How to Use Web Resources for Teaching

We can get together as educators and document all the useful resources on the web that will enhance our teaching experience. There are so many websites out there that are just waiting for us to find. Let's get started. Here are some ideas.

Steps

  1. Image titled Use Web Resources for Teaching Step 1
    1
    Become familiar with the various types of websites that support classroom teachers and instruction (including home-schooling). Search for things such as lesson plans, exercises, quizzes, handouts, posters, photocopy-ready documents, etc. to see the variety of sites and support materials available.
  2. Image titled Use Web Resources for Teaching Step 2
    2
    Determine what you need to find to help you with your particular lesson. The internet is overly rich in both resources and distractions.
  3. Image titled Use Web Resources for Teaching Step 3
    3
    Decide if you are seeking information from others or you want to offer your work for the benefit of all on the internet.
  4. Image titled Use Web Resources for Teaching Step 4
    4
    Look at public sites not necessarily geared toward teachers to find more support materials. Such sites may be from museums, libraries, universities, magazines, government agencies, print media, Non Government Organizations, and may offer photos, video, sound files, copies of original documents, maps, etc. to support your teaching.
  5. 5
    Post your original lesson plans on the Reading International Wiki. This will turn them into a collaborative writing project and put them in the public domain.
  6. Image titled Use Web Resources for Teaching Step 6
    6
    Use a computer to record the audio of you giving a lesson. Save it as a mp3 and upload it to a web host. Students will be able to download the lesson and review the lesson again and again at home. Those students who were absent will be able to keep up by downloading the lesson and listening at home.
  7. Image titled Use Web Resources for Teaching Step 7
    7
    Discuss with colleagues how they use internet resources and collaborate on the best ideas.
  8. Image titled Use Web Resources for Teaching Step 8
    8
    Experiment with various materials and see how your students respond. Without taking away from your teaching, see what can enhance the students' learning through visual and audio stimuli.

Tips

    1. Do a general search using common search engines such as Google, Alta vista, northern lights or a multi-search engine such as Meta crawler or Dogpile.
    2. Narrow your search by clicking on the 'advanced' search option.
    3. Scan your results and choose the ones you find most useful and interesting.
    4. Enter forums and discuss your findings with other teachers. See how other teachers have used the resources of the internet.

Things You'll Need

  • Reliable and fast internet connection, sound card, printer, scanner.
  • Audio recording software is available free at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
  • Internet Group for posting links to materials and announcements.

Article Info

Categories: Creating Lesson Plans