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Once you've identified resources that could be used in your classroom, it's time to evaluate those materials. Ask yourself:

  • Will the resources really help my students learn?
  • Is the resource a good use of instructional time?
  • Are the materials appropriate for my students?

Evaluation Tools

Thematic Units

Project Sites

Informational Sites

Activity Sites

Sponsored Sites

Evaluation Tools

Use evaluation tools to help you select quality resources.

CyberGuides

http://www.cyberbee.com/guides.html

Kathy Schrock's Evaluation Surveys

http://www.capecod.net/schrockguide/eval.htm

Ed's Oasis Online Evaluation Center

http://www.edsoasis.org/guide2.html

700+ Great Sites Selection Criteria

http://www.ala.org/parentspage/greatsites/criteria.html

Informational Sites

Many informational sites are not written specifically for children. Will the content be motivating and interesting for your students? Is the scope and sequence of information logical and useful? Is the depth of the information appropriate for your children? Is the content appropriate for the reading level and maturation level of your students?

The Weird Guys Who Write Poems

http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/8981/

World Wide Worlds

http://www.clever.net/quinion/words/

Cybrary of the Holocaust

http://remember.org:80/index.html

Missouri Botanical Garden

http://www.mobot.org/welcome.html

Thematic Units

Examine the objectives and lessons in the thematic unit. Are they focused for your grade level? Do they use strategies that you would use?

Thematic Teaching/Learning Units

Thematic Units

http://www.springfield.k12.il.us/schools/Iles/thematic.units/
Reading_Themes.html

Treasure Island 1

http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/treasure/

Treasure Island 2

http://www.dreamcatchers.net/treasure/

Thematic Projects

Hurricanes

http://www.miamisci.org/hurricane/hurricane0.html

Laura Ingalls Wilder,
Frontier Girl

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/p_greetham/ingalls/home.html

SeaSky

http://www.seasky.org/mainmenu.html

Activity Sites

There are many activity sites on the Internet. Students can solve problems, play games, and explore issues. Do your students have the skills to use the activities? Are the directions clear? Can the activity be done in a timely fashion? Does the activity help a student apply or synthesize information or is it "just for fun"? Is the activity good use of instructional time?

DragonFly

http://miavx1.muohio.edu/~Dragonfly/

United Nations CyberSchoolBus

http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/index.html

Food Finder

http://www.olen.com/food/

Kid Foods Cyberclub

http://www.kidsfood.org/

Project Sites

There are thousands of Internet-based projects that your class can join. Does the project fit your outcomes, depth, and timeline?

Insect Project

http://www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us/SCHOOLS/groveland/
insect.proj/insects.html

Science Fiction Writing Project

http://www.oxnardsd.org/campus/frem/sci/scifi.html

Sponsored Sites

Many sites have sponsors. Some of these sponsors are selling products through the website or require accompanying materials that must be purchased. Can the site be used without other materials? Can you repurpose the materials to serve your needs?

bioSurf

http://www.biosurf.com/

The Oregon Trail

http://www.isu.edu/~trinmich/Oregontrail.html

Social Studies School Service

http://socialstudies.com/

GeologyLink

http://www.geologylink.com/