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  • 1. Technology Workshop
    The Internet in the Elementary Classroom
    Teach your students to search effectively, and use Internet Workshop and Internet Projects in your classroom. Plan to incorporate your hands-on learning in this workshop into your science and social studies lessons.
    Pulaski School
    Lynn Ryczer
  • 2. Workshop Objectives
    The participants will:
    Examine new literacies, such as searching, locating, and critically evaluating information on the Internet and learn strategies to introduce to students.
    Become familiar with and evaluate Internet Workshop and Internet Projects.
    Identify resources to for teacher use and student use.
    Create an Internet Workshop for use in the classroom.
  • 3. New Literacies
    Definition of literacy is always changing…
    Literacy is being redefined as new technologies emerge
    New literacy skills are required to effectively use the Internet and other technologies.
    Dr. Donald J. Leu, New Literacies Video
    The new literacies of the Internet and other ICTs include the skills, strategies, and dispositions necessary to successfully use and adapt to the rapidly changing information and communication technologies and contexts that continuously emerge in our world and influence all areas of our personal and professional lives. These new literacies allow us to use the Internet and other ICTs to identify important questions, locate information, critically evaluate the usefulness of that information, synthesize information to answer those questions, and then communicate the answers to others.
    Toward a Theory of New Literacies, 2004 (Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, and Cammack)
  • 4. Videos~Just to get you thinking…
    Pay Attention
    Since most of today's students can appropriately be labeled as "Digital Learners", why do so many teachers refuse to enter the digital age with their teaching practices? This presentation was created in an effort to motivate teachers to more effectively use technology in their teaching.
    A Vision of K-12 Students Today
    This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it serves to motivate district level leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so.
    Dr. Leu
    Donald J. Leu holds the John and Maria Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the University of Connecticut and is President Elect of the National Reading Conference. He is an international expert in the new literacies of Internet technologies and how to best prepare students for these new literacies.
  • 5. Technology Standards
    Information and Literacy Technology Framework
    ISTE National Education Technology Standards
    NETS Document
    Meriden 2006 Technology Plan
  • 6. More to Teach…
    How can we add one more thing to our already packed day???
    Include the Internet as a resource
    Integrate inot subject areas
    Discuss new strategies and skills learned
  • 7. Frustrations…Problems…Concerns
  • 8. Internet Safety
    Meriden Acceptable Use Policy
    Westport Student Policy
    Safety Tips
    Back button
    Five click rule
    Safety Sites students can explore
    Privacy Playground
    Internet Driver’s License
    PBS Kid's Web License
  • 9. Frustrations…Problems…Concerns
    Finding Info!
    What are your favorite sites to search with?
    What do your students use when searching for information?
  • 10. Locating Information
    Using Search Engines
    Yahoo Kids!(categories)
    Browse vs. search
    Comprehensive directory of topics/categories
    KidsClick!(librarian selected database)
    Gives reading level of resource
    Smaller, less search results
    Worlds of Web Searching
    Google Safe Search for Kids(text matching)
    Prevents inappropriate content from appearing
    Meriden Online Book Collection
    *Web Path Express give websites with reading levels!
    List of Search Engines & Descriptions
  • 11. Locating Information
    Key Words
    Choosing important words and synonyms
    Using quotations
    Topic + focus strategy
    Key Word Lesson Gr. 2-3
    Ask Kids(natural language processing)
    Allows students to type question
    Ineffective strategy when using other search engines
  • 12. Locating Information
    Analyzing Search Engine Results
    Students need to skim and scan for title, site description, and URL
    Results are displayed differently on each site
  • 13. Locating Information
    Understanding URLs
    URLs give information about the site
    Help make inferences about the credibility of the site
    Locate a page when link changes
    host of the site
    (credible source?)
    .com – commercial
    .org – organizational, non-profit
    .edu – educational
    .net – networked organization
    *See Understanding URLs for more information!
    hypertext document
    name of the folder
    on the server
    domain name
  • 14. Frustrations…Problems…Concerns
    Finding a good site to use!
    How do you choose which site to use? Where do you look to find information about the site?
  • 15. Critically Evaluating Information
    Anyone can publish on the Internet!
    Students should evaluate a website for...
    Author, Purpose, Date, Accuracy, Bias
    Five W’s and How (Leu, Leu, Coiro)
    Five W’s of Website Evaluation (Kathy Shrock)
    Students need strategies for efficiently evaluating the credibility and usefulness of the information they find.
