designed to meet the specific needs of K-12 educators.
The focus of the course is less on the theoretical and
more on curriculum support resources that can be immediately
integrated into classroom instruction. However, the exemplary web
resource sites were selected for inclusion in the online explorations
of this course precisely because they demonstrate best practices
integration. Many have been developed by national curriculum associations
and/or by practicing educators.
tone of the curriculum resource explorations of the course is
much more of a "Let me show you something
that you can use tomorrow morning..." approach than "You
have to read six journal articles on best practices in technology
participants have responded enthusiastically to this
approach. Witness the comment below.
course has been helpful in the usefulness of the Internet in
my daily activities with the students. Before taking this class
I never really thought about the fact that the students are already
so connected with the use of the Internet that using it as a
basis for learning is a wonderful and new idea that is
relevant for the students.
In taking this course, I have a better understanding of how to
use the world wide web more proficiently too. This course has
given me new ideas of how to incorporate activities online for
my students. I am now able to get around on the web more easily.
I can identify resources better as well.
As I looked back on the email and Internet checklist, I was able
to check off almost every skill. I would now say that I fit
more in the proficient category. I am excited to take what I
have learned and use it with my students."
W. - January 8, 2011 email message
are some specific examples of these online explorations from
Assignment 5: - Educational Resource Sites:
Assignment 5 - Lesson Plans Sites:
Assignment 6 - Kid-Safe Websites:
Assignment 7 - Homework Helper Websites:
Assignment 8 - Web Reference Sites:
Assignment 9 - Online Library Sites:
Assignment 10 - Museum and Archive Sites:
Assignment 11 - Online News Sites:
completion of each of the assigned online explorations, course
participants are directed to review three or
more sites from each category and to reflect on how those sites
will be of use in their classroom instructional program. These
reviews and reflections are recorded in the course logbook
and summarized in email messages to the course instructor.
Example of Review and Reflection Prompts:
three of the web reference websites. In your course logbook,
record the web address and list two reference questions
that could be answered by your students using the resources on
you have done that, send me an email message describing what
you have found most useful in the past four
(Educational Resources, Kid-Safe Websites, Homework Helpers
and Web Reference Sites).
on how integrating these online resources into your classroom
would enrich your classroom learning
words "web B" in the subject of the message.
your course logbook, record the web address and a brief description
of the educational resource or lesson plans sites that
you will be able to use in your classroom."
Course participants are also given the opportunity to share
additional age-appropriate and educationally relevant online
teaching/learning resource sites on the course web discussion
Web Resource Sharing Prompt Examples:
you have discovered other educational resource or lesson plans
sites that were not included on the Exploration pages,
you can share them with the TEC 908 online community by clicking
on the Web Discussion Board link in the navigation bar near the
top of the page. Navigate to the Activity 5: Educational Resources
section on the web board and Add a New Message."
a few minutes to share a minimum of three of the web resources
you discovered when using the online search tools.
Click on the
link to the Web Discussion Board above and navigate to the
Activity 20: Check These Out... section on the discussion
board. Add your three recommended sites using the Add a Message
section down at the bottom of the screen. As you scroll down
that long page, be sure to check out the sites that have been
recommended by your colleagues in this course.
Note: The sharing section(s) on the course web discussion board
have, over the years that this course has been running, become
one of the most valuable resources on the course website. Literally
hundreds of teacher-recommended sites are accessible to course
Access the TEC 908 Web Discussion Board by clicking on the link
below. Click on the TEC 908 link and then on Activity 20 to view