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Making the Most of the Web in Your Classroom

Making the Most of the Web in Your Classroom
A Teacher's Guide to Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis, Pages, and Sites

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November 2007 | 168 pages | Corwin

"I have not seen a more teacher-friendly resource for using the Web in the classroom. The authors took both novices and experts into consideration. A must-have in every school."
—Elizabeth Alvarez, Math and Science Coach
Chicago Public Schools, IL

"A user-friendly tool on many levels. I would recommend this book to media specialists, instructional technology teachers, and district coordinators for both content and technology."
—April DeGennaro, Gifted Education Teacher
Peeples Elementary School, Fayetteville, GA

Translate Web technology into practical applications for the daily curriculum!

Designed for novices and experienced users, this comprehensive guide includes all the need-to-know aspects of using the World Wide Web to support student learning. Making the Most of the Web in Your Classroom covers the language of the Web, describes Web-editing software, and shows how to use Web tools that offer unique learning opportunities for students.

This book examines issues of student safety, appropriate "netiquette," and copyright and other legal considerations and provides field-tested strategies, examples, and reproducibles to help teachers create powerful learning opportunities. Educators will be able to meet ISTE NETS technology and content standards as they:

  • Design and build Web sites
  • Help students develop their own Internet projects
  • Evaluate and manage Web projects

Featuring a list of key terms in each chapter, this timely resource will motivate your students and help make technology a seamless part of your classroom instruction.

Preface & Acknowledgments
1. The Wide World of the Web: Fitting It Into the Curriculum
Guiding Questions

Key Terms


The Web and Digital Natives

Why Use the Web in the Classroom

Connecting Web Projects to National Standards

Understanding the Teaching and Learning Cycle

Enhancing Learning for All: Universal Design for Learning

Interactive Qualities of Digital Media

Flexibility for Demonstrating Learning: Multiple Pathways for Expression

Curriculum Integration Idea: Individual Web Projects

Curriculum Integration Idea: Electronic Portfolios

Engaging Students' Interest and Motivation

Developing Critical-Thinking and Information-Gathering Skills

Curriculum Integration Idea: WebQuests

Support for Cooperative Work

How Does the Use of Cooperative Learning Impact Student Achievement?

Web Tools to Enhance Students Learning


Curriculum Integration Ideas for Blogs

Course Management/Learning Management Systems

Curriculum Integration Ideas for CMS/LMS

Instant Messaging

Curriculum Integration Ideas for Instant Messaging


Curriculum Integration Idea: Podcasts


Curriculum Integration Idea: RSS

Special Spaces


Curriculum Integration Idea: Wikis


Going Beyond the Chapter

2. Using and Evaluating Web Activities and Projects in the Classroom
Guiding Questions

Key Terms


Integrating the Web Into the Curriculum: Surfing the Web (Research)

Using the Web to Send and Receive Messages

Classroom Integration Idea: Examples of Blogs by Students and Teachers

Classroom Integration Idea: Telementors

Classroom Integration Idea: Ask an Expert

Safety and Netiquette

Searching the Web: Engines and Indexes

Evaluating Web Sites

Teaching Students to Critically Evaluate Web Sites: Is the Information Valid and Reliable

Curriculum Resource: Rubric--Web Site Content Critique Form

Additional Methods for Evaluating Web Sites

Examples of Using the Web for Research in the Classroom

Curriculum Resource: Lesson Plan-- Using the Web for Research in the Elementary Classroom

Curriculum Resource: Lesson Plan-- Using the Web for Research in the Secondary Classroom

Curriculum Resource: Web Sites

Integrating the Web Into the Curriculum: Spinning the Web (Production)

The Web as a Multimedia Project: Managing Multimedia Projects in the Classroom

Curriculum Resource: Guidelines for Managing Classroom Multimedia Projects

Student-Generated Project Example Ideas

Curriculum Resource:

Lesson Plan-- Student-Generated

Web Project-- Elementary School

Curriculum Resourse:

Lesson Plan-- Student Generated

Web Project-- High School

Curriculum Integration Idea: Another Exampe of Student-Generated Web Projects

Integrating the Web Into the Curriculum: Cooperative Learning Activities

Curriculum Resource:

Lesson Plan-- High School

Using Cooperative Learning and the Web

Curriculum Resource:

Lesson Plan-- Elementary School

Using Cooperative Learning and the Web

Integrating the Web Into the Curriculum: Problem-Based Learning Activities

Curriculum Integration Idea: Web Quest

Curriculum Integration Idea: Monarch Butterfly Project

Evaluating Student-Generated Web Projects

Our Approach: Content, Product, Process

Curriculum Resource:

Rubric--Evaluation Protocols

Web Project Evalutation Rubric Examples

Curriculum Resource:

Rubric-- Web Research Project: Traditional Rubric Example

Curriculum Resource:

Rubric-- Web Project Evaluation Protocol: Student Checklist

Additional Web Resources: Taking Small Steps


Going Beyond the Chapter

3. Solving the Mystery of Designing and Creating Web Sites
Guiding Questions

Key Terms


HTML: The Language of the Web

Source Code

What Exactly is a Browser?

Making a Web Page

Naming Files

The Essential Formatting of a Web Page

Try Spinning a Web Page!

More Tags

Aligning the Elements of a Page

Formattig Text

Making Links to Other Web Pages

Adding Graphics to Web Pages

Changing the Color of the Background

The HR Tag

Putting It All Together

Web Editing Software

Viewing Web Pages: HTTP

Default Pages

Viewing Web Pages Locally

Sharing Your Web Site With the World

Sending Files to a Web Server: FTP

Finding Server Space

Commercial Server Spaces

Designing and Developing a Web Site

Step 1: Decide What the Web Site Will Do

Step 2: Decide What the Web Site Will Look Like

Step 3: Produce the Web Site

Designing With the Web's Unique Characteristics in Mind

Everybody Sees the Web a Little Differently

Choosing the Right Font






Going Beyond the Chapter

4. Reading Between the Lines: The Legalities and Liabilities of Using the Web in the Classroom
Guiding Questions

Key Terms


Issues of Equity

Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Issues



Accessing the World Wide Web

Creating Accessible Multimedia Projects

Curriculum Integration Idea: Web Accessibility Web Sites

Student Safety

Protecting Students from Inappropriate Content

Filtering Software Examples

Protecting Students from Strangers


Instant Messaging

Chat Rooms


Message Boards/Discussion Boards


Personal Web Pages and Classroom Web Pages

Establishing Ground Rules for Your Classroom


Being a Responsible User of the Web





Additional Guidelines

Fair Use Guidelines



Commercial Content


Going Beyond the Chapter

Resource A: The Basics of the Internet and the Web: A Refresher
Resource B: Try Spinning a Web Page! Blackline Master
Key features
  • Strategies have been tested, refined, and used successfully in the classroom
  • Step-by-step flowcharts for developing Web-based projects
  • Reproducible forms (storyboard forms, timeline forms, task checklist, and more)
  • Case studies, guiding questions, numerous Web resources, and a summary in each chapter
  • Techniques for evaluating Web sites
  • Glossary of terms
  • Authors will create and continuously update a Web site with online resources (links to helpful Web sites, images, examples of Web design, etc.) and samples of teacher and student-generated projects

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