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Friday, October 21, 2005

Module 7: WebQuests and Web awareness

I had no idea that WebQuest existed until this module! What a great tool for web based and inquiry orientated research. WebQuest is a practical set-up of lessons on the internet focusing on searching for information. It is set up in a way that allows students to still use the internet for research, but is more guided than yahoo or google, which is substantially more time efficient. Another great aspect of WebQuest is that is goes beyond the research and has instruction for working with the information (applying, evaluating, manipulating, etc). This allows students to automatically make connections and learn about the information they have found online, whic supports higher levels of thinking.

Internet safety is definately something that all teachers should be aware of. The internet is full of a lot of information, both good and bad. Sometimes is is hard to sift out innappropriate information simply within search engines. As a teacher I find it intimidating to feel responsible for an entire classroom of students on the internet when it is very easy to access innapproriate material whether intentionally or by accident. I think as a future teacher I will try to use pre-approved websites and programs such as WebQuest while using online learning. I also think it is important to educate students about keeping personal information disclosed and not giving out real names, addresses, and phone numbers in chatrooms or any other internet sites. I will do the best I can to educate students on proper internet usage. The internet is prominent in our society, therefore I might as well use it for educational benefits, while at the same tame taking safety precautions.

1 Comments:

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Hi Michelle:
Spectacular! You have created a first-rate blog based on your work with computer technology in education. All activities were completed on time and met the criteria for this course.
Congratulations and best wishes for your upcoming Practicum in Professional Semester I.
Dale

 

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