Select Effective Internet Resources
Be realistic and practical.
Select Quality Info
If it's not good, don't use it.
Does it fit your curriculum?
Does it meet student needs?
Is it written at the right level?
Correct Reading Level
If students can't read it, don't use it.
Match Interest Level
Internet should be motivating.
Match Maturation Level
Most Internet resources are written for adults.
Is the information written at your level?
Is inappropriate information included?
Is it "over" their heads?
The College Guide
Use Internet for "one-shot" timely topics
Explore Current Issues
Internet is best for current info not available in other
Internet provides first-hand information not available
Internet lets you focus on individual needs.
Design Exciting Internet Activities
Create stimulating activities that provide skills students need
to create exciting projects.
Real World Topics
Explore real-world topics
Guide students through the selection of an appropriate topic.
The Internet is overwhelming, help student narrow their topic.
Focus student searches by providing a starting point.
Good Road Maps
Help students focus on relevant information.
Focus on One Page
Internet can be overwhelming.
Provide a handouts or web page with specific guidelines.
Actively Involve Students
Get students involved with applying Internet resources.
Let students explore sites that have lots of focused options.
High Level Questions
Go beyond the basics, address higher level skills.
Print Out Activities
Even without a classroom computer, you can use Internet
Use the Internet for remediation and challenge.
Apply Internet information to specific end products.
Focus on Involvement
Ask students to "do it"
Use Internet to share beyond the classroom.
Identify discussion groups
Live or delayed?
Provide initial discussion threads
Don't interrupt, but keep it on track
Discussion List List
Use Internet to link students with other students.
Involve students in hands-on projects
Write a diary
Count the rings
Draw a wall poster of tree rings
Act out history
Invent a way to judge age
Write a song about rings
Don't try to build everything from scratch, join projects.
Encourage collaborative projects using Internet resources.
Create on the Web
Become a web weaver.
Use Others As Models
Use the web as a communication tool.
Bring Learning to Life
Focus on ways that Internet can bring learning alive.
Study history through exploration of the park
Study geography through adventures to historic sites
National Park Service
Insist on Citation
Ask students to be accountable for their work.
Keep Up To Date
Participate in professional development activities.
Avoid Road Kill
Plan each lesson
Carefully evaluate each site
Pick only the sites that you need
Provide opportunities for guided exporation
Avoid Becoming Road Kill
classroom management concerns
Annette Lamb, c1996. The contents of this page are based on
the book Surfin' the Internet.
Users are free to link to this site. Users are also allowed to print
and use the resources in their classroom.