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February 13, 2009

Mary An Scarbrough

Ralph Landolfi

Reviewing and Sharing Homework

Using the Internet in the Classroom

Search Engine Basics

Homework: Implement any ONE of the following strategies and report out briefly on its success or failure in your instructional area and its impact on student learning:

  • Powerful Searching Techniques – Implement and shareany lesson that you developed for your students that makes use of Internet searching strategies. This could include Advanced Google searching, Deep Internet searches, Web Quests, or any non-traditional and interesting techniques not covered by Dr. McKenzie.

Homework: Implement any ONE of the following strategies and report out briefly on its success or failure in your instructional area and its impact on student learning:

  • Slam Dunk Lesson - Look for a "chunk" of digital content that fits comfortably into the lesson flow of a particular unit of study. This could be a video clip, a website, a podcast, a blog, a database, a piece of art, etc. Pose questions to students or have them create questions will require them to interpret, infer, analyze, evaluate, or synthesize.

  • The goal of these No-Time Slam Dunk lessons is to engage students in challenges that they will find intriguing and worthy of their time while empowering teachers to launch learning activities that match curriculum standards and produce the kinds of results we all hope to see in our classrooms.

Homework: Implement any ONE of the following strategies and report out briefly on its success or failure in your instructional area and its impact on student learning:

  • Authentic Learning Experience

    • Students go into a business and diagnose a real need or problem that exists. Students then plan on how to address the problem.

    • Students are given a hypothetical real-world problem to solve. A teacher could create a series of workplace-based scenarios that would be based on the teacher's research instead of requiring the time-consuming student field research.

    • By employing such learning strategies within a real world context, students sharpen their abilities while gaining an appetite for the work at hand.

Using Internet

in the


Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Tech Tools in the Classroom

Research log assignment
Research Log - Assignment

  • Keep a record of library research: methodology, sources consulted, search strategies, keywords or headings searched, noting both successes and failures. Teachers can provide forms, so students understand how to structure their approach.

Research log purpose
Research Log - Purpose

  • Provides a good introduction to how information is organized in libraries.

  • Encourages students to think about the choices they must make as researchers.

  • Focuses on the importance of terminology.

Annotated bibliography assignment
Annotated Bibliography - Assignment

  • Find a specified number of sources on a topic and write descriptive or evaluative annotations. Consider including a comment on why the item was chosen or how it contributes to the knowledge base.

Annotated bibliography purpose
Annotated Bibliography - Purpose

  • Sharpens the skills of literature searching, choosing appropriate sources, and mastering a bibliographic style.

Internet search assignment
Internet Search - Assignment

  • Provide a precise statement of the search topic and an outline of the search logic. Run the search on two different search engines. Compare the results from the two searches - was one better than the other and why.

Internet search purpose
Internet Search - Purpose

  • Teaches the mechanics of searching and teaches students that Internet access is not just one thing. Rather each search engine is different both in what part of the Internet it searches and in how you present your search strategy.

Poster session assignment
Poster Session - Assignment

  • Research a topic and present it as a poster that other students will use to learn about the topic. Students should create a bibliography of sources used.

Poster session purpose
Poster Session - Purpose

  • Gives the opportunity to conduct a search and forces the students to express the important points succinctly.

Identifying major journals assignment
Identifying Major Journals - Assignment

  • How many journals are published in a given field? Identify journals "basic" to the discipline or career area. Compare and contrast them. Analyze their content, tone, audience and impact.

  • Compare and contrast a scholarly journal, a professional/trade journal, and a popular magazine in your area of interest. How do they differ?

Identifying major journals purpose
Identifying Major Journals - Purpose

  • Emphasizes the importance of journal literature. Makes the point that journals differ in approach and perspective.

  • Emphasizes the value and use of different types of journals.

Write a book film review assignment
Write a Book/Film Review - Assignment

  • Review a book/film (either of the students' choice or one assigned to them). Discuss the author's, credentials. Compare the book/film to similar works in the field. A film can also be compared to its source - book, play, etc.

Write a book film review purpose
Write a Book/Film Review - Purpose

  • To place a book/film in its intellectual context.

