Select the Best Search Engine for your Information Needs
Ivy’s resource centre for kids
UC Berkeley’s BEST search engines
Sea World Animal Information Database
All the Web
Websites to Evaluate
All About Explorers
Dog Island Free Forever
Feline reactions to bearded men
Coniferous Olympic Rainforest
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus *
A short introduction to the study of Holocaust revisionism
Ability to disagree, discuss, communicate, edit and share ideas in meaningful ways.
Ethics of posting accurate information.
Respect opinions of others.
Internet is the “real world.” This is their first opportunity to demonstrate good citizenship.
Posting to the internet is a permanent mark of their integrity.
Using the waybackmachine.com you can track the history of internet sites.
By the way, sooner or later you will probably have to learn the lingo. Otherwise you will have know idea what your students are saying to one another behind your back.
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An Engaged Teacher
Has current websites with accurate, timely information for varied audiences (students, colleagues, administrator)
Models what they teach, to include good internet ethics
Diligently supervises student internet use
Stays abreast of new educational technologies and be willing to try new techniques
Plans wisely for internet use in the classroom
Integrates RSS feeds accordingly and subscribe to blogs about education and technology
Administrative Support of the 2.0 Classroom
Empower teachers while holding them accountable for teaching content and integrating technology
Provide access to ongoing and meaningful professional development
Work with staff to assess training needs
Maintain ongoing communication with colleagues locally, nationally and internationally
Webliography of Information Literacy Links
National Educational Technology Standards for Students
Alan November on Information Literacy
Kathy Schrock’s School Discovery site
WebQuests or WebQuestUK
UK National Archives
US National Archives
Information and communications technology (ICT) is the ability to use technology to accomplish thinking and learning skills:
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Creativity & Innovation Skills
Communication & Information Skills
So how do we do this?
What do you know about blogging?
Will Richardson: 2004
Where are you?
What do you want to know?
Setting the Bar High
Find an exemplary class blog, direct your students to it, and give them time to read over the post and comments. http://kakos4english2006.blogspot.com/ http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/
Ask them for feedback—which comments are powerful and why? Which ones are less captivating and why? When does the blog get good and why?
Get a discussion going—why do we blog? How is it different from turning in a piece of writing to your teacher? Or having a large class discussion?
What We’ve Liked About the Blog
Quiet students are given a powerful voice.
Students grow more adept at reacting to each other’s ideas.
Class is truly extended beyond the walls of the classroom.
Students produce information on the web instead of passively absorbing it.
Technology is integrated into every subject.
Students take their words seriously and begin to understand what it means to be published.
Students just like it. A lot.
Have your students create the class blog expectations, or have your blog expectations ready to go.
Print out or direct them to the AHS “Safe Blogging Policy” as well.
Talk about blog safety; emphasize that the blogs are linked directly to the school and need to follow the class guidelines as well. Let them know that administrators can and will read their personal blogs.
Send in the Reinforcements…
Students need feedback, they get excited when they see their work published. If possible approve their comments instantly.
Try having a blog for homework that night for immediate reinforcement of what they have just learned.
Try to give them immediate positive feedback; bring up their blogs the next day and commend them on what they did well.
A BIG Suggestion
Use the blog to replace something that you’re already doing; don’t use it to add.
Never blog for blogging’s sake. Think about how the blog can be used to enhance an assignment (links to audio/video clips, artwork, online texts, other blogs, etc.).
Do a Little Exploring
Take a little time to check out some class blogs that have worked pretty well.