• The World Wide Web provides rich resources for educators, but they are only useful if educators know what resources are there and how to find them. Participants in this workshop will explore the range of educational material available on the Internet and learn time-saving skills to effectively search the Web for useful curricular resources. Participants will become familiar with popular search engines and subject directories and will learn techniques to use each one appropriately and efficiently. The workshop will also examine the importance of critical evaluation of World Wide Web resources and consider how to develop evaluation skills in the classroom. Participants will leave the workshop with a collection of World Wide Web resources appropriate for their own classroom use.
  • Virtual field trips enable students to visit places near and far without having to worry about weather, long bus rides, or packing a lunch. In this workshop, participants will learn how virtual field trips can enhance the curriculum and will become familiar with many excellent sources of virtual field trips. Participants will also learn about various formats for virtual field trips and how to bring curriculum to life with the use of free, Web-based technologies including Skype and Google Earth. Participants will also consider issues of assessment and will explore how Web-based technologies can provide opportunities for reflection to further bolster instruction. By the end of the workshop, participants will have planned an engaging virtual field trip, aligned to curriculum standards, which they can use in their classrooms.