Most of the links below are from
Classroom Flyer: Sponsored by The
Learning Company's School Division
I choose the links that I feel can be useful as a teacher.
Lessons for Middle School A series of lessons on a wide variety
of topics teaches spread- sheet skills to middle school students
4 to 8 teaching database to your students.
lesson plans covering grades 2 through 8, will teach word processing
skills to your students.
to Weave Technology into any lesson you teach!
By Marilyn Western of Kinney Elementary School. She starts with:
Where to Start! (which is--at the beginning, with your curriculum).
The suggestions assume some technology skills, but I like this seven-part,
no-nonsense and goal-oriented plan to getting the technology in, now!
Technology Tips for Teachers
A must for those who want to know how to use Claris Works, Hyper
Studio, Kid Pix in their daily lessons. She also has AUP's,(contracts
between you and the student) and other goodies. How to use the computer
in the classroom... Tammy's site will give you tons to think about.
Odyssey: World Trek:
Follow along an actual global trek, now traveling from Mali to Cairo,
whereby the educators/trekkers will share their observations about non-Western
cultures and peoples as they travel around the world. Critical global
concerns are addressed, giving students a chance to think about positive
change from their own corners. Text, videos and audio are sent into
the site at least twice weekly. You can view the agenda of this 2 year
trek by looking at the orientation. It really is an incredible site,
and provides an excellent opportunity for your students (along with
1,ooo,ooo others already joined!) to do some virtual traveling to places
they may never see otherwise, and understand each place's historical
and cultural context. Students can also do inservice training through
this program. A teacher's guide is available at this site.
Day in the Life: Cross-Cultural Comparisons
This ongoing project by iEarn allows students to interact with other
international students and compare and contrast their cultures. The
Teacher's Lounge will show you which countries are already involved
in this collaboration.
Created by Nearlife, Inc. at MIT for the Boston Museum of Science, students
are able to participate in an interactive exhibit by building their
own fish (a limit of 4 is imposed, but the young designers may change
the fish features at any time), insert them into an online exhibit tank,
and watch them interact with other virtual fish. Besides having a great
deal of fun :-) students will also be learning group behavior and modeling.
Your class pet could be an online aquarium...
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.
for Web Lessons (WebQuest)This page on
rubrics and authentic assessment practices has been updated by Bernie
Dodge, the czar of webquest- ology, so you know it will contain a number
of useful guidelines. It is formulated as a module for teachers to instruct
you in good assessment practices, with exercises, samples, templates,
and guidelines to help you develop your own solid rubrics foundation.
Since anyone at all is able to publish a webpage, it is wise to know
a few tools in evaluating the material you find on the net. Educators
especially need to be concerned about content quality. This "tour" will
address these issues, with an eye toward some basic principles in your
Lesson Plans & Projects
There are more than 20 brief, basic internet lesson plans at this
site that can be used directly in the classroom by your students. Topics
cover everything from history, email, keeping a log, transferring files,
posting projects and identifying resources. Lessons are "take-out" style--
no teacher prep. required!
22 detailed lessons on internet use that you can use directly in
your classroom. They can be adapted and applied to almost any grade
level. Start here with internet history, go through terminology, email,
home pages, transferring files, Archie, collaborative learning, and
for Preparing Student Internet Experiences
This ten step, tip-oriented guide provides a framework for teachers
planning on using the internet as resources, webhunts, teaching tools
or research. Student Start Pages contain applicable bookmarks for elementary
Teachers Evaluating Educational Multimedia is a response to teachers'
desperate need for information about what works and why when they use
multimedia in the classroom. This website started in January 1999 and
will become more relevant as people enter more information about multimedia
Projects, ideas for the classroom
Ideas for using the Internet in your classroom
to Visual Basic
(VB) 24 lessons, step-by-step, are offered online in this complete
course in VB.
Basic Explorer: a place for the VB newbie
A starter tutorial on Visual Basic, as well as tips, tricks and
Technology is a producer of textbooks related to technology.
If you register as a teacher, tney will let you order evaluation copies
of their textbooks. If you go to their site and click "Graphic Design
and Desktop Publishing " or "Multimedia" you may find some texts that
will help you with your search. When I was creating the outline for
my course I looked at their table of contents (and of course other sources)
to get an idea of what I should teach. I also have purchased many of
their textbooks. Their textbooks have many nice projects. (from
XP freely available tutorials designed
to help teachers learn. The tutorials are in pdf format.
Tutorials for Office 2000 have been freely available for a while
Software for teachers
for teaching or to make teaching easier
can create a free eboard with class assignments, notes, recommended
URLs, etc. The service is free, but ads are placed on the pages--they
are apparently screened to be inoffensive to children and families.
Lab free service creates online quizzes for your students. Use
the database of ready-made quizzes, or create one of your own according
to your needs. Students can take the quizzes online in class, in the
library, or at home, and have them automatically graded; these grades
are then emailed to you. The quizzes can also be printed. A handy little
web tool for teachers.
Center :free and easy to use. This site is from Discovery ChannelThere
are more options for quiz creation than in Quia, and you can have the
site email you the students' scores. Disadvantage? Discovery's site
goes down a lot (it's so busy that you can't get the site to load)!!
If you don't test a lot or can punt with pen and paper, use it. Otherwise,
I'm not sure I'd trust it to be ready when I needed it.
- This is Hot Potatoes, a more bare-bones but still free site. You will
need to spend more time making your quizzes, but you can create modules
(quizzes, activities, etc.) to bundle together. Not for the beginning
computer user, but well worth it for you tech fans.
