"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance" - Derek Bok

My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 9/13/01
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

This week's column provides links to a multitude of educational resources - especially for those planning to apply to a college or university this fall. Comprehensive lists of links to thousands of university and college Web sites will provide both students and parents a useful introduction to a particular institution of higher learning. Financial aid sites, both private and government, may ease the search for financial aid to reduce the financial burden of higher education. Links to educational resources for both teachers and students k-12 are also provided.

College Step-by-Step (U.S. News and World Report)-www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/stepbystep/index.htm-Step-by-step guide to find the articles, experts and peers, tools and searches, interactive forms and, rankings, to master the entire admissions process.

America's Best Colleges, 2002 College Rankings (U.S. News and World Report)-www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex.htm-The (in)famous ranking of American college and universities.

A critique of the U.S. News and World Report rankings-www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2001/0109.graham.thompson.html-"U.S. News' college rankings measure everything but what matters. And most universities do not seem to mind." An online article by Amy Graham and Nicholas Thompson of The Washington Monthly.

Financial Aid (U.S. News and World Report)-www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/dollars/dshome.htm-Guides to student loans, scholarships, and federal aid.

FAFSA on the Web (U.S. Department of Education)-www.fafsa.ed.gov-This site allows you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, speeding up application processing and responses.

General Education Online-www.findaschool.org- links to Web sites to higher education facilities worldwide.

Community College Web-www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/cc/-This site links to 1240 community college web sites plus 184 related resource sites.

College Board Web Site-www.collegeboard.com-SAT registration, SAT prep, college search, CSS/Financial Aid Profile, education loan center, and much more.

Petersons.com-www.petersons.com- A provider of educational content, including college search and selection, test preparation, and lifelong learning.

Links from the Winchester home page-www.winchestermass.org/finref.html-University and college links- more financial aid and college and university resource links.

General educational resources from the Winchester home page-www.winchestermass.org/eduref.html-U.S. Department of Education, NASA's K-12 educational initiative, Smithsonian initiatives, and more.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators-school.discovery.com/schrockguide-Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.

Winchester schools' page educational links-www.winchestermass.org/schools/links.html-Government Web sites, sites for parents, colleges and universities, online magazines, search engines, science and mathematics resources, MCAS results, and more.

The next column will feature sites providing New England foliage reports. Previous columns with live links can be found at www.winchestermass.org/wstar.

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (www.winchestermass.org), Martin Zombeck can be found at either the Packer tennis courts or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist.