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In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class will focus on Internet Use in the Classroom. Each theme will be supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

The Association of Educational Publishers selected Science Class as the best E-Mail Newsletter of the Year.

INTERNET USE IN THE CLASSROOM

Teachers can use technology to teach science concepts, assess students' learning, or meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Teaching and technology go hand-in-hand for some educators. Not all classrooms, however, are created equal. Although some schools have elaborate plans to equip their students with laptops or wireless devices this fall, others will struggle to find the financial resources to integrate technological tools into the classroom.

Because we know that anyone reading Science Class has some access to the Internet, we used this issue to point you toward several resources—SciLinks, news stories, books, and journal articles—to determine how to implement technology into your classroom. Read on to see what tools will work best for you!

SciLinks Boosts Your Curriculum

For time-pressed teachers, the vastness of the Internet is as much a problem as it is an asset. SciLinks exists to cut the Internet down to size. SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for selected keywords. Readers of Science Class have linked to SciLinks materials from the very first issue, but do you know how these materials are selected, how one can access the targeted web pages, or who—other than readers of Science Class—can access the content?

Click here to learn more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-08/scilinkselem.htm

SciLinks' Biggest Hits

The following links represent some of the most popular keyword searches.

INTERNET
http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621108810331011

SIMPLE MACHINES
http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621108810331033

PHOTOSYNTHESIS
http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635621108810331044

Internet Use in the Classroom in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Service.

Technology can play an important role in all phases of a school's curriculum. Read several articles that describe how educators are equipping students with laptops and wireless devices to teach lessons ranging from Earth science concepts to literary classics.

Click here to read the latest:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-08/news_stories_elementary.htm

NSTA Article on Internet Use in the Classroom

The following NSTA journal article provides you with some portfolio ideas using today's technology.

Click here to read more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-08/elementary.htm

Books on Internet Use in the Classroom

These NSTA Press books offer SciLinked text, so you can go to the SciLinks website and receive an annotated listing of as many as 15 web pages—all of which have gone through an extensive review process conducted by science educators.

Click here to view the list of NSTA Press books with SciLinks:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-08/books_elementary.htm


Professional Development

The Internet, in addition to being an invaluable resource in the classroom, can help guide teachers to new levels of professional development. The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) provides customized pathways to finding information for your teaching and learning.

To learn more, click here:

http://www.enc.org/professional/guide/started/intro/document.shtm?input=BYD-002633-index

NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

NSTA members want to read about your teaching experiences. To find out more, visit:

Science & Children (Grades PreK–5) http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2003-08/sc.htm

Join the NSTA Book Club

Our fall theme is books about harvest and the science of fall. For full details, visit http://www.nsta.org/bookclub.

Next Month's Theme:

Using Real Data in the Classroom


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