As stated by the author, "ENC serves all K-12 educators, parents, and students with free products and services in math and science."
Type of Material:
This site is a resource object that contains no direct instruction, although several of the links provided are to instructional objects.
This site offers current and practical information and resources for science and math education students and teachers.
The site itself is primarily text-based and requires no special plug-ins for the browser. However, there are literally hundreds of links to other apparently valuable resources that may require special plug-ins.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This is a site for teachers and teacher educators to identify resources for and about teaching practices and materials. The site: *Acquires and catalogs mathematics and science curriculum resources, creating the most comprehensive collection in the nation. *Provides the best selection of math and science education resources on the Internet. *Supports teachers' professional development in math, science, and the effective use of technology. *Collaborates with the Eisenhower Regional Consortia and many other organizations across the nation to promote education reform.
Target Student Population:
K-12 classroom teachers of science and mathematics as well as college and university faculty who prepare math and science teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
To use this site successfully, educators must be able to navigate to and within the site. Teaching experience would be helpful to understand and apply the contents, but may not be required.
Evaluation and Observation
The site offers a wide range of resources, organized by Ohio State University. The nature of the media of each resource is indicated by an icon of a book, disc, CD-ROM, Video etc. This site is an important resource for all educators because of its international scope.
There does not seem to be any rating or evaluation of the sites by external agencies. Likewise, the selection criteria for inclusion is not apparent.
This site offers valuable resource materials. However, to utilize it successfully, searching, identifying and applying the resources to classroom instruction requires a great deal of time..
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site offers discussion questions to promote professional development in teaching math and science. The points of inquiry are useful for reflective practice. In addition, the site provides resources for learning about the Third International Mathematics and Science Study that is significant to educational research as well as teaching and learning.
To appropriately use the site as a learning object, the teacher would benefit from a strong understanding of educational research design to facilitate discussion of validity and reliability of the study?s results to effectively apply the recommendations to improve teaching and learning of math and science.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Navigation through the links is quite easy, and things are explained briefly but adequately.
The reviewers wonder if a teacher with limited skills in navigation and/or slow connections (both to soon be relics of the past) would find it easy to navigate