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PARIS A globe-spanning UN digital library seeking to display and explain the wealth of all human cultures has gone into operation on the Internet, serving up mankind’s accumulated knowledge in seven languages for students around the world.
James Billington, the librarian of Congress who launched the project four years ago, said the ambition was to make available on an easy-to-navigate site, free for scholars and other curious people anywhere, a collection of primary documents and authoritative explanations from the planet’s leading libraries.
The site, www.wdl.org, has put up the Japanese work that is considered the first novel in history, for instance, along with the Aztecs’ first mention of the Christ child in the New World and the works of ancient Arab scholars piercing the mysteries of algebra, each entry flanked by learned commentary. “There are many one-of-a-kind documents,” Billington said in an interview.
The World Digital Library, which was officially inaugurated Tuesday at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has started small, with about 1,200 documents and their explanations from scholars in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. But it is designed to accommodate an unlimited number of such texts, charts and illustrations from as many countries and libraries as want to contribute.
“There is no limit,” Billington said. “Everybody is welcome.”
The main target is children, he added, building on the success among young people of the U.S. National Digital Library Program, which has been in operation at the Library of Congress since the mid-1990s.
By Edward Cody | The Washington Post
A conversation about integrating student cell phones into classroom curricula.
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Congress is starting to work on its funding bills for FY 09 and now is the time for you to weigh in on the importance of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. Earlier this year, the President called for the elimination of the EETT program in his proposed budget. Before the House and Senate put forth their FY09 appropriations bills, we urge you to send a letter to your congressional representatives asking them to save EETT.
This proposed cut comes at a particularly difficult time in this country when the economy is sagging and the job market is tightening. At the same, the Administration and Congress are concerned that America’s students lack math and science skills, imperiling their ability to compete for employment and making America’s economic recovery that much harder. Denying education technology knowledge and tools to America’s K-12 students and teachers will undermine efforts to get America’s economy back on track and dim the employment prospects of its students.
With the House and Senate working on their Appropriations bills for FY09, now is the time for you to weigh-in with YOUR Members of Congress about how important education technology funding is to the nation’s academic and economic goals. Please make your voice heard in support of the EETT program.
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The March / April issue of the i-EDUCATOR Times is now online and ready for downloading. Here are a few of the highlights of this month’s issue –
i-EDUCATOR Insider – The New World We Live In – blogging and wikis are entering education and the workplace
Did You Know? –
New Curriculum – Now available – the i-©®eaTM curriculum developed in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to teach students about patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets.
The Social Studies Classroom – Making the Internet safety connection
Site Spotlight – Get the 411 on educational blogs
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Most of the sites I am providing were found on a great website- Go2Web20.net Many of the sites are fun and take a creative mind to implement in to your classroom curriculum. I will be featuring some of them on here and some creative uses for them. Have fun exploring!