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Montana Rated  Reviewed  Resources January - February - March - 2004

       

 

 

Create a Graph

Title Create a Graph
Subject Graphing
URL http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/graphing/line.asp
Author National Center for Educational Statistics
Audience 9-adult
Date reviewed 2-12-03
Type of material Creating a graph with your data or their data.
Short Summary This site has fairly high reading level, but allows the student to enter their own data or chose to let the Dept. of Education find data for you.  Nice graphics.  Not a strong tutorial, but wonderful review.   
Where/How could this resource be used?
Students taking the GED need graphing skills; this would give the student directed practice in line, bar, area, and circle graphs.    

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5 - 5 being highest

Resource:  Create a Graph

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

5

Current application

5

Clear authorship

5

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

38

Total

Career Voyages.gov

Title Career Voyages.gov
Subject Career Planning
URL www.careervoyages.gov
Author US Dept. of Education/Labor
Audience k-adult
Type of material Career information
Date reviewed 12/29/03
Short Summary   This is a comprehensive site for mapping out a career plan.  It is also a useful resource for parents that gives insight factual information for career planning.  Very user friendly with lots of white space.  Instructions are bolded or boxed and in colored highlights.   
Where/How could this resource be used?   
This is an excellent resource to refer both students and their parents for career planning purposes.  It could also be implemented into an orientation activity or as resource for a self-directed learning activity.   

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 Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5 - 5 being highest

Resource:  Career Voyages.gov

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

5

Innovative & High Quality

5

Well-Presented

5

Current application

4

Clear authorship

5

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

39

Total

1-language.com The ESL Site - NEWS

Title 1-language.com The ESL Site - NEWS
Subject Reading and Listening
URL http://www.1-language.com/eslnews/index.htm  
Author Jeremy Paton & 1-language.com Copyright 2002-2003
Audience ESL and low-level readers
Type of material Internet
Date reviewed 12/29/03
Short Summary

The site says that it provides up-to-date news stories from around the world although it appears that the last stories published were in April 2003.  Several news stories provide streaming audio along with cloze and multiple choice reading activities.  The activities are for intermediate to advanced ESL students and do provide real-life materials for contextual learning.   

General interest articles use easier English but are only auditory.  No questions are available to ascertain listening/comprehension skill.  

Where/How could this resource be used?
This is not only a good resource for listening practice for ESL students but also a good activity for low-level readers due to audio component.  The problem may arise, though, that the site may not be up-dated since it is - published - by an individual and not a company or institution.   

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5 - 5 being highest

Resource: 1-language.com The ESL Site - NEWS

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

3

Innovative & High Quality

3

Well-Presented

4

Current application

4

Clear authorship

2

Date or date last updated

4

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

30

Total

 Internet (Netiquette Pre/Post Test)

Title Internet (Netiquette Pre/Post Test)
Subject Netiquette on the Internet
URL http://www.albion.com/netiquette/netiquiz.html
Author

Albion.com
PO Box 10194
San Rafael, CA 94912 USA

  (taken from Virginia Shea's book Netiquette

Audience 6-12 grade - Adults
Date reviewed 12/07/03
Type of material Internet
Short Summary

The Netiquette Quiz can be used as a pre-test for email manners when using the Internet. 

The student can read and study the vocabulary and rules for understanding and comprehension. 

The student can take the test as a post-test. 

The URL can be used for individualized instruction or for group instruction.   

Where/How could this resource be used?
This resource should be used when individuals are first introduced to the Internet.  It can also be used to ‘check out’ Internet netiquette terminology for experienced users.   

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 -  5 - 5 being highest

Resource:  Internet (Netiquette Pre/Post Test)

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

5

Current application

4

Clear authorship

3

Date or date last updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

35

Total

 Math review material from Algebra to Differential Equations!

