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Australian Internet resources for renewable energy education

O'Mara, K.L. and Jennings, P. (1999) Australian Internet resources for renewable energy education. In: Solar 99 Conference: Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society, 1 - 4 December, Geelong, Vic, Australia

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The world wide web is a powerful tool for education. Educators can, with the touch of a few keystrokes, have access to contemporary information and materials to assist them in the teaching and learning process. Yet many teachers find the world wide web a daunting maze full of dead ends and unrealised opportunities despite the best efforts of search engines to locate the most appropriate sites, particularly sites with a strong Australian content.

The situation is often worse for school children searching for information and activities for school projects to help them with their studies. The students are bombarded by the results of search engines; unaware of the reliability issues of the sites they visit, frustrated by highly technical jargon and often unable to locate information on renewable energy in Australia.

In this paper will examine Australian renewable energy information sites available for use by students and teachers as identified by three common search engines, Excite Australia, Infoseek and Alta Vista Australia. An analysis of the variety and quality of information available is presented.

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