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Science Education Starting Points on the Web
One soon notices that there are many, many sites on the web that might offer something useful to the science teacher. The problem is searching them out. To remedy the situation, there are also many, many sites that offer to codify and organize the information so that it is easier to access. I call these starting points or servers.
There are various kinds of servers. For instance, there are organizations whose sole purpose is to disseminate information in education, e.g., ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) contains a database of education literature. Some sites, like The Educator's Reference Desk (for lesson plans and such) and The Gateway to Educational Materials (for resources) are also available.
There are also organizations that focus on science education. These include government groups like the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (and the affiliated regional groups), university groups like SciEd (Science and Mathematics Education Resources; Univerity of Washington), and individuals like Frank Potter's Science Gems. The government also maintains departmental sites useful for science teachers, e.g., the US Department of Education and the PA Department of Education.
Another kind of server is devoted to an individual science subject. For example, there is one for Chemistry Teaching Resources (courtesy of Amea University, Sweden) and Access Excellence, an on-line forum for biology teachers. Useful sites can come from publishers also. Nowadays, simply using a search engine with words like "Earth Science Education" can usually turn up several sites. Additional sites are located below the Table of Contents.
| Science and Mathematics Servers | | General Education Servers |
List of Science and Education Home Pages |
(Chicago Academy of Sciences)
Last updated: June 2006.