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

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

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Edited by Timothy D. Green, Edited by Abbie H. Brown, Edited by Leanne K. Robinson

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  • Publisher: Corwin Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 170 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 274mm x 13mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 1412915740
  • ISBN 13: 9781412915748
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,042,844

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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.

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Timothy D. Green holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology and Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University. He is co-author of Multimedia Projects in the Classroom: A Guide to Development and Evaluation (Corwin Press) and the author of PowerPoint Made Very Easy! (Scholastic). He has taught fourth grade and junior high school. His expertise is in multimedia design, the integration of technology into the teaching and learning process, and pedagogy. He is an assistant professor at California Sate University, Fullerton in the department of Elementary and Bilingual Education. Currently, he is the university's Director of Distance Education. Abbie H. Brown holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University. He is currently an associate professor at California State University, Fullerton in the department of Elementary and Bilingual Education. He is co-author of Multimedia Projects in the Classroom: A Guide to Development and Evaluation (Corwin Press), and a contributing author to Teaching Strategies: A Guide to Effective Instruction (Houghton Mifflin). He has taught at the Bank Street School for Children in New York City and George Washington Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He has received awards for outstanding teaching and curriculum design from the New Jersey Department of Education and is an experienced computer-based instructional media producer. LeAnne Robinson is an Assistant Professor at Western Washington University on a joint appointment between the Program in Instructional Technology and Department of Special Education. She is a former elementary and special education teacher and holds a Ph.D. in Education from Washington State University. LeAnne's work has appeared in such journals as Teaching Exceptional Children, the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, and, Voices in the Middle.

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"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 "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 "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

Table of contents

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