Integrating the Internet into the Classroom
 
For Students:
Postcards
Ask an Expert
Current Events
Keypals
Research
For Teachers:
Communication
Homework
Lesson plans
Electronic Field trips
Museums
Rubrics
Evaluating sites
Search engines
Various Projects:
One computer class
Scavenger Hunts
Web quests
Online projects
Web Pages:
Class pages
School Pages

1. "Easy" STUDENT Activities and Classroom Projects

Email:

A. Electronic Postcards:

Electronic Cards - http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic92.htm
Jan Brett's Postcards -
http://www.janbrett.com/postcards/cardpick_main_choice.htm
Care2 ecards -
http://www.care2.com/send/categories

Warner Brothers Cards
- http://www.wbwebcards.com/
123 Greetings
- http://www.123greetings.com/
      
Native American quiz

B. Ask An Expert - check out the questions before sending your own:

Virtual Reference Desk Ask A+ Locator http://www.vrd.org/locator/subject.shtml
Various experts and career ed stuff from Ask An Expert - http://www.askanexpert.com/
Newton BBS - Ask A Scientist - http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/
CIESE - Stevens Institute of Technology -
      http://k12science.ati.stevens-tech.edu/askanexpert_science_math.html
Ask An Expert Sources from CLN.org in Canada - 
http://www.cln.org/int_expert.html
The Mad Scientist - Ask A Scientist - http://www.madsci.org/index.html
Ask the Space Scientist
      http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/ask/askmag.html
Ask An Expert from Scientific American -
http://www.sciam.com/askexpert_directory.cfm
Dr. Math from Swarthmore - http://forum.swarthmore.edu/dr.math/
NASA
- http://science.nasa.gov/faq/ask-a-scientist.htm

C. Current Events using online news pages:

Time for Kids  Kids - http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/index.html
          
Teachers - http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/class/
Weekly Reader - Play News Busters - http://www.weeklyreader.com/kids/
           Weekly Reader Home Page - http://www.weeklyreader.com/homepage.asp
Scholastic Magazine -
http://www.scholastic.com/kids/home_flash.asp
Boston Globe
- http://www.boston.com/globe/
Concord Monitor
- http://www.concordmonitor.com/
CNN Student News - http://www.cnn.com/fyi/
New York Times
- http://www.nytimes.com
Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/
SI For Kids
- http://www.sikids.com/
Newsweek-
http://www.msnbc.com/news/NW-front_Front.asp
Time -
http://www.time.com/time/

D. Keypals:

Complete directions, suggestions, how-tos for Key Pals
    http://www.siec.k12.in.us/~west/article/penpal.htm
    ePALS
- http://www.epals.com/

Internet KeyPal Exchanges
http://www.cln.org/int_keypals.html
Teaching.com Intercultural Email Classroom Connections -
http://www.iecc.org/     
Kidlink -
http://www.kidlink.org/english/general/index.html
Suggested student projects from Melissa Matusevich in Christianberg, VA
    http://pixel.cs.vt.edu/melissa/projects.html
Local pen pals- A teacher or administrator contacts a local bank or law firm
    that might be willing to help students edit writing pieces via email
The Flat Stanley Project where students send regular mail and email as part of the project
    http://www.flatstanley.com/

E. Student Research:

BJ Pinchbeck's (seventeen-year-old kid's) Homework Helper pages
    http://school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck/
Multnomah County Library Homework Center - web sites for 40 topics and all ages -
    http://www.multnomah.lib.or.us/lib/homework/index.html
Gander Academy's Theme Related Resources -Canadian school - very complete/very good -
    http://www.cdli.ca/CITE/

4th and 5th Grade Student Research Resources
    http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Tower/1217/
Global Access to Educational Sources
    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/6617/
Boowa and Kwala - Games for Young Kids -
http://www.boowakwala.com/
Websites from England for primary students - http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/websites/infant.html           
Sesame Street -
http://pbskids.org/sesame/


2. TEACHER Resources

A. Communication with other teachers/organizations:

The Classroom Flyer - 
  http://www.riverdeep.net/portal/page?_pageid=338,1&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

  You receive educational email daily or weekly or by your choice
  http://www.riverdeep.net/portal/page?_pageid=338,230690&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
               
