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Original Catalog, Goals and Key Words for the Library Instructional Media Center

Your first visit...

Browse in the rooms. Take (ie. link to) some entries from the shelves. Register at the Librarian's Desk. There, you will notice the option SEARCH THE LIBRARY. The key words in this catalog will accelerate your search. Remember: the same limitations in traditional library classification systems appear here, also. Some entries, for instance, cut across topics and could be shelved in several sections. Amidst the seed collection--environmental studies--are lessons and skills for other subjects, professional development opportunities and models for school-community partnering.

Several entities offer a list of linked resources for teachers; the best of those collections are offered here, too. To the best of our knowledge no other site has captured or annotated the array of resources which would be found in an Instructional Media Center of the 21st century. References which have not been compiled into comparable sites are asterisked (*).

Wait...Like your real Instructional Media Center, the resources will tickle your creativity rather than serve up a complete curriculum for the school year. We view technology as a tool to enliven and extend your school's learning environment and to welcome the 21st century. Designed by teachers for teachers, the organization of the contents has been optimized for efficient and best use of your online time. This catalog is structured by goals for student learning, professional development and school-community partnering within both a short and long-term timeframe. Key words have been provided, too. Set your goals carefully and make it so (J-L.P.)!

ROOM-Web Tools

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Keywords Goals
Documentation; FAQs; Training Courseware

Plug-in right away to key bulletins, notices, mailing lists and telecommunications networks. Questions? (*)

Technology Planning Guides; see also School-Community Networks in the Community Center room.

Compare your school technology policies and plans with other districts.

Search Tools: Navigating and Conducting Research on the Web.

Guide your students towards conducting research online. Win a scavenger hunt! (*)

Programming Tools; Software Tools

"Program" your computer without learning programming and enhance your Web site.

Listings of School Web Sites Preview 100's and 100's of sites and lessons and register your site, too.

ROOM-Plan Book

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Keywords Goals
National Guidelines: Curriculum

Align your local curriculum benchmarks with national standards in science, math and high performance learning or environmental studies. Some sets of standards, such as the outstanding Benchmarks: 2061, are available on a CD--handy for presentations to policy boards.

Assessment Tools

Develop digital portfolios to accommodate telecommunications activities and showcase your students' projects. Take a look at the few resources which address particular dimensions of computer learning environments, such as transferring offline activities to online portfolios and assessing student progress in small groups (unless you are fortunate to have a 1/1 computer/student ratio). (*)

Distant Libraries, especially National Collections: Universities. Explore library resources within the world's vast virtual collections for advance planning of student research projects. Visit the Smithsonian.
Special Education; Special Needs; Foreign Language; MiddleWeb; PECentral

Identify resources for special programs (learning disabled and gifted, English language development, middle schools, and even physical education). (*)

Librarians and Media Specialists; Technology Coordinators; Online Training Courseware Switch from Librarian to New Media Specialist. (*)

ROOM-Student Stuff

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Reference Desk

Refer your students to basic classroom resources--both traditional, such as encyclopedias and Strunk&White, and digital, such as Internet training and online research tools.

Online Notebooks

Review powerful learning models of online student notebooks for peer collaboration, sustained concept development and problem-solving. (*)

'Zines and Exhibits. See also Museums.

Coach your students towards mounting exhibits and publishing their own newspapers online. (*)

Hangout Corner Facilitate your students' understanding of other communities via online correspondence and knowledge-sharing with other students around the world.

ROOM-Multimedia (*)

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Keywords Goals
Creating Imaged Media; Creating Multimedia

Acquire software for creating still and animated media projects at beginning and advanced skill levels.

Participatory Design; Art Exhibit Opportunities; Extension of Museums into the Classroom; Creation of Virtual Museums Encourage your students to contribute to participatory design projects (eg. CyberSchoolBus-creating an ideal urban environment) and to online art exhibits (eg. Mind's Eye) or even to create their own virtual museum for visitors from around the globe!
Simulations: Environments; Software: Environment; Software:Integrated Studies; Reviews of Multimedia Resources Round out your environmental studies by selecting a FEW GOOD software packages: simulations (eg. Sim series by Maxis); contrasting geographical data and historical perspectives; and integrating school subjects (eg.physics-Way Things Work). Ask your Media Specialist for recommendations.
Art and Science Connection; Preview of the Future

Show your students the wondrous patterns, shared by art and science, and a preview of 3D graphics design for their future.

ROOM-Cool Projects

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Keywords Goals
National Centers: Telecollaboration

Overview of Telecommunications Projects

Survey the national landscape of telecollaboration projects to locate partners for conducting science investigations of global environmental conditions (eg. TERC, NSF, GLOBE), project models for multimedia productions (eg. DOEd Technology Challenge grants), museum-school-library consortia (eg. The Science Learning Network at the Franklin Institute or CO-NECT at BBN), registries of emerging projects (Global SchoolNet), tools for new approaches to enhance student learning (eg. CO-VIS, CSILE, or Nicknacks), and more...

Hybrid Media

Transform the excellent programs on educational television channels into interactive learning experiences via a computer (eg. PBS and VDOLive have merged to offer online debates between experts and your students, while NSTA provides follow-on hands-on resources. Check advance programming (eg. Discovery) for timely use in your curriculum.

