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Interesting series of optical illusions. Scroll down to see them all. This is a graphics heavy page, so be patient! November 23, 2002

 Nutrition Calculators from West Virginia Dietetic Association
Calories for men, calories for women, body mass index, home and daily life activities: all these and more on one easy-to-access page. November 16, 2002

Answering Math Problems
In last week's certificate tests, many students lost marks on the word problems. Check out Carey's page to increase your chances of a good mark on your math test. Includes procedures and good Web links for further study. June 8, 2002

Artificial Intelligence and A-Life

A bit on the scary side, but worth knowing about how scientists are working to simulate life through computing technology: "for example, networks of artificial brain cells can learn and recognise patterns. Already such neural networks are advising financial wizards about investing their money and helping doctors to diagnose cancer." See and read for yourself!

March 2, 2002
"We provide instant, step-by-step solutions to the homework problems in the leading math textbooks. Hotmath helps students learn better and faster by putting an end to being stuck on math homework." Try it and see! January 26, 2002

The Human Genome Project
Most of us have heard of the new breakthroughs in genetic research (tests for cancer, for example). Follow this link to a list of frequently asked questions about this fascinating scientific work. November 24, 2001
The Canadian Encyclopedia
A great public resource hosted by for Canadian specific information. October 13, 2001
Word Problems: Grades 8 to 12
Want to practice the many different kinds of word problems possible in Mathematics? makes it easy. Just plug in your own numbers and solve away! August 31, 2001
Body Mass Index Calculator
This calculator makes it easy to know if you are at risk for any weight related problems. Take advantage of your summer break to start a new fitness regime! August 24, 2001
Learning in Motion: Top 10 Educational Sites for August
Broken into subject areas, this month includes a Math site on order of operations and a science site on "Bad Science." August 13, 2001
College Quiz
How's your vocabulary and knowledge? This challenging quiz included foreign languages, vocabulary, and American facts. Try and see how smart you are! July 14, 2001
Calorie Calculator
Use the calorie calculator  to help you decide how much exercise you need to do to work off that cinnamon bagel!  April 21, 2001 Chemistry
This week, interesting articles on polar bear fur and volcanic gas. Teacher and students alike will find the left side links full of worthwhile material. April 14, 2001
Statistics Every Writer Should Know
Here, described in plain English, are some basic concepts in statistics that every writer should know. . . March 24, 2001
The StudyWeb 
A large collection (over 114,000) of links to every possible topic of interest to students and teachers in Grade's K to 12. Excellent way to find already checked resources to aid you in your studies. February 17, 2001
Study Guides and Strategies
Comprehensive collection of academic study guides. Topics include classroom and study preparations; studying, writing and reading skills; math and science skills; evaluating and using web content; and preparing for tests. By the University of St. Thomas, MN, USA. 

NOTE: Available in many languages, including Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and most European languages. February 10, 2001
Rich resource of links to all the best of Internet resources for teachers and students of Biology and Chemistry. January 13
How to Study Physics
Practical information guides students in choosing effective study techniques. Written for college students, this site is useful for high school students as well.  January 6, 2001
WebMath Online Problem Solving
Homework help for Math students. Use the page to enter and solve math problems that include Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, and Statistics. December 29, 2000
Animal Diversity Web
From the University of Michigan Museum of Biology, this site offers a quick search for members of the various animal kingdoms. Good, basic information for students studying Biology. November 19, 2000

The New Scientist: The Physical World
Interesting answers to simple questions of physics. For any lover of science. Our Featured Internet site this week. October 28, 2000

Bare Bones 101: Basic Tutorial on Searching the Web
From the University of South Carolina. A top-rated resource from Google, PALC's search engine of choice. October 14, 2000
Algebra: An Index
Divided into topics of interest, with examples. A one-stop resource for a Math teacher or student. October 7, 2000
Dictionary Plus at
No word challenge is too tough for Discovery School's Dictionary Plus. Enter a word and find everything you would expect from a standard dictionary plus similar words, synonyms, and much more. September 30, 2000
Internet Links for Algebra
These links, divided into subjects, are comprehensive and kept up-to-date. Find information on quizzes, study tips, and more. August 26, 2000
The Globe and Mail: Breaking News
Canada's national newspaper now offers breaking news updated throughout the day. Unlike most newspapers online, the content is fresh and may be used for researching breaking stories of interest to Canadians. (Aug. 16, 2000)
The Why Files: Science Behind the News
In-depth, easily understood articles about how science affects our daily lives. Quick to load and easy to navigate. Supported by the University of Wisconsin. (Aug. 9, 2000)
General Chemistry Online
A wealth of resources for the Chemistry student. Everything from interactive guides to a Chemistry Exam Survival Guide. (Aug. 2, 2000)
Multimedia Activities Page at
Using Shockwave, these activities help students to understand scientific concepts. One example: create snowflakes! Could be useful to teachers working with a projector in the classroom, too. (July 29, 2000)
Listing over 14,000 experts, this site provides answers to public questions. One expert goes by the name "grammarlady". Check her answers to questions at the grammarlady page. (July 24, 2000)
Animal Diversity Web
 "An Online Encyclopedia. ADW is a large searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals." (July 17, 2000)
The Scientific Method (LINK MOVED, SORRY)
Series of linked pages gives a clear and concise explanation of this key concept. From The Pennsylvania State University. (May 15, 2000)
The Ten Best of the Nine Planets
A quirky site devoted to planetary information. Beautiful photos and interesting text. (July 1, 2000)
Study Skills Self-help Information
A comprehensive list of links to all kinds of important information on study skills. For example: Vocabulary: An Ongoing Process; Proofreading; Concentration—Some Basic Guidelines. (May 8, 2000)
The Scout Report
"The Scout Report is a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators." You can also subscribe to weekly e-mail updates. (May 1, 2000)
Exercises in Math Readiness
Want to practice your math skills? Everything from multiplication (using Java) through direct proofs. Some are done as worksheets, but the answer is always available. Multiple levels for many topics. (April 17, 2000)
Multimedia Activities at
Shockwave™ Activities create real-time correlations between equations and graphs that help students visualize and experiment with many of the major concepts from Elementary Algebra through Pre-Calculus. A set of 11 on this page. Loads fast. Great resource. (April 10, 2000)
Rainforest Action Network: Information Center
Links to good quality materials would suit either students or teachers presenting information on the loss of world rainforest and the various environmental effects. Could be used in Science or Social Studies classes. (Mar. 20, 2000)
News Directory: Newspapers
Find newspapers around the world from this convenient index. Fast to load and comprehensive. (Mar. 13, 2000)
Internet Mathematics Library
Well organized one stop page for various Mathematics topics. For example, Education Levels; Teaching Issues/Strategies. (Mar. 6, 2000)
Librarians' Index to the Internet
"The Librarians' Index to the Internet is a searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 5,800 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. It's meant to be used by both librarians and non-librarians as a reliable and efficient guide to described and evaluated Internet resources." Excellent tool; I've bookmarked it as a primary source at home. (Feb. 28, 2000)
Astronomy Picture of the Day
From black holes to nebula, these photos are often strikingly beautiful. Drop in daily for a fresh picture. Full details and links for each photo make this site useful for teachers or students with an interest in astronomy. (Jan. 17, 2000)
Google Search
This search engine is quick and gives the best results of any tried by the Webmaster. Try their "I'm Feeling Lucky" button to go directly to the first page in the search results. (Jan. 10, 2000)
Want to know when something's really new on the Internet? Use this resource to receive an e-mail whenever a new page is posted that has the search terms you specify. (Jan. 1, 2000)
All-in-One Search Page
Every kind of search imaginable! Scroll down the page to see searches you may never have dreamed existed. (Dec. 6, 1999)
Health Canada's A-Z Index of Resources
A wealth of documents here: Web pages and PDF documents. Great resource for Science/Social Studies educators and students. (Nov. 22, 1999)
Take it Offline
Ever want to start a private discussion space on the Web? Here's where you can do just that. Teachers can create private discussion spaces for their students in seconds. Full details at the site. (Nov. 15, 1999)
Teachers' Kits and Lesson Plans at Statistics Canada
For all Social Studies teachers out there, a direct link to eight teacher resources brought to you by Statistics Canada. (Nov. 8, 1999)
Ten Principles of Memory
Short and to the point. Something for all students to ponder. (Nov. 1, 1999)
Seven Steps Toward Better Searching
Excellent resource page teaches how to do various kinds of searches using the AltaVista search engine. Search terms are provided as examples to show how to narrow a search and find what you're really looking for! (Oct. 11, 1999)
Try the Webopedia Search

The search box below connects to an online encyclopedia of computer technology. Just put in a term in the box and click on "Go!". 
(Oct. 25, 1999)

Enter a search term and press Go!
Computer Virus Myths Home Page
Here's the first place to check whenever you get that e-mail warning from a friend about the latest scary virus. Not the prettiest site, but full of intriguing information. (August 16, 1999)
"SETI@home is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data. There's a small but captivating possibility that your computer will detect the faint murmur of a civilization beyond Earth."
The Math Forum: Internet Mathematics Library
A one stop index created to help you find Math resources. Links to lesson plans, dozens of Math related topics, and also listings by grade level. (May 31, 1999)
Mathematics Worksheet Factory
A great little program for teachers and students alike. Generates customizable worksheets for all basic operations, including fractions. Answer keys are generated at the same time as the worksheet. A lite version is available free; the deluxe costs only $12.00 US. (May 10, 1999)
Gathered links in the style of Yahoo. A respected entry point for searches by subject. Many of the topics are of particular relevance to students and their teachers. (May 3)

Outta Ray's Head Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for Poetry, Writing, Literature, and Library. Ray Saitz is based in Ontario, but lessons come from teachers around the world. Complete and  professional resource includes printable text files of the lessons. (March 31, 1999)

Study Guides for testing, reading, writing, and classroom participation.
Content rich site can help any student to become more effective. A wealth of great information on all aspects of study. (March 22, 1999)
PC Webopaedia
An "online encyclopaedia and search engine dedicated to computer technology". Great way to find out what those obscure or new terms mean. (March 17, 1999)
The Microbe Zoo
Images and discussion of various microbes. Suits science classes from Grade 7 through 12. (Feb. 15, 1999)


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