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The Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education - September 2000

The Gateway to Educational Materials

The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) is a consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to the substantial, but uncataloged, collections of educational materials found on various federal, state, university, nonprofit and commercial Internet sites.

The Gateway is easy to use. Teachers can search or browse the Gateway and find high quality educational materials from GEM consortium member sites. Eighteen types of resources-including lesson plans, activities and projects-can be found in the Gateway. When educators connect to the Gateway, they are able to do the following:

GEM began in September 1996, after the National Library of Education (NLE) Advisory Task Force directed the NLE to find ways to apply library and information science skills to help educators find lesson plans and teacher guides on the Internet.

GEM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's National Library of Education and is a special project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology at Syracuse University.

To visit the site and browse, type the address http://www.thegateway.org. Organizations with Internet-based collections of educational resources that are interested in joining the GEM project should send an e-mail message to geminfo@geminfo.org.

A partial list of GEM consortium members: American Association of School Librarians, AskERIC Virtual Library, Big Sky Telegraph, Connecticut Education Association, Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, Kentucky Education Association, Library of Congress, Microsoft Encarta, Mid-Continental Regional Education Laboratory, National Education Association, Northeast Regional Technology in Education Consortium, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Smithsonian Office of Education, and the Virtual Reference Desk.

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