Discovery School Custom Classroom and Teaching Tools
  http://school.discovery.com/teachingtools/teachingtools.html

Email for the Classroom from  Community Learning Network - 
  Email for Teachers and Students -
http://www.cln.org/int_email.html
  Listservs for teachers from CLN - http://www.cln.org/lists/home.html

Listservs for Teachers as suggested by Jim Cornish 
   from Gander Academy
- includes descriptions
   http://www.cdli.ca/CITE/4teachers.htm

B. Homework/Games/Activities/Free Web pages:

Quia Directory of teacher-developed activities and games - http://www.quia.com/shared/
Schoolnotes.com (free homework page) - http://schoolnotes.com/edgate/about.html
Teacher Web - http://teacherweb.com/
Yahoo Geocities - http://geocities.yahoo.com/ps/learn2/WhatYouGet4_Free.html
Angelfire from Lycos - http://angelfire.lycos.com/
Lots of free sites plus The Free Site -
http://www.thefreesite.com/Free_Web_Space/
Filamentality -
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/
Inspiring Teachers - http://www.inspiringteachers.com/community/webpages.html

C. Lesson plans/curriculum units  on the Internet:

         
NHEON lesson plans and various 
resources for NH teachers  standards-based  
Go to NH frameworks 
http://www.nheon.org

   Pacific Bell Knowledge Network Explorer:
    *Blue Web'N Library of Blue Ribbon learning sites

          
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/bluewebn/

    *Filamentality Go To Search the Registry
          
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/

    *Wired Learning- Web-based lessons and activities
          
http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/

Discovery Channel
Puzzlemaker, TV schedules
 http://school.discovery.com/

Lesson Plans - http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/
  

Kathy Schrock's links for educators  
all disciplines and even more
         http://discoveryschool.com/schrockguide/

 
Knowledge Network
 of NHPTV (Channel 11)-
lesson plans, activities, technology ideas
     http://www.nhptv.org/kn/

California SCORE  
Schools of California Online Resources for Educators
math, science, social studies, and language arts
lesson plans and resources
     http://www.score.k12.ca.us/

  Math Forum @Drexel  
GREAT math site
http://mathforum.org/

Science Netlinks
for science lessons K-12
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/matrix.cfm

 
National Geographic 
 Plus lesson plans and maps to print
 Expeditions Lesson Plans  
with searchable feature 
 Learning Museum - online
New York Times Learning Network Grades 6-12
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/

Daily Lesson Plan and Lesson Plan Archive


Busy Teachers' Web Site K-12
http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/busyt/
 
Ask Eric Lesson Plans,
Resource Guides and more
http://www.eduref.org/

Education World
http://www.education-world.com/

edHelper
Lesson Plans, Web Quests, worksheets
http://www.edhelper.com/

ArtsEdge - Kennedy Center and NEA
   
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/     
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
   http://www.carolhurst.com/
The Children's Literature Web Guide from Calgary
   http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/

Mr. Donn's (and Mrs. D's) Lesson Plans Across the Curriculum (social studies)
   http://members.aol.com/donnandlee/SiteIndex.html
EconEd Links economics lessons - http://www.econedlink.org/

Edsitement from National Endowment for the Humanities
   http://edsitement.neh.gov/

Illuminations from NCTM - http://illuminations.nctm.org
International Reading Association - http://www.readwritethink.org/
Kathi Mitchell's URLs for Teachers - arranged by subject, grade,
   plus NASA and museum sites

   http://www.kathimitchell.com/Kathi'sURLs.htm

PE Central for Physical Education http://www.pecentral.org/
Special Education Links arranged by topic
    
http://www.halcyon.com/marcs/sped.html
Teaching American History with the Internet - K-6 web sites
   http://twi.classroom.com/americanhistory/k6/

D. Electronic Field Trips:

Web Cams: These sites are sometimes unreliable but are worth a try.

