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Web Links

On this page you will find a vast array of helpful links dealing with various subjects from local government to parent resources with most having a heavy association to education, teaching and internet learning activities.

City of Paterson, New Jersey Links

Toolkits, Staff Development, and CTC Sustainability .

  • Community Technology Centers Network (CTCNet) Requires an annual membership fee ($100), and worth it. An amazing collection of resources, including a CTC Start-up manual, staff training opportunities, and other resources. Don't miss their annual conference!

  • Alliance for Community Media The Alliance's primary goal is to educate and advocate on behalf of community media. The Alliance works with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, state legislatures, state regulatory agencies, and coalition partners to ensure that all people regardless of race, age, gender, disability, religion or economic status have access to technology.

  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility CPSR is a global organization promoting the responsible use of computer technology.

  • National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture is the national association of non-profit organizations and individuals committed to furthering the media arts: film, video, audio and digital.

Volunteer Opportunities


  • CTC VISTA Americorps Project The CTC VISTA Project has a new name: The Transmission Project. For 9 years the Project has amplified the use of media and technology within more than 100 non-profit organizations and through 300 members volunteering across the country. While diverse in their missions, the Project’s partners all have one thing in common: their use of media and technology to challenge social and economic inequality in communities.

    A popular volunteer website that matches nonprofit organizations with volunteers.

Curriculum and Lesson Plans

  • Byte Back General lesson plans and class outlines for basic skills instruction.

  • Tutorial Search Engine Conducts a search for curriculum and lesson plans for computer-based instruction.

  • Webmonkey Curriculum resource for webpage development and design.

  • WinPlanet Curriculum resource and tutorials for PC/Windows-based computer-based learning.

Hardware/Software Discounts

    Provides discounted software to nonprofits for current Microsoft and Lotus products

Policy, News, and General Resources


  • Benton Foundation A CTC advocacy group. Information, articles, and research on community technology programs. Also contains a database of CTCs throughout the country.
  • SeniorNet Resource for older adult-based community technology programs.
  • Senior Corp Tech Center Technology library which answers common tech questions


After School Resources—Children and Youth


Great Examples of Using Technology

Learning Activities

  •  Building  WebPages

So, You Want to Make a Web Page?

  • Cameras

A Short Course in Digital Photography

  • Drawing

Everyday Art for Kids: Teaching Drawing Skills

KinderArt, “The Largest Collection of Free Art Lessons on the Internet”

  • Field trips

The Field Trips Site 

  • Graphics

Get Animated! GIF Animation Tips


Graphics Den


Web Graphics – General Guidelines and Tips

  • Interviewing

The University of Georgia Career Center's "Interviewing 101"

  •  Language Arts

Book Adventure

Scholastic Professional Books

Just Think Foundation
Just Think teaches young people to understand, evaluate, and create media messages.

Media Literacy Online Project from the University of Oregon has been a biannual online publication made available to educators, producers, students, and parents, information and resources related to the influence of media in the lives of children, youth, and adults.

  • Multimedia

ThinkQuest is an international student competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation. Teams of students and teachers are challenged to create websites on educational topics and compete for exciting prizes. The completed websites are published in the ThinkQuest Library, a rich learning resource used by millions.

  • Photography

Digital Photography Glossary
This illustrated, easy-to-understand glossary defines basic photography terms such as aperture and shutter speed.


American Museum of Photography
This site features a revolving series of exhibits from photographers on a wide variety of subjects.


Smithsonian Institution:  Office of Imaging, Printing, and Photographic Services
This clearinghouse for photographs related to the many museums and galleries in the Smithsonian Institution is a good starting point for kids' photography projects. The site has a searchable database of photographs as well as a topical index of photographs available.

  • Storytelling

“Storytelling activities provide opportunities for students to tell stories using their own language rather than reading from a text. Students may retell familiar stories or they may choose to tell stories they have read or written.”

  • WebQuests

The WebQuest Page
These pages contain numerous complete WebQuest lesson plans. This is a great site about WebQuests, defined as “inquiry-oriented activities in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the Internet.”


