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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.


 
Dedication
 
Preface & Acknowledgments
 
1. The Wide World of the Web: Fitting It Into the Curriculum
Guiding Questions  
Key Terms  
Overview  
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  
Blogs  
Curriculum Integration Ideas for Blogs  
Course Management/Learning Management Systems  
Curriculum Integration Ideas for CMS/LMS  
Instant Messaging  
Curriculum Integration Ideas for Instant Messaging  
Podcasts  
Curriculum Integration Idea: Podcasts  
RSS  
Curriculum Integration Idea: RSS  
Special Spaces  
Wikis  
Curriculum Integration Idea: Wikis  
Summary  
Going Beyond the Chapter  
 
2. Using and Evaluating Web Activities and Projects in the Classroom
Guiding Questions  
Key Terms  
Overview  
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  
Summary  
Going Beyond the Chapter  
 
3. Solving the Mystery of Designing and Creating Web Sites
Guiding Questions  
Key Terms  
Overview  
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  
Scrolling  
Links  
Navigation  
Layout  
Summary  
Going Beyond the Chapter  
 
4. Reading Between the Lines: The Legalities and Liabilities of Using the Web in the Classroom
Guiding Questions  
Key Terms  
Overview  
Issues of Equity  
Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Issues  
Gender  
Disabilities  
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  
E-mail  
Instant Messaging  
Chat Rooms  
Groups  
Message Boards/Discussion Boards  
Blogs  
Personal Web Pages and Classroom Web Pages  
Establishing Ground Rules for Your Classroom  
Netiquette  
Being a Responsible User of the Web  
Guidelines  
Emoticons  
Acronyms  
Flaming  
Additional Guidelines  
Fair Use Guidelines  
Copyright  
Guidelines  
Commercial Content  
Summary  
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
 
References
 
Index

"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 when writing the book. A must-have in every school."

Elizabeth Alvarez, Math and Science Coach
Chicago Public Schools, IL

"A good introduction and a great resource. I would buy this book and recommend it to media specialists, instructional technology teachers, and district coordinators for both content and technology. It is a user-friendly tool on many levels."

April DeGennaro, Gifted Education Teacher
Peeples Elementary School, Fayetteville, GA

"Should be a mainstay of any serious teacher's library: it tells how to translate Internet technology into classroom applications, from designing Web sites to helping students develop their own Internet-based projects."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review
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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