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What's Out There?
Surveying Electronic Resources/Constructing Inquiry Activities

Creating effective inquiry activities that use web resources takes time and skills, knowledge of the resource involved and careful thought about the learning goals you're seeking to accomplish with students. In Chapter 6 of Teaching Online, Ko and Rossen discuss a range of different types of activities, from role playing and simulations to case studies and group-based summaries. This morning we experienced several different approaches from the student perspective. Please use this time to use what you've learned from this process and your long-standing expertise to examine web-based resources in your field and consider ways they could be used to support student centered learning activities.

Step one (20 min.) Working individually or with a partner, look at the list of Web sites (below) selected for this assignment. Choose several that look interesting to you. Explore these sites, assessing content quality, design, and navigation. Take notes on the sites that interest you, and identify aspects of these sites that could be most useful for student learning.

Step two (20 min.) When you've completed your review, pick one site and brainstorm a classroom activity using this resource. (You can use several if you wish, but be careful about overload!) As you work, bear in mind our discussion of
principles of good practice in inquiry-based learning, and consider the following questions:

  • How could this assignment support key learning skills, methods, or mode of thinking?
  • How could the electronic materials suit the assignment's intended pedagogy or methodological goals? What (if any)
    difference do the electronic materials make in construction of the activity (as compared to print materials)?
  • How would this assignment be contextualized in your classroom? How might you follow it up?

Step three (20 min.) Post a sketch of your activity in the Blackboard Discussion Board. Use the questions above and the prompts in the Blackboard discussion area to guide your writing.

Step four (20 min.) Review the activities that others are posting on our Blackboard site, as time permits.

As you listen to each other's activities, think about a) what you can learn from the way others' construct their activities; and b) any questions or suggestions that might further strengthen the proposed activity.

Selected Web Resources

Merlot http://www.merlot.org/Home.po
Edsitement http://edsitement.neh.gov/
MarcoPolo http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/

NASA http://www.nasa.gov/
Science NetLinks http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/
The Great Big Respiratory Link Page http://www.xmission.com/~gastown/herpmed/respi.htm
The Biology Project http://www.biology.arizona.edu/
The Tree of Life http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html
Cells Alive! http://www.cellsalive.com/
The Visible Embryo http://www.visembryo.com/
Physics 2000 http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/index.pl
The Particle Adventure http://www.particleadventure.org/

HealthWeb http://healthweb.org/index.cfm
American Occupational Therapy Association http://www.aota.org/
All Nurses.com http://www.allnurses.com/
CyberNurse http://www.cybernurse.com/
Minority Nurse http://www.minoritynurse.com/
Pat's Nursing Pages http://members.aol.com/nghtfox/rn.html

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse http://www.enc.org/
A Gallery of Interactive Geometry http://www.geom.umn.edu/apps/gallery.html
HyperStat Online http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/index.html
Case Studies Compiled by UCLA Statistics Department http://www.stat.ucla.edu/cases/
The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/
Math Archives http://archives.math.utk.edu/index.html
Visual Calculus http://archives.math.utk.edu/visual.calculus/title3.html
Calculus Graphics http://www.ima.umn.edu/~arnold/graphics.html
NCTM Illuminations http://illuminations.nctm.org/index2.html
The Puzzle Archive http://rec-puzzles.org/

CUNY WriteSite http://writesite.cuny.edu/ieindex.html
TESOL Online (ESL) http://www.tesol.org/
Dave's ESL Cafe http://www.eslcafe.com/
English-zone http://www.english-zone.com/
Randall's ESL Cyber Reading Lab http://www.esl-lab.com/

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues http://www.spssi.org/teach.html
Teaching Clinical Psychology http://www.rider.edu/users/suler/tcp.html
American Psychological Society http://psych.hanover.edu/APS/teaching.html
Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN) http://www.psychology.ltsn.ac.uk/resources.html
Teaching Psychology http://teachpsych.lemoyne.edu/
Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools http://www.apa.org/ed/topsshomepage.html

Global Edge International Business Resource Desk http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/ibrd.asp
Brint: Business, Technology, Economy Portal http://www.brint.com
Corpwatch http://www.corpwatch.org/
Bretton Woods Project http://www.brettonwoodsproject.org/
The World Bank Internet Gateway http://www.worldbank.com/
Strategy and Business http://www.strategy-business.com/
Eco-Portal http://www.eco-portal.com/

Don Quixote de la Mancha http://milton.mse.jhu.edu:8006/
La Prensa Latino http://www.prensalatina.com/
Mundo Latino Cultura http://www.mundolatino.org/cultura/litera/

Digital Atlas of New York City http://130.166.124.2/NYpage1.html
The Blackout History Project: New York City 1965/1977 http://blackout.gmu.edu/
The Victorian Web http://65.107.211.206/victorian/victov.html
Institute for Learning Technologies http://www.ilt.columbia.edu/projects/projects_current.html
American Verse Project http://www.hti.umich.edu/english/amverse/
Poet at Work: Recovered Notebooks from the Walt Whitman Collection http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wwhtml/wwhome.html
History Matters http://historymatters.gmu.edu/

Literature and Culture in the American 1950s http://dept.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/home.html
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet http://daphne.palomar.edu/shakespeare/
Remembering Nagasaki http://www.exploratorium.edu/nagasaki/
Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artist and their New York http://nmaa-ryder.si.edu/collections/exhibits/metlives/index.html
The Great Chicago Fire and Web of Memory http://www.chicagohs.org/fire/intro

Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Dept. Of Labor) http://www.bls.gov/oco/home.htm
Public Speaking Resources http://www.danieljanssen.com/MainPagePublicSpeakingCommunicationResources.shtml
Open Directory Project Communications/Public Speaking http://dmoz.org/Science/Social_Sciences/Communication/Public_Speaking/
International Association of Administrative Professionals http://www.iaap-hq.org/
New York Times Learning Network http://www.nytimes.com/learning/
CNN Learning Resources http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/
Bangkok Post Educational Services http://www.bangkokpost.com/education/index.htm
US/UK Collaborative Initiative on Racial and Ethnic Health http://www.omhrc.gov/us-uk/index.htm
BBC Learning Resources http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/
BBC World News http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/default.stm
PBS Teacher Source http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/prek2/pconnect/index.shtm

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