From: Bob Rankin
Subject: TOURBUS - 30 Aug 2005 - Back to School
If you're a parent, teacher, home-schooler, grandparent or a student you're gonna love this issue of TOURBUS. It's chock full of great sites with lesson plans, online reference tools and homework helpers!
NEW YORK TIMES LEARNING NETWORK - Created for students and teachers in grades 3 through 12, The Learning Network is a free news service that provides news summaries, quizzes, and even daily lesson plans.
NYT Learning Network - http://www.nytimes.com/learning
ONLINE LESSON PLANS - More than 2000 unique lesson plans which have been written and submitted to AskERIC (now called the Educator's Reference Desk) by teachers. If you have a great lesson plan you would like to share with educators all over the world, send it in. A wonderful online resource since 1992.
AskEric/EDUREF - http://www.eduref.org
TEACHNET offers lesson plans, teaching tools, a daily teacher- oriented cartoon, and email lists for educators.
TeachNet - http://www.teachnet.com
REFDESK - In a library, if you don't know where to look for a reference book, you go to the Reference Librarian. On the Internet, if you don't know where to look for answers, you go to Refdesk.com. At first glance, the sheer amount of useful links on the Refdesk home page can be overwhelming. But it's really quite well organized and useful.
RefDesk - http://www.refdesk.com
LIBRARY SPOT - Convenient links to popular online Almanacs, Calculators, Dictionaries, Directories, Encyclopedias, Historic Documents, Quotations, Statistics, and Thesauri.
LibrarySpot - http://www.libraryspot.com
SURFING THE NET WITH KIDS - Barbara Feldman, syndicated newspaper columnist and mother, shares her vision of what's wonderful and educational on the Web for kids. She welcomes parents, kids, teens, grandparents, K-12 teachers, librarians and the incurably curious.
SurfNetKids - http://www.surfnetkids.com
HOMEWORK SPOT - A free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites. With the help of students, parents and teachers, their team of educators, librarians and journalists has scoured the Web to bring you the best resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much more.
Homework Spot - http://www.homeworkspot.com
INFOPLEASE HOMEWORK CENTER - Find useful information by subject area, develop better writing, note-taking and study skills, and search through previous questions and answers from other students.
InfoPlease - http://www.infoplease.com/homework
THE KIDS ON THE WEB - This is an excellent site maintained as a labor of love by Internet luminary Brendan Kehoe. Kids on the Web has links for Homework Tools, Educational Sites and much more. You could spend days exploring all these links, and Brendan adds new ones every month.
Homework Tools - http://www.zen.org/~brendan/kids-homework.html
According to the National Home Education Research Institute, there are over two million homeschooled children in the USA, and this number is growing by 15% per year. If you are currently homeschooling or are considering it, here are some resources that you'll find useful:
Got a computer question? Ask Bob! Recent entries at AskBobRankin include "How Does a Virus Spread?" and "Is FTP Secure?" Also, my articles on "How to Buy a Computer" and "Making Windows XP Start Faster have been very popular.
AskBob - http://www.askbobrankin.com
Recent Stumpers in the AskBobRankin [Inbox] include "Firefox and Plugins", "Windows Cannot Open This File" and "Thunderbird is Slow". With all due apologies in advance to Radio Shack... You got answers? We got questions!
AskBob [Inbox] - http://www.askbobrankin.com/inbox
That's all for now, see you next time! -- Bob Rankin