Examine coverage of a controversial issue assignment
Examine Coverage of a Controversial Issue - Assignment

  • Examine the treatment of a controversial issue in several sources [newspaper editorial, scholarly journal, journals from different disciplines, etc.].

Examine coverage of a controversial issue purpose
Examine Coverage of a Controversial Issue - Purpose

  • Emphasizes that there are multiple perspectives on any issue.

Evaluate web sites assignment
Evaluate Web Sites - Assignment

  • Visit two, or more, Web sites [the sites could be assigned to them or they have to find the] and evaluate the contents. Who is the site intended for, how well does it do its job, what can you tell about the owner of the site?

Evaluate web sites purpose
Evaluate Web Sites - Purpose

  • Evaluation of sources, print or electronic, is an important critical skill to develop.

Create a web page assignment
Create a Web Page - Assignment

  • In teams of 3-4, research a topic and convert information into a web page aimed to teach classmates about a topic. Add links to other related sites and find or create appropriate graphics. Read and evaluate Web pages published by peers according to evaluation criteria.

Create a web page purpose
Create a Web Page - Purpose

  • Builds teamwork, finding, locating and evaluating information, evaluating websites; using technology; participating in a peer-review process.

Using Internet in the Classroom

What Can the Internet Do in My Classroom?

Welcoming the Internet Into Your Classroom

The Learning Page

The Global School House

Using Internet in the Classroom

The Globe Program

Journey North

The Library of Congress

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Using Internet in the Classroom

Strategies for Using the Internet in the Classroom

Technology Integration Made Easy

Welcoming the Internet into Your Classroom

Search Engine Basics

Blue Web'N

Best Search Engine for Your Educational Need


Educational Resources Hotlist

Search Engine Basics

How Search Engines Work

Internet for Classrooms

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators

Noodlequest: Search Strategy Wizard

Search Engine Basics

Search the Internet

Searching the Internet: Search Engines and Subject Indexes

Searching With Savvy: The Best Search Engines for Teachers and Students

UC Berkeley's Table of Recommended Search Engines

Effective Searching Techniques

Evaluating Internet Resources

Multimedia Resources

Effective searching techniques
Effective Searching Techniques

  • Boolean Searching on the Web

  • Clusty

  • Four Nets for Better Searching

  • Grokker

  • TrackStar Planning Template

  • Web Search 101

Researching online
Researching Online

I. Authority

  • Is there an author? Is the page signed?

  • Is the author qualified? An expert?

  • Who is the sponsor?

  • Is the sponsor of the page reputable? How reputable?

  • Is there a link to information about the author or the sponsor?

  • If the page includes neither a signature nor indicates a sponsor, is there any other way to determine its origin?

  • Look for a header or footer showing affiliation.

  • Look at the URL.

  • Look at the domain. .edu, .com,, .org, .net

  • Rationale

    • Anyone can publish anything on the web.

    • It is often hard to determine a web page's authorship.

    • Even if a page is signed, qualifications are not usually provided.

    • Sponsorship is not always indicated.

  • Researching online1
    Researching Online

    II. Accuracy

    • Is the information reliable and error-free?

    • Is there an editor or someone who verifies/checks the information?

  • Rationale

    • Anyone can publish anything on the web.

    • Unlike traditional print resources, web resources rarely have editors or fact-checkers.

    • Currently, no web standards exist to ensure accuracy.

  • Researching online2
    Researching Online

    III. Objectivity

    • Does the information show a minimum of bias?

    • Is the page designed to sway opinion?

    • Is there any advertising on the page?

  • Rationale

    • Frequently the goals of the sponsors/authors are not clearly stated.

    • Often the Web serves as a virtual soapbox.

  • Researching online3
    Researching Online

    IV. Currency

    • Is the page dated?

    • If so, when was the last update?

    • How current are the links? Have some expired or moved?

  • Rationale

    • Publication or revision dates are not always provided.

    • If a date is provided, it may have various meanings. For example, It may indicate when the material was first written It may indicate when the material was first placed on the Web It may indicate when the material was last revised

  • Researching online4
    Researching Online

    V. Coverage

    • What topics are covered?

