Chapter 8:

Developing and Using Web-Based Learning Activities

Introduction to Web-Based Learning Activities: From Lessons to Online Course

Types of Web-Based Activities:

1: Individual Lesson Plans

2: Online Lesson Enhancements

3: Online Courses and Curriculum

4: All-inclusive (1-3) learning environments.

Types and Examples of Web-Based Lessons and Projects

For more information about Web-Based Projects, check out the link provide above from Judi Harris

Types of Web-based Activities

  • Electronic Pen pals, mentoring, (virtual) field trips and publishing
  • Group product development
  • Problem-based learning
  • Social action Projects
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Integration Strategies from Web-Based Activities

Sources

The following Powerful Web-Based Lessons and Projects have proven successful in Classrooms around the world.

Writing with Writers: htttp//teaching.scholastic.com/writewit

Students work with authors, editors and illustrators to develop their skills

Journey North: www.learner.org/jnorth

Sources to study wildlife migration and seasonal change by sharing their field observations with classmate.

ReadWriteThink: www.readwritethink.org

Supports literacy in K-12 reading and language arts classrooms.

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: http://nlvmusu.edu

A great source for Mathematics instruction.

Support for Web-Based Learning Activities

Function #1: Project Overview, Announcement and Application:

  • Sites can introduce goals and purpose of existing projects and invite people to participate

Function #2: Tutorial instruction

  • A website can serve to deliver actual instruction and information on a topic or project

Function #3: Information Summaries and exchanges:

  • Student can use web-sites to add information to a collection that will be shared with others

Function #4: Communication and support:

  • A website can serve as a virtual meeting place to support students' communication as they work together at distant locations.

Function #5: Displays of past and current student work

  • Web-sites can be used as web publication centers in which students show examples of their poems, stories, pictures and multimedia products.

Function #6: Project Development Centers:

  • Web-sites are sometimes set up for the specific purpose of inviting new distance learning projects


(Roblyer, M., & Edwards, J. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching (pp. 245-246). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Merrill.)

Developing Web-Based Lessons

Website Authoring Tools:


  • Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML): Php, ASP.Net, ActionScript in Adobe Flash and many more. Also scribe here are web page and website software tools that allow developers to create web products without programming.
  • HTML and HTML5: the internet standard for how web pages are formatted and displyed.
  • Java: A high-level programming language developed by Sun Microsystems. An object-oriented language
  • VRML: Develops and Displays 3-D objects on web-Pages
  • PHP and ASP.NET: Server-side applications, meaning that they must be installed on a server to be used in web-development.

Imagining, Transferring Data and Developing for Web-Pages

Image Formats:

There are several resources that useful for developing and using web-pages.


Downloading Images: You can download almost any image you see from the web page and store on your computer. Downloading an image from the internet is easy, but remember that many image you find on web pages are copyrighted.

Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages and Website Design

Good Structure and Organization:
  • The first page of a site indicates clearly how to navigate to other features of the site.
Clear text and/or graphic links

  • When developing a web-site, keep in mind that it should take no more than three clicks to find content or return to the home page of the site

Good visual design

  • Pages are designed for good readability and aesthetics. Fonts are easy to read, colors are limited.

WEB BASED LESSONS

Internet/Classroom: www.internet4classroom.com/integ_tech_lessons.htm


Discovery Education: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/tech.html


Education World: http://www.educationworld.com/atsl/arcives/ed_tech.shtml\


For those educators who want to design their own web-based lessons, the webquest model is a good choice.

Work Cited

Roblyer, M., & Edwards, J. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Merrill.