EarthCam Network - By Category -  http://www.earthcam.com/
Leonard's World - world http://www.leonardsworlds.com/countries.html
                     U.S. 
http://www.leonardsworlds.com/united_states.html
WebCam Central - http://www.camcentral.com/

        Fun Field Trips:

Colonial Williamsburg - http://www.history.org
Cow Eye Dissection -
http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/cow_eye/index.html
Desert Field Trip - http://www.field-trips.org/sci/desert/index.htm

Endangered Species
- http://www.field-trips.org/sci/endanger/index.htm
Frog Dissection page
- http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/frog/menu.html
The Grand Canyon
- http://www.kaibab.org/grand.htm
The Heart: An Online Exploration from the Franklin Institute
-
  http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/heart.html

Hurricane Field Trip
- http://www.field-trips.org/sci/hurricane/index.htm
The Louvre
- http://www.louvre.fr/llv/commun/home_flash.jsp?bmLocale=en
          and
http://www.paris.org/Musees/Louvre/

Monticello
- http://www.monticello.org
Mount Vernon - http://www.mountvernon.org
National Air and Space Museum - Washington, D.C.
- http://www.nasm.si.edu/ 
National Zoological Park in D.C.
- http://nationalzoo.si.edu/default.cfm
Oceans Field Trip
- http://www.field-trips.org/sci/oceank/index.htm
Rainforest Field Trip
- http://www.field-trips.org/sci/rainforest/index.htm
Virtual Tour of McMurdo Station Antarctica -
 
http://astro.uchicago.edu/cara/vtour/mcmurdo/
Volcanoes- http://www.field-trips.org/sci/volcano/index.htm
 

Museums:

Boston - Museum of Science - Go to Exhibits - Online Exhibits
   http://www.mos.org/home.html
Philadelphia - Franklin Institute
- Go to Learn, Visit, and Explore
   http://www.fi.edu/
San Francisco - Exploratorium - Go to Explore and Educate
   http://www.exploratorium.edu/
Miami - Museum of Science - Go to Exhibits - then Online Exhibits/Resources
  
http://www.miamisci.org
Chicago - Field Museum of Natural History
- Go to Exhibits -
Online Exhibits
   http://www.fmnh.org/
Minnesota - Science Museum of Minnesota
- Science Activities 
   http://www.smm.org/

E. Rubrics:

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Rubrics - http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/assess.html
Rubric generator -
http://teachers.teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/general/
Rubistar - http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
Midlink Magazine Teacher Tools - http://www.ncsu.edu/midlink/ho.html
Rubrics for Web Lessons - http://edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/rubrics/weblessons.htm
Project-Based Learning Checklists -
   http://pblchecklist.4teachers.org/                      

Guidelines for Rubric Development -
  
http://edweb.sdsu.edu/triton/july/rubrics/Rubric_Guidelines.html              
Mrs. Mitchell's page of assorted rubrics - http://www.kathimitchell.com/rubric.html

F. Evaluating web sites and citing web pages

      Evaluating and Citing Internet Resources from Midlink Magazine
          http://www.ncsu.edu/midlink/citing.html
      Citing Sources in Bibliographies - University of Wisconsin - Platteville
          http://www.uwplatt.edu/library/guides/citing.html
      Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - Critical Evaluation Criteria
         
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/eval.html
    
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - or 
     Why It's A Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sites? Examples, suggestions, criteria, bibliography
          http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/eval.html
     How To Evaluate a Web Page from Colorado State University Libraries
          http://lib.colostate.edu/howto/evalweb.html
    Evaluating Web Sites - http://www.lib.lfc.edu/help/evalweb.html

   Real or Fake Websites?

1. Mankato, MN Site 1 or Site 2  - Which is the real website???
2. Americans With No Abilities Act - http://hypocrisytoday.com/noabilit.htm
3. Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
-
    http://www.improb.com/airchives/classical/cat/cat.html
4. California Velcro Crop Under Challenge -
http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html
5. Women and AIDS - http://147.129.226.1/library/research/AIDSFACTS.htm
6. Dihydrogen Monoxide Research - http://www.dhmo.org/
       Check out
http://www.snopes2.com/toxins/dhmo.htm
7. The Jackalope Conspiracy - http://www.sudftw.com/jackcon.htm
8. RYT Hospital at Dwayne Medical Center - http://www.genochoice.com/
         Also Male Pregnancy http://malepregnancy.com/
9. The White House  - http://www.whitehouse.net/

