Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Using the Internet in Teaching A presentation for the CSUDH College of Education Alumni Event - November 1, 2008 Dr. Farah Fisher, Professor of Graduate Education (310) 243-3926 email@example.com Presentation Objectives Upon completion of the activities associated with the presentation, participants will be able to: Describe three or more web-based activities that enhance teaching and learning. Given one of the activities above, locate and evaluate two or more websites that support the activity. Contribute at least one website address and “review” for the web page shown below. http://www.csudh.edu/fisher/teacherresources.htm Presentation Schedule 9:30-9:35 Welcome and Introductions 9:35-9:45 Brainstorming: What are some major problems faced by teachers? How can the web be used to address these problems? 9:45-10:15 Locating and Evaluating Web Resources 10:15-10:25 Wrap Up and Next Steps Useful Terminology Acrobat Reader – a free program that can read PDF files Assistive Technology – programs or devices that assist people with disabilities to use computers or perform daily tasks Blog – a website where people can leave messages about a given topic Browser – a program that allows you to “surf the web” (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox), interprets the HTML code to display web pages CAI (computer assisted instruction) – programs that assist students in learning (e.g., drill, tutorial, simulation) CMI (computer managed instruction) – tools such as puzzle and quiz makers and gradebook programs Demo – a limited version of a commercial program, you must pay a fee for full use of the program Download – to copy a program or document from the web to your disk [note – upload means to put a file on to the web] Email – electronic mail, free accounts at www.yahoo.com and www.hotmail.com Flash (or Flash player) - a program that is used to make animated, interactive presentations appear on web pages (Flash player can be downloaded for free) Freeware – a program or document you can download for free HTML – code used to make web pages, you will often see .htm or .html at the end of a web address – this refers to HTML, choose ViewSource on any page to see the code http:// (HyperText Transfer Protocol) – often used at the beginning of a web address, tells the browser to expect a web page [Didn’t you always wonder what it meant?] Link – a built-in path to another web page, click to activate Offline – can be used without being connected to the web Online – accessible through or connected to the web PDF (Portable Data Format) – a read-only printable version of a document, must have Acrobat Reader to see the file Search Engine – a website that helps you find other websites (like http://www.google.com) Shareware – a program or document you can download for a small fee (you may be able to use the program for awhile before paying) Shockwave (Shockwave player) – similar to Flash, a web version of Director program, most often interactive and animated Software – computer programs that accomplish a task (word processing, games, drills…) URL – a web address (like http://www.csudh.edu/fisher/teacherresources.htm) Virus – a “hidden” program that can do damage to your computer or files Web page editor – a program that assists in creating web pages [note – a web page is not accessible to others until it is “uploaded” to a web server] Web server – a computer (connected to the Internet) that does nothing but store web pages and other documents, has a special name and number so that it can be found on the web (like www.csudh.edu and 220.127.116.11) Website – one or more web pages (often HTML documents) in a single folder on the web World Wide Web (Web) – part of the Internet, makes documents (like web pages) accessible all over the world YouTube (http://www.youtube.com) – a video sharing website Brainstorming Exercise Work with a partner to fill in both sides of the table below. If you are not sure of a web-based solution to a problem, at least fill in the problem. Major problems faced by teachers Web-based solutions (in an ideal world) Example: Need to raise test scores find websites that help students practice the skills they need for the tests Example: Not enough time find websites that help teachers create materials use online self-grading tests Website Recommendations for the Teacher Resources page (send to firstname.lastname@example.org) Web address: http:// ______________________________________________ Brief description of contents: Review/comments: Web address: http:// ______________________________________________ Brief description of contents: Review/comments: Web address: http:// ______________________________________________ Brief description of contents: Review/comments: Web address: http:// ______________________________________________ Brief description of contents: Review/comments: 12 Expert Google Search Tips (by John Digg, http://digg.com) 1. Explicit Phrase: Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing. Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase. To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes. Example: "internet marketing" 2. Exclude Words: Lets say you want to search for content about internet marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising. To do this, simply use the "-" sign in front of the word you want to exclude. Example Search: internet marketing -advertising 3. Site Specific Search: Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the "site:somesite.com" modifier. Example: "internet marketing" site:www.smallbusinesshub.com 4. Similar Words and Synonyms: Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms. To do this, use the "~" in front of the word. Example: "internet marketing" ~professional 5. Specific Document Types: If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier "filetype:". For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to internet marketing. Example: "internet marketing" filetype:ppt 6. This OR That: By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search. If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator. (Note: The OR has to be capitalized). Example: internet marketing OR advertising 7. Phone Listing: Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is. If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature. Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note: the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results). 8. Area Code Lookup: If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from. Example: 617 9. Numeric Ranges: This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip. Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers. You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods. This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers. Example: president 1940..1950 10. Stock (Ticker Symbol): Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock. Example: GOOG 11. Calculator: The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google. Example: 48512 * 1.02 12. Word Definitions: If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the "define:" command. Example: define:plethora Hope this list of Google search tips proves useful in your future Google searches. If there are any of your favorite Google expert power tips that I’ve missed, please feel free to share them in the comments.
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