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March 2000

An Introduction to Internet Resources for K-12 Educators
Part I: Information Resources, Update 2000

Nancy A. Morgan, Updated by Carolyn Sprague

The Internet is an international computer network composed of thousands of smaller networks. Recently, through state and regional education networks and commercial providers, the vast resources of the Internet are increasingly available to administrators, school library media specialists, and classroom teachers. This Digest lists a sample of no cost Internet resources of special interest to K-12 educators. Readers should be aware that the resources and their Internet addresses below are subject to change.

Guides to Internet Resources:

  • The Argus Clearinghouse: A large collection of guides to Internet resources categorized by topic.

  • AskERIC InfoGuides: Topical guides to Internet, ERIC, and print resources.

  • The Internet Public Library: Links to pathfinders in the following categories: Arts & Humanities; Business & Consumers; Computers & Internet; Education; Entertainment, Leisure, Hobbies; General; Health, Medicine & Nutrition; Law, Politics & Government; Science & Technology; Society and Culture.

Lesson Plans and Teaching Materials:

  • The AskERIC Virtual Library contains hundreds of lesson plans, including, but not limited to, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Also included are lesson plans from School Library Media Activities Monthly, Newton's Apple Educators Guides, and Crossroads: K16 American History Curriculum.

  • The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) is a "virtual card catalog" to lesson plans, activities, projects, and curriculum found all over the Internet.

Keypals and Penpals:

Acceptable Use Policies:

Many schools provide Internet access to students, and staff have created policies and agreements for the appropriate use of Internet accounts. Samples of agreements, policies, and opinion pieces have been collected at:

Technology Plans for K-12 Schools:

Internet Projects for the Classroom:

Examples of telecommunication projects that incorporate the use of the Internet in the classroom can be found on the following sites:

Grant Information:

E-Rate Information:

Federal Government Information:

State Education Departments:

  • U.S. Department of Education links and Addresses of State Education Agencies.

  • Links to State Education Agencies from the Council of Chief State School Officers

  • Links to State Education Agencies from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Standards-Based Education:

Reference Resources:

Library Catalogs:

Kids Resources:

Other Resources:


Branch, R. M., Kim, D., & Koenecke, L. (1999). Evaluating online educational materials for use in instruction. ERIC Digest. Syracuse, NY: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. (ED 430 564)

Cotton, E. G. (1998). The Online classroom: Teaching with the Internet, third edition. Bloomington, IN: EDINFO Press. (ISBN-1-883790-29-8). (ED 413 606)

Junion-Metz, G. (1997). K-12 resources on the Internet: An instructional guide. (2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded) Internet workshop series, number 5. San Carlos, CA: Library Solutions Press. (ISBN-1-882208-14-5). (ED 412 913)

Miller, E.B. (1999). The Internet resource directory for K-12 teachers and librarians. (1999/2000 Edition.). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, Inc. (ED 433 028)

Treadwell, M. (1999). 1001 of the best Internet sites for educators. K-College. Arlington Heights, IL: Skylight Training and Publishing, Inc. (ED 429 560)

Windschitl, M. (1999). Using the WWW for teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms: What are the interesting research questions? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999). (ED 429 580)

This Digest was created by ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center, and updated by Carolyn Sprague, AskERIC Network Information Specialist. For more information about ERIC, see ACCESS ERIC: http://www.accesseric.org/

ERIC Digests are in the public domain and may be freely reproduced and disseminated.

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This publication is funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education under contract number ED-99-CO-0005. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government. The U.S. Department of Education's web address is: http://www.ed.gov/