Week of February 25, 2007

Safe Schooling

You can help make schools less violent places at www.kn.sbc.com/
. Sadly, schools are not safe and happy places for all children. Go on an online Knowledge Hunt to answer important safety questions and discover how to prevent different types of hurtful behavior in your learning community. Topic Hotlist links you to news you can use, while Subject Sampler helps you become part of the action against violence no matter where you are. Concept Builder helps students switch on their brains, so pay attention and be a school safety advocate. (This site is no longer available.)

Nominate a cool Web site at www.4Kids.org/nominations

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

In what state did the Columbine school shooting occur?

New Mexico


What percentages of microbes are harmless?



Where was Henry VIII born?
Greenland Castle
Emerald Palace
Greenwich Palace



Staying Healthy

Blast sickness away when you visit Infection Detection Protection at www.amnh.org/
. Meet the Microbes to view cool pictures of these microscopic malcontents. Do you have a strong stomach? Play Bacteria in the Cafeteria for an inside look at the living microbes in your lunchroom. Lou has the flu and she wants you to know how this virus travels the globe. Before you log off, visit the Prevention Convention where tips on staying healthy are a click away. So, skip the raw cookie dough and eat the finished product.

Getting to Know You

Hold your own time-travel meet and greet with Famous People in history at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/
. Pick and choose which famous person interests you and embark on an interactive adventure. You can learn interesting facts about each of this site's featured faces, like when Christopher Columbus was born and what jobs Isambard Brunel held. Journeys invites you to travel with Pochahontas, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, whose trips sometimes took months to complete. Timeline turns back the clock to help you imagine what it was like to live in different periods of the past.

What do you think about giving money to homeless people on the streets?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: How can I tell if a Web site has reliable information for my research paper? — Jeremy, Salt Lake City

Dear Jeremy: Good sources are easy to spot. Online articles from a newspaper’s or magazine's Web site are usually excellent resources. When searching for information online, you should consider the author of the Web page or article. Information from an organization or specialist in the field you are researching is probably more reliable than from an article that does not include an author. Well-researched articles will also cite their sources of information and may include links to more information. To learn more about Web site evaluation, visit http://liblearn.osu.edu/tutor/les1.

Dear Amy: What are “browser-safe colors”? — Jackie, Tulsa, Okla.

Dear Jackie: Browser-safe colors are a set of colors used in Web site design. They are a common set of colors that will look the same to users of different kinds of operating systems and display monitors. For a chart of browser-safe colors and their codes, check out http://websitetips.com/colorcharts/weinman/hue.

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