WhyFiles; EurekAlert Connect your lessons to fast-breaking, up-to-the-minute current events in science.
Humanities Sample emerging online resources in the humanities, such as amazing archives of primary historical sources for older students and the Alphabet Superhighway for young students. (*)
Comprehensive Collections

Environmental Studies

Compare examples of national collections from NASA, the University of Michigan and Australia.

White House Relay your views to the White House and see how it has been remodeled to showcase renewable energy.
MRI; Virtual Electron Microscope; Investigations; Hurricane Hunters; Stormspotter

Discover and harness tools for investigations, now possible at the K-12 level through telecommunications. (*)

Environmental Studies: Collections of Projects

Select thematic units for your class, such as energy, water and air quality, regional ecologies or a series of units (eg. NGS, NSTA).

Special Geographic Environments and Databases; International Resources Individualize student projects in environmental studies (eg. rainforests, river basins, lakes, everglades or by sea or wildlife or by weather phenomena or by every continent on the globe) against a backdrop of up-to-the-minute maps and environmental law.
Integrated Studies (sampler) Surround and integrate your students' knowledge of the environment with a rich context of resources from related subjects (*): astronomy-space environments via missions and observation; math-problem-solving (eg.MegaMath, Mendelian experiments), patterns in art and nature, history of math, visualization aids, stories and jokes; physics-exhibits (CyberiaExpo), units (Lawrence Hall of Science); constructed environments (advanced students)-ChemMystery, culture and environment in Alaska, decentralized systems, VRML; literature-stories and poems for young students, works about/by Jack London.

Trek Around The World

Tour virtual museums to identify exhibits for classroom visits and projects: technology (eg. TCM in Boston and The Tech in San Jose); sea worlds (eg. JASON); art and nature (National Park Service, Louvre, Natural History in Chicago); paleontology and microbe zoo; sizzling, ever-changing diverse exhibits at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the Exploratorium in San Francisco; and a gargantuan listing of other museums at MuseumMania.

Field Trips Plan guided research field trips: the Galapagos; oceanic expeditions; sites of earthquakes and volcanoes and hurricanes in progress; botanical gardens; historical quests and living history farms; and up into the stratosphere.
Networks (Trek Around The World section)

Join global networked cooperative projects in many school topics, such as I*EARN and Earthwatch.

ROOM-Professional Development

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Keywords Goals
Top Ten Tips

Use the Top Ten Tips to integrate technology into your school reform plan. Notice the overlap of effective practices among such diverse groups as disadvantaged, science educators, women's alliances and middle schools. (*)

Teacher Education, especially Ongoing Professional Development and Online Training. Upgrade your skills and position by participating in ongoing professional development opportunities and online training courseware. Obtain continuing ed credits in technology---at your convenience. (*)
Newsgroups, Chat and Bulletin Boards Check national "bulletin boards" and post your own announcement of happenings. (*)
Experts Seek advice from experts on technology or subject topics.
Publishing Across Remote Sites Engage in online collaboration to prepare and publish your work with a colleague far away and disseminate your contribution across the Web. (*)
Audio-Visual Conferencing, Multi-mode Exchange, Multi-User Shared Environments Join ongoing, online conferencing groups and keep up to date on emerging tools (text; audio, video and mixed communication modes; and one-one, one-many and many-many number of participants. (*)
Stories, Satellite Enjoy the stories of other new emigres to the electronic frontier or rally your school's constituents to participate in town meetings via satellite.
Conferences and Workshops Attend a conference or workshop about technology or particular topics, such as environmental studies or math or biology, in the real world!
Affinity Groups; Online Exchange Discover the passkey for major affinity groups in science, math and technology education; professional associations intertwined with environmental subjects like social studies; educational research; national, state and regional organizations; and online networks and SIGS, created by teachers for teachers.
Reference and Idea Books for Telecommunication Assemble hard-copy reference guidebooks for your own professional library on telecommunications (and avoid eyestrain from reading online volumes to boot!). (*)
Special Education and Multilingual; Migrant Education and Distant Learning. Bookmark resources for your students with special needs such as learning disabled, gifted, migrant families, multi-lingual speaking or rural schools. (*)
Post Office; Reading Room; Publisher's Clearninghouses

Peruse bulletin boards (eg. Internic), news magazines (EdWeek), libraries for educators (eg. DOEd), teacher enhancement opportunities (NCREL and Big Sky), or technology contacts in every state.

ROOM-Community Center

(* NB: Only in the online libraries of the Department of Education and its partner AskERIC are these resources included amidst their project collections.)

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Keywords Goals
Policy-makers Encourage your Parent Boards to attend a conference---just for them---to learn more about new technologies.
Strong Families, Strong Schools; Tips for Parents

Tap into the secrets of effective school-home partnering, send home a calendar of fun learning activities or join a national town meeting about hot educational topics via satellite.

School and Work

Motivate your students with a vision of and skills for their future careers by consulting national resource centers and linking them to specialized networks and technology training opportunities.

Schools Take The Lead; Service Providers; National Initiatives

Select a model or two of school-community networks to leverage costs and facilities and to unify your community's technology infrastructure.

ROOMS: Printer's Press, Conference Center, Workroom are under construction.
[at the time this paper was presented -- Ed.]

The following were the original Catalog, Goals and Key Words for the "Library Instructional Media Center".

This document is from the 1990's.

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