What with the web-sites we visit in the course of a day, and the various
mailing lists, newsgroups, and what-have-yous that arrive in the mailbox,
we probably hear about a hundred new web-sites a week.
And half of the Internet, it sometimes seems, is nothing but
attempts to link up the other half. So though we've wanted to offer some
evaluations of Internet content, it's hard to keep on top of what's
coming in. And since web-sites have a habit of disappearing almost as
fast as they pop-up; it's impossible to be current, or to come close to
Still, they're fun . . .
So this is the first of a regular feature on noteworthy, useful,
or just interesting sites we've turned up and actually checked.
how cool a site is and how much time it's likely
to waste are intrinsically related.
- CBC Radio and Stereo on the Internet
- Once, the true test of being Canadian was whether you could recite
the postal code for the CBC from memory. Now, just remember the URL.
Anyway, this site has almost anything you want to know about CBC radio
and stereo schedules and programming, including RealAudio clips, the
s Book Panel recommendations, and the guidelines for writing and
submitting a radio drama script, something that would make an interesting
project for a Language Arts class.
(By the way, did you know the Transcontinental was still on
- Theodore Tugboat Homepage
- If you don't know, Theodore Tugboat is to harbours what Thomas the
Tank Engine is to train-yards, and the TV show is one of Canada's more
popular exports. This is a well-done page that includes, among other
things, an actual interactive Theodore Tugboat story. Do we really want
young children reading stories on the computer? That's probably a moot
point by now. Anyway, this is a good way to understand what your kids are
watching, or, as the Tugboat people say:
"PARENTS and TEACHERS can review a synopsis of some episodes, find a
description of our characters (we have more than 30 of them) or read
about how The Big Harbour works."
- Open Government
- A project of Industry Canada to provide easy access to information
about Canada's government over the Internet. There are sections for the
House of Commons, the Senate, the major political parties, the provinces,
and links to similar pages from around the world. A great resource for
student research. Also includes the lyrics to the National anthem (with
sound-clip). Handy, if you grew up before they changed the words.
- Cameras of the World
- You've probably heard of the fish-cam (a man, an aquarium, a
video-camera, and an Internet link ). Well, Cameras of the World has a list of other links to video
cameras from around the world that provide images that are updated at
least daily. Not surprisingly, it has a preponderance of U.S. Sites, but
there's plenty more, including one of Niagara falls and one of Tokyo -- a good resource for
social studies or geography classes.
- (Source: NBNSoft Content Awards.)
- The Internet Movie Database
- The Internet Movie Database is one of the best things about the 'net,
with data on fifty thousand movies indexed almost anyway you could
imagine. Plot summaries, cast lists, credits for people as obscure as the
hair-dressers. And you can add information you know about the movie, or
put in your vote as to how many stars it should get. There are movies of
all kinds listed, but no pictures, so it's relatively safe. If your class
is studying films, this is pretty much indispensible.
That's it for the first time; please send us URLs and evaluations of any
web-sites you think deserve the exposure.
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