On the Web
Founded by a group of Harvard professors, the Africana.com educational portal now includes Blackboard, an online learning center. Blackboard presents a growing interactive catalogue of lesson plans in four subject areas: African American and American History; Social Studies, including African history and geography; Language Arts; and Arts and Music. The program features dynamic interactive learning for both students and teachers.
The American Health Information Management Association offers Web-based continuing education courses for health information management professionals. Its interactive learning campus offers many of the services of a real campus, including course materials, interactive courseware, practical exercises, student forums and self-paced training.
Student Advantage Research is a suite of online research tools for students. The resource addresses students academic needs by giving them access to thoroughly indexed sites, along with an efficient academic search engine. The site is the result of a partnership between Student Advantage and Northern Light Technology, Inc.
This site offers career-minded college students information on every aspect of making the transition from college to the professional world. Topics include advice, trends, interactive tools, graduate program information, salary data and extensive job listings.
This free database of language schools lists more than 5,800 institutions teaching 60 different languages in 80 countries. Detailed search capabilities let students select study preferences such as location, course type, and additional programs available. Each school is listed with full address details to enable students to make direct contact.
FreeScholarships.com is a site providing families with information on education choice, from preschool through graduate school. The site contains current information regarding financial aid, and serves as a news and community center for visitors of all ages. The service also hosts online drawings for scholarship money.
This free online game teaches high school chemistry students how to balance equations. For students who have difficulty with abstract reasoning skills, the online application makes the molecular concepts more concrete. The site links to a worksheet to help teachers incorporate the exercises into their lesson plans.
KnowZone 2.0 for Math is an online tool that enables students in grades 3 through 8 to prepare for standardized math tests. An instantaneous reporting feature lets parents and teachers monitor a students progress by reviewing the results of practice tests and interactive educational games. Another option lets teachers view complete class summary reports.
At NewsCentral you can find links to most of the newspapers that are online: over 3,500 of them.
Using a language arts curriculum framework, and with help from educators nationwide, Merriam-Webster developed Word Central as a place where students can enhance their language skills.
The Achieve Standards Database contains the educational standards of 40 U.S. states and Japan. Users can compare their state standards in English, math, science or social studies to see how they stack up against others.
This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2000 issue of THE Journal.