|Just as any good
lesson plan must have a clear purpose and objectives, so too must an online
|What is it you
want your students to learn? How does
your activity fit into your curriculum framework?
|Choosing sites –
Make sure you have pre-selected a few sites that match your objectives before
the students get on the Internet.
Unless your objective is to teach them how to conduct a search, do
that part for them. Most of the major
search engines allow businesses to “buy” the top ten hit spots, no matter
what the subject area, and we can’t control what will come up when we conduct
a search. Having the sites
pre-selected keeps the students much safer and also focused on the task at
bookmark file clearly labeled for your classroom is a good way to keep the
links together that you want the students to use. Another option would be to create a web page list of links for
the students with the names of the sites and a short description of what they
will find there. The page doesn’t
have to stored on a web server, it can just be on the hard drive of the
computer, with the links taking them directly to the sites.
|If you do your
planning and creating at home, make sure you take the time to recheck the
activities and web sites on the computer in the classroom using the browsers
that the students will be using.
Sometimes things that work on one computer don’t load properly or are
not accessible on another.
Differences in software versions, computer hardware, and other factors
contribute to your user’s experience on the computer.
|As always, check
links to make sure they are still there when you go to use the activity. Just because it worked great last year,
doesn’t mean the site will still be there for now!