FUN AND GAMES The World Wide Web is a giant place with lots of fun things to do. Some Web sites are interactive so you can play games or send letters to other kids around the world. At www.littlejason.com/lemonade you can compete with people from around the world running your own lemonade stand. Even little kids can have a good time on the Web. When they go to www.kids-space.org they can hang out with Pop the Bear, find a pen pal or climb the beanstalk. Plug in to Fun and Games. (The first site is no longer available.)
BRAINSWEAT The Internet was created to help scientists share information. Now you can share that information. Discover science and explore space from your computer. At National Geographic, www.nationalgeographic.com/modules/forest trek through a primeval forest. When you get out of the woods, make tracks for http://volcano.oregonstate.edu because at Volcano World you can check out the hottest spots on the planet. When you're tired of Earth, NASA wants to welcome you to the planets at http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets where the sun and planets are always within your reach. (The first site is no longer available.)
CREATURES The Web is filled with things that creep, croak and howl. Visit the dens and hollow logs of the Internet, where you'll find some amazing creatures. At the Wolf Center, www.wolf.org you can run with the pack. Dig down to Worm World http://yucky.kids.discovery.com/ noflash/worm. It's one of the yuckiest sites on the Web! Get off your lily pad and hop over to www.cs.yale.edu/ homes/ sjl/ froggy.html where all things cute and green live and catch flies. (The third site is no longer available.)
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1. What are the six "Cool Spots" categories at www.4Kids.org?
How did you get this job?When I first learned how to use a computer to get on the Web, I had to ask other people for help. Sometimes, I had to figure out problems for myself. My teacher said not to quit until you find the answer. As I learned more, people started asking me for help. By helping others, I learned even more.
How do I get software to use the Web? All the software you need to use the Web is free. Ask your Internet Service Provider or someone who uses the Web to help you get started. If you don't know who to ask, you can buy books and kits at computer stores.
How can I start my own home page? First, check out Angelfire www.angelfire.lycos.com. They give Web space for free. It has graphics and animated gifs that you can use on your page to make it awesome. If your school or your Internet Service Provider gives you server space, you will probably want to learn HTML. It's easy to learn. Go to www.smplanet.com/ webpage/ webpage.html for online instruction. The only software you need to get started is a wordprocessor and a browser. (Disclaimer: The first site now contains advertisements.)