NAVIGATING THE WEB
Mysteries of Canada
Electronic Publishing - North or in the classroom. The length America Inc. has developed a Web site highlighting Canadian mysteries. This site contains short mysteries from across Canada, including the provinces, territories and first nations. People are invited to read about Canadian mysteries such as "The Bath Tubs of Emerald Lake", "The Origin of Light" and "The Treasure Pit of Oak Island".
This Web site could be used by both literacy teachers and students. The stories could become reading exercises online or in the classroom. The length and reading level of the stories are appropriate for higher level literacy students, but you may want to steer clear of some of the more gruesome stories.
Although Electronic Publishing is actively adding mysteries to the site, they are encouraging people to research and submit more mysteries. Students could write about a Canadian mystery individually or as a class.
The creators of the Web site have included a list of story ideas, but teachers may want to select or make up a mystery that would be appropriate for the writing level of their students. Teachers and students can use the Teachers' Guide provided to direct them through the four phases in the writing process: identification, investigation, documentation and submission.
The one qualifier I would put on the site is that it does advertise books you can purchase from Electronic Publishing. This information is not obtrusive and can easily be ignored. This Web site is definitely worth a visit.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational
The amount of research available on the Internet is steadily increasing. This can make finding specific information very time consuming and frustrating. ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Service of the U.S. Department of Education, is a great resource for people looking for research in the field of education. ERIC maintains the world's largest education database, indexing educational material from around the world. ERIC also produces publications such as ERIC Digests; Trends and Issue Alerts; and Myths and Realities.
The ERIC system is divided into 16 clearinghouses, including one on Adult, Career and Vocational Education. You can access this clearinghouse on the Web at http://www.ericacve.org There you can search the ERIC database. You can also view and order ERIC documents online.
A recent ERIC Digest titled "Technology and Adult Learning: Current Perspectives" outlines and assesses four different approaches towards integrating technology into adult learning. One of ERICs major publications, '`Technology, Basic Skills, and Adult Education: Getting Ready to Move Forward", makes recommendations about the best uses of technology.
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