Week of March 11, 2001

Blast Off for Woodstock Elementary School

Congratulations to Woodstock Elementary School, Woodstock, Ky., www.4Kids.org's Cool School of the Month. Join the Woodstock Wildcats at their virtual school at http://wes.pulaski.net. The site is maintained by 5th-grade teacher and technology coordinator, Mr. Joey Simmons. You'll find excellent class pages highlighting the work of these talented students. Also, the school's entire library collection is cataloged online. Woodstock features a Student Technology Leadership Program in which students can become certified to be peer technology tutors. Mr. Simmons says the students "really enjoy computers. They're wide-eyed with wonder at how much is available on the Internet." Congratulations, Woodstock Elementary. Enjoy your 4kids award pack.

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Ancient Lands

Go back in time with History For Kids! at www.historyforkids.org. Read how to cook ancient food, make ancient Egyptian paper or papyrus, draw mosaics and design seals to inscribe your work. Discover ancient civilizations from Egypt to Rome to Western Asia. Learn about ancient religion, science, war, philosophy and literature. Finally, check out the craft projects for things to make. History comes alive at History for Kids! (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Monet's Art and Life

Celebrate one of the world's most famous artists at Explore Monet's World. Grab a brush and paint your way to http://events.fleet.com. You'll find a guided tour through Claude Monet's life, including his time spent in London, Venice and his hometown of Giverny, France. Each section contains puzzles, games and fact sheets about Monet's life and works. This site will make quite an impression on you. (This site is no longer available.)

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Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: I will be a senior next year. How should I choose a college? -- Jason, Baltimore

Dear Jason: Choosing a college is a very important decision, and the Web has plenty of resources to help you. First, talk with your parents about how you will be paying for college. Sites such as www.fastweb.com have info about scholarships. You can also compare one school with another. At http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges. U.S. News ranked the top 50 universities in different categories to make choosing easier.

Dear Amy: What is a firewall? -- Matt, Seattle

Dear Matt: A firewall is used to protect private information on a network from being accessed by outsiders. Firewalls examine the data they receive and decide whether or not to allow the sender to have access to that data. If a person wished to logon to his company's network, he would be able to only if he knew the specific logon procedures set up for the firewall. Jade River's Marketing Manager's Plain English Internet Glossary at www.jaderiver.com/glossary.htm has a good definition of a firewall.

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