________________ CM . . . . Volume III Number 6 . . . . November 15, 1996

CM News Bulletin Board

CM News Bulletin Board is a regular column featuring bits and pieces of notable information that have flowed through the CM office in the last few weeks and may be of interest to you.

CM Chosen Scout Report Selection

Scout Report CM magazine has been chosen as one of the Selections for the Scout Report, the premier weekly collection of useful Internet sites for discerning Internauts. Care is taken in the selection of items included in the Scout Report. Basic criteria include depth of content, author, information maintenance, and presentation.

Community Learning Network

The Community Learning Network is a network designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students. The fundamental purpose of this web site is to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. Staff from the BC Ministry of Education, Training and Skills search the Internet daily for exemplary educational sites which they then link to from the CLN. This 'filtering service' saves teachers from personally having to browse through the thousands and thousands of available WWW sites. Moreover, they eliminate the problem of the "vicious circle syndrome" in which you can spend hours going from one site to another to another, only to find that all they have are links to each other, but few links to actual content. Most linked sites in the Community Learning Network contain actual, educational K-12 content.
This site is best viewed with Netscape 2.0 or higher.

Unuseless Inventions

Ed Shorer of El Sereno Middle School, in Los Angeles, writes that his school wants to challenge other schools to top our "Unuseless Inventions (Chindogu, in Japanese)." These are inventions that are "almost" a good idea. This project, an adaptation of a Japanese book by Kenji Kawakami, is a lot of fun for students. For more information on what these things are, check out the websites:
http://www.new-kewl.com/chindogu/chindogu-primer.html or http://web.wwnorton.com/blurbs/fall95/031369.htm

Any interested persons are encouraged to contact him about sharing photos and text of inventions online. If all goes well, they will get some of their best Chindogu uploaded to a homepage within two weeks.


Ed. Shorer

Cable in the Classroom

Cable in the Classroom is an educational initiative by a majority of cable operators and program providers that puts free cable service into publicly funded schools across Canada. Through this service, teachers can access specially selected educational programming in both French and English that is copyright cleared and commercial-free. The service is currently used by over 6000 schools across Canada and has been endorsed by the Canadian Teachers' Federation; teachers' associations in Ontario (OTF, OPSTF and OECTA), Alberta (ATA), and PEI (PEITF); and parent-school associations in Nova Scotia, BC and Newfoundland. For more information about Cable in the Classroom, see its website at: http://www.cableducation.ca

Exciting news for Book Lovers!

Virtual Media Publishing launched the Alexandria virtual library November 1, offering free public access to view the complete text of current books on computer and business topics. Consumers can now browse books on-line before buying them from on-line booksellers.

Alexandria: Home of the Virtual Library includes free access to complete text of quality books by reputable publishers. Also, a discussion group and links to on-line booksellers/newspapers/magazines.

Any reader who has news for other CM readers can send it to mailto:cm@umanitoba.ca under the subject newsbits. All information is subject to selection by CM and may or may not appear in the column. Please note that CM will not accept any direct advertising in its Bulletin Board column.

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