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Background Information:
(Integrate the Internet into the Classroom)

Most of the sites in this section focus on providing background information on how teachers can use the Internet in their classroom. Resources include explanations, examples, suggestions, self-instructional tutorials (lessons), and discussion groups. Please read our disclaimer.

Active Learning on the Web
This site offers strategies and examples for teachers who would like to use the Web to support instruction.

California Instructional Technology Clearinghouse
Over 2,000 software reviews can be accessed from this searchable database. Search criteria include keyword, subject, technology, platform, language of instruction, and/or grade level. Reviews primarily provide descriptive information of the product.

Conditions for Success: Report of the Teaching, Learning and Education Technology Advisory Committee
This site contains the June 1999 report from the Teaching, Learning and Education Technology Advisory Committee (a group of 11 education stakeholders from around B.C.) to the BC Ministry of Education. The report has over 60 recommendations related to the use of technology for teaching and learning, and the integration of information and communication technology in BC's schools.

Designing Resource-Based Projects that Use the Internet
"This document is for the 6-12 grade teacher interested in using the Internet for student research. It will spell out steps that a teacher might take in conjunction with his or her library media specialist to develop a resource-based project requiring students to use the Internet to access textual and visual information, find examples of presentation formats and interact with local and worldwide experts."

Education with New Technologies
Harvard University's Education with New Technologies site is "an on-line village with people, resources, and tools to help you learn about using new technologies to teach for understanding. The village is especially designed to help participants clarify their goals, collaborate with others to extend their understanding, and reflect on their progress and plans."

This evolving hyperbook will provide you with background information and suggestions on how to use technology in your classroom. Look, for example, at the sections "The Role of WWW in Education" (e.g., read about the "Web as an Educational Tool") or "Computers and Kids: Life on the Front Lines" (read about how computers can be used in the classroom). Additional resources at this site include an on-line discussion group and links to other educational sites.

Email for the Classroom Teacher
Here's a brief explanation of how teachers might use email both personally and professionally, along with a couple of links to further information.

European Schools Project
The European Schools Project, ESP, is a school networking project between pupils from over 350 schools in approximately 21 countries in Europe. Students take part in "teletrips" which are collaborative distance learning projects designed around a part of the curriculum. Information about these teletrips might stimulate similar projects in British Columbian schools.

Global Schoolhouse: Linking Kids, Teachers and Parents Around the World
Here's a potentially very valuable resource for teachers looking to integrate the Internet into the classroom. Resources include: a step-by-step tutorial where you'll learn how to harness the power of the web in your classroom; articles about integrating the Internet; notices about contests and events; and, information about lists and newsgroups.

[The] Impact of Technology
Does technology improve the education of K-12 students? This site have links to over thirty resources which address that question. Included are surveys, bibliographies, literature reviews, articles, reports and case studies.

Integrating the Internet
Accessing this WWW site will give the K-12 teacher links to primary resources, projects, a weekly newsletter, and complete units of study all designed to provide assistance in integrating the Internet into the classroom. In addition, there are links to WWW-based curriculum resources in a variety of subject areas.

[The] Internet Advocate
This site provides a great deal of information for parents and teachers who wish to deal with providing students Internet access in a positive educational manner. Information topics include "respond to inaccurate perceptions of porn on the net", "promote positive examples of youth Internet use", and "develop an acceptable use policy".

K-12 History on the Internet
The authors of this site have developed a meta-list of links to eight categories of resources which can help teachers learn how the Internet can be used in the K-12 History classroom. Teachers can explore, for example, how to connect to Internet History Projects, how to use interpersonal links (e.g., mentors), how to find professional materials, how to conduct Internet research, etc.

Learning Circles Teachers' Guide
"Learning Circles" is an example of tele-collaboration between schools located around the world. Originally sponsored by AT&T, and managed by Margaret Riel, Learning Circles have been operating since 1987. A Learning Circle consists of a team of 6-8 teachers and their classes joined together in theme-based curriculum work in an electronic classroom. This guide helps prepare teachers and students for this type of collaboration.

