Approaches and Tools for Developing Web-Enhanced Lessons
In this course, participants will gain hands-on experience using Web-based tools to develop collaborative, inquiry-based curricula. Participants will take an in-depth look at four Web-based curriculum formats including Hotlists, Treasure Hunts, Multimedia Scrapbooks, and Web Quests. Exemplary curricula in each format will be analyzed, critiqued and evaluated for applicability to participants' own classroom needs. Participants will leave the course with detailed plans for developing Web-enhanced lessons for their own curricula.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course.
This workshop will enable participants to:
learn about simple but powerful Web-based tools to help enhance curriculum activities,
develop a personal collection of Web-based resources for curricular use,
learn about Web-based activity formats that match curricular goals and
plan a standards-based Web-enhanced lesson for classroom use.
Assessment and Course Requirements
Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete. High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course. Additionally, participants will develop portions of a web-enhanced lesson during each week’s session. Weekly assignments address sections of this lesson plan and a mid-course check will occur during Session Three.
As a final product, participants will create a web-enhanced lesson using a pre-designed template.
Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which they extend the discussion and tone. Participants are to read all original messages by course colleagues and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session.
Session One: Introduction - The Value of the Web
Participants will learn how the web can be integrated into the curriculum and how teachers can find valuable resources efficiently. As an activity for this session, participants will explore and familiarize themselves with the Web by utilizing several search engines geared towards educators to gather web-based resources centered on a topic of their choice. Participants will keep a record of the valuable resources they find.
Session Two: Formats for Web-Enhanced Lessons – Hotlists and Multimedia Scrapbooks
Participants will preview several pre-selected examples of both Hotlists and Multimedia Scrapbooks. Participants will review and evaluate the examples listed for both Hotlists and Multimedia Scrapbooks, pick one of the examples from each category and consider how a teacher using each activity might use one or more of these resources to enhance students’ learning. Participants will also make a Hotlist relevant to one of the topics they teach using the Eduhound Hotlist builder.
Session Three: Formats for Web-Enhanced Lessons – Treasure Hunts and Web Quests
Participants will explore several examples of both Treasure Hunts and Web Quests. Participants will compare the four formats: Hotlists, Treasure Hunts, Multimedia Scrapbooks, and Web Quests and consider the different reasons they would use each as a classroom activity to help students learn course content. Participants will continue plans for topics that could be enhanced by these web-based activities as they work on their final product template.
Session Four: A Deeper Look at Web Quests
Participants will learn more about the design of Web Quests by examining several Web Quest Design Patterns on the Bernie Dodge website. They will view several examples and templates for Web Quests that can be modified to fit specific learning goals. Participants will plan how they will organize students and include Web Quests into their curriculum.
Session Five: Planning and Evaluation of Web-Enhanced Lessons
In this session, participants will learn how to evaluate an effective web-enhanced lesson. They will learn what to look for in selecting web-based resources and will view rubrics that will help them to evaluate a Web Quest before using it in class. Participants will plan at least one assessment piece to accompany the lesson they’re developing.
Session Six: Creating a Web-Enhanced Lesson
Participants will be introduced to an online tool that will help them create a web-enhanced lesson. Participants will finalize their lesson, input it into the template and share it with course colleagues and facilitator for peer review and feedback.