Use these resources to stay abreast of current education issues and trends.
NCREST works to advance education stakeholders' understanding of the complex and challenging work of restructuring schools. They conduct research, foster connections, and share expertise, resources, and images that help education practitioners, reformers, researchers, parents and community members to reimagine and create equitable and effective schools.
The Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia University has embarked on a number of research projects that explore the learning, understanding, and motivational effectiveness of providing visualizations, animations, and physical embodiments to teach math, science, and literacy. Their work uses a variety of technologies, including Lego robotics with NXT controllers, Pico boards, Scratch and Mindstorms software, and Flash-based animations.
The National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) offers online, graduate-level science courses from a world-class public research university. NTEN was one of the first online professional development programs for K-12 teachers, and has offered courses since 1993. NTEN is a program of Extended University at Montana State University.
And don't forget the National Educators' Association. This site emphasizes resources which teachers can relay to both parents and policy-makers on a variety of topics, including technology.
TeachNet includes lesson plans, how to articles, and home learning activities.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• An Evaluation Checklist for Educational Web Sites
• Courseware Ideas and Collections for On-Line Learning
• Finding A Partner for Computer-Assisted Collaboration
• High Performance Standards for Applied Learning
• Introduction to Electronic Field Trips
• Math Education Groups
• National Science Teachers Association - Content and Research
• National, State and Regional Networks (sample)
• Research Resources for Teachers and Librarians
• Science Education Groups