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If it were true that all you need to know you learned in kindergarten, then you'd miss out on all the wonderful experiences that junior and senior high school have to offer. You'd never get to dissect a frog, write teenage poetry, weld a metal baskiet, or play field hockey. You'd miss out on your first crush, passing notes, and making fun of your substitute teachers. And where would you learn about sex, drugs, and coping with bullies? Besides, it's hard to imagine joining the work force at the age of four. Secondary school exists to let you grow into those adult clothes, and you may as well master reading, writing and arithmetic while you're at it. It might seem like an endless chore now, but when you've reached the end of your high school career, you'll be happy to discover that you've got four years of college to go before you have to join the real world.
Disappointed to find that neither juggling nor model railroads are on the class schedule for this year? Don't despair--Ameritech's schoolhouse can help. The communications corporation's educational site is well-stocked with resources for students and teachers. Lesson plans can be found in the teacher's lounge. Interactive exhibits from "How Light Works" to "Aboriginal Trail" are linked through the Student Activities page. A What's New area keeps everyone up to date on newly constructed Web sites of interest.
This site's professional look and feel distinguish it from its homespun counterparts. Classroom Connect is clean and well-organized, which will no doubt come as a comfort to those who are intimidated by the daunting chaos of the Net. Searcheducational sites by subject--all the basics plus art, culture, writing, vo-tech, and early childhood. There are also databases for teacher contacts, conferences and global school Web sites, as well as press releases from Classroom's multimedia publishing program.
CPHS Resources for Teachers and Students
College Park High School's contribution to electronic learning, direct from the utopian-sounding Pleasant Hill in California's techno-saturated Bay Area. If you happen to be in Contra Costa County and need to learn about its school system, you're in luck. For the rest of the world, there's also a good resource page with links to other wired schools, librarian guides, magazines, educational TV sites, and more.
The monthly guide to edification on the Net. Departments include the Bionic Bard (literature and poetry), Time Machine (history), Nuclear Newton (science), and Eiectric Professor (modern educational issues). If you're not sure where to find what you're looking for, ask the Surfin' Librarian, who'll lead you to learning links and online books in your subject of choice.
Academic Assistance Center American Online: keyword: homework
For instant educational gratification, the Academic Assistance Center has no competition. Students can page teachers for help with their homework and expect answers within a few hours, join live nightly study sessions on subjects ranging from Algebra I to American History, post questions on more than a dozen message boards (Law and Medical Questions, Women's Studies, English & Literature Questions, Math Questions, etc.), or head to the Mini-Lesson Libraries for explanations and articles on hundreds of topics (Roosevelt and the Flappers, Polk and the War with Mexico, Logarithms and Statistics, Division, the Greek and Roman Gods, Sonnet 116, etc.). The Center also links to Barron's Booknotes (the quintessential cheat sheets), a reference desk with dictionaries and encyclopedias, and an Exam Prep Center.
"So much to study, so little time." The familiar black-and-yellow stripes are here in full force with all the shortcuts to knowledge you have come to know and love. Aside from the hundreds of plain-language abbreviated versions of great works of literature, Cliffs Notes online has study guides and interactive software to help you prepare for standardized tests and review courses you never attended. Of course. Wisdom has a price tag, but the Cliffs Notes home page gives you access to free stuff like a Cliffs Study Tips disk and a cool screen saver. ("Cool". As if.)
Going back for that high school diploma is getting easier. Mindquest, administered by the Bloomington public school system, is free to Minnesota residents and qualified out-of-state residents by tuition agreement with their local high school. Adults can earn a high school degree by taking online classes, as well as demonstrating what they've learned through work and life experiences and applying credit that they've earned in previously completed high school courses. Browse the FAQ to make sure you have all the right hardware and Mindquest will send you the software needed to enter the virtual campus.
World Lecture Hall
An attempt to use hypertext technology to create an online university, with pointers to information and educational Web sites in almost 50 disciplines. From accounting to virology, with plenty of stops in between--agricultural engineering, art history, cultural studies, marketing, mathematics, and pharmacology--these sites comprise university syllabi, articles, lecture notes, and even the occasional online exam.
Web66: International WWW School Registry
Get your kicks on Web66, a collection of schools and kids exploring the Web. A school in Sholihull, England wants to know how many kids worldwide enjoy M&Ms. American Indian students in New Mexico offer recipes for Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas and other kids make cyberpals with students at the Bilkent University Prepatory School in Ankara, Turkey.
Excerpted from NetStudy: Your Complete Guide to Academic Success Using the Internet and Online Service. Copyright (c) 1996, 1997 by Wolff New Media LLC. Excerpted by permission of Dell Publishing, a division of the Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.