Career & Technology

Lesson Plans: 3-5

Making it Work
Making technology integration work at your school. All of the topics are presented in a brief, open-ended style to make them easy to adapt to many situations.
Ask the Experts
Ask the Experts provides links to literally hundreds of sites on various services such as "Ask Jeeves" to Teacher2Teacher. Subject links will provide access to links to get information from "Ask Dr. Science" to the 'last word'.
Brain Pop - Computer and Digital
Are you curious as to how your computer works? What actually happens when you click your mouse? What makes your printer print? Learn all these answers using Brain Pop's animated, fun and interactive movies.
Do you know what's inside your computer? Click on a photo of the insides of a computer to learn about the parts and what each part does. Very good site for children of all ages!
Computer History Museum
It's not just a museum, it's one of the largest collections of computer-related artifacts, documents, films and photographs in the world. You can explore the online archives, browse the exhibits, or learn more about preserving this living history of the information age. As such, the Museum plays a unique role in the history of the computing revolution and its worldwide impact on the human experience.
Computer Lessons for Kids and Small Adults
These lessons are intended for young people (small adults are also allowed) to help you understand the basics of how computers work and how to use them. Computers can be a lot of fun and they can also be very confusing. I think that the more you know about them, the more fun they are.
HTML Quick Reference Guide
This page is a summary chart of basic HTML code.
How to Search the Web: A Guide To Search Tools
Using the various search tools on the web is enhanced by knowing how they were actually designed, and especially by knowing the specific rules--all too often quite different--for each tool. This site provides a brief explanation about using various search engines.
Interactive HTML Tutorial
This site is a student project by David Tai. Learn basic HTML commands by typing text directly into boxes on the tutorial and see the results immediately.
Interactive HTML Tables Tutorial
This site is a student project by Lara Labastie. Practice constructing HTML tables and see the results in pop-up windows.
Internet 101
Internet 101 was created for those who want to know just the basics. This guide will provide you with enough knowledge to have fun on the Internet and discover how the Internet works. Find out where you can get great software. Learn the secrets of search engines. Have your questions answered and problems solved.
The Internet: Ideas, Activities and Resources
A resource for teachers that provides information on the Internet and how to apply it in the classroom.
Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF)
This site is designed to encourage teams of middle and high school students and their teachers to explore Internet information resources. ISTF through it partnerships have found common ground to help K-12 students realize the technical career opportunities of tomorrow.
Journey Inside
Flash journey inside a Pentium computer. To understand the digital world, the best place to begin is the device you're using right now - the computer
Learn 2 Type
Learn 2 Type is the leading FREE Web site that helps you master the skills of touch-typing. Whether you're a typing expert or just a "hunt & peck" beginner, the interactive exercises you'll find here automatically adjust to your skill level. The better you get, the more challenging the exercises become. You can come and go as you please and pick up right where you left off.
NASA Ames Research Center - Space Settlement Design Contest
Offers an annual contest for students (grade 6-12) which encourages understanding of concepts for living and traveling in space. Students and teachers explore science, design, and social issues together in order to create a vision of their own space settlement. This annual context is for 6 - 12th grade students from anywhere in the world. Students develop space settlement designs and related material, which is then sent to NASA Ames for review and judgment.
NCSA Beginner's Guide to HTML
Offers an introduction to understanding the hypertext markup language used on the World Wide Web. Links to additional web-based resources about HTML and other related aspects of web page design are also provided within this guide.
NetLingo is an online dictionary about the Internet. It contains thousands of words and definitions that describe the technology and community of the World Wide Web.
New User Tutorial
This tutorial has been designed to help people who have never used a computer before. The site concentrates on using the mouse and a few other basic skills and is available in English and Spanish.
On-Line Computer Dictionary
Need a quick definition for a computer term? The On-Line Dictionary provides a searchable dictionary of acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, history, in fact anything to do with computing.
Surf the Web: Web Browsers
Browsers, web addresses, domain names, directory structures; useful graphics enhance this site.
Technology at Home
How much time do you spend at your computer? How about listening to CDs or the radio? Watching TV? When was the last time you used a microwave oven? Try to imagine going through a day without these items. They all make use of technologies developed in the 20th century. This activity lets you go back through the century to find out when everyday items such as these first appeared in homes.
The Imagining the Future project is a new project that is primarily aimed towards exploration of advanced digital technologies by K-12 community, and an active participation of this community in their effective deployment in the systems and applications for educational purposes. In the project we invite students and educators to learn and explore current systems, and propose their own vision of how young people will learn when they have access to advanced technologies, including high-performance broadband and wireless networks, large-scale public digital resources, and rich digital media.
Webmonkey: The Web Developer's Resource
This site contains How-To tutorials on HTML plus more information for advanced users. It also contains Quick Reference pages on HTML and other topics.