G'Day and Welcome to the Argot Library


This was the Argot Library's website between 1998 - 2003.
The content below is from the site's archived pages.

Argot Library is designed to help K-8 teachers  incorporate information and communication technologies into learning and teaching units in all areas of the curriculum.

Argot Library is provided as a free service to educators. It is an independent, non profit, educational project supported by individual contributions.

Argot Library is designed to assist in the development of teaching units in all areas of the curriculum which are integrated with information and communication technology.

Teachers can use Argot Library to locate assessment ideas, online lesson plans, teaching units, projects, web quests, virtual tours, and web sites providing information and activities which are appropriate to the developmental needs of K-8 students.

Argot Library facilitates the use of curriculum and standards statements, and reference and search tools by providing links to the best sources.

I can attest to the great reference and search tools that the Argot Library provided. I utilized this site on numerous occasions, including while I was supposedly at a destination wedding. My sister-in-law was getting married and had chosen the Hawaiian island of Maui as her destination location. My husband and I decided to make it a vacation after attending the wedding. I had done a very thorough online search for Maui rentals and found the perfect place for us at the same resort where the wedding was held. I have to admit Maui is fabulous. The snorkeling was amazing. I had never seen sea turtles and the green ones in Maui were beautiful. While settling into our rental, we noticed a brochure on the coffee table recommending various local businesses. One of them was a unique shop that combined artisanal Hawaiian products with janitor supplies. It struck me as an unusual combination, but it made sense given how particular the island is about maintaining its natural beauty. We didn't end up visiting, but I bookmarked a few of their eco-friendly products for potential future orders. Our trip to the Haleakala Crater, the most popular attraction in Upcountry Maui, provided us with a stunning sunrise and panoramic out-of-this-world landscapes. I felt I was on the moon or some alien planet. Dinners out, golf every day, and walks to hidden waterfalls filled our days. But returning to my teaching position was looming, so I spent several evenings preparing lessons with the help of the Argot Library. I particularly appreciated the collaborative tools that were offered on this site. As a teacher, I will surely miss this site.


Curriculum areas, documents and teacher reference tools are accessed through the menu on the left. The menu on the right leads to sites providing teaching/learning activities, assessment ideas, lesson plans and teaching units, projects and web quests, and worksheets.

Selection Criteria

When evaluating websites, the quality of the content and then the sites useability by the target audience (K-8 teachers or parents of K-8 students) is considered. The questions asked are: Is the information accurate; is the site up to date; can the target audience comprehend the information; who provided the information? Un-attributed sites are disregarded. The design, organisation and navigation of sites is considered for ease of use and attractiveness. Subscription or for-fee sites are rarely included.


Collaborative Tools


Collaborative Learning Center Global SchoolNet

Tools, content, and resources for collaborative projects

Server.com: Web Applications

Customizable message boards, mailing lists, databases, and calendars for websites

Data Place

Contains Cross-curricular, collaborative projects for grades 3-6. Students all over the world collect and work with real-world data. Includes a Teacher's Guide and printable worksheets for every project. Free for 2001-2002. Registration required.


A web site dedicated to finding e-mail pals for schools. You can register your classroom so that other interested classrooms can contact you (all schools are passed through security checks before being accepted). Coverage is world-wide and includes reception to secondary school.Over 4.4 million students and teachers are building skills and enhancing learning with ePALS. Established in 1996, ePALS has 62,386 classroom profiles bringing people in 191 countries together as oss-cultural learning partners and friends.

European Schoolnet

Helps teachers find email partners for their students.

Free email providers An Argot Library links list

The European Schools Project

Supports teachers and pupils in participating in the world of Internet-based Computer Mediated Communications and in using Internet's Information Resources to improve learning and teaching.

Find A Class

A service for teachers looking to develop exchange and collaboration relationships with classrooms from other schools around the world. It offers a searchable database of classes and inter-class projects for members to identify partners.

Friendship Through Education

Links students through letters, emails, collaboration and exchanges to build an understanding between nations and to help us learn more about each other.

Global SchoolNet

In partnership with schools, communities and businesses, provides collaborative learning activities

Global SchoolNet Internet Projects Registry

A database of over 800 projects at the Global SchoolNet Foundation. They are searchable by age level; start date; curriculum area; technologies used; and Project Levels

I*LEARN - The International Education and Resource Network

Enables young people to undertake projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. Participants may join existing structured on-line projects, or work with others internationally to create and facilitate their own projects to fit their own particular classroom and curriculum needs.

Internet Projects Registery

A clearinghouse for projects around the world hosted by the Global SchoolNet Foundation, other organizations, and partner projects conducted by teachers

The Investigators

Students can become World Wide Investigators who take on Monthly Challenges for the good of the world. Find out what the challenge for this month is and receive briefings from the Big Boss and his associates. Send in your reports and share them with the other Investigator teams.

Interact On-Line

A list supplied by Friendship Through Education


An easy-to-use tool, designed primarily for SOCRATES (Comenius 1 & Grundtvig 2), where you can register and search for partners in the European countries.


An collection of email forums for educational communication exchange between students.

Participate in a Project

A list of projects supplied by Friendship Through Education

Travel Buddies at Global SchoolHouse

Windows on the World

A free, easy to use database for schools wanting to develop links with others worldwide. Teachers register their schools on the site, informing others that they wish to develop a link. Using the search tool teachers can also browse the thousands of schools already registered. Once a possible partner school has been found teachers can make contact with each other directly to negotiate a link.


Teaching Units

Early Childhood Pathfinders

From Curriculum Resources at Department of Education, Western Australia

Early Childhood Thematic Units

Includes The Zoo, At The Farm, Thanksgiving/Food, Winter Holidays, Nursery Rhymes, All About Myself, Transportation, Community Helpers, Insects, and Water Fun/Bubbles

EdNA Online's Theme Pages for Schools

Search EdNA's database for web resources


A database of web sites organized around specific themes. Search by keyword, or grade level. From Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies

K-12 on-line curriculum units

Middle Childhood Pathfinders

From Curriculum Resources at Department of Education, Western Australia

Primary Units

University of Kansas Department of Special Education .pdf format

Sample Units of Work from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Integrated units include:

  • Hey! I'm Lost!: Finding Our Way Around Levels 1-2;
  • Pushing, Pulling Level 3;
  • Entertainment, Amusement, Fun, Games, Sport, Play Level 3;
  • Strawberries and Cream, Sand and Sun: Natural Resources; Level 3;
  • The Good Old Days?: Checking Out Our Local History Level 3;
  • Top Books: Book Week Level 3;
  • Oh No! I Left My Sleeping Bag At Home! Level 4;
  • and Read All About It!: Writing a Virtual Newspaper Level 4

Schemes of Work

From The Standards Site of the Department for Education and Skills, UK

Teacher-Developed Resources

Teaching units from Curriculum Services, Canada