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Channel One
The Channel One Network Online gives kids the chance to explore the real-life issues that confront them every day. From stories on smoking at school to the Rwandan refugee crisis, there are plenty of hard facts to go along with interesting storytelling and photos. Channel One's anchors report in-depth on such issues as the war on drugs, drunk driving and endangered animals. They even let kids have their say with polls on school uniforms and discussions on pollution and the environment. If you're up to date on current issues, you might want to give the pop quiz a try. Ready to learn more about the world in the 1990s? Then take your inquisitive mind to www.channelone.com and check out Channel One. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

If you're up for the Quest, you have the chance to earn a scholarship worth $25,000 and money for your school and the coach who helps you. ThinkQuest is a contest that challenges you, a pal or two and a coach to create educational tools or resources that are accessible through the World Wide Web­you know, a Web site. How well your entry will help educate, excite and enhance the learning experience of other students determines whether it is a winner. Your team must submit a Proposal Concept by Jan. 31, 1997, describing the tools or materials it intends to build. So where do you sign up? Go to www.thinkquest.org to get the full details. When you're there, check out last year's winning entries like "Economics and Investment: A Stock Market Simulation," "From the Ground Up: A Guide to C++" and "Design Paradise," about the inner workings of the island of Kauai, in Hawaii. They're awesome and they were created by kids like you. Good luck!

Take an On-line Field Trip
You're welcome at http://buckman.pps.k12.or.us/buckman.html the Buckman School home page. Buckman is a cool public arts magnet school in Portland, Oregon. Get started in Room 100, where you can find out about the world's 18 different varieties of penguins, outer space from A-Z or the science of bubble making. You can even look under the microscope cam at a pencil tip, dried leaf or yellow jacket. Want to be part of the next experiment? Make your own suggestions about what they might put under the microscope next. From there, check out all the other Buckman classrooms, from drama to science to visual arts. Don't forget your backpack! (This site is no longer available.)

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1. The Cool School ate dinner at whose house?

Custodian Dan's
Mama McClintock's
Aunt Connie's
2. What are the features at Channel One?
Playlist, exam time, on-line poll, web schools, what do you think?
Playlist, pop quiz, on-line poll, web schools, your views
Hits, exam time, opinions, web schools, your views
3. Who's eligible for ThinkQuest?
Students over 18 yrs.
Students 12-18 yrs.
Students 6-11 yrs.
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Dear Amy: How does e-mail work? I have a keypal. She is in Australia. --Terri, Eugene, OR

Dear Terri: E-mail is what people do most on the Internet. You can send a message halfway around the world to Australia, and, assuming your friend is awake to read it (because of all the time zones), get a reply back in minutes! Most of the time, you write your message on your computer; then your e-mail software sends it to your mail server. Imagine that your message is a baton in a relay race, and it is handed off through the Internet until it reaches the mail server with your friend's e-mail account. If your message arrives when your keypal is sleeping, your message will wait patiently on the server until she goes to her computer and checks her mail.

Dear Amy: Why can't I get to Web sites that have a tilde (~) in the URL? --Arnold, Montgomery, AL

Dear Arnold: A URL with a tilde usually means that the URL will send you to a personal account on a WWW server. If you can't get to any sites with a tilde in the URL, your parents have probably blocked your browser software from getting to Web sites with them by using a filtering program. Lots of these sites just have personal stuff that is boring anyway. These filtering programs can be set up to block access to Web sites with specific words, too. Go to www.cnet.com/ Content/Reviews/ Compare/ Safesurf to learn more about filtering software. (This site is no longer available.)

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