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JULY, 1997

Science Learning Network
GRADE LEVEL: Professionals

The Science Learning Network (SLN) is composed of a group of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions whose goal is to examine new approaches to inquiry science education.

The site uses a lot of graphics and animation which captures the users attention and gives the whole site a somewhat high tech appearance.

Each of the sections of the website is described on the home page and is accessible from there. The different areas of the site are also designated with different graphics and colors so they are easy to differentiate.

The Science Learning Network is a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation and Unisys Corporation to improve the teaching of science by using inquiry-based teaching approaches, telecomputing and collaboration among teachers and classrooms around the United States. It also utilizes internet and world wide web resources. The website was set up to support the networking project and includes information on the science museums and schools that are the "formal participants" in the SLN project. It also has information for non-participants as well on science areas with online, multimedia presentation units developed to present specific concepts of science in an exciting way. Examples of such presentations include "The Science of Hockey" and "Air Travelers". These units come from the cooperating museums in the network. The educators and schools in the group have their homepages listed and also provide chat forums for users to be able to connect with them and ask questions. The site also contains outside links and news. Overall, this site provides a lot of interesting science ideas and is worth a look when designing classes or lesson plans.