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PASSPORT'S award-winning online resources provide opportunities impossible before the Internet. Each Module has visually-rich web sites and simple e-mail discussion groups for teachers and students.

"PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST", for example, provides current and engaging information not available in textbooks.

GeoSys EcoSys RESEARCH/ers New & Now
   Its 4 main sections provide a comprehensive and engaging overview of rainforests around the world, the plants and creatures who live there, and the researchers who know them best.

   Once you've met the researchers online, "INTERACT" provides a chance to send them questions, and receive back individual answers.

   Each Module also offers online collaborative projects in which students INTERACT with world-class researchers.

   Mail lists and discussion forums invite teacher-to-teacher sharing-questions, resources, examples of classroom success, resulting in a nationwide, virtual, "Faculty Lounge"...

For example, during "LIVE FROM THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE", NASA offered P2K 3 orbits of Earth's most powerful eye on the Universe.

   The only requirement was to have students directly involved in decisions about what planets to observe.

   P2K recruited 4 of America's leading astronomers as online mentors. Each of them spoke up, on camera and online, for a particular planet-Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune or Uranus.

    Online, students across America and around the world asked questions of these "PLANET ADVOCATES", researched each option, and collaborated with each other. Eventually P2K brokered a consensus to allocate one orbit to distant Pluto, and two for Neptune.

ONLINE, students followed the process of targeting the Hubble. ON CAMERA, they and the "PLANET ADVOCATES" saw THEIR results for the first time.