Title Math review material from Algebra to Differential Equations!
Subject Math
URL http://www.sosmath.com/index.html
Author

Math Medics, L.L.C

(Mohamed A. Khamsi, Helmut Knaust, Nancy C. Marcus) , 1995-2003

Audience High school, college students and adult learners
Type of material  Internet
Date reviewed 1/5/04
Short Summary

The site says that it is a free resource for math review material from Algebra to Differential Equations with more than 2,500 Math pages filled with short and easy-to-understand explanations.  Fractions, percent conversions, dimensional analysis (unit conversion), algebra and higher level math topics are covered.  This site is not for a low level student. 

CyberExam is.  CyberExams (a place for students to take practice tests, midterm exams, final exams, quizzes, projects) are available (non-tutorial) covering Intermediate Algebra through Calculus and Differential Equations.  Questions are corrected online and the student can redo to arrive at the correct answer.  No help is given. 

Students can ask questions on their CyberBoard and print various math tables listing mathematical formulas, etc, that could be used as student resources.   

Where/How could this resource be used?
Real email is required for some useage.  "S.O.S. Mathematics" works with the "Burst!" ad serving company.  BURST! AdDesktop collects no personally identifiable data, and therefore protects user privacy while eliminating an unnecessary costly feature.    

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 -  5 - 5 being highest

Resource:  Algebra to Differential Equations!

4

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

5

Well-Presented

4

Current application

4

Clear authorship

4

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

35

Total

 

November Resources

Cracking the Code

Title Cracking the Code
Subject Science/heredity, genetics, DNA
URL http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/genome/
Author NOVA Online is produced for PBS by the WGBH Science Unit.  Major funding for NOVA is provided by the Park Foundation, The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and Sprint.  Additional funding for Cracking the Code of Life was provided by the National Science Foundation.
Audience *GED, ESL, & Post-Secondary students. *Teachers
Type of material Audio Movie/demonstration film clips
Short Summary This website streamlines the video - Cracking the Code.  It is an excellent nova movie about genetics.  This site contains excellent subtopics on the history of heredity, DNA and the human genome.  Finally, this site has an excellent classroom resource section.
Where/How could this resource be used?
This resource could be used by adult learners who are studying for the GED science test and for those who are planning on entering post-secondary programs in the health care fields.  The movie could also be used for advanced ESL students.  Finally, this site is a great learning resource for teachers unfamiliar with the heredity, DNA, and the human genome.
Date reviewed 11/18/03

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  Cracking the Code

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

5

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

5

Current application

5

Clear authorship

4

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

4

Easily understandable purpose

41

Total

News Stories

Title News Stories
Subject Reading and Listening
URL http://www.cdlponline.org/news.html
Author California Distance Learning Project, Dennis Porter at (510) 644-0437
Audience ESL and low-level readers
Type of material Online Material
Short Summary The following web pages focus on utilizing local, regional, and national news stories for educational purposes. Teachers can use the lessons for group activities and students can work at their own pace for individualized learning. Students listen and read a short story.  Then they are able to complete questions in the following areas:  vocabulary, cloze, sequencing, comprehension, inferences, and writing.
Where/How could this resource be used?
Good resource for listening practice for ESL students but also a great activity for low-level readers due to audio component
Date reviewed 11/16/03

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource: News Stories

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

5

Current application

4

Clear authorship

2

Date or date lat updated

4

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

33

Total

Understanding percent

Title

Understanding percent
Subject Math (Percents)
URL http://www.mathgoodies.com/lessons/toc_vol4.shtm
Author Mrs. Glosser’s Math Goodies by Gisele Glosser  (914) 736-1985
Audience  7-adult
Type of Material Online Material
Short Summary  Self-directed interactive math lessons on building an understanding for percent.  Instructional examples and explanations, with a short quiz at the end to test their understanding giving immediate feedback.  There is no tutorial to explain why an answer is not correct.
Where/How could this resource be used?
Good resource for students to use to check on their understanding of percents.  Maybe not the best teaching tool but a nice supplement. 
Date reviewed 11/17/03

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource: Understanding percent

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

?