10. CyberCamera take a picture from your computer

      http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/3072/camera2.html

11.
Derek, the Traveler - http://publish.uwo.ca/~floyd/false/false.htm
12. How To Tell If Your Head Is About to Explode -
      http://www.mit.edu:8001/~mkgray/head-explode.html

13. Bio-Hazard Alert Detector - http://www.mcwhortle.com/

14. Working With Idiots Can Kill You - medical study 
      http://www.weeklyworldnews.com/features/science/50720
     
15. Driver's License Search -
      http://www.license.shorturl.com/http://www.license.shorturl.com/

G. Doing Searches - Directories, Search engines, Meta-search engines

Search tips from major search engines and directories

Yahoo Google AltaVista Alltheweb Dogpile

Bare Bones 101 - SC Library Tutorial on Searching the Web
   http://www.sc.edu/beaufort/library/pages/bones/bones.shtml

Web Search Strategies - includes tutorial and practice
   
http://www.learnwebskills.com/search/main.html

       Kathy Schrock's Guide/Slide Shows for Search Engines (takes a while to view all the slides)
         
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/shows.html

Search engines tips, resources, and ratings
  
 
http://searchenginewatch.com/

The Best Search Engines -
 http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/SearchEngines.html

The Spider's Apprentice - How to Do Web Searches
  
http://www.monash.com/spidap2.html


3. SIMPLE/INTERACTIVE/ONLINE PROJECTS

A. One computer in the classroom activities:

Weather - Intellicast or The Weather Channel or The Weather Underground
Printable Maps from National Geographic -
           
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/atlas/index.html
Daily Almanac - This Day in History and Word of the Day -
           
http://www.refdesk.com/quote.html
Tides - information about NH - http://www.maineharbors.com/nh/tidenh.htm
Moon Phases - check out the moon's phase during the school day -
               also past and future - what was the moon like on your birthday?
               http://tycho.usno.navy.mil/vphase.html
Strategies and Applications from Linda Burkhart - http://www.lburkhart.com/elem/strat.htm

B. Online Scavenger Hunts:

Education World Scavenger Hunts - http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr113.shtml
Inventors and Inventions -
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson120.shtml
Green Valley Area Education Agency 14 - Creston, IA -

  http://www.aea14.k12.ia.us/technology/ScavengerHunt.html
Jerrie Cheek's Scavenger Hunt pages - http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/shunts.htm
How To Use Scavenger Hunts from South Carolina -  
  http://www.spa3.k12.sc.us/Scavenger.html
Christmas Around the World Scavenger Hunts - 
  http://www.henry.k12.ga.us/pges/xmas_around.h
Webhound's Scavenger Hunt- from Alan Levine - Maricopa old but good
  http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/webhound/hunt1999.html
Explore Alaska Hunts for grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-12  (answers included)
  http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson095.shtml
Internet Scavenger Hunts -http://homepage.mac.com/cohora/ext/internethunts.html 
Scavenger Hunts collected by Mrs. Mitchell -
http://www.kathimitchell.com/scavenge.html

C. Webquests:

Bernie Dodge - The Webquest Page - Find out all about webquests
Webquest Collections - Go to Top - Midling and New
   http://webquest.org/
Building Blocks of a WebQuest from Hobart -
   http://www.hobart.k12.in.us/peggy/quests.html
Web Quest article explains how to use WQ even if you don't have a computer -
   http://tommarch.com/writings/intro_wq.php
Rubric for Evaluating Web Quests
   http://edtech.sandi.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=179&Itemid=372
Fifth Grade Webquests collected by Mrs. M
  
http://www.kathimitchell.com/quests.htm

Various webquests collected by Mrs. M
   http://www.kathimitchell.com/webq.htm

D. Projects - Select one - Get ideas for your own project or see How to Get Started:
           http://www.globalschoolnet.org/GSH/

Collaborative Projects from CIESE
   
http://ciese.org/training/findingprojects.html

Kidlink - http://www.kidlink.org/english/general/intro.html
Kidproj - http://www.kidlink.org/KIDPROJ/

Linda Burkhart's Suggestions - http://www.lburkhart.com/elem/int.htm

Designs for Telecollaboration and Telepresence examples from from Judi Harris
  http://virtual-architecture.wm.edu/index.html

