Rahul Dawra asks about educational websites related to India. Well there are so many I
don't know where to start, and we certainly don't have time for them all, but I can point
you in the direction of www.123india.com/education.
This Calcutta portal has an extensive list and the resources section alone has about 150
sites to trawl through.
Rishi Arya from Vijaywada, in South India, asks about education sites specific to other
countries. Well not trying to sound like a complete advertisement for the BBC, the BBC's
own education sites can explain all this for you. www.bbc.co.uk/educationnews
has a topic section on how the education systems across the United Kingdom work, and the
main education site www.bbc.co.uk/education
has one of the most comprehensive indices of websites that are useful for learning. Even
if I do say so myself!
Next email was from Nadir Baloch who asks, "Is there a website from which I can read
books?". This is the age of the free internet! Of course there's a website. It's the online books page
hosted at the University of Pennsylvania in America. These are links to books that are
copyright free or out of copyright and are available in full without you having to pay
anyone any money. It's not restricted to novels, but includes poetry, historical volumes
and short essays. There are thousands of them. Not only that but the entire works of Shakespeare are available
online as well - this time as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Fountain of Knowledge
Next we have www.itools.com/research-it.
It calls itself a one stop reference desk and pulls together several dictionaries, a
thesaurus, translator, map locator and currency converter. Its competitor is www.refdesk.com. And the interesting
thing here are their 'pick of the day' sections - today in history, etc. There are links
to various encyclopaedias as well.
Something for Everyone
And another of those sites which everyone should look at, at least
well, once... is
www.ipl.org. There are specialist youth
and teen sections - with a definite American flavour, with no surprise, because this is
another site hosted by an American university, Michigan this time. The items on this site
I thought were really exciting are the newspaper and magazine sections. Look at all these
countries listed, click on any one of them and it'll display the local newspapers that are
online. The magazine section is equally impressive, you couldn't hope not to find
something you're interested in. And if you're not looking for anything in particular,
surfing is a lot more worthwhile in a library like this, rather than blundering around
elsewhere in the Net.
And finally a quick look at a website in which you're sure to find something that you
didn't know before - www.howstuffworks.com.
This is a collection of hundreds of articles explaining in simple language how things
work. Anything from how a toaster makes bread go brown to Nuclear radiation!
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