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newton's apple

Edugadget  plain-talking technology reviews for teachers

WIKI Communication and collaboration committee

iMovie  |  Free Images/ Sound   Webpage, WIKIs & Blogs    Resources  |  Shareware  
Live Images/ Maps
Newspapers/ Mags  |  Database/ Lesson Plans  |  Museums  |  Black History  | 
Just Plain Fun

Making Movies   garfield

IMovie Tutorial

Free sample effects for iMovie

iMovie 3

iMovie Gallery  

Integrate desktop video into your curriculum

iMovie matrix List of sample educational iMovies

Improve your skills as an iMovie maker and iDVD's.

Snazzing Up
Your iMovie Titles

Free Images

Designed to a T  Great clip art place

Webshots: Download a FREE screen saver, wallpaper, and photos

Classroom clipart is a K-12 educational clipart site for student

Copyright friendly free Images for Education

Pics4Learning      Ditto.com      Tiger Direct Clipart      The Best Fonts

Free Music

Royality Free Music and Effects

Sounddogs Free hollywood sound effects.


Open Directory Project Soundfiles, samples and loops.

Shareware Music Machine. Collection of software related to converting audio format

Create a Webpage/ Rubrics

Web for Teachers Tools, Integrating Technology, Stars, Professional Development, Web Wizard and Host, Site of the Week.

Quiz Star


Portaportal  Store all of your classroom links online with this web based bookmarking utility.

PB Education WIKI  excellent, easy-to-use wiki that provides a lot of nice features, looks good, and is free.

Wordpress Blog

Education Directories/

The Educator's Reference Desk  An excellent resource from the Information Institute of Syracuse,
Ask Jeeves for Kids!

World Book Online Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encarta Online Encyclopedia

Information Please

Browse the
Lets Find Out Encyclopedia
by subject. Let's Find Out - The Knowledge Adventure Encyclopedia is an online research tool and homework helper. Covering a wide range of topics especially suited for school projects, it's fun, easy to use, and free!

Shareware & Freeware
Graphic Converter You must have this program before sending pictures via e-mail. Great for managing your graphics. It's free and current.   Guide

C|Net Download

Tucows NEW!


Live Images: The World



Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

Maptech MapServer (topo)

Click Here
Newspapers/ Magazines

Lincoln County News

The Courier Publications

The Portland Press Herald

Washington Post

The New York Times

The Boston Globe

USA Today

Los Angeles Times

Time Magazine for Kids: This children's version of TIME For Kids is published year-round and is a place for kids to express their views on the news. What's Verbatim? Verbatim is a magazine devoted to what is amusing, interesting, and engaging about the English language and languages in general. They gently poke fun at the messes people can get into with English and the misunderstandings that arise from our common language.

Archaeology's Dig A children's magazine on archaeology from the publishers of Archaeology Magazine. Quizzes, fun facts, contest and more! Ask questions of a real archaeologist!

Middle Search Plus  

FedWorld Information Network Home Page -Access to thousands of U.S. Government web sites, more than a 1/2 million U.S. Government documents, databases and other information products.

FREE -- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

Lesson Plans

MLTI Educator Site  new information web portal for the MLTI project.

LessonPlansPage  2,500+ Free Lesson Plans for PreK-12 - Making Teaching Easier!

Discovery Channel  Lesson plans are available on this page for Grades K-6. Ancient History, Animals, Astronomy, Earth Science, Economy, Human Body, Life Science and Literature are featured.  


Newton's Apple   A complete collection of Teacher's Guides/lessons from this PBS program. Lot's of fun science experiments from the last seven seasons are listed here also.

How Stuff Works  The index to hundreds of fantastic 'How Stuff Works' articles!

Thursday's Classroom  Lesson plans and educational activities from NASA provides a connection between NASA's latest research and the classroom environment.

National Geographic for Kids   News, cartoon and editorial writing, exploring the world and the always great photos.

U.C. Berkely Space Science Laboratory   Load your on-line resource cart with lessons on Space Science, Sun Earth and Solar System. Suggested grade level and NSES Content Standards given for each lesson.

HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE: Check out these awesome pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope from high above the Earth's atmosphere!


The Exploratorium:
The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. Contains more than 10,000 Web pages and hundreds of sound and video files, exploring hundreds of different topics. That makes it one of the most visited museum Web sites in the world. Founded in 1969 by noted physicist and educator Dr. Frank Oppenheimer.

Black History Month
Dorseyville Middle School Black History Month, A-Z

Scavenger Hunt African American History

A Black History Treasure Hunt! Education World

The African American Journey World Book takes a comprehensive look at the history of African Americans and their struggle for freedom.

The Internet African American History Challenge

The Encyclopædia Britannica Guide to Black History. Over 600 articles, hundreds of photographs and a dozen film and sound clips.

Just Plain Fun

Silly Billy's World   Want to draw some pictures with your computer? This site shows you how.

Tetra Virtual Aquarium     What temperature is best for your angel fish? What's a cherry barb look like? Which fish eats which? Learn all this and more as you build your own virtual aquarium. Pick your fish and watch 'em swim - it's better than your mom's lava lamp.

Click here for The Cool Word of the Day

Check your weight on other planets     Enter your weight into the calculator and find your weight across then solar system.

How Stuff Works?   Do you ever wonder how things work? You can spend hours exploring this area to find out about all sorts of machines and things and why they work. Includes hundreds of articles and question of the day.

Virtual Body   Build a virtual skeleton bone by bone (it'll clap when you get it right). Then take a narrated tour to learn about your brain, watch a heart pump blood, and find the three ums: duodendum, jejenum, and ileum.

Maine School Links
    Why are some Web sites more successful at engaging and educating children than others? Just like a book, magazine or movie, good content is most important. You want information and images that people care about, and the page(s) should be well organized so that visitors can find what they want and enjoy the experience. In addition, the best sites all have five characteristics, regardless of their subject matter:

  1. They are purposeful. That is, they have clear goals and objectives.
  2. They are interactive. A site doesn't have to use all the most sophisticated technologies; it just has to spur kids to do something. Maybe it includes a "mailto" (a special kind of link for sending an email message when a visitor clicks on it), so that visitors can contact the kids with comments, or feature something as simple as a button users can click on to get a pop-up definition. Think action.
  3. They provide assessment . Great Web sites provide a way to measure learning, skills or other aspects of effectiveness. Think about this aspect as you build sites with your kids, as a way of measuring their skills development.
  4. They tell a story. Stories are the essence of both learning and entertainment and are a way of sneaking knowledge past a kid's defenses. Web site stories don't have to be novels or even narratives. A collection of neighborhood slang terms can tell a story about language, and the right photograph can tell a story of adventure.
  5. They are systematic. The brain searches for patterns, and great Web sites all have a logical structure that reveals their stories in a way that children can understand. Don't mistake "logical" or "systematic" to mean linear. One of the great things about hyperlinking and the Web is that visitors can find their own way to the heart of a story according to their individual interests and through multiple paths

Look for these characteristics in the sites you recommend to children, and build them into the sites you and your kids create. Again, the learning value in building a Web page is not so much in using the software but in learning to be better communicators.

December 17, 2004