Landmark Game - from KIDPROJ at KIDLINK - old but check the archives
 
http://mathforum.org/~carol/landmark_announcement.html

Jason Project - http://www.jasonproject.org/

Journey North - Wildlife Migration from Annenberg/CPB -
 
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/

NASA Interactive projects
  http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/features/

Classroom of the Future -  Environmental projects
 
http://www.cotf.edu/ete/

Nicknacks -  How to set up projects/suggested projects -
  http://nschubert.home.mchsi.com/

Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic - email and activities
  http://tea.armadaproject.org/

GLOBE Project - http://www.globe.gov (requires training but the site has lessons)

Postcard Geography - http://www.cyberbee.com/pcg/  (cost of stamps and postcards?)

Classroom Connect - http://www.classroom.com/community/collaboration/index.jhtml(costs money)

Internet 4 classrooms - http://www.internet4classrooms.com/project.htm

Educational Cyber Playground - http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/


4. CLASS/TEACHER/STUDENT/SCHOOL Web Pages:
                                **Get some ideas about what other teachers are doing**

Debra Kay Logan's Taft Library Media Center super web pages about Internet use
     
http://www.infotaft.marioncity.k12.oh.us

Susan Seagraves - Quest page from Georgia - Gifted and Talented program
      http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Atrium/5924/index.html

Carolyn Hinshaw from Bellingham - fifth grade classroom - all types of activities
       http://wwwbir.bham.wednet.edu/Class/hinshaw/default.htm

Mrs. Barnard's Learning Central and Internet Resources - quite some sites!
       http://www2.asd.wednet.edu/Pioneer/barnard/index.htm
       http://www2.asd.wednet.edu/Pioneer/barnard/sites/index.htm

Tami Maloney from Virginia - fifth grade
       http://members.aol.com/tlmtrip2/teacher.htm

Mr. Leahy's Fourth Grade Classroom - Oregon Trail site
               plus human body brochures
       
http://www.beavton.k12.or.us/jacob_wismer/leahy/leahy.htm
       
http://www.beavton.k12.or.us/greenway/leahy/00-01/bodysystems/brochure.htm
       
http://www.beavton.k12.or.us/greenway/leahy/leahy.htm
       
http://www.beavton.k12.or.us/greenway/leahy/leahy00.htm

Web sites from Utah
        http://www.graniteschools.org/Curriculum/default.aspx

Fredonia, NY, web site
        http://teacherweb.com/NY/Fredonia/Wystup/

Dr. Lebeau's Web Page - http://www.suelebeau.com/

Mrs. Inoue's Hot Links -
http://webtech.cherokee.k12.ga.us/chapman-is/sinoue/

 West Loogootee Elementary School in Indiana 
         http://www.loogootee.k12.in.us/west/
        Old page has a section on integrating the Internet
         http://www.siec.k12.in.us/~west/edu/index.html

Pleasant Grove Elementary School -
http://www.henry.k12.ga.us/pges/

Concord Elementary School, Edina, MN

          http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/concord/teacherlinks/index.htm
             

Stagg High School Internet Resources - links for every discipline
          http://www.d230.org/stagg/LiskaLinks/

Integrate the Internet from South Carolina Library
     http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/IntegrateInternet.htm

     Lesson Plans Online - http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/LessonPlansOnline.htm


POSSIBLE ACTIVITIES TO TRY:

1. Send an electronic postcard
2. Explore different Ask-A-Scientist sites/collect questions for your students to find answers
3. Compare and contrast two online news pages
4. Design a keypals project
5. Go to the Multnomah web site to see what is there
6. Sign up for a listserv
7. Check out Quia games or make a page at Filamentality
8. Develop a hotlist for a topic your class will study
9. Collect and print Internet lesson plans
10. Design an electronic field trip for your class/use web cams
11. Develop an activity from one of the museums
12. Find a rubric for use in your classroom
13. Create a lesson on evaluating web sites
14. Use several search engines to collect Internet sites for your use
15. Select or create a web quest for use in your classroom
16. Find an Internet project that interests you
17. Design an Internet project with your class and others at your school
18. Develop a web page for a topic you teach
19. Create a scavenger hunt for your class
20. Begin a classroom web page
 

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This page was developed by Kathi Mitchell 
and was last updated September 24, 2006