Students don't just DO technology
A project-based learning environment involves
wondering about a topic
wiggling through information
weaving elements together
Each child moves through the information process in a unique way.
You'll find lots of sites that focus on Information Literacy. Some places to start are listed below:
Observe the world around you. Seek action and change. Become in tune with the world.
Write, discuss, and share your experiences.
Exploring topics involves surprise, curiosity, doubt, brainstorming, discussing, and reflecting.
Brainstorm ideas for topics.
I wonder ...
I like ...
I dislike ...
I am in favor of ...
I am opposed to ...
I wish I could convince people that ...
Brainstorm ideas for topics.
What I know
What I need to know
What I want to know
What I learned
What I still wonder about
Wondering: 5 Ws & H
Wondering: Search Engines
NetSearch: Common Choices
Begin locating information and connecting ideas. Organize ideas and develop threads of discussion.
Explore statistical information and build timelines, graphics, and charts.
Twist and turn information looking for clues,
ideas, and perspectives.
Wigglers often think with their minds and bodies.
Authority: Who says?
Objectivity: Is the information biased?
Reliability: Is the information accurate?
Relevance: Is the information helpful?
Ask the experts
Share and collaborate
Online Student Connections
Contact made by studentCyberKids Interactive
Kid's Page - International Kids Space
Contact made by teacherNet Contacts
Intercultural Email Classroom Connect
Put out a "Call for Projects"
Topic of project
Level of participation requested
Name, School, Email address
Email Project Ideas
Exchange pen pal messages
Make cross-generational connections
Collaborate on writing projects
Compare life in rural/urban areas
Conduct and compare science experiments
More Email Project Ideas
Compare local statistical information
Go on electronic expeditions
Practice foreign languages
Ask the Expert: astronomers, engineers, architects
Establish mentoring programs
Global Sharing Experiences
Share Kidpix, Quicktake pictures
Apply and synthesize information. Originate new
ideas, create models, form plans and products
Weaving requires the highest levels of thinking.
Can the problem be resolved? How?
Who would need to be involved?
Is it realistic?
What can I do?
Weaving: Information Evaluation
Compare: How are resources alike and different?
Select: What information is useful?
Organize: What's the best way to arrange ideas?
Express: How can my ideas be communicated to others?
Organize your thoughts through writing
Package your ideas, solution, and
Why is this issue important?
Who needs to know about it?
How can I effectively communicate my ideas to others?
Explore clip art
action plan, advertisement, animation, board game, brochure, bumper sticker, chart, collage, debate, demonstration, diagram, diorama, display, documentary, essay, interview, invention, letter, magazine, map, mobile, model, multimedia projct, mural, musical composition, newscast, newsletter, newspaper, oral report, pamphlet, panel discussion, photo essary, play, poem, portfolio, poster, presentation, quilt, quiz bowl, radio show, research paper, role play, simulation, short story, skit, slide show, survey, transparencies, web page, video
Share your ideas, try out new approaches, and ask
Waving: Identifying an Audience
Who needs to hear, see, or read about your ideas?
Waving: Publishing on the Web
Reflect on the project
Strengths of my project are ...
Weaknesses of my project are ...
I'd change ...
Next time I'll ...
Wishing: Shared Reflections
Teachers: art, music, English, social studies, science
Social Issues Topics & Internet
Life Education Network
Family Violence Prevention
Administration on Aging
Center for Disease Control
American Cancer Society
Bureau of Justice
Death and Dying
Marriage and Family
Wondering, Wiggling, Weaving
Become learner centered
Focus on process & product
Remember: Wigglers wiggle for a reason...
Annette Lamb, c1996, 1997. 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.