Web Literacy and On-Line Safety

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Other great links:
Google - http://www.google.com
Google News - http://news.google.com
Google reader - http://www.google.com/reader
Custom Search Engine Creator - http://www.google.com/coop/cse/
Mrs. Gray's Research Sites for Kids - http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=009322589025648193163%3Axvlyfpfjkv0 (Try these queries: global warming, pollution)
NoodleTools - http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html
NoodleQuest - http://www.noodletools.com/noodlequest/

Searching for resources:
(Use delicious as a search engine to find what sites others have used on your topic of interest. A great way to find sites used often---know what's good.)

Create a Global Warming Search Engine of cites:
Many classrooms have one computer sitting in the back that gets very little use. What if that computer became the official research station where one student each day was responsible for finding answers to all the questions in class – including the teacher’s?
This might not sound imaginative, but doing this can be very effective. Each day, assign a different student to sit by that computer. When questions come up during class, it is that student’s responsibility to search out the correct answer. Once sites are found that give details about the questions being asked, you might consider adding it to your own search engine built using Google’s Custom Search Engine creator (http://www.google.com/coop/cse/). This search engine can be designed to meet standards, coordinate with your curriculum and consist of sites from reputable resources. Imagine creating a Global Warming Search Engine that cuts through the hype on both sides of the issue and only accesses factual information from NASA, NOAA and other scientific research organizations.
Don’t expect this to work easily right from the beginning. Most educators know that there is a great amount of misinformation online and also acknowledge that students don’t always use the most effective search techniques. Understanding this makes this student job that much more important. We should be providing students with guided opportunities and teachable moments that allow them to practice and hone their research skills.

World Wide collaboration activites:
Collaboration Coordinators
It wasn’t that long ago when it was cost prohibitive to have your class connect with other classes and subject experts around the world. That time is gone! In an ever-shrinking world, we now have free access to make these very connections.
Using Windows Live (http://download.live.com/messenger) a collaboration team could be responsible for establishing and maintaining working relationships via the Internet with classrooms around the world. How can you leverage that power? Prior to a discussion of the American Revolution, charge your collaboration team with the responsibility of finding a class of British students who would be willing to interact with theirs concerning the issues that led to the start of the War. How many eyes do you think would be opened by the differing views that occur during the debate?
Connections can also be established with experts who might be willing to talk to your students regarding other meaningful topics. For example, middle school students from one Chicago suburb were learning about the effects of globalization. Their teacher, Andrea Trudeau, could have only provided students with a short passage from a textbook or a few magazine articles. Instead, she facilitated a project that had her students creating interview questions for an American factory owner who felt he had to outsource his production to China as well as a businessman in China (http://dps109.wikispaces.com/Skype) who was managing a factory for the American market. The questions the students developed became a part of a series of interviews that were recorded and provided students with a learning experience that went far beyond any textbook or article. This project attracted a global audience, including a teacher in the UK who repurposed this material with his class as they were discussing similar issues.
There are hundreds of other opportunities like this waiting for any adventurous group of students looking for opportunities to bring the world into the classroom.

Think Together
Think.com is now part of ThinkQuest. A learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects, participate in a website competition, and browse a library of student projects. http://www.thinkquest.org/en/

· Blogs
e-Pals Blog
Student Created Blog Policies http://budtheteacher.com/wiki/index.php?titleStudent_Created_Blog_Policies =
Determining The Top Education Blogs
So, thanks to Postrank, here are the top 50 education blogs based on engagement over the last 30 days:
Bloglines - Aggregator of choice. Ability to connect people together.See what people like Will Richardson and Bernie Dodge are reading, which really sets Bloglines apart. http://www.bloglines.com/
.Google Reader – RSS aggregator. www.**google**.com/**reader**
Blogs: The versatility of blogs is what makes them so valuable. Blogs provide opportunities to reach out to a range of community stakeholders including administrators, other teachers and students, parents, and the community at large. Blogs have the power to give kids an authentic audience and It gives students a voice. https://www.blogger.com/start
Kinder Blog: http://turnerkindergarten.blogspot.com/
Edublogs.TV, http://www.edublogs.tv/index.php the newest tool from the Edublogs, the best educational blogging tool in the world. Edublogs.TV is a “video-hosting site dedicated to education.” You can upload videos, such as educationally useful ones from YouTube, and then Edublogs.

Tutorial Designers
Abbott and Costello - Math - Explain this math problem:
Math Demos:
Eric Marcos - proportions - http://www.mathtrain.tv
Jing - http://www.jingproject.com
Scratch Tutorials .... Designed specifically for youth, it allows them to create their own stories, animations, games, music and art. At the same time, they apply math concepts, design, problem solve and collaborate. To learn more about Scratch or download the program yourself, go to <scratch.mit.edu>.
One of our writing standards is to explain how to do something. We had so much fun with the Scratch program that we decided to make computer tutorials so others could learn the basics, too. Click on a link to see what you can do with Scratch!
Scratch - Making Buttons Video created Aurelio D. and Gavin B.
Scratch - Making Backgrounds
Video created by Grace H. and Natalie W.

Julie's ELA REsources:

Grammar link:

"Tell-Tale Heart" Directed Listening-Thinking activity: http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=850

Online acrostic tool:

Read write think resources:

Tools to launch narrative writing:

WWII Unit:

Library resources:

Video conference resources:
1. Skype - No; Windows Live - Yes (web conferencing for STP schools; it is approved and works well with our network) (When doing any web-conferencing, make sure your administrator is aware and make sure it is documented in your lesson plans.)

Teaching Design:

ELA student websitesSection Analogies Reading Comprehension Antonyms Sentence Completion
Grammar Improving Sentences Improving Paragraph

WIki you tube videos:

Videos on Technology In Plain English

Teaching Design:

Life After Death by PowerPoint

Introducing Web 2.0 Technologies:
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student/teach made video clips