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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Patrick Crispen's Tourbus

Patrick Cripsen is a name I am glad I know in the computer world. A graduate of the University of Alabama and currently working in California, I have had the pleasure of attending numerous one-hour workshops that Patrick has presented at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference. Patick's forte is the ability to take the complex, boil it down to what you really need to know, and give it to you in plain English.

Writing this post today comes on the heels of reading Patrick's latest issue of "Tourbus" a free newsletter that simply shows up in my e-mail every couple of weeks. This issue is especially for parents, which is why I thought you would be interested in reading this issue as well as subscribe to the newsletter. To subscribe, you simply go to http://www.TOURBUS.com

Patrick also has a website that is full of information practical information. The site includes PowerPoint presentations for each of the workshops he presents. That address is www.netsquirrel.com

Enjoy this issue of Tourbus:


TOURBUS Volume 11, Number 09 -- 30 August 2005

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If you're a parent, teacher, home-schooler, grandparent or a student you're gonna love this issue of TOURBUS. It's chock full of great sites with lesson plans, online reference tools and homework helpers!


Teaching Resources


NEW YORK TIMES LEARNING NETWORK - Created for students and teachers in grades 3 through 12, The Learning Network is a free news service that provides news summaries, quizzes, and even daily lesson plans.

NYT Learning Network - http://www.nytimes.com/learning

ONLINE LESSON PLANS - More than 2000 unique lesson plans which have been written and submitted to AskERIC (now called the Educator's Reference Desk) by teachers. If you have a great lesson plan you would like to share with educators all over the world, send it in.

A wonderful online resource since 1992.

AskEric/EDUREF - http://www.eduref.org

TEACHNET offers lesson plans, teaching tools, a daily teacher- oriented cartoon, and email lists for educators.

TeachNet - http://www.teachnet.com


Reference Tools


REFDESK - In a library, if you don't know where to look for a reference book, you go to the Reference Librarian. On the Internet, if you don't know where to look for answers, you go to Refdesk.com.

At first glance, the sheer amount of useful links on the Refdesk home page can be overwhelming. But it's really quite well organized and useful.

RefDesk - http://www.refdesk.com

LIBRARY SPOT - Convenient links to popular online Almanacs, Calculators, Dictionaries, Directories, Encyclopedias, Historic Documents, Quotations, Statistics, and Thesauri.

LibrarySpot - http://www.libraryspot.com

SURFING THE NET WITH KIDS - Barbara Feldman, syndicated newspaper columnist and mother, shares her vision of what's wonderful and educational on the Web for kids. She welcomes parents, kids, teens, grandparents, K-12 teachers, librarians and the incurably curious.

SurfNetKids - http://www.surfnetkids.com


Homework Helpers


HOMEWORK SPOT - A free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites. With the help of students, parents and teachers, their team of educators, librarians and journalists has scoured the Web to bring you the best resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much more.

Homework Spot - http://www.homeworkspot.com

INFOPLEASE HOMEWORK CENTER - Find useful information by subject area, develop better writing, note-taking and study skills, and search through previous questions and answers from other students.

InfoPlease - http://www.infoplease.com/homework

THE KIDS ON THE WEB - This is an excellent site maintained as a labor of love by Internet luminary Brendan Kehoe. Kids on the Web has links for Homework Tools, Educational Sites and much more. You could spend days exploring all these links, and Brendan adds new ones every month.

Homework Tools - http://www.zen.org/~brendan/kids-homework.html


Ask Bob For Free Tech Support


Got a computer question? Ask Bob! Recent entries at AskBobRankin include "How Does a Virus Spread?" and "Is FTP Secure?" Also, my articles on "How to Buy a Computer" and "Making Windows XP Start Faster have been very popular.

AskBob - http://www.askbobrankin.com

Recent Stumpers in the AskBobRankin [Inbox] include "Firefox and Plugins", "Windows Cannot Open This File" and "Thunderbird is Slow".

With all due apologies in advance to Radio Shack... You got answers?

We got questions!

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That's all for now, see you next time! -- Bob Rankin

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