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Describes educational uses for the Internet, tells how to navigate the Internet, and surveys resources in the areas of art, music, drama, foreign languages, math, science, social studies, and geography
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ELIZABETH B. MILLER is a Field Experience Coordinator for the School Library Media Program, College of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.From Booklist:
Among the 35 recent Internet users' guides and directories annotated in RBB May 15, 1994 ("Getting on the Information Superhighway: Books about the Internet"), only one--Eric Persson's NetPower: Resource Guide to Online Computer Services--appears to be aimed primarily at K-12 educators. As of early 1994, it was estimated that some 350,000 K-12 teachers had Internet accounts. The Internet Resource Directory for K-12 Teachers and Librarians is a welcome addition to the small body of Internet resources for a large and potentially much larger body of users.
Miller offers her book as "a starting point for teachers and school library media specialists to use in designing individual directories of Internet resources." It provides details on accessing more than 400 discussion groups, electronic books and newspapers, lesson plans, and a variety of other teaching resources by E-mail, gopher, telnet, and FTP. If a resource is accessible by more than one of these methods, access by each is described. An important proviso, noted in the introduction, is that this directory "does not provide step-by-step instructions" on how to use the Internet; that is not the purpose of a directory. Nevertheless, a brief overview of these methods is contained in the introduction. Following the directory itself are an up-to-date bibliography, a brief history of the Internet, and an index.
The directory proper is arranged under broad curricular areas plus resources for educators, reference, and school library media applications. Each of these is further divided by narrower disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics) and/or type of resource (e.g., discussion groups, newsletters and journals, graphics and multimedia). Length of entries varies considerably but always includes access method (e.g., E-mail, gopher) and address. Depending upon the resource and how it is accessed, an entry may also include login and password, path, instructions, and an annotation giving details about the resource.
Resources were chosen because they support and enrich the K-12 curriculum, supplement school library core collections due to uniqueness or searchable features, are free, are current and regularly updated, and are "specifically designed to help educators develop professionally, collaborate with peers, and share information and ideas." Persson's aforementioned NetPower, although lengthier and broader in scope, is not as up-to-date as The Internet Resource Directory. Such subject directories to Internet resources as New Rider's Official Internet Yellow Pages (New Riders, 1994) and The Internet Yellow Pages (Osborne, 1994), although quite user-friendly, will not be as useful to K-12 educators for their curriculum needs. Recommended for all school library media centers.
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Book Description Libraries Unlimited Inc, 1994. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG156308337X