BROWSE. Use the examples and resources below, or research your own, to find classroom Internet projects. Searching for "Classroom Projects"or "WebQuest" will lead you to many possible projects, as well as a few inappropriate ones. Select two online projects or WebQuests. Post information about your selections on the myLesley discussion boards. Include a description of the projects with details like grade levels, time frame, costs, materials, and so forth. Also let us know why you selected these projects and how you would use them in your classroom. The first project I’ve chosen is “A Room With a View” http://aroomwithaview.pbwiki.com/ created and hosted by Jennifer Wagner (she has some AWESOME online collaborative projects). This project is a year-long project in which students take a picture from any classroom window (or another spot on campus if no window is available) once per month. They write about what they see and how that scenery changes throughout the year. Pictures and writings are posted online and shared with other schools participating in the project. It is open for grades PreK-6, so I could use this project with all classes that I have. There is no expense involved. The equipment required is a digital camera and a computer with Internet access for uploading the pictures. Student work could be handwritten and scanned or typed. The main reason I chose this project is because it incorporates technology, science, and writing. It would also be interesting to the students, and would expose them to scenery in other parts of the world where there are more than just pine trees! The second project I’ve chosen is a webquest titled “How Computers Work” www.tim- jansen.com/lessons_misc/how_computers_work_webquest/index.htm created by Tim Jansen. I chose this webquest because it allows the teacher to choose activities for students to complete based on grade level or computer experience level. I could use this same webquest with third graders and with fifth graders, just choosing different activities for them. I could also use this webquest with teachers who need a better understanding of just what that expensive box on their desk is capable of doing. There is no cost involved since it is a webquest, though it would take probably three or four 50-minute class sessions to complete one of the activities. The problem I find with a lot of webquests is that the resource links are broken or outdated. The ones on this webquest seem to all work. I’ve been so impressed with this one webquest that I intend to check out more of Tim Jansen’s web site to see what resources he may have available for me to use.
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