CANOE - Canadian Online Explorer - is one of Canada's largest Web sites, offering over 100,000 pages of
and information. Hosted by Sun Media, this site provides a wealth of information for instructors,
including articles on technology, health, regional infori-nation and education. Each day there is a feature news
story from CNNews, with accompanying graphics, as well as links to other top stories and archives. The site
includes the latest computer news, including information about the Y2K problem, links to educational resources
and software reviews and to top downloads from the Internet. There is also a free email service and a searchable
database, as well as sports, weather and business information.
While it is a great teacher resource, it would only be useful for higher level ABE students, as the site is
very textheavy. First time users and/or weak readers would probably find the site intimidating. However, it can
be personalized to show selected pages and information. Modifying the site this way can also make navigation
much easier for students (and instructors). Once students have visited the site a few times, they will find
navigation much easier, and should be able to access some of the popular features, such as "Hey, Martha". This
page, which is found in the CNNews section, provides the first paragraphs of several selected "strange, but true"
news stories. Interested readers can access the rest of the story by clicking on the associated link. These odd
stories can easily capture the reader's interest and encourage the user to continue reading.
With its high level of Canadian content, Canoe is certainly a site worth visiting.