Home Page A
safe and productive Internet Relay Chat(IRC). Kidlink has united more
than 37,000 children between the ages of 10 and 15 in over 71 countries.
The Puzzlemaker is a cool tool to create math blocks, word searches
or crosswords (you just submit the words), letter tiles, cryptograms
and more. These types of puzzles could be very useful in math, spelling
and vocabulary instruction. Wordsearches, as well as mazes, number blocks,
crypto- grams, letter tiles, and more--are all available with- out registration
at this site. Tailor your wordsearch or use vocabulary lists; add clipart;
save your puzzles-- a great little teacher tool.
this free application, you can create multiple choice examinations online.
Step-by-step instruction takes you through the process.
Test Questions: Find a rundown on most testing formats,
with the pros and cons of each and tips to help create that particular
type of test.
this page provides more of a resource than an actual lesson plan, nevertheless
it can be used as a curriculum outline for grade 4 up. Key skills are
addressed towards having your students become computer-proficient, such
as keyboarding, identifying major parts of a computer, understanding
common uses of a computer (spreadsheets, databases, graphics, etc.),
file folders, commands and more.
are a few of just some of the things you are able to accomplish at this
site: use a currency converter or search through stock quotes; use a
standard language dictionary, a rhyming dictionary or a law dictionary;
identify a language, translate from one language to another, find an
acronym or anagram, conjugate French verbs; search for biographical
info or quotations; or find maps, postal information--and more! This
little site can prove itself useful in many situations.
You can download this 3D Visualization Software for free. Geomview is
software designed for manipulating and viewing 3 dimensional objects.
Instruction manual, support and a tutorial are all available here. From
the Geometry Center Projects.
handy-dandy tool to download for free! The Thinkwave Educator is a gradekeeper,
with curves, email (for sending progress reports to students and parents),
attendance etc. It now works in concert with Thinkwave.com for additional
features: lesson plans, calendar, seating chart, assessment, more. Many
of you have been asking for these tools; try this one out.
Sophisticated 3D animation software package
available free for download.
Issues in using technology for engaged learning
To support engaged learning, policies--especially at state and local
levels--must effectively and equitably integrate technology and instruction.
Policy must also overcome barriers of finance and high-risk schools;
it must be coordinated and committed and provide effective workplace
training. This excellent article directs, addresses and assesses all
these areas of policy making.
Teaching and Learning in Australian School Education
through the use of Information and Communications Technologie
New Zealand- a magazine
that went online. Current teaching issues are discussed. I feel though
that the online magazine isn't as good as the hard copy.
Technology Ideas and News for Schools and Teachers..... The name says
it all !
Carolina Info Tech Dept
A Recommended site.
Writing in HTML This article illustrates the integration
of technology into the curriculum. It moves from the idea generation
stage (web, mind map, clustering) for a class/individual project to
presenting the finished project as a website. The underlying technology
is Composer, which is free and easy. I tried to use this technique to
set up a website during a 20 minute presentation. I almost got it done.
Unfortunately, I didn't know where the computer stored my files.(Larry
ICT Education The mission of ICT-Online is to provide a "NET
of Knowledge" that links critical pedagogy to the use of new educational
technologies in school--for better and worse.
Inside A fascinating look inside a computer. Online videos,
and curriculum lessons. Upto date info as it's Intel.
Ideas for the One
to set up computers in the classroom
This website addresses the problem of a one-computer classroom,
and offers several practical suggestions.
Some suggestions are:
- Use the computer as a Learning
Station/ Workstations: Create class projects with all students participating.
Give a short and simple assignment in order to get all students through
quickly. An example of this might be to create a graph of students
height and stride length. Each student enters their own information
and a graph is created. The computer becomes a tool for a larger project.
- Use the computer as a Reference
Center: The internet and CD encyclopedia's are great tools in the
- Get a cheap adapter and plug
it in to the Television or a LCD Projector. Connect the computer to
the projector and use it for whole class instruction. Let everyone
see what is happening on the computer at the same time. Use it to
find answers to questions students come up with in class. Also, it
is a great way to explain computer assignment to the students.
- Schedule times for cooperative
groups to use the computer. Make sure each person in the group gets
a chance to use the computer. For example, have students take turns
using the computer to determine the weather in several cities around
the world. Choose cities that you will be studying this year and plot
the temperatures on a wall chart.
- If you have access to a large
television, you can purchase a scan converter. This will also allow
for large group instruction.
- Team teaching is a good way
of having more than one computer in the classroom. You can decide
which classroom will house the computers, or you can place the computer
on wheels (carts) to transport from one classroom to the next.
- Classroom to classroom communication.
Send and receive email from classrooms around the world. An interesting
twist on this is the Teddy Bear project. Find a classroom mascot and
mail it to friends and relatives around the world. They can take pictures
and send back email explaining where it is and what it has been doing.
- Visit authors web sites as
you are studying the novel. Showing it on the TV makes this easier.
- Listen to audio files of historic
events, like to moon landing, famous speaches, or you can also hear
many authors read portions of their work.
Teaching in the One-Computer Classroom
by Tom Snyder Productions.
Order the catalog from www.teachtsp.com
Pix Learning Ideas, Grades3-4
In a series of 6 sessions, grade 3 teacher Joan Hamilton shows how to
integrate technology into your curriculum with KID PIX. Students will
also get a chance to be the teachers, showing other students what they
have discovered in their own exploration time. File-saving is covered,
as well as responsible use of technology.