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Three Sites That Help

Ever felt that you just found a gold mine on the web only to realize you can’t use the information at all because it has no Canadian content?

By Denys Gigučre

A Made-in-Canada Web Site for Students

Campusaccess.com was designed to help Canadian students avoid the frustration of not being able to find Canadian content on the web. This all-Canadian site offers more than 400 pages of information and resources compiled by Canadian students for Canadian students. There is so much information here anybody can benefit from a site tour.

The site includes a roster of experts who answer students, questions and can offer advice on a range of issues. The list includes former Olympic Gold Medallist Mark Tewkesbury, Marco Di Buono, a nutritionist and researcher at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, as well as Karen Schaffer, author of The Job of Your Life and Hire Power.

Campusaccess.com also offers a number of practical resources such as job offers, a comprehensive internship and volunteer work database, a reference library with a French verb conjugation tool and a medical dictionary, and on-line scholarships application forms. The site also links to an extensive list of Canadian universities.

The only disappointment of this all-Canadian site is that French content is rather light and hard to find.

An avalanche of information

The Special Needs Opportunities Windows (SNOW) web site is a useful tool for teachers who teach students with special needs, are interested in special education or want to share information and experiences with their colleagues. The site is a clearinghouse of information that covers a wide range of topics – from teaching methodologies and best practices to professional development.

The curriculum section includes materials adapted by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, a teacher’s guide to teaching Braille to children and electronic resources submitted by teachers to share with others.

Snow Kids, a related site, is a great link from this site. In the Snow Kids Empowerment Zone, special needs students, their parents and teachers will find activities, camps, resources available on the web – one that caught my attention was the link to the No Bully web site – as well as an education and future career page.

This site is well worth a visit and may catch you in its web for a few hours.

Hunger Relief on the Web

"Every 3.6 seconds, someone dies of hunger; 3/4 of the deaths are children under 5. When a country dims on this map, it signifies a death from hunger in that country." This is the greeting that welcomes you to www.thehungersite.com , a web site dedicated to bringing relief to the world’s hungry.

I was a little sceptical when I first heard of the Hunger Site, but this innovative approach to raising awareness of starvation deserves a close look. The site links to the United Nations World Food Programme, as well as the site’s corporate sponsors.

Here’s how the site works. Every time you click on the Donate Food button, a corporate sponsor makes a food donation on your behalf.

By mid-October, the site had generated close to 7.5 million food donations this year. Most of the site visits that generate food donations originate in the United States, but the "donations" list includes surfers from 135 countries around the world.

This is an interesting web site with an important mission. Have a look at it, you may be interested in discussing it with your students. And while you’re there, don’t forget to click on the Donate Food button.

College Web Site Has New Look

We have refreshed the College web site with a new design, which was launched on October 5th, World Teachers’ Day. The new design reflects many of the helpful comments we’ve received from our more than 180,000 visitors since we established the site in 1997. Please check us out and let me know what you think.

Denys Gigučre is the College web editor and media relations officer. He can be reached at dgiguere@oct.ca