From a kindergarten teacher's story of being inept with technology,
to biting the bullet and creating talking books, to then having
her students create their own talking books--this teacher includes
how-to's, along with curriculum and resource planning for this project.
Around the World
What better way for your students to get used to the internet,
while learning a few good geography lessons, than to collect epals
around the world? Here is a lesson plan for just such a adventure,
incorporating appropriate internet terms and procedures.
Lab Detective: Webquest for early education
This webquest is a great starting place for teaching your elementary
students about using computers and the web! Students grade themselves
on their ability to use a searching tool, all positive feedback.
They will learn how to send an email, explore Eric Carle's page,
discover a musical website, etc. A webquest that provides a fun
and enabling intro to computer/internet use.
for Telecollaboration and Telepresence
Did you say you wanted to use the Internet in your classroom
and be in touch with other schools... and do projects? Check this
out, especially Chapter 2. You can't say that you can't find any
projects on the web!
Here is step-by-step instruction in developing an online research
module for your students. It provides a solid base for outlining
the research cycle, then developing it.
Mania On-line Treasure Hunt
This is a very good way of introducing the Internet to kids.
It's a hunt. Not a Moa hunt, (thank
God... they're extinct)
but a hunt. There are questions on the webpage, and you must find
the answers on the pages linked to museum sites. Some may say that
it doesn't have a 'research' component to it as the links are already
there, nevertheless, it provides students with a sense of Internet
Searching Skills as it may very well be their first real hunt.
This is a place to find an Internet Project that you can do
with your class.
This is becoming very popular.... It has a list of subjects
for "questing". Once students are comfortable with the search, they
can create their own quest. Everything you need to know is there.
Go to my Webquest Page to see more webquests
Design Team Online
Get involved in this interactive, online project from NASA.
It enables teachers and students to interact with science professionals,
to design inquiries, and develop projects in collaboration with
the online team. This year, the aeronautics team is designing a
Wright Brothers airplane, and will test it to see if it will fly.
Teachers' lessons and curriculum are readily available.
How do we communicate
From "What's the Big Deal About the Internet?" to non-verbal
communication, or "Is There Anybody Out There?", this online science
exhibit from the Boston Museum of Science explores how we deal with
communication. It includes great activities and experiments, with
scientific essays and links as well. Try out the Six Degrees of
Separation email project, or debate whether the internet has made
us truly a global community, or has instead led to isolation.
in my Mystery