Current application

5

Clear authorship

5

Date or date lat updated

3.5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

 36.5/40

Total

About Goal Setting

Title About Goal Setting
Subject Goal Setting
URL www.about-goal-setting.com
Author About-goal-setting.com
Audience k-adult
Type of material Career information
Short Summary  Short activity for focusing on goals as they relate to life planning.  Step-by-step tutorial which gives insight to the process and outcome of goal setting.  Good links.  User friendly.  Lots of white space.  Instructions are bolded or boxed.
Where/How could this resource be used? 
Orientation activity or as resource for a self-directed learning activity.
Date reviewed 11-19-03

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  About Goal Setting

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

5

Innovative & High Quality

5

Well-Presented

5

Current application

4

Clear authorship

4

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

38

Total

Economics 

Author Economics
Title Monroe County Women's Disability Network
Subject Economics
URL http://www.mcwdn.org/ECONOMICS/EconMain.html 
Audience 7-adult
Type of material GED preparation for social studies
Short Summary This site is an introduction to basic concepts on economics and contains information, quizzes, activities and links to various online resources to learn more about our global economy.  It has one page lessons, with interactive quizzes.  Has 7-8th  grade reading levels.  Catherine Alfieri, MCWDN founder, can be reached at calfieri@rochester.rr.com.
Where/How could this resource be used?  
This resource has all the components needed for the GED in economics
Date reviewed 11-14-03

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  Economics

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

?

Current application

4

Clear authorship

0

Date or date lat updated

3

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

25/40

Total

TypeMaster

WEBSITE:   www.typingmaster.com (Download Free Demo)
MAIN PURPOSE:  It allows a student to take a timed writing (1-, 2-, 3-, 5-, 10-minute timed writing, print out the certificate for my signature, or to attach to a resume.
SUB PURPOSES: 

To practice a few free lessons in both alphabetic keyboarding and numeric keypad. To play abc game and many other games to improve keyboarding skill. To play keypad game (1-10) to improve skill

CONCLUSION:  Our school ordered the full-blown program.

 

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 – 5…5 being highest

 

Relevant to adult literacy

5

Innovative and high quality  5
Well-presented 5
Current application  5
Date or date last updated
Functioning URLs  5
Easily understandable purpose     5
Total 30

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American Defenders of Land, Sea, & Sky  

Title

American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky

URL

http://www2.cr.nps.gov/pad/defenders/contents.htm

Author

Heritage Preservation Services/National Park Service

Subject

History

Audience

Grade 6 - adult

Date reviewed

1-15-04

Type of material

Online

Short Summary This is a tour of American historical events surrounding major wars.  It is well written and presented, with pictures, drawings and short pages.  It is a virtual tour of the major American wars. 

Where/How could this resource be used?

This site is instructional; it could be used in a history, social studies, or GED Preparation classroom.  There are drawings, pictures and 1-2 paragraphs per topic; then the student continues the virtual tour through the site.  Very well done. 

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  American Defenders of Land, Sea, & Sky 

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

5

Innovative & High Quality

5

Well-Presented

5

Current application

5

Clear authorship

5

Date or date last updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

40

Total

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WRN World Radio Network 

Title

WRN World Radio Network

 

URL

http://www.wrn.org/

 

Author

World Radio Network, Copyright 2002

 

Subject

Listening

 

Audience

ESL and low-level readers

 

Date reviewed

1/3/04

 

Type of material

Internet

 

Short Summary The mission of WRN states the following:  To be the leading global broadcasting and transmission company and service provider, trusted to provide inventive, tailored, world class services that enable our clients to reach their objectives and target audiences.  A more user friendly site similar to this one may be http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/us/languages.shtml/, BBC WorldService.com.

Where/How could this resource be used?

ESL students could use the site to tap into current news in their language.  This would only provide them with a break from their listening to English and keep them current with global news about which they could ask questions. 

