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It sounded like a good idea when I agreed to attend the workshop. The district is encouraging teachers to have their own web site. The administrators are expecting it. But, the more you consider the task, the more concerned you become. What should be on the page? Will the students and parents like it? Will they use it? Will administrators approve of your choices? How much time will it take.
This WebQuest will help answer these questions and help you plan activities and resources for your web pages.
Your group will examine several classroom web sites. Your objective, as you review the sites, will be to identify the characteristics of classroom web sites you consider appropriate for your classroom page. You will review the composition of the page and consider issues of design, FERPA, etc. Your group will work together to evaluate the pages using a rubric and report back to the large group your findings.
In each group (3 teachers), assign a facilitator, a researcher (computer operator), and a recorder. The facilitator is responsible for keeping your group on task, watching the time, etc. The researcher operates the computer as the group reviews web resources and the recorder captures the groups responses and will take the lead when the group presents findings to the large group. Group assignments should rotate for each Step.
Look at some education web sites. Review at least four sites. Some sites are listed below. However, if group members have favorite sites, use those as well.
Consider the following questions:
Look at some classroom web pages for your grade level. Review each of the sites listed for your grade level.
Consider the following questions:
Review the page carefully to help you plan your web pages. Complete a rubric scoring the pages. Think about why you scored the pages the way you did.
Prepare a list of components that your group feels should be included in a classroom web page.
Do you have a better understanding of the characteristics of an effective web site?
Are you better able to identify web sites that may become links on your site?
Has your vision for your web site changed?
Did you or your group encounter any critical issues you hadn't considered before?
The purpose of this activity is to give you an opportunity to conduct a review of some selected web pages in order to help you develop a picture in your mind of what you want your page to do and how you want it to look before you start to develop your own page. After developing your page, you will be asked to evaluate your page using one of the rubrics you used to evaluate the classroom web pages. In addition, you may want to consider as you plan your site some additional questions?
What is your main purpose for creating a web site?
How often do you plan to update your site?
How will you motivate your audience to visit the site regularly?
Kentucky Teacher Technology Standard
Indicator 6: Uses the computer to do word processing, create databases and spreadsheets, access electronic mail and the Internet, make presentations, and use other emerging technologies to enhance professional productivity and support instruction.
Indicator 7: Uses computers and other technologies such as interactive instruction, audio/video conferencing; and other distance learning applications to enhance professional productivity and support instruction.
Basic Operations and concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.
Students are proficient in the use of technology.
Social, ethical, and human issues
Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.
Technology productivity tools
Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
Technology communications tools
Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
Technology research tools
Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.
Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools
Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.
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