This site is a great educational resource from late primary to secondary. It loads fast and combines easy navigation, clear layout and good, simple writing to provide easy access to exceptionally clear and interesting information about Waikato hydrolakes, electricity and electricity generation - a feat not achieved by many all-flash and little- substance sites designed with specifically for education.
‘About Electricity’ is the section of most potential relevance to teachers and students. It’s an excellent, clear and well-illustrated (diagrams and photos) account of electricity generation. The diagrams are great and there’s a stunning photo gallery.
Mighty River Power Company is to be congratulated on providing what is much more than just a clear and comprehensive corporate website. It’s an invaluable resource for schools and teachers throughout New Zealand.
For a longer review see www.TheSchoolDaily.com 27.5.2002.
(See Editorial, page 2) Questia offers the full text of 35,000 books (250,000 by 2003). I swallowed my cynicism and was impressed with the clear four-step process for selecting the topic, gathering information, writing and finalising the paper. The sub-steps are student-focused and easy to follow. Worth looking at this as a model for teaching research or ‘inquiry’.
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage's Dictionary of New Zealand Biography site - all 3049 biographies from the five-volume DNZB series (and 493 in te reo Maori); great resource, great images.
An interesting, and exciting new new on-line resource for Canberra teachers: "brings a wealth of curriculum materials, professional development opportunities, ideas and possibilities for communication and collaboration directly to the computers of all Canberra teachers,"
Check this site to find the proceedings of the recent Netsafe Conference held at the University of Auckland. Some good material to complement the article by Louise Champion which follows.
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"Filters alone won’t protect children from Internet porn, according to a report..." An article in zdnet.com which summarises the National Research Council research. It follows the same line as Louise Champion in suggesting that "no single approach - technical, legal, economic or education - will be sufficient" and that "Rather, an effective framework for protecting our children from inappropriate materials and experiences on the Internet will require a balanced composite of all these elements."
It suggests that we don’t guard children from swimming pools merely by fencing them or deploying locks and alarms. More importantly, we teach them to swim. A single approach to Web security, they feel, is likely to engender a false sense of security. Similarly cracking down on Web content is unlikely to be an adequate substitute for teaching students to be ‘netsafe’.