About the eduScapes Site

Welcome teachers, parents, students, and life-long learners of all ages! This website is for you.

Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson have designed this website to share a love of learning with others. As authors and educators, we work with teachers, parents, and children around the world to effectively integrate technology into teaching and learning environments. This eduScapes website was started in August, 1998.
 
Why have they spent the time and effort to develop these materials?
Check out the following quotes and perhaps you'll better understand:
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There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. - Woodrow Wilson
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I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another - Thomas Jefferson
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We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. - Loretta Scott
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That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake - Mohandas K Gandhi
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How can I be useful, or what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be? - Vincent Van Gogh
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Awards and Commendations
EduScapes has been consistently ranked in the 'Top 50' K-12 education sites by Google. In August 2000, Science Spot named eduScapes as its Technology Site of the Month. December 2000, Marjan Glavac of The Busy Educator's Guide to the World Wide Web, in an e-Interview with Education World, highlighted eduScapes. The May/June 2001 issue of TEACH Magazine included great things about our website. August 6th, Education Planet named Activate - The Journal of Technology Rich Learning as its top site of the week. On October 15, 2001, the New York Times named 'The Teacher Tap' as its Site of the Day. Also in October 2001, Kathy Schrock named 'The Teacher Tap' as a Site of the School Days for providing ways to help integrate technology into the teaching and learning process.
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Check out the Tap into Professional Development with 'Teacher Tap' at eSchools, a January 1, 2002 article. February 25, MiddleWeb: Exploring Middle School Reform featured Teacher Tap in their "Of Particular Interest" section; later in the year they also pointed to another of our online publications: Activate: The Journal of Technology-Rich Learning. The 42eXplore section was featured as Kathy Schrock's Site of the School Days on March 18, 2002. On April 24, 2002, Technology and Learning also named eduScapes as the Site of the Day. On July 1st of 2002, Math Forum Internet News (Vol. 7, No. 26), the newsletter of The Math Forum chose eduScapes as the featured site. Finally in fall 2002, "Technology Focus", a journal published by the Department of Education, East Perth Western Australia, highlighted our website with a summary article (p. 26); you can visit their website at Technology Focus.
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Year 2003 started off with a January 8th Education World technology article recognizing 42eXplore in Online Treasures: Ten Great Resource Sites for Educators. Coincidentally on January 13th, Cara Bafile at Education World highlighted us and our website at her Web Wizard of the Week section; see the article at "On the Road to Learning." In October, we received notification that a team independent reviewers - a group of teachers had evaluated our website for Schoolzone (United Kingdom). As a result, eduScapes was given their Highly Recommended rating for sites of "special educational merit." Schoolzone's only higher award is reserved for sites judged to be directly relevant to the UK national curriculum.
 
Award logoIn January 2004, the Innovative Teaching Center at the College of Southern Maryland - La Plata Campus featured Multimedia Seeds as their "Link of the Month. March 2004 Talking Hands recognized Information Architecture for the Web, one of our online course materials web-sections. The Laudation was the result of nomination by two or more website visitors followed by review by an international team of judges.

June 16, 2005, the EduHound Weekly featured our new website Escrapbooking as their site of the week. On September 12, 2005, TechLearning named eduScapes as its "Site of the Day."

Award logoJanuary 8-14, 2006, eduScapes was awarded the "Weekly Link Award" from Germany's Linksgiving.com. The Weekly Link Award has been given every Sunday, since January 2002, to one selected Website that is judged for originality of concept, easiness of navigation, pleasant design, clarity and completeness of information, and browser-independent accessibility. Alberto Rinaldi is author/editor of Linksgiving.com. He teaches Thorough Bass, Harpsichord, and Chamber Music at the Early Music Department of the State University of Music, Trossingen, Germany.

Annette Lamb & Larry Johnson

About the Author / Web DevelopersHusband and wife team, Larry and Annette are career educators. We both have backgrounds in teaching at public schools and universities, plus work as library media specialists. Both of us have completed Ph.D. degrees in Instructional Media. Anyone interested in more detail about our professional backgrounds can continue to Biographical Background (Annette) and Resume (Larry). Get the personal latest news about us at the Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson Update page.
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In May 1999, Annette and Larry left the secure confines of university positions as full-professor and administrator to become full-time RVers and free-agent educators operating their publishing firm (Vision to Action, Inc.) and providing professional development services through Lamb Learning Group. Since that time, we have returned to college teaching but continue our full-time RVing lifestyle while teaching our courses entirely via the Internet Web.


Sections Within the Website
42eXplore is a weekly project section that contains a thematic topic with selected web resources, ideas and activities, vocabulary, lesson plans, webQuests, and student produced materials. Watch each week for a new topic. The themes range across curriculum areas and age levels.
 
E-scrapbooking provides specific examples and strategies for creating electronic, educational, experiential, and engaging scrapbooks!

Literature Ladders
combines award-winning and popular fiction for young readers together with selected website resources.
 
Multimedia Seeds (New - January 2003) contains ideas and resources to help you grow and improve as a multimedia user, developer, technology coordinator, educator, collection developer, or librarian.
 
NatureScapes contains original articles and photographs about our natural environment and people's place in nature.
 
The Teacher Tap is a professional development resource that helps educators address common technology integration questions.
 
Activate E-Journal is a non-periodic online publication with articles aimed at developing technology-rich learning environments. Look there for materials from our presentations and workshops.
 
Geocaching has information about combined hiking, sightseeing, and locating cached 'treasures' using our handheld GPS.
 
Mobile Mavericks contains information and resources for RVing, camping, and the full-timing RV lifestyle.
 
In addition our website provides information about the Online Courses that we teach. We are both virtual professors for the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The IUPUI SLIS program has an Online Blue Ribbon Certification program designed for educators seeking certification as a school library media specialist. All the courses are offered online.

Restrictions
Although you'll find other links to our own publishing and professional development initiatives on various web pages, we've tried to limit external advertising. We do link to Amazon.com to provide a quick way for people to purchase additional materials we might suggest. We also provide many links to websites that we think provide good information and learning resources. We want to assure our readers that we're interested in supporting education, not selling products (other than our own). :-)
 
If you have questions or suggestions, please email us.
Annette and Larry

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Developed by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson 11/98, Updated 1/06.