Primer to my views of the “Best of the Internet” for Teachers

This page has been designed specifically for the teachers undergoing training by Ayles-Anne Wilson (M.A. Ed. Tech. Concordia University) in Trinidad and Tobago at the University of Southern Caribbean (July-August, 2006). It will continue to be a work in progress as I come across new tools, utilities, and readings that are of significance – at least to me.

This page is designed to present to teachers what I have experienced and seen to be “the best” of what is out there to help educators design lessons and projects for students. No doubt I will leave out some great stuff. It is by no means comprehensive – there is way too much out there available on the Internet to stumble across it all….

First – Note that learning objectives drive design of lessons – The ASSURE model of instructional design:

Analyze learners

State objectives

Select instructional methods, media, and material

Utilize media and materials

Require learner participation

Evaluate and revise

(From this source)

A new book available for free online – Coming of Age: An introduction to the NEW World Wide Web

For Lesson Plan Ideas : Education World, Teachnet

Internet Tools : Rubistar (rubric builder) , Citation Machine (tool to create MLA and APA citations for bibliographies), thesis builder (to build a thesis statement)

Knowledge Media Laboratory (Carnegie Foundation)

BackFlip: Online bookmark organizer that permits shared folders – great for collaborative projects!

Google now offers more than just GMail – calendar, notes, spreadsheets, google talk instant messaging, blogger and much more!

Multimedia Presentation Tools:

Photostory 3 – free download from MS site – creates a video slideshow of photos using the Ken Burns effect

Some examples of slideshows : Grace’s community service trip to the DR, Nat’s Class Graduation Slideshow

Dropshots – free video hosting – will attach to a blog

PhotoShow – free, very cool built-in animations and web album hosting

Great resources from other educators: Kathy Schrock, Janet Barnstable, Edutopia, David Warlick, wwwtoolsforteachers (weekly updates – well worth signing up for!), Patrick Crispen (really terrific PowerPoints for free!)

Webquest Portal – constructivist lesson plans (usually collaborative group projects)

About blogging: Educause article by Stephen Downes

Blog search engines: Google Blog search engine, Technorati

Free blogging services: Blogger, list

Free educational blogs for schools: Class Blogmeister – by David Warlick – good stuff!

What is RSS?

RSS: What does it mean for the Classroom Teacher – by Stephen Rahn at NECC 2006

Educational Podcasting: Podcasting and All That Jazz – by Julie Lindsay at NECC 2006 (Podcasting Bangladesh)

Software Canadian educators can’t live without

Wiki to describe the software from February 2006 conference

Wiki from Laptop Institute Conference July 2006

What is a wiki and how to use them

Free, pass-word protected wiki – PBwiki

How PBwiki is useful for educators

Moodle – what is it?

My Moodle 

The Good Teacher – moodle docs

Global Project Portals : Global SchoolNet Projects, IPoPP (also GSN, but a new portal not quite active), Taking IT Global for Educators, Technospuds Projects, Israeli Pedagogical Network for Collaborative Learning

Completed Projects – Just what do these things look like??

Presentation to the Illinois Online Conference in February 2006

Gr. 7 Collaborative Projects on LCC website

Global Virtual Classroom Team 12 2005-06 – Web Design Contest

Global Virtual Classroom Team 20 – 2004-05 (Bronze winners) – From Our Lockers Into the World

Global Virtual Classroom Team 34 – 2003-04 – (Grand Prize Winners) – Progression through Time

Highly Recommended Reading (I would even say compulsory!):

The World is Flat (book) by Thomas Friedman

MIT video appearance of Thomas Friedman lecturing on The World is Flat

Computers as Mindtools by David Jonassen (seminal article on social constructivism)

Educating the Net Generation by Diane Oblinger et al

Pew Internet and American Life Project – cannot be ignored for its importance in understanding trends of Internet use

(Last edited July 19, 2006)

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