Project Based Learning


  • Internet-based Project Links
    This list of resources includes links to sites like WebQuest and other projects designed to take place on the Internet.
  • The Project Approach (PBL) 
    “The purpose of this web site is to provide readers with resources to enable them to carry out projects wherever they may work with children. The site is intended to make available some accounts of successful projects undertaken by teachers working with children of different ages and cultures in different parts of the world. The site also offers more formal means of study of the Project Approach through accompanying online courses for teachers. Finally the site serves as a starting point for discussions on the Project Approach by providing links or access to a variety of listservs (mailing lists), web-based conferences and similar organizations.”

  • Project Based Learning
    “This site contains age-appropriate, customizable project checklists for written reports, multimedia projects, and oral presentations. Using these checklists keeps students on track and allows them to take responsibility for their own learning through peer- and self-evaluation.”

  • Web surfing

Working the Web for Education: Theory and Practice on Integrating the Web for Learning
This thoughtful article is by a longtime educator who is dedicated to making the World Wide Web a useful tool for teachers. He compares reading information on the Web with reading traditional written texts and discusses the importance of having a qualified educator help students wade through the vast amounts of material online.

  • Video

Ideas for Making Short Videos With a Class
Let your students be creative using video. With all the tools and technology available, making videos is easier than ever for you and your students.

Video Guide
This helpful site provides a host of links about making videos (covering topics such as editing, lighting, and camera angles) and includes equipment checklists, sample activities and production suggestions.




  • Concept to Classroom:A Series of Workshops
    The site features a series of FREE, self-paced workshops covering a wide variety of hot topics in education. Some of the workshops are based in theory, some are based in methodology - but all of the workshops include plenty of tips and strategies for making classrooms work
  • What is the Collaborative Classroom
    Guidebook, which lists the characteristics of a collaborative classroom and describes the roles of the teacher and students in collaborative learning, how to deal with its challenges and conflicts, and the research behind it. It covers concepts such as modeling, facilitating, goal setting, and assessment. In addition—and perhaps most helpfully—the site provides real-world descriptions of collaborative classrooms.

Inquiry-Based Learning


Part of Disney Learning Partnership's “Concept to Classroom” workshop series, this great overview covers the explanation, demonstration, exploration and implementation of inquiry-based learning. In addition, this site provides a sample letter that teachers can submit to their administration to request continuing education credits.
  • Inquiry Based Learning
    This article is written for an audience interested in the academic nitty-gritty of inquiry-based learning. It describes in detail how technology can enhance inquiry-based learning and how specific types of technology (e.g., educational games versus virtual communities) can best be applied.
  • The Exploratorium: Institute for Inquiry
    The IFI Resource Library is a collection of highly useful information about inquiry-based learning, teacher education, and related subjects .

Lesson Plans

Sources For Lesson Plans On The World Wide Web

  • AskERIC Lesson Plans
    A resource that includes 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.
  • Incredible Art Lessons
    This site contains a repository of visual arts lesson plans for preschool through grade 12.
  • Yahoo's Directory of Lesson Plan Sites
  • Core Knowledge Resources
    Most of the lesson plans in this diverse collection do not have a technology-related component but could be easily adapted to include Web searches or the use of a digital camera, for example. The lesson plans are well laid out and include the objectives of and materials required for each.

Web Sites To Use In Lesson Plans

Program planning


  • National Institute on Out-of-School Time
    NIOST's mission is to ensure that all children, youth, and families have access to high quality programs, activities, and opportunities. We believe that these experiences are essential to the healthy development of children and youth, who then can become effective and capable members of society.

  • Center for Inquiry-based Learning
    This site is full of information and science projects for kids of all ages. Each lesson plan is broken down into a synopsis of the lesson, its objectives and procedures, suggestions on how to extend the lesson, and downloadable Word files of any student worksheets that are part of the lesson.

Parent Resources


  • The Parent Institute
    The mission of The Parent Institute is to encourage parent involvement in the education of their children. The Parent Institute publishes a variety of materials including newsletters, booklets, brochures, and videos.


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