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Active Learning on the Web (K-12 Version)
This information is part of a presentation by a faculty member of the Department of Educational Technology at San Diego State University. Several examples of active learning on the Web are included.
Explore interactive lessons in the fields of social studies and history.
This site provides an inexpensive, easy to follow format that creates "intricate tests/surveys with graphics, sounds, branching, complex scoring and other professional features" or the program can "create it automatically with a few clicks". "AnswerThis by ENHANCEDirections is simply the most powerful and cost effective way to survey, test and quiz from your PC, your network or on our Web Server. Teachers, physicians, psychologists, quality assurance specialists and others can create, administer and analyze tests, surveys and quizzes with power and ease."
Bandaides and Blackboards
"This is a site about growing up with medical problems .... Its goal is to help people understand what it's like, from the perspective of the children and teens who are doing just that. These kids have become experts at coping with problems that most of you have never heard of."
Many lesson plans at this site promote active learning. Subject areas include arts, business, community interest, education, English, foreign language, health & physical education, history & social studies, mathematics, science, technology, and vocational education.
Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education
"Students can go to the Science Laboratory to download and use a range of data collection, graphing, and modeling software tools to investigate complex problems. Teachers can go to the Teacher Workroom to view and download the latest in project-based science software and curriculum, see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms, and find out about professional development programs."
CGI Scripts for Educators
Free Perl CGI scripts and detailed directions for setting them up on an instructor's web site are available at this site. Sample scripts include RandomQuiz, QuizTest, Loan Payment Calculator, Crossword puzzle maker, Vocabulary Lookup, etc.
"ClassBuilder is a complete teacher office suite featuring exam creation, grading, grade book, reports, lesson plans, assignments, calendar, randomized exams to prevent in-class cheating, team grades as well as individual grades, attendance, and lots more." ClassBuilder is approximately $19.99/year for information about grades 1-12 and approximately $39.98/year for access to edltelper.com, web tools, and ClassBuilder. This site also offers a reduced price for two-year subscriptions. Subscriptions can be used off-line as well as on-line. On-line features include discussion forums, exams, announcements, assignments, class links, submitted exams, graded exams, and reports.
Educational Java Programs
This site contains Java applets to enhance math, biology, and music units. Example activities include Pattern Blocks: Exploring Fractions with Shapes, The Pythagorean Theorem: Figure it Out All By Yourself, Discovering the Value of Pi, Complete Population Growth and Balance Lesson, etc.
Educational Software from Owl and Mouse
This site provides free downloadable software in the following categories: geography; letters, history; phonics; reading and maps.
E.L. Easton English Online
This site provides an archive of links to free or inexpensive exercises, quizzes, and tests to supplement classroom instruction including links to make a Hollywood Squares game, Millionaire game, crossword puzzles, glossary maker, madlibs, anagrams, and much more!
"EclipseCrossword is the fast, easy, free way to create crossword puzzles in minutes . . . just give EclipseCrossword a list of words and clues, and it does the rest." The crossword puzzle can be printed or played right on the web site.
Education World: Lesson Planning Center
This site contains lesson plans submitted by teachers or written by the staff at Education World for various subjects of study including: math, language arts, science, and much more. The site also has a large archive of education related articles.
Game Show Presenter
"Game Show Presenter is presentation software that helps people pay attention and learn any subject by presenting it as a funny, TV-style quiz show. It has everything you need to make your own quiz game shows: music, funny game show host, sound effects and score keeping for up to 10 players or teams!"
The Gateway to Educational Materials
"The Gateway to Educational MaterialsSM is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. GEM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Teachers, parents, administrators can search or browse The GatewaySM and find thousands of high quality educational materials, including lesson plans, activities, and projects from over 320 of the 518 GEM Consortium members." Resources are provided for the major subject areas of art, educational technology, foreign languages, health, language arts, mathematics, philosophy, physical education, religion, science, social studies, and vocational education.
ITC Flash Learning Games
At the University of Minnesota, Crookston Web site, select Flash Games in the top toolbar for a list of existing Millionaire, Jeopardy, and Clue games based on Flash templates created by Dr. Lim. To create a new game on a topic(s) of your choice, click on Game Manager, click on University Edition or U.S. Educational Edition, click on Game Manager, click on create a new account and follow the directions. A User ID and password will be emailed to your email account. After entering the User ID/password into the Game Manager site, select new game, and enter a title/category for the game. Next, select the radio button beside the game's name, select the hyperlinked game title, and begin to enter questions.
