Week of February 3, 2002

In Danger

Follow the glimmering eyes of the panther to Bagheera's Lair, a site about endangered animals at www.ckmc.com/bagheera/
. In the Wild, you'll find profiles of animals that are vanishing or are already extinct. You can also learn about current environmental issues under the Spotlight, such as global warming. Take action with Classroom activities that let you use your imagination to solve environmental problems. Before leaving, drop by the Image Center and send a wildlife e-card. (This site is no longer available.)

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Discover Engineering

The people who turn ideas into reality are featured at www.discoverengineering.
. Discover Engineering is all about cool science and engineers. The Idea Center is bursting with brainstorms and invites you to post your questions or ideas. Gamers will enjoy the puzzles, scavenger hunts and engineering Jeopardy game. You can get your engineering facts straight with the FAQs. Check out this perfectly engineered and fun site today.

Canadian Diversity

The Cultural Profiles Project lets you see the world through Canadian eyes at http://cwr.utoronto.ca/cultural. Choose one of nearly 100 different countries, and find out why people emigrate from that country and head to Canada to start new lives. You'll have the chance to research anything from Spirituality in Albania to Arts & Literature in Zambia. Colorful Landscape pictures and Family Life info will give you an idea of what life is like in various countries. Enjoy the diversity of Canada with this fact-packed site. (This site is no longer available.)

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Speak Out Here!

How Do I Find It?

When I started using the Web, I had a difficult time finding information online. I know I'm not the only person to struggle when learning to use search engines, so here is a simple explanation of the process that I go through to find stuff on the Web.

First, I decide what I am looking for. For instance, I may want to find out where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, so I'd go to a kid-friendly search engine, such as http://kids.yahoo.com, and search for a word or phrase that is related to my topic. For example, I might search for "Martin Luther King Jr. biography."

Next, I look at the descriptions of the sites and decide which ones appear to be the most useful. I search the sites until I find what I am looking for. I've found that verifying the info with another site is helpful because sometimes people make mistakes with the information that they post online.

I hope that this helps you as you are searching on the Web, whether it is for homework or for fun stuff to do online.

-- Amy

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