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Education Guide (General)

General Education, K-12, Children's Literature

Reference with an Educational Emphasis

AMSER : Applied Math and Science Education Repository, AMSER is a portal of educational resources funded by the National Science Foundation.

Information Literacy - Modules, University of Idaho; What is Information Literacy? Why is it important? How will I use information literacy skills?

Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web, This is the most comprehensive source for existing digital exhibitions; Smithsonian Institution Libraries

MERLOT : Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, offers an extensive collection of online learning materials, all of which are peer reviewed and rated by 15 discipline-specific editorial boards including biology, business, history, music, psychology, world languages, and information technology. 

Office of Management and Budget, Well-designed; in addition to the expected connections to reports and fact sheets; the site also includes transcripts of testimony by OMB personnel before congressional committees and two external links reporting on federal government spending— and Fiscal Responsibility Summit Report. See also the related

O*Net Online, A freely accessible Web site that provides hundreds of occupation-specific entries for job seekers, employment professionals, and those interested in exploring different career tracks.

Open Learning Initiative, Carnegie Mellon; Free online courses for self-paced study give students the opportunity to "peek in" to individual course modules or to complete entire courses. Although these courses carry no credit or credentialing, the content is well-designed, based in learning theory and continuous evaluation....Most open-access courses and lectures available on the Web are more like Hulu for intellectuals than full-fledged courses....[In comparison], the well-presented modules in OLI are more like interactive textbooks, automating courses in a way that removes an individual instructor's personality from course delivery.

ScienceBlogs, provides access to more than 70 blogs by selected leading bloggers from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. The scope is quite broad; topics range from women in science to bisphenol A....Excellent site organization enables users to easily browse or search for blogs, which are organized by ten channels of content: Life Science, Physical Science, Environment, Humanities and Social Science, Education and Careers, Politics, Medicine and Health, Brain and Behavior, Technology, and Last 24 Hours (most recent posts)., An open access educational repository/portal of high-quality, mainly scientific video lectures.

Wordnik, great fun; combines the speed of the Web with the ease of print. Simply by clicking on links at the top of the screen, users may look up the definitions of any word, along with examples, pronunciations, etymologies, related items, and statistics.....A bubble chart illustrates the word's use in the past two centuries.

General Websites

Educator's Reference Desk, National council for open education.

A to Z Teacher Stuff, is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily.

AACTE: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

AERA SIG: Open Access Portal

BBC - Skillswise, Adult learners interested in acquiring basic literacy and numeracy skills will benefit from this site, developed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In addition to the tutorials on various basic skill areas, there are games, quizzes, and lesson plans to support the various content areas.

Center for Media Literacy, defined as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create mass communication in all forms; aimed at K-12.

Connexions: Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities, Choice Highly Recommended site; a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute., U.S. Department of Education.

Education Statistics Annual Reports,

Education Week and EdWeek: Research News


ESL Resources Organized by Topic, Center for Applied Linguistics.

Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Columbia Teacher's College

The Pragmatism Cybrary, very comprehensive philosophy site -- e.g. John Dewey.

Theory Into Practice [TIP], TIP is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. The database contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction. These theories can also be accessed by learning domains and concepts.

Texas Education Agency

Usable Knowledge, From the Harvard Graduate School of Education; the site's goal is to provide educational leaders with crisp and convenient access to research that can be used to improve education--learning, teaching, institutional organization, and policy....This is a trove of information for educators at all levels.