Select Effective Internet Resources


Think Practicality
Be realistic and practical.

Do you really need Internet?
Would other resources work faster? better?
Why the Internet?

Webster's Dictionary
http://www-lj.eb.com/mw/


Froggy
http://www.cs.yale.edu/HTML/YALE/CS/HyPlans/loosemore-sandra/froggy.html

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?

Solar System
http://www.windows.umich.edu/


Correct Reading Level
If students can't read it, don't use it.

Are students skimming or reading?
Are the illustrations helpful?
What are students doing with the information?

Fictional Story
http://www.indiana.edu/~eric_rec/fl/pcto/april.html

Match Interest Level
Internet should be motivating.

Can Internet make a topic more interesting?
Can you match student interests with Internet resources?

Sports Illustrated for Kids
http://pathfinder.com/SIFK/index.html


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
http://www.jayi.com/ACG/

Timely Topics
Use Internet for "one-shot" timely topics

Election
Special Events
Olympics

Election Simulation
http://www.darkhorse.msnbc.com/


Explore Current Issues
Internet is best for current info not available in other formats.

Economy
Weather
Human Conflict

Burundi Information
http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/95fact/by.html
http://198.76.84.1/HORN/images/horn_mov.gif
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/CIA_Maps/Rwanda_Burundi_19878.gif


Authenticity
Internet provides first-hand information not available elsewhere.

Primary materials
historic documents
real data
personal interviews

Early American Documents
http://earlyamerica.com/index.html

Letters
http://www.signature.pair.com/letters/


Multiple Intelligences
Internet lets you focus on individual needs.

Verbal/Linguistic
Visual/Spatial
Musical
Logical/Mathematical
Bodily/Kinesthetic
Interpersonal
Intrapersonal

Light
http://curry.edschool.Virginia.EDU/murray/Light/How_Light_Works.html
http://www.nbn.com/youcan/glasses/eyeglasses.html
http://owl.qut.edu.au/common-cgi-bin/oz-projects/NET-GIG-TEACHERS/
http://www.geom.umn.edu/education/calc-init/rainbow/rainbow.cgi
http://sunsite.anu.edu.au/Questacon/colourcontrast.html
http://www2.islandnet.com/~bedford/penpal-k.html

Design Exciting Internet Activities

Create stimulating activities that provide skills students need to create exciting projects.

Real World Topics
Explore real-world topics

Match real-world issues to curriculum
Match real-world audiences to projects

Real World
http://www.cmargin.com/home.html


Traffic Safety
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/

http://www.pde.drivers.com/pde/
http://www.ai.net/~ryanb/


Monitor Topics
Guide students through the selection of an appropriate topic.

List of topics
Age appropriateness
Content availability
Require research questions

Church of Satan
http://webpages.marshall.edu/~allen12/cos.html

Narrow Choices
The Internet is overwhelming, help student narrow their topic.

Provide a starting site
Help students brainstorm

Idea Central
http://epn.org/idea/


Preliminary searches
Focus student searches by providing a starting point.

Specific addresses
Lists of lists

Ireland
http://www.ireland.com/


Good Road Maps
Help students focus on relevant information.


Provide
evaluation tools
lists of sample sites
keywords
questions

Hawthorne
http://www.tiac.net/users/eldred/nh/hawthorne.html

Focus on One Page
Internet can be overwhelming.

Direct attention to a single site
Provide students with a limited number of choices

Ant Antics
http://www.ionet.net/~rdavis/antics.shtml


Provide Guides
Provide a handouts or web page with specific guidelines.

Directions
Questions
Links

Democracy Project
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/democracy/debtquest.html
http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/
http://www.thirdmil.org/debt/debt.cgi
http://garnet.berkeley.edu:3333/budget/budget.html

Actively Involve Students

Get students involved with applying Internet resources.

Allow Exploration
Let students explore sites that have lots of focused options.

Animals
Countries
Social Issues
Careers

Future Scan
http://www.futurescan.com/

High Level Questions
Go beyond the basics, address higher level skills.

Brainstorm questions
Focus on creative projects

Donner Party Project
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/donner/

http://www.tahoenet.com/tdhs/tpdonner.html


Print Out Activities
Even without a classroom computer, you can use Internet

Print and laminate
Print and put in notebooks

Chemisty Lesson
http://www.lapeer.lib.mi.us/ChemCom/Unit1/Density.html


Ink Lesson
http://cissus.mobot.org/MBGnet/simple/ink.html

Build Skills
Use the Internet for remediation and challenge.

Practice software
Simulations

Educational Testing Service
http://www.ets.org/


Test Preparation
http://www.testprep.com/wwmain.sat.html


Concrete Products
Apply Internet information to specific end products.

Papers
Posters
Brochures
Skills
Debate

Online Writery
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/edfirst/OnLine_Outline/OnLine_Outline.html

Puppetry
HTTP://www-leland.stanford.edu/~rosesage/puppetry/puppetry.html#defs.plays

Focus on Involvement
Ask students to "do it"

Create
Write
Discuss
Debate
Formulate

Adventure Stories
http://www.execpc.com/adventure/


Focus Discussions
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
http://www.liszt.com/


Focus Email
Use Internet to link students with other students.

Provide netiquette
Develop specific projects
Develop timelines

KeyPals
http://www.reedbooks.com.au/heinemann/global/global1.html


Travel Buddies
http://owl.qut.edu.au/common-cgi-bin/oz-projects/TRAVEL-BUDDIES/

Active Participation
Involve students in hands-on projects

Tree Rings
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
WhyFiles
http://whyfiles.news.wisc.edu/021climate/index.html


Join Projects
Don't try to build everything from scratch, join projects.

Kid projects
Virtual field trips
Online email projects

Slash Magazine
http://www.splash.com/april/graphic/spltgal.htm


Online Class
http://www.usinternet.com/onlineclass/

Manage teams
Encourage collaborative projects using Internet resources.

One team, one day
One team, one week
One person from team

Thomas Web
http://thomas.loc.gov/


Create on the Web
Become a web weaver.

Add to projects
Create your own web pages

BookNook
http://www.schoolnet.ca/arts/lit/booknook/index.html


Little Planet
http://www.littleplanet.com:80/herbook1.html

Use Others As Models
Use the web as a communication tool.

Create your own museum
Build your own web books

Thinker Museum
http://www.thinker.org/index.html

Bring Learning to Life
Focus on ways that Internet can bring learning alive.

Study history through exploration of the park system
Study geography through adventures to historic sites

National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/


Insist on Citation
Ask students to be accountable for their work.

Webs
Notes
Journals
Bibliographies

Classroom Connect Citations
http://www.classroom.net/classroom/CitingNetResources.html

Keep Up To Date
Participate in professional development activities.

Know your students
Explore new instructional strategies

Current Information Resources
http://www.landmark-project.com/ca

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

Anticipate problems
inappropriate sites
technical problems
classroom management concerns

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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.