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These internet sites are related to education.  If you know of a web site that should be included in this list, please share it with us.

[ALA - American Library Association]American Library Association (ALA)
Established on December 1, 1967, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing American Library Association (ALA) policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, which codifies the Association's basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.

The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries, which are aligned with the First Amendment of the USA Constitution and other constitutionally protected rights therein.

[CBC Radio]CBC Massey Lectures, The ("Ideas" programme)
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has commissioned the annual Massey Lectures since 1961.  Each year the CBC invites a noted scholar to undertake study or original research in his field and present the results in a series of half-hour radio broadcasts.

The lectures were named for Vincent Massey, who had recently completed a seven-year term as Governor General of Canada.  Massey is notable as the first Canadian to hold the post, but it was work he did before becoming Governor General that inspired the CBC to name the new lecture series after him.

The lectures are published as a trade paperback that garners international attention and usually makes the best seller lists.  The CBC Massey Lectures have established their place as a Canadian institution and an annual highlight of national intellectual life.

See also (full archive of past Massey Lectures):

[Centre for Non-Linear Studies]Centre for Non-Linear Studies (CNLS)
The Center for Non-Linear Studies, which has been a part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory's Theoretical Division since October of 1980, organizes research related to non-linear and complex systems phenomena using a diverse set of research approaches and methodologies, particularly those of statistical physics, non-linear science, applied mathematics, and numerical simulation.  By stimulating the formation of a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary sciences and approaches to resolving complex problems, CNLS hopes to encourage the exploration of new sciencific frontiers.

[Google Scholar]Google Scholar (search scholarly papers)
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.  From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.  Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.  (More information.)

[James Randi Educational Foundation]James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF)
The James Randi Educational Foundation was founded in 1996 to help people defend themselves from paranormal and pseudoscientific claims by promoting critical thinking and presenting reliable information about widespread paranormal and supernatural ideas.  The intention is to help to create a world where charlatans can't get rich from deceiving people by ensuring that everyone has access to the tools of science and critical thinking.

The James Randi Educational Foundation offers a million-dollar reward for anyone who can produce evidence of paranormal abilities under controlled conditions.  Through scholarships, workshops, and innovative resources for educators, the JREF works to inspire this investigative spirit in a new generation of critical thinkers.

[Khan Academy]Khan Academy (free world-class education for anyone anywhere)
The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

[Kids on the Net]Kids on the Net (KOTN)
Kids on the Net is a free website which encourages children's writing.  It features writing by children working at home and at school, providing a safe and supportive environment for them to work in.  It was founded in 1997 as part of the trAce Online Writing Community.

[McGill COOL]McGill COOL (COurses OnLine from McGill University)
Through this specialized web site, McGill University is providing a variety of free online courses in academic fields such as Biology, Chemistry, Computational Engineering, Mammalian Physiology, Pathology, and General Medicine.

[Mensa]Mensa International
Mensa, the high IQ society, provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members.  There are members in more than 100 countries around the world who engage in activities that include the exchange of ideas through lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national and international gatherings; the investigations of members' opinions and attitudes; and assistance to researchers, inside and outside Mensa, in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa.

[Berkeley Lab]Particle Adventure - the Fundamentals of Matter and Force
An award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, anti-matter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with support by the USA Department of Energy (DOE) and the USA National Science Foundation (NSF).

[PsychWeb: Psychology of Religion]Psychology of Religion Pages - by Michael Nielson, Ph.D.
The Psychology of Religion web site was developed (beginning in 1994) by Michael Nielson, Ph.D., to serve as a resource for people interested in the various psychological aspects of religious belief and behavior.  Michael's general philosophy is that you should find the information you need quickly and easily on this web site which he continues to update periodically (even now, two decades later).

In essence, this is a general introduction to the psychology of religion, for example, as it is studied by scientists in Division 36 of the American Psychological Association.  Here you will find a description of what psychologists have learned about how religion influences peoples' lives.

[Snap Language]Snap Language - Getting Smarter through Language
Snap Language is a collection of instructional materials and learning resources that support the development of day-to-day, academic, and professional language skills in reading, vocabulary, grammar, writing, listening, and speaking.  The two main components are: Snap Language (enrichment materials for those interested in improving their language skills and in research-based topics in language and linguistics) and Snap Language Learner (learning materials geared toward language acquisition and improvement for basic, intermediate, and advanced English language learners {ELL}).  These educators responsible for Snap Language strive, specifically, to advance an understanding of language and linguisitcs in general.

[The Sophia Project]Sophia Project, The
Founded in 1999 by New York educators, the Sophia Project is an online collection of original articles, online courses, primary source texts, and commentaries in the fields of philosophy and ethics designed to provide the newcomer to the field of philosophy with the free resources necessary to read great philosophical works.

[ThinkQuest]ThinkQuest (Oracle Education Foundation)
ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop 21st century skills.  It includes: a project environment where teachers and students engage in collaborative learning; a competition space where students participate in technology contests; the award-winning ThinkQuest Library, a learning resource used by millions of people worldwide; and a professional development program for educators.



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