Integrating The Internet Into The High School Curriculum
Westbrook High School
August 24, 2000 12:30-3:30
What's Out There?
Sorting and Judging
Using It in Classroom Creating and Communicating
Inventing and Solving Problems
A. What's Out There (Guided Tour and Hands-On Exploration)
ASSIGNMENT: Follow one of the next three links to access at least two sites that you feel would be useful in enhancing a curriculum topic you currently cover in the fall.
1. Jot down a few ideas on how you would use each site to enhance your study.
2. Briefly review the Critical Evaluation Guide for Teachers for each site, noting
components that are present or missing.
Be prepared to share your findings with others in your content area / grade level.
Topical Teaching Resources: Blue Web'n Search Collaborative Projects: Telecollaboration Projects Lesson Plans: Weekly Lesson Plans from Online Educator Evaluating Sites:
Using the Critical Evaluation Guide for Teachers (in your handouts)
- Online resources for students and teachers:
- TILT: Texas Information Literacy Tutorial
A great interactive module for high school students -
- Yahooligans Internet Literacy Course: student activities, teacher's guide and evaluation forms for middle school students
- ICYouSEE: Critical Guide to Thinking About What You See on the Web
- Kathy Shrock's Guide to Evaluating Web sites: includes evaluation form for high school students among many other articles and checklists
- Permission Templates for Teachers and Students: ask permission to provide a link to a web site, copy it's resources, or download the entire web site.
- Citation Style Guides: articles galore on correct citation formats
B. What Can I Do With The Internet In My Classroom? (Guided Tour and Hands-On Exploration)
You can develop guided inquiry-based instruction that engages students with the entire process (searching, sorting, creating and communicating) known as Webquests. Click here to read more about the concept of Webquests as first introduced by Bernie Dodge and Tom March back in 1995. WebQuests were designed to bring together the most effective instructional practices into one integrated student activity which emphasizes critical thinking, constructivism, cooperative learning, authentic assessment, and technology integration.ASSIGNMENT: Choose a webquest from the list below that focuses on a particular content area you teach. Read through each section and consider if the activities could enhance student learning in your classroom. Make note of particularly helpful ideas as well as trouble spots or areas you would need to adapt.
Webquests fall at the end of a continuum of Internet-based activity formats outlined at the Filamentality web site for teachers. This continuum includes such formats as a hotlist, multimedia scrapbook, treasure hunt, subject samplers and finally, the most challenging and engaging, the Webquest. For any of the formats, I feel it is important that teachers help students stay focused with an essential question and broaden their understanding of particular ideas with a more diverse representation of perspectives.
The ultimate goal of using Webquests in your classroom is that students will have internalized many of the cognitive strategies built into WebQuests so that they can successfully direct and guide their own studies and findings. And indeed, this has occurred, just five years later...in the form of ThinkQuests, which we'll discuss toward the end of our workshop.
Choose a topic of study you cover in the fall. How might you begin to outline the steps of a Webquest to enhance your study?
Webquests designed for High School Students
Related Interactive Guided Activities:
- Math: Statistics of Elections
- Math: Buckaroo Investment Club
- Math: Show Me The Math (Grades 6-8)
- Math: Quadratic Functions
- Science: Biology: Ewe 2 Case Study Approach
- Science: Physics: How Far Does Light Go?
- Science: Geology: Earth History Illustrations
- Science: Chemistry: Periodic Table Project OR Radiation in Women
- History / Lang. Arts: Racial Desegregation In Schools
- History/ Lang. Arts: America Dreams Webquest
- Social Studies: Exploring Ancient World Cultures
- Philosophy: Development of Strong Morals and Values
- Literature: Creating an Anthology of Literature
- World Languages: Spanish: Guía del Maestro
- World Languages: French: Let's Travel to Paris
- World Languages: French L'Architecture Gothique
- Physical Education: Personal Trainer
- Health: The Real Scoop on Tobacco
- Music: Music Enrichment Activities
- Music: Music Time Periods
- If all else fails, check out
- Trackstar is an on-line interface that helps instructors organize and annotate Web sites (URLs) into lessons. The list of resources acts like a table of contents and remains visible throughout the lesson allowing the user/student to easily browse through the lesson and stay on track. Best projects listed at Top Tracks.
