Learning with the World

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Introduction | Surf, Stumble, Search & Lurch | What's on the Web | The IdeaMachine

The Web for Educators | Quick 'n' Dirty HTML | Filamentality | Beyond the Son of... | Adding Graphics


Maybe you're convinced the Internet and the World Wide Web are terrific resources for learning. Maybe you're blown away by the possibilities? Maybe you still need a little convincing? The following links and activities were organized and created to provide a clear vision and process for intelligently integrating the embarrassment of riches that is the Internet, a richness that is worthless without the clever guidance of an educator.

Finding Your WebBefore someone can be expected to teach students something (let alone champion, evangelize, or inspire), that person needs to have a heart-felt, internalized insight on the value of what he or she is teaching. So to help you Surf, Stumble, Search, and Lurch your way to this insight, try exploring this page. See if you can't hook into something that lets you intrinsically feel the value of the Web.

What's on the Web? The web is the biggest, blobbiest thing to ever enter a classroom. To help give it some shape and order, I suggest viewing the content and function of Web sites in six main categories. Although What's on the Web? was written back in 1995, new Web-using teachers might find the hypertext introduction useful. (originally published as a cover article for the Computer Using Educators' Newsletter (CUE)

Idea Machine Now that you have an idea of the kind of things you might find on the Internet, how about brainstorming a topic you might create a Web-based activity on? To help this process, you can use the IdeaMachine a Website that offers you fifty questions that might prompt new ideas or remind you of oldies, but goodies. The questions revolve around the topics of Instructional Goals, Student Needs, Upcoming Events, Special Resources,and Technology Assets.

(Note: the IdeaMachine is a JavaScript, you will need to browse with Netscape 3.0+ or Explorer 3.0+).

The Web for Educators So now you're raring to go. Where do you go? How do you get there? Web & Flow is designed to support teachers who want to begin designing their own Web-based learning pages. You will be introduced to Blue Web'n, a library of the best Internet sites for educators. Then you'll get to know that wild webspinner, Filamentality. Finally, you'll use a simple flowchart, see examples and use templates for five distinct types of Web-based activities, Hotlists, Scrapbooks, Subject Samplers, Treasure Hunts, and WebQuests.

Quick and Dirty HTML So that you can appreciate just what it is Web Editors (or Filamentality) will do for you - and so you can say you've "done HTML" - let's get a smattering of HyperText Markup Language. With this Quick 'n' Dirty Intro to HTML you'll have a start on a personal homepage and know your way around tags and brackets a bit.

Filamentality When you want to get started creating an Internet activity on a topic of your choosing, a good place to start is Filamentality. One thing this interactive Web site does is guide you through searching the Internet and then to create a hotlist. Filamentality doesn't care if you're a Mac or Windows user or if you're a teacher or student.

Beyond the Son of Filamentality If and when you want to get deeper into the fun & dirty quagmire of HTML, you can go Beyond the Son of Filamentality. This Web site offers over 25, friendly, way-graphicky, online tutorials for such things as adding and placing graphics, fiddling with textures and colors, doing funny things with text and horizontal rule sizes, etc.

Adding GraphicsTwo main thoughts come to mind when thinking about adding graphics to Web pages: Fun and "Time Suck." There is a creative flow you can find by designing graphics for your pages. The problem is that for most people it's difficult to know when to stop fiddling, fussing, and revising graphics. To simplify things, we're suggesting a relatively simple, but we hope elegant, solution so that you can quickly learn Adding Graphics.

Written October, 1996, Last revised November 17, 1997
originally posted at: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/edfirst/web_learning/overview.html