Internet Resources Sampler
Computers and the Internet have become integral parts of all our lives. Understanding how they work allows us to appreciate the tool for what it can (and sometimes cannot) do.
FactMonster provides a good, "easy read" overview of Computers and the Internet.
HowStuffWorks includes a number of good articles on the workings of computers. How Bits and Bytes Work describes the basic element of computer technology -- 1's and 0's.
This HowStuffWorks page talks about the magic chip that changed everything.
Using The Internet, from Victoria, Australia's Department of Education, introduces the Internet and includes animations of how it works.
Netcraft tracks the current state of the Internet. While much of their findings are of a technical nature, they track the current number of Internet Web Sites -- almost 1 billion.
Fact Check has received many awards as a neutral and non-profit group. Located within the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania, it assesses the accuracy of U.S. political news.
The Science Literacy Maps are an interactive tool for teachers and learners to explore specific science and math concepts. The maps illustrate connections between concepts as well as how concepts build upon one another across grade levels.
The Internet provides a wide range of resources -- especially for things technical. When searching the net, add the word "tutorial" or "introduction" to find introductory information.
Solving Rubik's Cubes
Saurabh Narain is 12 years old, in 7th grade, and created a robot out of Legos and a microchip controller that can solve any Rubik's Cube in about 2 minutes.
Turn loose your student's creativity and see what they can create.
- YouTube URL
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