The World Wide Web provides rich resources for educators, but they are useful only if educators know what resources are there and how to find them. Participants in this workshop will explore the range of educational material available on the Internet and learn time-saving skills to search the Web more effectively for useful curricular resources. Participants will become familiar with popular search engines and subject directories and will learn techniques to use each one appropriately and efficiently. The workshop will also examine the importance of critical evaluation of web resources and consider how to develop evaluation skills in the classroom. Participants will leave the workshop with a collection of web resources appropriate for their own classroom use.
Learn effective techniques for using popular search engines and directories to find useful educational resources
Critically assess the content and quality of web-based resources
Teach students how to evaluate content on the Web
Develop a collection of appropriate web-based resources for curricular use
As a final product, participants will develop a collection of web-based resources to accompany a lesson plan. These resources will be saved on the Internet in Trackstar, an online lesson-building tool.
Lessons include readings, an activity, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time for completing each session is estimated to be two to four hours.
Workshop participants are expected to complete weekly assignments, including active participation in the online discussion board. In addition, participants will develop and share their ideas to incorporate tools and strategies presented in the workshop into their own curricula.
Participants are expected to respond to the online discussion prompt in each of the workshop sessions with an original posting. Participants are also expected to respond to the postings of other course participants in each workshop session.
Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Participants are expected to post reflections about the assigned readings and the completed activities in the online course discussion.
Participants are expected to complete and submit the final product during the final workshop session. Participants who are completing team products are expected to work collaboratively with their team on the product and include the names of all team members on the final product posting with in the course.