    • What does this page offer that is not found elsewhere?

    • What is its intrinsic value?

    • How in-depth is the material?

  • Rationale

    • Web coverage often differs from print coverage.

    • Frequently, it's difficult to determine the extent of coverage of a topic from a web page. The page may or may not include links to other web pages or print references.

    • Sometimes web information is "just for fun", a hoax, someone's personal expression that may be of interest to no one, or even outright silliness.

  • Evaluating internet resources
    Evaluating Internet Resources

    • The ABC's of Web Site Evaluation

    • Critical Evaluation Surveys

    • Evaluating Web Pages, UC Berkeley

    • Evaluating Websites

    • Evaluating Websites for Educational Uses: Bibliography and Checklist

    • 2Learn: Evaluating Internet Resources

    • Webpage Evaluation Checklist



    Multi media resources
    Multi-Media Resources

    • The Big Picture:  Rich Media, Deep Learning

    • Classroom Audio Podcasting

    • The Education Podcast Network

    • Eduscapes: Streaming Video Webcasts

    • EDUCAUSE: Podcasting in the Classroom:n/index.cfm

    • Education Podcast Network

    • Streaming Video Webcasts

    Multi media resources1
    Multi-Media Resources

    • Gaga Over Google: Photo Images Bring Lessons to Life

    • History Channel Speeches and Video

    • Image Libraries for Education

    • InTime

    • Learn Out Loud

    • Using Video to Enhance Instruction

    • Podcasts for Teachers

    Storing and Sharing

    Internet Resources for Your Curriculum





    Storing and sharing
    Storing and Sharing

    • Wikis -

    • Blogs -

    Blog vs wiki
    Blog vs. Wiki

    • Blogs

      • Usually single author

      • Reverse chronological structure

      • Usually personal

      • External links

    • Wikis

      • Usually many authors

      • Structure determined by content and users

      • Usually objective

      • Internal and external links

    Social bookmarking
    Social Bookmarking

    • Store and share bookmarks toyour online

      sources online.

    • Web-based, NOT browser-based.

    • Access and add bookmarks from any computer

      with Internet access.

    • Tools for social bookmarking:


      • CiteULike

    Del icio us what is it What Is It?

    "a collection of favorites - yours

    and everyone else's." 

    • Uses the following browsers:

      • Firefox

      • Internet Explorer

      • Safari

      • Opera

      • Flock

    • Uses tags, NOT folders to organize bookmarks


    "one-word descriptors . . . You can assign

    as many tags to a bookmark as you like and

    easily rename or delete them later.”

    Benefits of tagging:

    • Track online sources

    • Explore other publications that have the same or similar tag(s)

    Del icio us how does it work How Does It Work?

    • Sign up.

    • Install "my" and "tag this" buttons into browser of your choice.

    • Begin bookmarking and tagging websites.

    tag tools!

    text box!


    Citeulike what is it
    CiteULike: What Is It?

    “a free service to help you to store,

    organize and share the scholarly

    papers you are reading”

    • Uses ANY browser(s) of your choice. No buttons to add-it’s not bound to one browser.

    • Uses tags and author names to organize bookmarks.

    Citeulike how does it work
    CiteULike: How Does It Work?

    • Sign up.

    • Add the CiteULike bookmarklet into the browser of your choice.

    • Bookmark articles from a supported database using the “Post to CiteULike" bookmark, OR post articles manually.

    • Assign priority level.

    Del icio us versus citeulike Versus CiteULike


      • Big community of users = more chances for finding additional sources

      • User-friendly design

      • Ease of use

      • Purpose: Social network

    • CiteULike

      • Focus on scholarly sources

      • Collects and stores bibliographic information

      • Purpose: Academic network



    for your


    TrakStar Template


    Graphing in the Information Age: Math

    Learning Theories: College/Adult

    Getting Ready for the Iditarod

    Using Technology to Explore Earthquakes: Science and Technology

    Cell Mitosis and Meiosis: Science