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  WRN World Radio Network

3

Relevance to Adult Literacy

3

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

1

Current application

5

Clear authorship

5

Date or date last updated

5

Functioning URLs

3

Easily understandable purpose

29

Total

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Introduction to Algebra

Title

Introduction to Algebra

URL

http://www.mathleague.com/help/algebra/algebra.htm

Author

1997-2003 by Math League Multimedia   Mark Motyka, Steven R. Conrad and Daniel Flegler

Subject

Introduction to Algebra topics

Audience

Students studying the beginning of Algebra

Date reviewed

1/27/04

Type of material

Online

Short Summary  The following topics are covered:  variables, expressions, equations, solution of an equation, simplifying equations, combining like terms, simplifying with addition and subtraction, simplifying with multiplication, simplifying with division, word problems as equations, and sequences.  Rules are given along with examples to the Intro to algebra topics.  An understanding of the terms associative, distributive, and finite are needed.  There are no problems to check on understanding. 

Where/How could this resource be used? 

 For those having some experience with algebra but needing more help in understanding or organizing some of the rules.  

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  Introduction to Algebra 

4

Relevance to Adult Literacy

3

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

4

Current application

5

Clear authorship

5

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

4

Easily understandable purpose

34

Total

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Math Homework Helper

Title

BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper

URL

http://school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck/bjmath.html

Author

BJ Pinchbeck, age 16

Subject

Math topics for the adult education classrooms or pre-college prep.

Audience

Any math teacher or independent student user.

Date reviewed

1/28/04

Type of material

Internet

Short Summary  If you can’t find it here, then you just can’t find it.”  This quote from the site summarizes it well.  The following topics are covered:  General math, algebra, calculus, elementary level math, geometry, trigonometry, math tables, definitions, and other cool resources.  There is a short synopsis about each site listed. 

Where/How could this resource be used?

  This site is an excellent resource for any teacher or student. 

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 – 5…5 being highest

Resource:  Math Homework Helper 

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

5

Current application

5

Clear authorship

4

Date or date lat updated

4

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

36

Total

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FlipDog Job Seeking Resource 

Title

FlipDog

URL

http://flipdog.monster.com/

Author

Job Seeking Resource Company on the Net

Subject

Employer web-sites; employee job possibilities.

Audience

Teen through Adult

Date reviewed

1/29/04

Type of material

Employment information for employers and job seekers.

Short Summary  Comprehensive resource for finding employment, including the ability to write and post a resume anywhere in the U.S.  This is billed as the internet’s largest collection of employers and job seekers.  It appears to be very comprehensive with excellent links.  User friendly.  A bit sophisticated for the average user, but excellent for the sophisiticated and technologically proficient user.  Instructions are bolded or boxed and one can move in and out of many links with clear questions about the company and what they have to offer. 

Where/How could this resource be used?

   Orientation activity or as resource for a self-directed job search.  I would recommend it for someone who wishes to post a resume that is regionally or nationally focused. 

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 – 5…5 being highest

Resource:  FlipDog Job Seeking Resource

4

Relevance to Adult Literacy

5

Innovative & High Quality

5

Well-Presented

5

Current application

4

Clear authorship

5

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

38

Total

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Earth Like A Puzzle

Title

Earth Like a Puzzle

URL

http://www.sio.ucsd.edu/voyager/earth_puzzle/index.html

Author

© 2000-2001 Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Subject

Science—Earth Science/Basic Lesson in Plate Tectonics

Audience

GED, Post Secondary students, & Teachers

Date reviewed

01/31/04

Type of material

Interactive webpages, moving graphics

Short Summary This website introduces the student to the concept of plate tectonics.  It has great graphics and is presented in an easy to read format (9th grade). 

Where/How could this resource be used?

This resource can be used by the GED student as an introduction to the concept of plate tectonics.  The teacher could then follow up with reading materials from a GED science book. 

