Subj: The K.I.D.S Report: February 6, 1997 (fwd)
Date: 97-02-17 22:38:49 EST
From: CBRAN00@UKCC.UKY.EDU (Cathy Brandt)
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Folks, this looks like some great info! Just wanted to pass it along...
Welcome to the K.I.D.S. Report mailing list.
This is the first issue we are sending via email, however there are three earlier issues from this year archived on the K.I.D.S Web site covering topics such as Ancient Civilizations and Native American sites. (See URL below.)
Additional issues will arrive in your mailbox every 2-3 weeks. We hope the students in your life find them interesting and useful.
=- The K I D S Report -=
Kids Identifying and Discovering Sites
February 6, 1997
A Publication of Net Scout
The KIDS Report is a publication produced by K-12 students as a resource to other K-12 students. It is an ongoing, cooperative effort of students at Kennedy Elementary and Cherokee Middle School (Madison, Wisconsin) and Nederland Elementary (Nederland, Colorado) and New Vista High School (Boulder, Colorado). Teachers assist and provide support; however, students select and annotate all resources included in every issue of the KIDS Report. The publication is supported by the InterNIC Net Scout project and sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Stretching the Mind
Written and produced by students of the New Vista High School in the Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado.
1. United Nations Home Page
The UN home page is a fairly large and varied site, including topics that range
from current events around the world, to history, to complaints. Of particular
interest to me is the information on Bosnia and the coverage of related
documents and reports. To see this simply click "Search" on the home page and
enter "Bosnia," and you will get over 60 UN documents. The site lacks major
graphics, links to other useful sites, or intriguing Java animation; but then
again it only takes a few seconds to load up instead of minutes. If you are
doing a report on the UN, or on any current events in which the UN is involved,
this might be a good place to start. The page also includes facilities for
Spanish and French speakers.
Reviewed by Brian York
2. Newspeak and Doublethink Homepage
The author of this site examines issues and aspects of contemporary society by
comparing them to points raised in George Orwell's novel, 1984. He also uses
examples from the book to contrast with things in our society. While the text
is a little long and generally devoid of illustration (unfortunately, this kind
of information does not seem to mesh well with colorful graphics), it explores
many interesting ideas, including gun control and gender politics; and he
explores intriguing parallels between characters from the book and people in
real life. So if you are up to a little bit of heavy comparative reading, or
want an interesting analogue to 1984, you might want to visit this site.
Reviewed by Brian York
3. Andrew Pfouts' Virtual Library
Andrew is a Language Arts teacher at our school. He had a student (Tait Stangl)
design this site in order to provide students in his classes with information
about books they're reading or authors they're studying. Although the site
looks like it's constantly under construction, which it is, and contains some
errors in spelling and linkage, it gives students many useful connections for
finding out about that literature stuff. We recommend it to Real Readers and
Reviewed by grateful students
4. The World of Escher
This site is about M. C. Escher, who was a teacher and an artist. What I like
about it is that you can actually look at his artwork as well as read about it
(and him). The site provides a lot of good information about who this guy was,
and you can choose a particular subject to check out about him -- for example,
his home life, his artwork, or his education. They don't seem to update the
site very often (it still has a tessellation contest from 1995), but the
artwork alone is worth the visit to this online museum.
Reviewed by Candice Kearns
5. The Changing Faces of Zines
This page discusses the continuing development of zines (low-budget, generally
"underground," and often electronically published, magazines) and how they have
been improving along with technology. The descriptions provided for each zine
are great. They really draw you in, for the most part, and they give you a
strong sense of what each publication is like. I also really enjoyed the
graphics. The covers for these zines are really funny. The only downsides to
this page are that it is very long and some of the pieces are dull.
Reviewed by Brendan R.
6. Art Crimes: The Writing on the Wall
Art Crimes is the phattest site because it has the best and the most from the
graffiti world on the Internet. It has fresh color pictures (which I don't
print) of trains, walls, and other cool stuff. It also has cool outline pages
(sketches). It has info on important stuff, from where to buy your caps to the
KrylonTM Color List. It has the most graf links on the whole Internet, and cool
interviews with people like Twist, PER, and Ces. The only problem I have with
this web site is that it doesn't get new stuff fast enough. For example,
Colorado only has about four pictures. But that's partially the fault of the
artists who don't send their pictures in. Overall it's a fresh site.
Reviewed by Aaron Gombar
7. Yahoo's Map Search and Yahoo's People Search
These sites have way too much info for how little they get used. I didn't even
know they existed until only a few days ago, but the People Search page is the
most useful thing I've seen on the Web in a long time. I no longer need my
little white pages at home; instead, I have a national white pages in my
computer. Just today I found the address and phone number of a friend who lives
in Utah. The Map section, which is also randomly cool, provides a map of the
area that matches an address that you give it. I checked a teacher's address,
and, sure enough, there was his neighborhood, right on the screen. Of course,
it occurred to me that the combination of these two indexes could get somewhat
dangerous. A psychotic serial killer (as opposed to a perfectly sane one) could
find your address in People Search and then get a map that in detail explains
where you live. Luckily enough for me (or unluckily enough, if I were in some
random sweepstakes and they couldn't find out where I lived), my neighborhood
is relatively new and not quite shown on their map. I've recently been playing
with Yahoo a bit more, and I have found that there are some really cool search
engines. These two sites are both informative and fun. Anyway, use this
information; don't abuse it.
Reviewed by Robert Bowen
8. Mind Machine Web Museum
This site provides a photographic display of computer history; it contains
pictures and basic consumer information about various computer games,
calculators, and computers. I used this site for school research on the history
of calculators, and it gave me a lot of useful information. Although this is a
good site, it has a few problems. If you are looking for real depth or detail
on particular machines, this is not the site to choose. Also, it has a few
errors in some of the links. Despite these problems, the site is very
interesting and a good site to use.
Reviewed by Chris Pelshaw
9. PM Zone
Shockwave, Java, VRML homepage:
Early in the year I needed some information on a Navy fighter jet called the
F-22. First I went onto the Navy's home page, but there was no information. I
was about to give up when I remembered the Popular Mechanics web site (the PM
Zone). I logged on and, sure enough, I got some information and wrote my
report. Another time I needed information on an upcoming event planned by the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). I logged onto the Popular
Mechanics web page to find my information. Ever since I found out about the
Popular Mechanics web page, I have been there a lot. It has great information
and is updated every day, so you know you are going to get the most current
information. If for some reason you can't get everything you are looking for,
they have links to other popular web sites. They also list their top 5% web
sites and provide web site reviews, so you know where you can find the best on
new technology. One problem is that there are many graphics; and if you don't
have a fast computer, it will take a while to load. Nevertheless, I think that
it is worth the wait. (Note: I've provided the URL for the PM Zone in
two-dimensional form, which is all that most of us can access. But you can also
get the web site in Java, Shockwave, or VRML.)
Reviewed by Chris Jones
10. Popular Science Web Page
This web site also has a lot of reviews on new technologies. It is laid out
like the Popular Mechanics web site but deals more with the science part of
Reviewed by Chris Jones
The KIDS Report is produced twice monthly by Net Scout in association with four groups of students--two classes of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, Wisconsin, and two classes of the Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado. The students involved are responsible for all aspects of the report, including its title and the site evaluation criteria.
These Internet resources were evaluated on the basis of the Site Selection Guidelines that the students developed. These guidelines are available on the Net Scout website at http://www.cs.wisc.edu/scout/KIDS/selection.html.
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