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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
The book is divided into two sections. The first provides a background for teachers regarding what World Wide Web is, a brief history of the Web, using the Web with Students, and the research behind Web use in the classroom. This section is not an exhaustive coverage of these topics. Rather, it is meant solely to familiarize teachers with the Web.

The second section of the book takes a more detailed approach. It is a step-by-step process guiding teachers through the design, development, and implementation process of the Web for use in the classroom. This process includes how to evaluate Web projects, how to manage Web projects, and how to integrate Web projects into the curriculum. Teachers will learn how to design Web sites and will be able to guide their students similarly through this process to develop student - created Web projects.

 
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

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