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CYBERBEE: Back to School Curriculum Ideas

By Linda C. Joseph - Posted Jul 1, 2008
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Fifteen years ago, CyberBee began scouting the internet for content that was informative, engaging, and aligned with national standards. From 1993 to 1996, the World Link newsletter was published for librarians around the world for the price of postage, or for free at the Columbus Freenet gopher site. It included CyberBee’s Tips and highlighted content that was being offered for the first time to anyone who had access to the internet. In 1996, CyberBee became a column for MultiMedia & Internet@Schools magazine and a website for teachers.

The internet has changed dramatically from the early days of text-based gopher and painfully slow modems. It has evolved into an array of dynamic interactive multimedia tools and gadgets powered through the World Wide Web. The internet has also revolutionized the way information is distributed. That is why it is vitally important to teach students how to critically evaluate content, since just about anyone can post just about anything on the web. The WWW CyberGuide Ratings for Content Evaluation (to be discussed later) is a tool CyberBee uses to review web content.

CyberBee thought it would be fitting to revisit some of the great websites that you may have missed over the past few years. There should be plenty of ideas to help you plan your lessons for the new school year.

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