Lesson 1   Ask an Expert

Got a Question?
       One way to get those hard to find answers to questions is by submitting your question to an expert. Connecting your students to a field expert is a wonderful way of integrating the use of e-mail into your classroom. It also puts your students in touch current information and provides them an opportunity to go beyond the four walls of the classroom. The following services are provided for this very thing. This is a great way to get students using the Internet while doing research.

Community Learning Network: Ask an Expert Sources
CLN provides an excellent site to help K-12 teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. This particular page identifies several "Ask an Expert" sources.

Pitsco's Ask an Expert
"Ask an Expert" is a directory of links to:

  • people who have volunteered their time to answer questions and
  • web pages that provide information.
Electronic Emissary
Electronic Emissary is a service, provided by the University of Texas, which helps teachers to locate K-12 subject experts from all over the world who are willing to share their expertise with K-12 students.

New Jersey Networking Infrastructure in Education
Ask an Expert page

Experts Exchange
Experts Exchange was organized in June 1996. Using a powerful combination of concepts borrowed from the field of Cognitive Science, they have built communities of experts who collectively answer questions, or more precisely, fill knowledge gaps. Over 50,000 visitors each month and 2,000 participating experts.

SeaWorld: Ask Shamu
Are your students doing research on marine ecology or zoology? Shamu can answer their questions!

Assignment E-mail 1 - Ask an Expert
       Explore the above sites to find specific "Expert" links that would be useful to you personally, in your particular profession, or for the students in your classroom. Indicate to your site trainer at least 2 specific "Expert" links found within these sites which would be useful to you. Discuss how you would use these particular resources.

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