Embers: Engaging Learners
 
Embers are the hot, glowing remains of a fire. They keep the fire active when the matches are out and the logs are gone. It's the time to put on the fry pan, roast the hot dogs, and make s'mores. Don't just watch the fire, use it!
Don't just read information off the Internet, use it! Once you've identified some resources and a learning outcome, consider how you will activate the learning environment. How will you engage students and keep them excited about learning?
 
Introduction. Draw student interest with an intriguing introduction. Hook your learners with a picture, quotation, statistic, or problem that you know will pique their curiosity.
 
Activity. Carefully design a project that will allow students to explore, evaluate, organize, analyze, and apply information they've found to solve a problem, formulate something new, or communicate an idea.
 
Tools. Consider the different types of technology tools you can use to help students develop creative projects. Go to the Technology Tools page and identify those resources that might be available in your school.
 
Directions. Students need guidelines for completing your activity. You may wish to provide step-by-step instructions or a more general list of requirements. It's helpful for students to see examples, nonexamples, models, and samples. On the other hand, you don't want students to simply copy your suggestions, so your directions need to be flexible enough to promote unique ideas and approaches.
 
Timeline. How long will students be working on this project? What's realistic? Provide students with some guidelines for project development.
 
Explore resources for encouraging communication and collaboration using the Internet.
 
Collaborative & Student Produced Projects

Lightspan's Collaborative Projects

ThinkQuest

CyberFair

Virtual Architecture

Kidlink Projects

Eduplace Online

Apple Learning Project Page

Epals

Gaggle - email for kids

 
Ask An Expert

Virtual Reference Desk

Ask A+ Locator

Expert Central - New

WonderKorner

Ask An Astronaut

Pitsco Ask An Expert

 
Electronic Post Cards

Blue Mountain

All 4 Kids

Postcards from America

Jan Brett

Butterflies

Yahooligans Links

 
Address Locators

Phone Numbers

Any Who

Big Foot

Big Yellow

Directory Assistance

Switchboard

 
Identify an engaging activity and design an project.
 
Action Plan
Advertising Campaign
Animation
Anecdotes
Articles
Bibliography
Board Game
Book
Brochure
Bumper Sticker
Card Game
Cassette Recording
Chart
Collage
Collection
Comic/Cartoon
Contest
Costume
Cubes
Dance
Database
Debate
Demonstration
Desktop Presentation
Diagram
Diary
Dictionary
Diorama
Display
Documentary
Drawing
Essay
Experiment
Flowchart
Futuristic model
Hidden picture
HyperStudio stack
Illustration
Interview
Invention
Invitation
Graph
Graphic
Greeting Card
Jigsaw Puzzle
Journal
Letter
Light Show
Limerick
Magazine
Map
Mask
Mini-Center
Mobiles
Models
Multimedia
Mural
Museum Exhibit
Musical Composition
Musical Instrument
Newscast
Newsletter
Newspaper
Oral Report
Pamphlet
Panel Discussion
Paper folding
Patterns
Photos
Play
Poem
Portfolio
Poster/Banner
Presentation
Puppets
Quilt
Quiz Bowl
Radio Show
Recipe
Research Paper
Review
Riddle
Role Playing
Rubbings
Samples
Scavenger Hunt
Scrapbook
Sculpture
Seek & Find
Simulation
Short Story
Skit
Slide Show
Songs
Specimens
Spreadsheets
Speech
Surveys/Polls
Tape Recordings
Terrarium
Test
Time line
Tour
Transparencies
Travelogue
Television Show
Tutorial
Web Page
Webquest
Video
Developed by Annette Lamb, 4/99. Updated 6/00.