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Interactive lesson plans are provided for the following subjects: Agricultural Education; Art and Architecture; Business Sources/Grants; Education Resources; Entertainment & Travel; Health, P.E., & Fitness; History & Social Studies; Holidays & Celebrations; Internet Information; Kidstuff; Literature/Language Arts; Mathematics; News Sources/Magazines; Organizations/Government; Performing Arts & Music; Reference & Librarians; Science and Technology; Shopping; Special Ed Resources; Sports; Tech/Career/Consumer Ed; Weather Info & Maps; and World Languages/Regions. "Kathleen Beck Schrock [the author of this site] is the Administrator for Technology for the Nauset Public Schools on Cape Cod, MA. A large part of her job is involved with infusing technology throughout the curriculum in all areas and at all grade levels."
Learning Games and Activities
This site, available from UNICEF, includes links to games about creative thinking, other cultures, geography, and more.
"Internet-Based Lesson Plans are examples of how the Internet can be used to help create effective Standards-based mathematics lessons. For example, some Web sites provide real-world data that can be analyzed or used to develop mathematical concepts. Other sites provide detailed information about areas in which mathematics is applied or contain tools that can be used to graph, visualize, or compute."
Parade of Games in Powerpoint
"The Parade of Games web site was created to provide educators and trainers with easy-to- assemble educational games in a technology- enhanced environment to support key learning points. The site demonstrates the creative use of popular game shows and other familiar games to reinforce learning. Educators and trainers can select and download those PowerPoint games that support your learning objectives and are compatible with the technology capabilities of your learning environment."
RapidBuilder and RapidExam
RapidBuilder is a powerful simulation-authoring tool that enables developers to create, customize, and deploy fully interactive, non-interactive, or combination simulations that realistically duplicate the functionality of the live Windows environment. RapidBuilder records (using a 'continuous' capturing technique) all real-time screen interactions (including screen changes, dialog box interactivity, mouse clicks, keystrokes, and cursor/mouse pointer movements) with any desktop or web-based software application to instantly create tutorials, demos, courses, presentations, and more. RapidExam allows developers to create assessments without programming or scripts. "Using RapidExam's advanced design tools, you can develop computer-based assessments that feature splash screens, login screen, conceptual content screens either at the beginning or at the end of an assessment, multiple question types, and detailed reports -- all in a matter of hours!"
SEDL: Active Learning with Technology
"The modules demonstrate learner-centered instructional and classroom management settings such as inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, small group learning, and using commonly available software to support a learner-centered environment. This approach gives teachers an opportunity to participate in learning experiences within the various environments. Reflection activities at the end of each module help teachers focus on how these instructional and classroom management strategies can be applied to their classroom setting. A chart follows that lists the instructional strategies and models used in the Foundations professional development sessions."
The Shockwave Multiple Choice Quizzer
This site was designed as a workshop at the Connections '98 conference as well as Oregon Online 99 conference. "The shockwave quizzer is a versatile web page tool that can re-purposed to build your own collections of multiple choice quizzes. It reads in all of the content for a quiz from text files, so you can create new quizzes just by creating new data files. It features a scrolling menu of different quizzes that you can make available . . . At the end, they see a raw score and a percentage, as well as a list of what question topics they missed. They can then re-take the quiz (which again is randomly scrambled)."
Songs for Teaching: Using Music to Promote Learning
This site includes many activities to promote learning. The categories covered include research, teacher tips, classroom management, mathematics and early counting skills, numbers skills, foreign languages, Spanish, French, science, animals, health & fitness, reading, phonics, speech, punctuation, spelling, history, culture, civics, geography, folk & multicultural music, American Presidents, Canadian Prime Ministers, 2004 Democratic Presidential Primary Songs, etiquette, family life, sports & games, self-care, safety, transportation, families, food & nutrition, friendship, animals, and fingerplays.
Teacher Tools: Puzzle, Quiz, and Activity Builders
This site provides a list of sites that provide answers to questions like "How can I provide extra practice for students who need additional help" , "How can I build online communications projects for my class", and "How can I make my own online puzzles and quizzes?"
Technology and Teaching
"Discover innovative online professional development for educators." Find lesson plans for such subjects as: Arts & Literature; Health & Fitness; Math; Science; Social Studies; Early Childhood; and Library Media.
WebQuests for Learning
This site provides "an introduction to some key ideas behind WebQuests."
The Innovative Teaching Newsletter
"This page contains links to a variety of creative Web Activities and WebQuests for K-12 students. The activities incorporate use of the World Wide Web to help students discover important concepts related to the selected topic. Students follow the step-by-step directions for each activity and spend educational time exploring the pre-evaluated web sites to discover information about the topic or concept."
Worksheets for Teachers
The Educators Network, Inc. has provided a site to create your own math worksheets, maps, calendars, and more! Sample worksheets include word scrambles, word chops, algebra foil, matching columns, science lab generator, and crossword puzzle makers.
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