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February 16, 2000

GOALS -- Global Online Adventure Learning Site
http://www.goals.com/index.htm
GRADE LEVEL: 2-5
Written By: Hazel Jobe

CONTENT:
This site is a collection of real-life adventures, and students get to go along for the virtual trip.

AESTHETICS:
Short descriptions of each project and representative pictures link to the expedition homepages.

ORGANIZATION:
Frames keep the main menu available at the top, but visitors can easily lose the way navigating between the pages of each section of the site.

REVIEW:
The Global Online Adventure Learning Site brings real-life adventure into the classroom. Teams of explorers periodically post updates of their journeys. Not all projects run consecutively. Each GOALS adventure has a registry for posting comments and questions to the explorers. Users can also sign up to receive notification when expeditions begin. The Pedal for the Planet Expedition chronicles one explorer's attempt to circumnavigate the world in a pedal boat. It includes Classroom Expedition, where users will find lesson plans and classroom activities, and updates on the journey. In one activity, the Ecological Footprint Analysis, students measure the changes their actions make on the environment. The data is entered in an online form, and the results are posted for all to study.

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