Now we go to the exciting part! Since the Internet has a lot to offer, this part of the report narrows three functions of the Internet that is useful to teaching and instruction. Activities, projects and strategies for its use in the content areas are provided.
A. Information Source
The Internet is a source of information. How to access and locate information from the Internet can be taught to children. Apart from the Internet lessons they get from Computer Education class, teachers can strengthen the skill by teaching search strategies.
Bernie Poole lends four easy search strategies.
1. Use quotes to narrow your search
2. Use simple math (+ and -) to narrow your search
3. Use Quick Keys to construct your search string (Control-c & Control-v)
4. Use Control-f to quickly find what you're looking for on a Web page (Control-f)
The ever dependable semantic webbing can also be called upon to narrow search words before using Google or Yahoo.
Locating and accessing information is one thing. Evaluating information is another. Children should be empowered to determine if the information they need has value to their assignment, report or project. Kathy Schrock has developed evaluation rubrics for websites that children in the primary and intermediate levels can use (Attachment 4).
As information source, the Internet is abundant with online newspapers and references. Here are recommended websites:
Online Newspapers & References for Kids
The New York Times for Kids
Weekly Reader Online
Time for Kids
Online Dictionary & Almanac
Given the wealth of resources available for teachers, it is necessary that they teach students to become critical readers of online materials. Here are web evaluation rubrics to empower the learning child in using the Internet as resource tool.
ALA Great Websites for Kids
It gives a very brief but substantial set of criteria. Tips on how to maximize the WWW in the classroom are also included.
Kids’ Selection Criteria
It identifies four simple criteria that children can use. Emphasizing on the evaluation of both content and design for better projects and reports help the student appreciate the value of assessing a website independently.
Kathy Schrock’s Web Evaluation Rubrics
B. E-Learning Tool
Aside from its strength as an information source, the Internet is a viable tool for electronic learning. Below are examples of e-learning activities.
Web Quest Blog
WebQuest for Science (Integrating Lang. Arts and Civics)
More WebQuest for Grade 3, 4 and 5
Online & Distance Learning
Xavier School ELF
Using Moodle, online activities, homeworks, assignments and quizzes are designed and uploaded in the e-learning software.
Educational Games & Drills
Worksheets on Phonics
Worksheets on Reading
Math Drills & Games
Drills for Word Problems, Fractions, etc.
Timed drills and activities
Make your own drills and games
C. Communication Tool
Content can be created in the Internet. It can be communicated using email technology, e-groups and blogs. Conferences and email exchange projects are engaging activities for students.
Telecolaboartion - The Storylady Project Full Paper
The Storylady Project – Articles
Web Publishing – Blogs as Teaching Tools
Indeed, the Internet has a lot to offer the teacher of today. There are factors and issues that must be considered when using this technology in instruction. In the creative and innovative hands of the teacher, he has the power to engage students in learning via this medium but only when he has a clear understanding of what responsibility lies in its power.
Promoting a Safe & Legal Digital World. BSA
Kids’ Safety in the Internet
Survey Shows Widespread Enthusiasm for High Technology
International Society for Technology in Education
NETS Technology Standards for Teachers
Website Evaluation Criteria
Elementary Level (K-4))
Middle School Level (Gr. 5-8)
Bernie Poole’s Search Strategies
Verma, Mahesh. Online Teaching Tools & Methods. Murari Lal & Sons, New Delhi. 2006