    Analyze Video, Dr. Leu
  • 16. Critically Evaluating Information
    Look for “About this site”
    Water Cycle Site
    Google~ Martin Luther King ~ 3rd Site
    All About Explorers(For Teachers~Lessons)
    The Tree Octopus
    *Critical Evaluation Info Kathy Shrock
  • 17. CyberSmart! Curriculum
    “CyberSmart! Student Curriculum empowers students to use the Internet safely, responsibly, and effectively. The free non-sequential curriculum is easily integrated into your current curriculum. A consistent lesson model, including free reproducible student activity sheets, makes planning easy. Standards-based lessons are aligned with national and state technology and information literacy standards. CyberSmart! prepares students to use the Internet for communication, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving—the new basic skills for 21st century learning.”
    Useful Student Resources from CyberSmart!
    Rating Websites
    Acceptable Use Policy
  • 18. Frustrations…Problems…Concerns
    Not enough time!
    What do you plan for your students to work on in the computer lab? Can you incorporate a computer center during independent work time? Can create a rotating schedule for student computer time?
  • 19. Internet Workshop
    Internet workshop is one way teachers begin to integrate the Internet into a classroom setting which provides opportunities for students to exchange content information and new literacies.
    Internet Workshop Steps
    Locate a good site with content related to unit of study and set bookmark
    Develop an open ended activity requiring students to use the site
    (this could also be an Internet Workshop journal)
    Assign the activity to be completed during the week or in computer lab
    Have students share their discoveries, questions, and new literacy strategies during a short workshop session
    • Sharing the experiences is key! It allows students to share and compare the information they discovered, discuss their developing skills in critical analysis, and raise new questions to be explored.
    Two Examples ~ Desert ~ Geometry
  • 20. Internet Workshop Uses
    • Students could…
    Build background knowledge or activate knowledge on an upcoming topic ~ language arts, science, ss, math, etc.
    Gain additional knowledge on topic as students navigate and explore a bookmarked site
    Explore searching for a site to use for a research project
    Evaluating search results or two different sites on same topic
    Complete activity related to literature read ~ Cyberguides
    Research an author ~ Author’s on the Web
    Solve a math problem of the week ~ CMT Review
    Discovering the new literacies and learning together with your students is one of the important aspects of Internet Workshop; it models for students how they will need to learn from others the continuously emerging new literacies of Internet technologies.
    Leu, Donald J., Internet Workshop: Making Time for Literacy
    Leu, Donald J., Internet Workshop and WebQuests: Two Instructional Models
  • 21. What are some other ways you might use Internet Workshop in your classroom?
    What websites do you think you will incorporate in your classroom?
    An other ideas?
    Internet Workshop Uses
  • 22. Internet Projects
    Internet Projects are collaborative learning activities between two or more classes.  Students work on a similar topic and share their learning through the Internet.  The learning is engaging, purposeful, and authentic and prepares students for new literacies.
    Website Project
    Involves a common website that numerous classes report or collect data for. 
    Classes have a chance to compare their data with other classes and discuss the differences. 
    Teachers can find Internet Projects and join!
    Spontaneous Project
    A classroom works with another class or classes to obtain a common goal, which can be an objective for a unit of study. 
    Teachers can create their own project descriptions and find classes looking to collaborate.
  • 23. Internet Project Resources
    As you explore the Internet for websites to use in your class, you will also find great Internet Projects and activities or you can search for them.
    Explore the sites attached for some great projects!
    Internet Project: Preparing Students for New Literacies in a Global Village gives examples of Internet Projects.
    Additional Internet Project Resources Google Doc
    Internet projects help students communicate with students from different cultures, develop a greater appreciation for the diversity of our world, lead children to respect differences, learn new literacies, and provide authentic learning experiences.
    Leu, Leu, & CoiroTeaching with the Internet K-12:New Literacies for New Times
  • 24. Internet Projects
    Which Internet Projects looked interesting to you?
    What Internet Projects will enhance your science, social studies, math, etc. curriculum?
    How do you see yourself using Internet Projects in your class?
  • 25. Frustrations…Problems…Concerns
    No time to search and plan!
    Use the workshop time create an Internet Workshop for your class!
    Find a Internet Project you want to participate in!
  • 26. Additional Resources for…Internet Workshops, InternetProjects, WebQuests, and more!
    English and Social Studies Sites
    Science and Math Sites
    Internet Workshop Template
    Use this template to start your own Internet Workshop!
  • 27. Internet in the Classroom
    Identifying important questions, navigating information networks to locate relevant information, critically evaluating information, and communicating the solution to others are five important aspects of new literacies. These instructional models provide support in teaching and developing new literacies, as well as developing content area knowledge.