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 Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  Earth Like a Puzzle

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

4

Current application

5

Clear authorship

1

Date or date last updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

33

Total

 

 

Infoplease U.S. History

 

Title

U.S. History

Category

Social Studies

Subject

History and Government

Author

Infoplease, © 2003 Family Education Network

URL

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0873870.html 

Audience

9-adult

Date reviewed

2-16-04

Type of material

Internet

Short Summary This site uses an almanac for numerous lists of facts, dates and timelines, events, etc.  However it does also have good articles dealing with American History.  Reading level is high school level.  Site requires comfortable use of the Internet.  Lots of pop-up ads.

  Where/How could this resource be used?

  As GED preparation for social studies test, to review American History in almanac form.

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5 - 5 being highest

Resource:  Infoplease U.S. History 

4

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

3

Well-Presented

3

Current application

5

Clear authorship

4

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

33/40

Total

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BBC Skillswise 

Title

BBCi Skillswise

Category

Reading

Subject

Listening and Reading Comprehension

Author

British Broadcasting Corporation © 2002-2003; Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA

URL

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/inthenews/index.shtml

Audience

ESL and low-level readers

Date reviewed

2/3/04

Type of material

Internet

Short Summary

The mission of BBC states the following:  "The BBC exists to enrich people’s lives with great programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain. Its vision is to be the most creative, trusted organisation in the world." There are over 150 online auditory articles to which to listen and take quizzes:  27 entertainment stories, 45 news stories, 54 numbers stories, 15 audio/video stories, 16 sports stories.  Stories have vocabulary highlighted so that students can roll over the word with the mouse to view a definition and click on the word to go to a more comprehensive glossary.  Each story also has a ten question quiz.  Finally, the site has a Tutor link.

Although the stories are chosen based on what may be of broadest interest to the UK audience, this is still a good site for practice in English for our global society. 

  Where/How could this resource be used?

  Both ESL and low-level readers could use this site for reading and listening practice.

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 -  5 - 5 being highest

Resource:  BBC Skillswise

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

5

Innovative & High Quality

5

Well-Presented

5

Current application

5

Clear authorship

3

Date or date last updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

38/40

Total

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Center for Employment Opportunity

Title

Center for Employment Opportunity

Category

Career

Subject

Job readiness preparation

Author

Vera Institute for Justice

URL

http://www.ceoworks.org/

Audience

Adult offenders or ex-inmates

Date reviewed

1-28-03

Type of material

Internet, Career information

Short Summary Short activity for focusing on job readiness as it relates to placement in the job market for ex-offenders.  This focuses on a model for training and placement of offenders in the job market.  It is a clear process which I found to be user friendly and clear for helping ex-offenders to deal with barriers and issues that must be addressed.  I like the links and pictures which make it very visual and interesting. Instructions are clear and it gives continuous direction when one reaches the end of the page.

Where/How could this resource be used?

  Orientation activity or as resource for a special population of students—those with corrections history.  

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5 - 5 being highest

Resource:Center for Employment Opportunity

4

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

4

Current application

3

Clear authorship

4

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

33/40

Total

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Live From the Storm

 

Title

Live From the Storm

Category

Earth Science

Subject

Weather

Author

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

URL

http://passporttoknowledge.com/storm/index_why.htm

Audience

Adult learners and educators

Date reviewed

2/22/04

Type of material

Website with excellent animations and graphics

Short Summary: This site explores the who, what, where, when and why of weather concepts.  It has excellent graphics and animations.  This site is at a junior high plus reading level. 

  Where/How could this resource be used?

This site can be used to explain basic weather concepts to adult learners.  It also can be used to explain advance weather concepts to the educator.  The interactive animations of this site are excellent and contain the following topics: tornadoes, hurricanes, storm cells, precipitation, el-nino/la-nina, greenhouse effect, and thunder/lightning.  

