These materials and a teacher's guide have been redesigned
as online versions.
Teaching Packet I, for Health Practitioners, Teachers and Neuroscientists,
from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Ilustrates the chemical
interactions involved in drug action and addiction and includes high quality
graphics that can be used to make slides or overheads for use in your own
P.A.R.T.S. is a San Diego-based
organization that provides educational and support groups for families
struggling with substance abuse to an organization also committed to community
outreach and substance abuse prevention.
The Project Cork Institute
at Dartmouth Medical School supports educational efforts through its online
database of substance abuse information, the preparation of curriculum
materials, and involvement in curriculum development efforts. The Project
Cork Database contains references (with abstracts) to over 13,000 journal
articles, books, etc. on the subject of alcoholism and substance abuse.
The file is updated quarterly. It is available for searching, at no charge.
Funded by the Massachusetts
Tobacco Control Program as a national one-stop shop for smokers who want
to quit, and for anti-tobacco advocates. High-end interactive databases
drive features such as customized quitting tips (based on individual questionnaires)
and online chat and message forums for peer support in the quitting process.
The Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and
Human Services (SAMHSA) publishes the following online resources:
Household Survey on Drug Abuse SAMHSA's
annual National Household Survey on Drug Abuse reports on the prevalence,
patterns and consequences of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general
U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population age 12 and over. The survey
is conducted annually and is designed to produce drug and alcohol use incidence
and prevalence estimates.
Prevention Online PREVLINE
offers electronic access to searchable databases and substance abuse prevention
materials that pertain to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. The research and
statistics page is particularly good with lots of statistics and graphs.
Also excellent is the "Quick Docs" section that contains numerous fact
sheets that are categorized by topic and by audience. Most of the fact
sheets are quite easy to read and can be printed and used in educational
programs. Included in this section are resources targeted to multicultural
audiences, including people with disabilities, elders, and faith communities.
Treatment Improvement Exchange
The Treatment Improvement
Exchange (TIE) is a resource sponsored by the Division of State and Community
Assistance of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to provide information
exchange between CSAT staff and State and local alcohol and substance abuse