A learning journey for teachers<br />Angêla Betancourt Balmaceda<br />
Now days, Internet skills are important and it can be very helpful for employment, quality of life, studies among others<br />You can maximize the potential of search engines by learning how they work, and how to use them quickly and effectively.<br />
<ul><li>Motivational power: time on task, enjoyment and sense of satisfaction.
Resource-based learning: link many different types of resources and provide a guided path, also provide access to many primary sources, archival materials, databases.
Collaborative learning: ease of communication and collaboration even across distances.
Interactivity: potentiality in choosing how to synthesize information and providing self-assessment.
Publication: easy and inexpensive publication of student work</li></ul>WHY TO USE IT?<br />
<ul><li>Be aware of what tools are available and of how others have employed these in teaching; the tools and examples
Find out what kinds of resources relevant to your discipline and course topic are already on the web.
Think about how these tools and resources would enable you and your students to do something new, or to do something old in a new and better way.
Make sure that your students understand how to use the tools that you are asking them to employ.</li></ul>Take into account<br />
<ul><li>Search Engines. You can maximize the potential of search engines by learning how they work, and how to use them quickly and effectively. The challenge is to ask your question the right way, so that you don't end up overwhelmed with too many search results, underwhelmed with too few, or simply unable to locate the material that you need. </li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Getting Started. Before doing a search, it is important to define your topic as completely and succinctly as possible. Write down exactly what you are looking for. This will help you to discover the best keywords for your search.</li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Keywords. Use a maximum of 6 to 8 words, preferably use nouns, and objects. </li></ul> <br /><ul><li>Boolean Basics. Helps to increase the chance of getting more useful results. Those will be, and, or.</li></ul>How to Search the Internet Effectively<br />
AND. Search those documents that contained the keywords you typed. In this way you can reduce useless materials<br />OR. Search those documents that contained one of the keywords you typed. Help to string synonyms.<br /><ul><li>Tap into reputable sources. This information can be found on government and educational websites. These websites are easily identified because their domain names end in .edu or .gov.
Subscribe to RSS Feeds. RSS feeds are particularly handy for news sources or other websites that are constantly updated. If you need to collect current events on a particular topic, RSS feeds will practically do your work for you. </li></ul>How to Search the Internet Effectively<br />
Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com<br />MSN Live Academic http://academic.live.com<br />INFOMINEhttp://infomine.ucr.edu<br />Resource Discovery Network http://www.rdn.ac.uk<br /> SearchEdu.com http://www.searchedu.com<br />A9http://a9.com/-/home.jsp?nc=1<br />Google Books Search http://books.google.com/<br />Son of Citation Machine http://citationmachine.net/<br />Examples of Academic journals, articles and other scholarly content <br />
Advantages of using internet as a teaching tool<br />
This web page provides different courses and information and points out why is important to use internet in our lives. It also mentions the ages in which a kid should begin using this tool and how they should use it<br />This web page talks of the usages that we can give to internet, it mentions that understand that the internet is not a replacement for good teaching. It is not a crutch for bad teaching. It is a resource and an information tool. Teachers should use it mainly for these purposes. And it divides the topic into to major sections, which are Using the Internet as an Information Tool and Using the Internet as a Resource for Quick Teacher Ideas<br />
In this web page the author mention that Internet, apart from boosting a role, provides students with the tools they need to discover and own knowledge. She mentions that by using internet students use hooks and templates they need to fasten information to the long-term memory. <br />As part of this process the author provide some key reasons of why a teacher should encourage students to use the Internet in their learning. The reasons keys that she propose are motivating factors, fast communication, access to information, interactive activities, cooperative learning, locating research materials, acquiring varied writing skills, and the work environment.<br />