(1) Evaluating Internet Resources
Most of what is posted on the Internet has never been subjected to the
rigors of peer review common with many traditional publications. Students must
learn to evaluate the reliability
of information of the websites they visit.
- Provide links to three
examples) that provide information about a single topic related to
- Compare the reliabiltiy of
the sites using appropriate evaluation
(2) Electronic References
Since we live in the Information
Age, it is particularly important that teachers are able to access and
evaluate information to prepare accurate, up-to-date lessons, and to teach
their students the principles of electronic research. In this activity you will
examine a variety of electronic references in your quest to acquire information
for lessons or other professional activities.
- Identify two topics (see
examples) to research using electronic references (broadcast news,
almanacs, quotations, etc.). Research the first topic using at least one
resource from each of five categories of electronic resources. Repeat the
process with the second topic, using references from five additional categories.
Categories of electronic resources
- On your assignment page:
- Provide links to the
- Summarize key information
acquired, including screen captures or graphics as necessary.
- Identify the special
features (e.g. hypertext linking of terms, Boolean search capabilities,
archival search, knowledge tree, downloadable movies, online audio
transcripts, animations, translations, reference lists, printer-friendly
output, multimedia links, PDA or bookreader download, visible directory
structure, etc.) of each of the reference tools you have used.
- List criteria for
determining the authenticity of information on a website.
- Compare and contrast
electronic references with their traditional paper counterparts. Discuss
at least ten tasks or features that are possible with electronic
resources that are not possible with traditional paper resources.
- Develop a lesson
plan that incorporates electronic references. Your lesson plan
should require students to use two or more electronic references to
address a specific curricular objective.
(3) Educational Research
Teachers should be familiar with research related to the teaching of their
discipline. The Educational Research Database (ERIC)
provides access to abstracts from numerous educational publications, and is the
best place to start when conducting educational research.
- Find two or more full text
articles and two or more abstracts of recent, relevant research related to
the use of technology in the teaching of your subject. Include the text in
your electronic portfolio. Summarize implications for the teaching of your
subject. Cite the articles using APA
(4) Multimedia teaching resources
At many libraries, teachers can obtain cards which give them special
privileges as educators, including the ability to check our more resources and
keep them longer. Teachers can check out books, CDs, DVDs and and videos.