Learning Space (LS): Instruction
One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity but teachers may feel at a loss as to what kind of questions students should be given to research. This site contains well over 100 examples of research questions (organized by grade levels) which pose motivating, genuine problems or open-ended real life problems whose solutions and answers are not easily found. In addition, there is a step-by-step guide to creating your own questions.

Learning with the World
The goal of this site is "to provide a clear vision and process for intelligently integrating the embarrassment of riches that is the Internet." Teachers will be able to gain insight into what the Internet is, brainstorm an idea that could be developed into a web activity, find resources on the web, learn about HTML, add graphics, and more.

Make it Happen: Integrating Inquiry and Technology into the Middle School Curriculum
The introduction to this site states: "Make It Happen! is an approach that improves middle school education for students with diverse learning abilities. In the Make It Happen! approach, interdisciplinary teams of teachers design and implement inquiry-based I-Search Units and integrate technology into these units in meaningful ways to benefit students."

Mining the Internet
The Quebec English Schools Network has resources to help teachers learn how the Internet can be used in the class. "Find meaningful reasons to use Internet in your class and creative strategies to do so. Look at a few projects "unpacked" to help you learn the ropes. Seek inspiration in exemplary Web-Based lesson plans."

NickNacks: Telecollaborate
B.E.S.T. reviewed this site as follows: "This site guides educators through the process of creating a collaborative internet project between schools across the country or across the world. There are sample projects as well more technical information about how to decide on file formats, types, how to get shareware, how to use ftp or the web (and HTML), sound files, and much more. There is also a resource center of other WWW resources regarding internet projects. Lastly, there is a page on "Leading a Successful Internet Project" which includes hints for designing your lesson plan, recruiting, preparing and running your project, as well as wrap-up procedures." Note: the site has intrusive and annoying advertising.

Resources for Educators
AT&T has developed a set of resources to assist the teacher wishing to learn more about using technology in the classroom. Try their online mentoring program, a guide to help schools plan for access to the "information superhighway", an online teacher tutorial on how to use the Internet (Internet 101), and a"Web Tour" providing information on various ways of using the web for education. The site also serves as a meta-list of links to external educational resources on the web.

[The] Status of Technology in the Education System: A Literature Review
A 1996 literature review on the role that technology can play in the education system prepared by Elizabeth Wellburn when she was with CLN.

Tales from the Electronic Frontier
"In Tales from the Electronic Frontier, ten teachers recount actual experiences using the Internet in K-12 science and mathematics education. The stories illustrate how this technology can be used in different contexts and for different purposes, stimulating analysis and reflection about how the Internet can--and cannot--support teaching and learning. Each story is followed by questions and issues generated by educators like you, prompting further thought and discussion."

Teaching with Electronic Technology
Here's a meta-list of links to World Wide Web sites which provide information on teaching with technology. These sites provide: general discussions about teaching with electronic technology; examples of institutional support for the use of computers in teaching; helpful resources and projects; electronic resources available to teachers; and a miscellany of useful sites related to teaching with technology.

A publishing center and forum for success stories, strategies, models, and examples of how to use technology in education. The articles, columns, and special features are browsable and searchable.

Telus Learning Connection
The TELUS Learning Connection contains background information, advice, and instruction designed for the teacher who wishes to learn more about using the Internet as a teaching tool. Sections within the site are: research skills and strategies, communication technologies, collaborative learning projects, curricular resource links, and professional growth and mentorship.

Virtual Architecture's Web Home
Interested in using the Internet in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Judi Harris (The Computing Teacher) has written a virtual book to help you out. She begins in Chapter 1 with foundational ideas. Then, in Chapter 2, she provides over 200 exemplary network-based educational activities, categorized under three genres - Interpersonal Exchange, Information Collection and Analysis, and Problem Solving. Chapter 3 examines how the web can be used for research. There's also information on Internet projects and evaluation strategies. A 'must read' if you need to get an understanding of the overall use of the web in the classroom.


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