Monday, August 08, 2005

We miss ERIC, but Educator's Reference Desk does well enough

If I had one chore over the summer that grew tiresome, it was searching through the Development Resources in order to replace all the broken ERIC links, which were replaced by The Educator's Reference Desk.

The new site is a perfectly fine replacement for the now defunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology - a fixture in the education world for over thirty years and the brainchild of the Information Institute of Syracuse - and continues the Institute's goal of providing the best resources to parents, teachers and administrators in order to improve student learning.

I recommend all educators take full advantage of the wealth of resources provided by the Educator's Reference Desk.

I might let you in on a little secret. I've taken to using Xenu's Link Sleuth to hunt down broken links among EDblog's hundreds of resource links. Xenu produces tidy reports that display as links in a Web browser and really automates the repair process. If you manage your own set of resources, you might want to try Xenu yourselves.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Education Week still providing good technology research

I've got a link to Technology Counts 2005 on the Educational Research page in Development Resources. It was a replacement for an older link to Technology Counts 2001. But I've found that all of these splendid reports over the years by EdWeek have a lot to recommend them. To read them, just pop the name into a Google search by year and find the link. For example, the keywords Technology Counts 2004 will deliver the right link, as you can see.

Use these great articles to track technology use and evolution in education over the years. Oh yeah, you may have to undergo a free registration at the site to access the pages, but it's worth it.