- Example - Holocaust: Preparing the Path (1919-1939)
- Quia, short for Quintessential Instructional Archive, includes a huge directory of teacher-made quizzes as well as templates to create your own Internet-based interactive quizzes. See activity list for index of formats.
- Example: Chemistry
- SCORE (*Cyberguides) - CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature. The guides are sorted by grade levels and include a category for Grades 9-12.
C. Review: Why Bother? (Thoughts for the future)
I mentioned before that the ultimate goal of using Webquests in your classroom is that students will have internalized many of the cognitive strategies built into WebQuests so that they can successfully direct and guide their own studies and findings. The following examples are proof that given the opportunity to construct their own knowledge in new formats while solving real, globally important problems, students are enabled to create and communicate some amazing projects. Many of these students are still in middle school, or even elementary school, so by the time they get to high school, imagine the results!
- Thinkquest: International Contest for Students and Teachers URL: http://www.thinkquest.org/index.shtml
- Contest Winners 1996-2000
- Thinkquest: Electricity Online - 1999 Contest Winner (in four different languages!)
- Thinkquest Junior: Rat Tales - 2000 Contest Winner
- Tomorrow's Teachers: Only A Matter of Opinion - 1999 Contest Winner
- I*EARN: The International Education and Resource Network enables young people to undertake projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. Read more in the project descriptions. URL: http://www.igc.org/iearn/
- International Schools CyberFair URL: http://gsh.lightspan.com/cf/index.html
Index of Winners for CyberFair 2000
- Transcending Time: High school students work to dissolve stereotypic views of the elderly in Singapore
- Local Leaders: Elementary students in California create a friendship and appreciation for the many people that make up our community.
- Globe: Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Students and teachers from over 8500 schools in more than 85 countries are working with research scientists to learn more about our planet.
D. Resources for Later Exploration
- Bruner, C. and W. Tally. (1999). The New Media Literacy Handbook: An Educator's Guide to Bringing New Media Into The Classroom. New York: Anchor Books
- Norton, P. and K. Wiburg. (1998). Teaching with Technology. Texas: Harcourt Brace & Company
- Williams, R. and J. Tollett. (1998). The Non-Designer's Web Book. Berkeley, California: Peachpit Press.
- Julie's Technology Resources (from LEARN) Links to technology workshops, tutorials for using software tools and collections of educational web site resources.
- From Now On: Jamie McKenzie's award winning site entitled Beyond Technology to Learning and Information Literacy. This is a MUST visit. URL: http://www.fno.org/
- SCORE Internet Resources Great for each content area; particularly language arts cyberguides
- Decisions, Decisions Online Tom Snyder's website (and software) encourages students to apply higher-level thinking skills and form their own educated opinions on important issues.
- Xpeditions @national Geographic Great online geography resources
- Public Discussions about Current Issues at PBS URL: http://www.pbs.org
- Election issues for this year
- Media Awareness Website URL: http://www.media-awareness.ca/ includes Speak Out Online, a discussion group that focuses on literacy and the messages that images communicate to others
- CyberSMART For elementary and middle school students and their families
- New York Times Learning Network Great current learning opportunities for students
- HighWired.com Online community for high schools; includes web page publishing tools and activities database URL: http://www.highwired.com/
Other web sites recommended by high school teachers:This page created by Julie Coiro on August 22, 2000
- Statistical Computations
- Zona Land: Algebra, Geometry and Physics
URL: http://id.mind.net/~zona/World Languages
- Visualizing Earth
- Exploratorium in San Francisco
- Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Science
- Index of Physics Sites
- Annenberg Teacher's Lab
- Explore Science Multimedia Interactive Activities
- EARTH SCIENCE UNIT
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- PEAK English Online English School
- Systran Translator (translate phrases, web pages or whole files)
- Dave's ESL Café
- Language Links
- Parlez-Vous Technology
- Music Education