It is important to develop a clear set of standards and expectations for use of the internet in the classroom. You should first check with your district or school to see if there is an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) already in place. If an AUP is not in place, then you should consider developing one […]

As the Web includes a global community, students need to be aware of some standards for behavior when you create content. Proper internet etiquette is often referred to as Netiquette. Students and teachers can avoid embarrassing situations by adhering to some simple guidelines when they create web sites, blogs, or wikis. The following is a […]

Podcasting means making digital audio or video files available on the internet in such a way that others can set their computers to automatically download new episodes in a series as you post them. There are as many types of podcasts as there are topics. For example, someone could publish a podcast about fly fishing—or […]

Google Earth is a free program that combines maps and geographic information with satellite and aerial photography. With Google Earth, you can fly over and explore major cities and landmarks around the world. While Google Earth is a standalone program you download and install on your computer, it requires an internet connection because it exchanges […]

Online map services can be used to get directions or search for businesses in a given location. Google Maps is one of the most popular online map services. Google has made the programming interface for Google To find a location on Google Maps: Type the address in the search field at the top of the […]

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and refers to a format used to provide information about frequently updated content on the Web. An RSS feed is a file that, when read by special program, displays summaries of new or recently updated web content together with links to the full versions of that content. RSS is […]

A wiki is a web site anyone can edit. It differs from a blog in that a blog is only edited by the person who owns it, whereas a wiki can be edited by anyone who has access to it and knows the password (if it is a password protected wiki). With the exception of […]

Short for web log, a blog is a web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal. New content is published by the blog’s author on a regular basis, often daily. Most blogs are a mixture of what is happening in a person’s life and what is happening on the Web, but there are […]

A WebQuest is a specific kind of web-based learning activity. It was developed by Bernie Dodge, a professor of educational technology at San Diego State University. WebQuests provide students with the opportunity to work independently or in small group activities that incorporate research, problem solving, and application of basic skills. This teacher-created lesson guides student […]

One issue of great importance is that of accessibility. School web sites should be easily accessible to a wide range of audiences including persons with disabilities. By following certain guidelines, your school site can be made more accessible: Visual considerations Graphics: Users with visual impairments have specific difficulties that need to be addressed. Screen reading […]

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