Web Resources for Teachers<br />SarahMiller<br />These are online resources that provide all educators with the materials and connections that they need to be successful. <br />
Introduction:<br />I am putting together this presentation to outline just a few of the many online resources that are available to teachers today. When searching for these sites I was looking for sites that had a broad range of topics and materials to present to educators today. As stated before there were hundreds of recourses that fit this description but I am only going to present the following three sites to day:<br />MERLOT-Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching.<br />JOLT-Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.<br />LearnNC-School of Education at UNC.<br />
Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching <br />Click image to view website.<br />The Objectives of this website are to:<br /><ul><li>Provide and contribute learning materials.
Provide opportunities for educators to create a profile and connect with each other.
Provide peer reviewed materials and recognition.</li></ul>http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm<br />Description: This website provides peer reviewed teaching a learning materials, it connects you with other educators and it allows you to share advice and materials with others.<br />
Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching Cont’d<br /><ul><li>“MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.MERLOT's vision is to be a premiere online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy. “</li></ul>http://taste.merlot.org/<br /><ul><li>MERLOT’s goal is to help improve how effective teaching and learning is by providing resources and giving examples of lessons and activities that will help students to learn better and educators to teach better. </li></li></ul><li>My Personal Reflection on MERLOT<br /><ul><li>MERLOT is a great tool that can be used by anyone who is pursuing a career in education because it allows you to not only share your insights and experiences but it allows you to gain understanding from others.
One thing that set this website apart from others that I found was that the material was peer reviewed.
Another really neat feature that the site recently created was a content creating program. This allows you to write your own assignments and share them with colleagues and peers.</li></li></ul><li>LEARN NC: School of Education at NCU<br />Click image to visit website.<br />Description: this website provides you with the resources you need for teaching and learning for grades K-12. <br />Goals for LEARN NC:<br /><ul><li>Through content: Strengthen and achieve balance in our collection of educational materials by increasing quantity and quality in order to efficiently meet educators’ information needs and facilitate the acquisition of professional skills.
Through community: Encourage a culture of continual learning and collegial sharing in K-12 education by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters communities of practice focused on innovative content, effective strategies, and professional opportunities.
Through outreach: Leverage our creativity and expertise to integrate programs and resources and build partnerships. </li></ul>http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/5065<br />
LEARN NC Cont’d<br /><ul><li>LEARN NC has proved to be a great tool for teachers to use to help them plan day to day lessons as well as assisting them when looking into the future for their students and their classrooms. Similar to MERLOT this website also offers online classes for teachers to enroll in.
This website offers suggestions on how to plan successful field trips as well. I thought this was a really neat idea because planning a field can turn into a lot of work for a teacher, so having the resources to assist you in this process is a great idea.
The creators of this website felt that it was very important to have a resource link to provide definitions, links to examples and tips on how to contextualize terms. This is a great resource for teacher to have while planning lessons or just to have access to whenever they need it.</li></li></ul><li>My Personal Reflection on LEARN NC<br /><ul><li>As a prospective teacher I found this website very interesting and helpful. I really liked the fact that you could use this website to help plan for future classes but that there are also resources to help teachers immediately. An example of this would be the resource page that I discussed previously.
Another aspect of this website that I really liked was the classroom management page. This page has three different parts: Designing your classroom, Getting organized and day-to-day management-building classroom culture. I think that as a new teacher these are very hard things to do, so I especially found this very helpful. </li></li></ul><li>Journal of Online Learning and Teaching<br /><ul><li>Enable faculty to use technology effectively in online teaching and learning by learning from a community of researchers and scholars
Enable academic programs to design and deploy academic technology to optimize online teaching and learning
Build a community around the research and scholarly use of multimedia educational resources for online teaching and learning. </li></ul>Description: This website was designed as a place for teachers and students. JOLT welcomes papers from all aspects and is open to everyone who wants or needs access to them.<br />Click image to visit website.<br />http://jolt.merlot.org/<br />
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Cont’d<br /><ul><li>JOLT has some really neat resources available for its users. The helpful to users of this site. What the site has done is created past and current issues pages have proven very two separate places for papers to go based on how current the subject is that is being addressed.
JOLT has had over 81,000 visits in the last year and they are looking to become more known by placing a call for new papers to be posted. This allows the site to expand its horizons and topics being presented. </li></li></ul><li>My Personal Reflection on JOLT<br /><ul><li>For me, this website seemed like a resource that I might use not only as a teacher but as a student. I find that having the opportunity to read and research other people’s thoughts is very helpful when doing my own research.
The reason I chose this as a technology resource for teachers is because I can see myself using this site as a teacher to find insight on how other teachers and people see certain topics.</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br /><ul><li> Doing this research project has really helped me to expand my resources as a prospective teacher. I learned a lot about different technology resources that are available, not only to teachers and prospective teachers but to students as well.
All of these resources offer different things but all of them are excellent resources for teachers, allowing them to expand their teaching skills and education.
Most students and teachers don’t realize the tools that they have access to. All of these resources and hundreds more are at your fingertips and just by taking a few minutes to do some research I found some great tools that I can use in the future.</li></li></ul><li>Reference Citations:<br />http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm<br />http://www.learnnc.org/<br />http://jolt.merlot.org/<br />