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Making the Most of the Web in Your Classroom

Making the Most of the Web in Your Classroom
A Teacher's Guide to Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis, Pages, and Sites

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February 2008 | 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.

Preface & Acknowledgments
1. The Wide World of the Web: Fitting It Into the Curriculum
Guiding Questions

Key Terms


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


Curriculum Integration Ideas for Blogs

Course Management/Learning Management Systems

Curriculum Integration Ideas for CMS/LMS

Instant Messaging

Curriculum Integration Ideas for Instant Messaging


Curriculum Integration Idea: Podcasts


Curriculum Integration Idea: RSS

Special Spaces


Curriculum Integration Idea: Wikis


Going Beyond the Chapter

2. Using and Evaluating Web Activities and Projects in the Classroom
Guiding Questions

Key Terms


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


Going Beyond the Chapter

3. Solving the Mystery of Designing and Creating Web Sites
Guiding Questions

Key Terms


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






Going Beyond the Chapter

4. Reading Between the Lines: The Legalities and Liabilities of Using the Web in the Classroom
Guiding Questions

Key Terms


Issues of Equity

Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Issues



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


Instant Messaging

Chat Rooms


Message Boards/Discussion Boards


Personal Web Pages and Classroom Web Pages

Establishing Ground Rules for Your Classroom


Being a Responsible User of the Web





Additional Guidelines

Fair Use Guidelines



Commercial Content


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

"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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