Netxpress: Back-to-school sites abound on the Internet

August 11, 2003|SHEILA CLARK

August is here and nearly all of the five-county area schools are back in session. Here is a back-to-school collection of online resources for students, parents and teachers.

* The official No Child Left Behind Web site at www.nclb. gov/index.html derived from the new education law signed by President Bush in 2002. The site offers homework tips for reading, math and more.

* The Ultimate Back to School Site for Teachers can be found at Site visitors will find lessons, bulletin board ideas, useful links, book suggestions, printables, crafts and much more.

* A to Z Teacher Stuff Network features A to Z Themes: Back to School at www.atoz It includes a perfect teacher's guide for the first day and weeks back at school, with loads of tips, lesson plans and units, activities, worksheets, songs and poems, and other resources.


* SmarterKids offers essential back-to-school tips at

* The electronic Global Gourmet site has a back-to-school family handbook at The site features tips, quick breakfast and lunch recipes and more.

* Going Back 2 School at features a collection of links to school-related online resources.

* The Family Education Network's back-to-school section at,2916,44,00.html?wtlAC=featured,FENhome features homework help by grade, printable checklists, tips, recipes, ideas and more.

Spinning webs

Sharon Williamson of Danville created a page called Fun 4 Toddlers at She writes, "I made this Web page of links especially for parents, grandparents, babysitters and others who have contact with very young children. All of the sites are very easy for little ones to navigate so they can learn how to use a mouse or keyboard. They will enjoy the color and animations, too. There are also some links to sites that have great ideas for things to do with the little ones offline, too."

Net buzzz

* Red Hat, a top Linux distributor, has filed a suit against SCO. SCO is the company that earlier this year sued IBM for allegedly incorporating its Unix code into the free Linux code. Read more at On Thursday, IBM filed a countersuit against SCO in regards to other Linux-related issues. Learn more at

* CEO Michael Robertson has launched a new business called SIPphone. The new company will offer free worldwide phone calls via a broadband Internet connection such as cable or DSL. SIPphone has no per-minute charges or monthly fees. Read more at

* AOL has launched a new service called AOL for Small Business. The service uses the new AOL 9.0 Optimized software and features a variety of useful business-related tools and resources. Learn more at

Live MSN chats

Aug. 12: Chat with Robert Englund - Freddy Krueger of "Nightmare on Elm Street" - at 8 p.m. Go to

Aug. 13: Chat with Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of "South Beach Diet," at 7 p.m. Go to

Other online events

Aug. 11: Chat live with Destiny Child's Kelly Rowland at 9 p.m. for the "Freddy vs. Jason" chat at

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