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Computers & the Internet

Computers and the Internet are becoming increasingly important in science education. Use the activities on this page to learn how to become better computer users. Discover how to improve your searching techniques, how to distinguish good information from bad, and how to use the Internet as a tool.

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Online Game/Activity
Internet Problem Solving Activity
In this activity, students use the Internet to research a scientific problem. The use of science mentors and cooperative learning is emphasized.
Virtual Field Trips
Guide to the Internet
This online book guides you through the online world. Learn how to use the Internet more effectively to find information and communicate. Includes a chapter about safety and points to more resources.
Texas Hill Country: Longhorn Caverns
This virtual field trip walks you through the Longhorn caverns where you can see blind crayfish, an underground lake and witness the geology of the Texas Hill country.
Monterey Bay E-Quarium
Visit the Kelp Forest, watch fish swim on the live camera and explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium at this very well designed, easy to navigate site.
Galapogas Islands
This virtual field trip lets you relive an expedition to the Islands. The website lets you explore by viewing daily photo- and video-enhanced Expedition Journals. Plus, you can try your hand at species classification and DNA synthesis. Or, take part in the interactive experiments by collecting data from your local area and comparing it online to data from the Galapagos.
This site features live webcasts of events, such as coverage of the solar eclipse. This museum of "science, art and human perception" constantly offers new exhibits and activities online including sport science and a virtual observatory.
E-Mail Etiquette


  1. Don't use profanity in e-mail. It is very easy to find out who wrote an email and you don't want to be embarrassed.

  2. Always identify yourself. Don't make the recipient search for your name.

  3. Keep messages short, but clear.

  4. Don't SHOUT. When you use all capital letters, you appear ANGRY AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ.

  5. Don't send large attachments. They can take too long to download.

  6. When you send a message with a web address, include the "http://". Some mail readers allow you to double click on the url to go to the Website.
See the Internet Guide for more details.

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