Pacific Bell Knowledge Network Explorer
The people at Pacific Bell started The Knowledge Network as a response to the needs of California’s teachers, librarians, and students. Faced with a daunting array of technologies and the overwhelming need to train students and staff in the use of technology, the Knowledge Network developed new services for schools, libraries, and community colleges.
Although The Knowledge Network was first conceived as a response to the needs of California, its many resources are available to everyone around the world via the Internet.
The Online Learning Guided Tour link offers resources for newcomers to the Internet, people who know their way around the Internet and for trainers and mentors. A popular site for newcomers and trainers alike is Blue Web’n.
This is a library of sites for educators and librarians, sorted by subject, format and Dewey classification codes. You can also subscribe to the Blue Web'n Updates listserv and receive a weekly e-mail highlighting the Hot Sites of the Week plus 4 or 5 new Blue Web’n sites.
Another great tool for educators is Filamentality. Filamentality is a fill-in-the-blank interactive website that guides you through picking a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into learning activities. To find out more, just click on the Filamentality link for more information and examples.
Two other must see sites here for educators are the Web-based Lessons, Activities and More and the WebQuests links.
The Knowledge Network succeeds in its task to make technology and training less daunting for teachers, librarians and students.