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November, 1998

School Zone

School Zone is an educational resource for students, teachers, and parents. The site is promotes the use of newspapers and the Internet in the classroom, and includes curricula, projects, creative writing, and links to other educational sites.

The main page has a directory on the right with the most important parts of the site highlighted with bulleted buttons and large bold text. There are also several other links in simple text to the left side of the page. The general layout of the site has a lot of variety from page to the page. Over all it's easy to read with plenty of interesting graphics.

The linked pages usually have a navigational bar, sometimes at the top, sometimes at the bottom, and sometimes both. The content of the navigational bars varies according to the type of page and where the user is likely to want to go. Some of the pages, like "Excuses, Excuses," don't have any navigational buttons so be prepared to use your browser's back button to return to the main page.

School Zone is a service of the Educational Services and Newspapers in Education (NIE) department of Nando.Net and The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. The site has much to offer students, parents, and educators. Click on "Newspapers in Education for Educators" section and you'll find a curriculum guide devoted to the combined use of newspapers and the Internet in the classroom and a list of lesson planning ideas using the newspaper. Students should check-out nando.U for "Fun and Games" links and an excuse generator that is a humorous way to help learn parts of speech and explain missing homework or dents in Dad's car. Both the Educators and nando.U sections feature the winning entries of NIE's past writing and editorial cartoon contests, and they're well worth a look. There's more! The main page includes gateways into some really outstanding educational projects that are also sponsored by NIE. The first is the Magellan Global Adventure, which follows the Schurmann family on an ocean voyage around the world. Students can read the ship's log, and do a number of lessons and activities related to the adventure that recreates Magellan's voyage around the world. The next gateway is to Global Connections: People, Places, Perspectives, "a comprehensive geography and cultural awareness program for teachers and students in grades 4 - 12." And finally you can find the Headbone Zone! It's a fun site with kid's chatrooms, cool user polls, contests, award winning educational software, and great Internet derbies that you can sign your class up for! A site well worth bookmarking, School Zone has a lot to offer classrooms of all grade levels.