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Finding the Best Education Resources on the Web*
 
Course Description
    

The World Wide Web provides rich resources for educators, but they are useful only if educators know what resources are there and how to find them. Participants in this workshop will explore the range of educational material available on the Internet and learn time-saving skills to search the Web more effectively for useful curricular resources. Participants will become familiar with popular search engines and subject directories and will learn techniques to use each one appropriately and efficiently. The workshop will also examine the importance of critical evaluation of web resources and consider how to develop evaluation skills in the classroom. Participants will leave the workshop with a collection of web resources appropriate for their own classroom use.

*Participants must be currently employed as a WV classroom teacher, school counselor or have had classroom teaching experience as a certified teacher/educator. Paraprofessionals must be currently employed as a full-time classroom aide.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Overview

The World Wide Web provides rich resources for educators, but they are useful only if educators know what resources are there and how to find them. Participants in this workshop will explore the range of educational material available on the Internet and learn time-saving skills to search the Web more effectively for useful curricular resources. Participants will become familiar with popular search engines and subject directories and will learn techniques to use each one appropriately and efficiently. The workshop will also examine the importance of critical evaluation of web resources and consider how to develop evaluation skills in the classroom. Participants will leave the workshop with a collection of web resources appropriate for their own classroom use.

 

Goals and Products

This workshop will enable participants to:

  • Learn effective techniques for using popular search engines and directories to find useful educational resources
  • Critically assess the content and quality of web-based resources
  • Teach students how to evaluate content on the Web
  • Develop a collection of appropriate web-based resources for curricular use

As a final product, participants will develop a collection of web-based resources to accompany a lesson plan. These resources will be saved on the Internet in Trackstar, an online lesson-building tool.

 


Format and Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, an activity, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time for completing each session is estimated to be two to four hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One: Using the Internet in the Classroom
Session Two: Search Engines Basics
Session Three: Effective Searching Techniques
Session Four: Evaluating Internet Resources
Session Five: Finding Multimedia Resources to Enhance your Lessons
Session Six: Internet Resources for your Curriculum

In the first three sessions, participants will learn how to use search engines, and explore different techniques for effective web searching. In Sessions Four and Five, participants will learn how to evaluate websites and also how to find multimedia resources such as images, video, and podcasts that they can integrate into the curriculum. Finally, in Session Six, participants will create an annotated list of web-based resources using the online tool, TrackStar, for a lesson or unit they are planning.

Final Project Template: Participants will use the Trackstar Template to pre-plan their "track," or list of websites they have bookmarked throughout the workshop. The template is a Microsoft Word document. The template is also available in a PDF versions.

Use the TrackStar Instructions to guide you in creating your own track in TrackStar. The instructions are also available in a PDF version.

Workshop participants are expected to complete weekly assignments, including active participation in the online discussion board. In addition, participants will develop and share their ideas to incorporate tools and strategies presented in the workshop into their own curricula.

Workshop Syllabus

To provide a more detailed view of this workshop, a syllabus is provided here:
http://edtechleaders.org/syllabi/workshops/finding.doc

 


Guidelines for Participation

These are suggested criteria to be used for evaluating successful participation in and completion of this workshop.

Discussion Postings Participants are expected to respond to the online discussion prompt in each of the workshop sessions with an original posting. Participants are also expected to respond to the postings of other course participants in each workshop session.
Guidelines for original discussion postings and responses are available below, and at the following URL: http://www.edtechleaders.org/documents/discussion_guidelines.htm
Course Activities Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Participants are expected to post reflections about the assigned readings and the completed activities in the online course discussion.
Final Product Participants are expected to complete and submit the final product during the final workshop session. Participants who are completing team products are expected to work collaboratively with their team on the product and include the names of all team members on the final product posting with in the course. Here are suggested criteria for evaluating final products: http://www.edtechleaders.org/documents/finalproject_guidelines.htm
Final Workshop Survey Participants are expected to complete the final workshop survey within one week of the end of the last workshop session.

 


Prerequisites

This is an introductory workshop for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.