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

Online Resources

U.S. Department of Education's Public Web site/Gopher/FTP site
Teachers with access to the Internet can view a rich collection of the Department's information at its public World Wide Web site. The following information is on the Web site:


The ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, one of the 16 subject-specific clearinghouses in the ERIC national information system, is sponsored by OERI and runs an Internet-based question and answer service called "AskERIC." Teachers, administrators, parents and community members with education-related questions may send an e-mail to askeric@ericir.syr.edu. A response is provided within 48 hours. AskERIC has also developed a computerized resource collection of frequently asked questions, lesson plans, short summaries of recent research and literature searches on popular topics. The Web site is http://askeric.org/.

AskERIC Virtual Library

The AskERIC Virtual Library is an Internet site of selected resources on education and general interest topics. AskERIC has the resources to use sound, video and multimedia. Some of the contents include more than 700 lesson plans, access to the ERIC database and the full-text ERIC digests, AskERIC InfoGuides (topical guides to Internet and ERIC resources), archives of education-related listservs and remote access to other Internet sites. Access the AskERIC Virtual Library by visiting http://askeric.org/ or gophering to gopher.ericir.syr.edu. Then select North America, USA, General, AskERIC or telnet to ericir.syr.edu, anonymous (for the password, enter your e-mail address).

National Parent Information Network

The National Parent Information Network is the largest Internet resource for parents, providing high-quality information devoted to child development, child care, education and parenting. The network publishes an online newsletter for parents that contains timely information on issues of concern to parents, special reports on children by age group, and documents on relevant issues from a variety of sources.
Visit: http://www.prairienet.org/htmls/eric/npin/npinhome.html.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education

This clearinghouse at Ohio State University enables K-12 educators to access a growing collection of mathematics and science material and information, such as program and curriculum resources, federal funding, evaluations and guides. A catalog is available on a CD-ROM and online at http://www.enc.org. Contact Len Sumutis, 614-292-1373.

Regional Educational Laboratory Network

Almost every one of the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories maintains a World Wide Web or gopher site containing regional information and collections of research-based information designed for use by education practitioners. Internet users can access the Lab Network through any of the labs of through a central entry point maintained by the Northwest Lab, using a World Wide Web client such as NCSA Mosaic (Web site: http://www.nwrel.org) or a gopher client (gopher to gopher.nwrel.org.por_5000).

National Institute for Literacy

The National Institute for Literacy is developing an Internet-based information and communications network. The institute's three functions are to conduct moderated discussions on literacy issues, to provide a database of existing literacy-related information that can be searched from multiple locations, and to provide a ready reference section of relevant data. The prototype is available at http://novel.nifl.gov.

National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education

The National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education (NCBE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (OBEMLA) to collect, analyze, synthesize and disseminate information related to the education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the United States. NCBE offers the following three online services for its clientele: (1) the NCBE Web site, at http://www.ncbe.gwu.edu, where users can access a variety of materials produced by NCBE and link to many other education resources on the Internet; (2) the NCBE Gopher, at gopher.ncbe.gwu.edu, which includes information such as full-text documents and journal articles, frequently asked questions, and access to NCBE's bibliographic and directory databases; and (3) AskNCBE, at askncbe@ncbe.gwu.edu, a convenient way for e-mail users to request information and order publications from NCBE or to ask for help with NCBE's online services.


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