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Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5 - 5 being highest

Resource: Live From the Storm

3

Relevance to Adult Literacy

4

Innovative & High Quality

4

Well-Presented

4

Current application

2

Clear authorship

1

Date or date lat updated

4

Functioning URLs

4

Easily understandable purpose

26

Total

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WhoWhatWhen 

Title

WhoWhatWhen

Category

Social Studies

Subject

History

Author

Steve and Sharon Browning

URL

http://www.sbrowning.com/whowhatwhen/index.php3?q=12&pid=1716

Audience

Grades 6-adult

Date reviewed

3-19-04

Type of material

Online interactive database

Short Summary: The database consists of famous people and famous events. People entries consist of the name, short description, which category they were famous for, and birth and death dates. No detailed biographical info is in this database.  While people from all over the globe are included, there is a definite "American" slant to the entries. Dates go from around 1000 AD to the present. Only people with a known year of birth and death are entered. Famous composers, scientists, political figures, writers, etc... make up most of the entries before 1900. After that, a lot of "popular culture" figures are in the database.Each person or event in the database is placed in a category, they are: music, popular culture, arts, literature, science, politics, sports, business and industry, war, royalty, religion, crime, disasters, and misc.  You pick a person, a time, or an event and the timeline visually lines up all other important people, events, and happenings in that era. 

Where/How could this resource be used?

GED preparation classes, history classes, just for fun. 

 Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  WhoWhatWhen

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

5

Innovative & High Quality

5

Well-Presented

5

Current application

5

Clear authorship

5

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

40

Total

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The White House:  Government  

Title

The White House:  Government

Category

Social Studies

Subject

Government

Author

White House Web Development Team

URL

http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/

Audience

Grade 9 - adult

Date reviewed

3-19-04

Type of material

Online with some interactive activities

Short Summary  This site is sponsored by the White House, so it obviously has some bias toward the current President.  However, this gives the reader an overview of the Cabinet, key Councils and offices under executive control, major speeches, and an overview of the government itself.  It is current, informational, and historical in its approach.  The reading level is fairly high, but this page will also link you to a kid’s section that has a lower reading level.

Where/How could this resource be used?

GED preparation classes, history, government, and citizenship classes, or just for fun.

 Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource: The White House: Government

4

Relevance to Adult Literacy

5

Innovative & High Quality

5

Well-Presented

4

Current application

4

Clear authorship

3

Date or date lat updated

5

Functioning URLs

5

Easily understandable purpose

35

Total

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Lingua Center 

Title

Lingua Center

Category

Listening comprehension

Subject

Interactive Listening Comprehension Practice - Variety of topics

Author

Kristin Bouton, Intensive English Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

URL

http://www.iei.uiuc.edu/free.html

Audience

Higher level ESL and auditory learners wanting practice with note-taking

Date reviewed

Viewed on 11/30/03 - Reviewed in more depth 3/21/04

Type of material

Internet

Short Summary  It appears that the last time the site was updated was on 6/02.  There are only four interactive activities on the site.  Listeners need to be able to access RealAudio Player.  Before listening to the activity, as a pre-listening activity, students are asked to predict answers to the questions.  Following that, students listen to the activity.  After listening to the activity, students then answer detail comprehension questions by selecting an answer from a drop-down menu.  Students are able to receive help by clicking on the Extra Listening Help menu which directs them to the - show time - that is listed on RealPlayer so that the student can listen for the answer to a specific question at the designated time.

Where/How could this resource be used?

The activity would be a challenge for low-level ESL students; however, this could be a good activity for students to practice listening and note-taking skills.  Unfortunately, the site has not been kept up to date and with activities being added.  That is too bad, for the concept is a good one.  The ICLP link is unavailable. 

 Criteria checklist:  Rate each resource characteristic 1 - 5: 5 being highest

Resource:  Lingua Center 

5

Relevance to Adult Literacy

3

Innovative & High Quality

3

Well-Presented

4

Current application

5

Clear authorship

2

Date or date lat updated

2

Functioning URLs

4

Easily understandable purpose

28

Total

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