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This two-credit course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to have a better
understanding of the capacity of the Internet. The focus of this course is to explore and browse
the Internet through the guided study of 12 general modules as well as provide an opportunity for
personal exploration.

Please read the following instructions carefully so that you will be successful in completing this
course.

Instructions:

1. Each of the 12 modules needs to be completed. It is not necessary to complete them in the
   order that they are presented in the workbook.
2. Complete the Internet log. 20 hours of Internet browsing should be documented.
3. The Internet is a dynamic media. If for some reason a site is not available or cannot be
   connected; you may choose an alternative site under the same general area and complete
   similar questions. If an alternative site is used, you must provide the URL address, an
   explanation for not using the site in the workbook, and the date and time the site in the
   workbook was not available.
4. Typing URL addresses can be tricky. All of the URL’s that are listed have been tested. If a
   URL address is typed in incorrectly it will not work. Be careful as some inappropriate
   sites can be reached if you type in an incorrect URL address.
5. Graduate students need to complete the 2 – 5 page research paper. This paper is a self-
   directed paper on a topic associated with the Internet. Any standard format is acceptable. If a
   student is interested in doing an alternate assignment to the paper requirement they may
   contact the instructor with a proposal.

Grading:

(B- or B) - Complete the Internet log, complete all 12 of the modules, and write a research paper
from 2 – 3 pages.

(B+ or A-) - Complete the Internet log, complete all 12 of the modules, and write a research
paper from 3 – 4 pages.

(A) - Complete the Internet log, complete all 12 of the modules, and write a research paper of 5
or more pages.

You may contact the instructor if you have any questions:

Bruce A. Nashif
10106 NE 35th St.
Vancouver, WA 98662
Home Phone – 360-256-7482
E-mail – bnashif@comcast.net
School e-mail – bnashif@egreen.wednet.edu




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             The Internet and the Social Studies Teacher
                          Exploration Log
Maintain an exploration log as you explore the Internet. The expectation for the two-hour course
is to complete 20 hours of exploration time. Please log the hours that you spend on the Internet
while completing this course.

Date                  Time logged               Date                  Time logged




                                           Total Hours logged




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                         Module 1: EALR Exploration

Explore the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction website:
            http://www.k12.wa.us/

Under “Teaching and Learning,” click on “Social Studies.”

1. Read the standards for social studies.

2. Read the benchmarks to meet the standards for social studies.



Find a History website on the Internet.

3. Browse the site and describe how the site can be used to benefit student understanding of
social studies.

       Site:

       Benefit:




Find a Civics website in the Internet.

4. Browse the site and describe how the site can be used to benefit student understanding of
social studies.

       Site:

       Benefit:




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Find an Economics website on the Internet.

5. Browse the site and describe how the site can be used to benefit student understanding of
social studies.

        Site:

        Benefit:




Find a Geography website on the Internet.

6. Browse the site and describe how the site can be used to benefit student understanding of
social studies.

        Site:

        Benefit:




Explore the Smithsonian National Museum of American History website:
            http://americanhistory.si.edu/

Explore this site and locate one area that can be used to assist students in meeting one or more of
the benchmarks for one of the four subject areas. List the EALR and how the area of the site
could help students meet the EALR.

Site:

EALR:

How students can meet the EALR by using this site:




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                          Module 2: U.S. Government

Explore the FedWorld Information Network website: www.fedworld.gov

1. Browse three interesting sites and give some interesting information about each site.

       Site A:




       Site B:




       Site C:




Explore http://www.goes.noaa.gov/index.html

2. View the West Coast satellite image.

3. View the East Coast satellite image.



Explore the U.S. Census Bureau website: www.census.gov

4. Browse each of the following areas and list some interesting things that you found.

       A. People & Households




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       B. Business & Industry




       C. Geography




       D. Newsroom




       E. Special Topics




5. What is the U.S. population?



6. What is the world population?



7. Browse the state and county quick facts for your state and give some interesting facts that you
found.

       A.

       B.

       C.




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                                  Module 3: Civics

Explore the Congress website: www.congress.org

1. Using your zip code find your senators and representative. List them and how they voted on
one of the issues.

       Senator A:

       Issue:

       Vote:



       Senator B:

       Issue:

       Vote:



       Representative:

       Issue:

       Vote:




Explore the White House website: www.whitehouse.gov

2. Browse the home page and list some interesting things found on this page.

       A.

       B.

       C.




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Explore the Presidents of the United States website: http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/

3. Pick two Presidents of the U.S. and give three interesting facts about them.

       President A:

       Fact 1:

       Fact 2:

       Fact 3:



       President B:

       Fact 1:

       Fact 2:

       Fact 3:




Explore the 50 States & Capitals website: www.50states.com

4. Find your state and give some interesting facts about it.

       A.

       B.



5. Write a short description of how you can use this website to assist you and your students in the

area of Government.




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                                    Module 4: History

Explore the History Channel website: www.historychannel.com

1. What is the This Day in History story?

       Date:

       Story:




2. List four interesting facts that you found.

       A.

       B.

       C.

       D.



3. Choose two topics and list information that is available.

       Topic A:

       Information:




       Topic B:

       Information:




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4.



5.



6. List five ways that you can apply this website in your history classroom.

       A.



       B.



       C.



       D.



       E.




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                            Module 5: U.S. History II

Explore the Cycles of U.S. History website: http://www.timepage.org/time.html

1. Colonial Cycle

       List two items of interest that you found.

              A.

              B.



2. Revolutionary Cycle

       List two items of interest that you found.

              A.

              B.



3. Civil War Cycle

       List two items of interest that you found.

              A.

              B.



4. World War Cycle

       List two items of interest that you found.

              A.

              B.




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5. Present Cycle

       List two items of interest that you found.

               A.

               B.




Explore the History Place website:

               http://www.historyplace.com/civilwar/index.html

6. List two items of interest that you found.

       A.

       B.



7. Explain how you can use these websites to assist your U.S. History units.




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                               Module 6: Geography

Explore the World Factbook website:

               http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact2006/geos/ei.html

1. Select five different countries from the “Select a Country or Location” function at the top of
the page. Describe the following.

       Country A:

       Government:




       Country B:

       Economy:




       Country C:

       Communication:




       Country D:

       Transportation:




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       Country E:

       Military:




2. Describe how you could use this website to assist students in your World Geography unit.




Explore the Atlapedia website: http://www.atlapedia.com/index.html

3. Go to “Countries A-Z” and locate the same five countries from question 1 (from the World
Factbook website). Compare the information.

       Country A:

       Government:




       Country B:

       Economy:




       Country C:

       Communication:




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       Country D:

       Transportation:




       Country E:

       Military:




4. Go to the world maps site and choose a country. Describe the differences between the political
and physical maps.




5. Compare the two websites (World Factbook and Atlapedia) and describe which would be the
preference for your class and why.




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                Module 7: Contemporary World Problems

Explore the Newspapers- U.S.A. and World website:

                        http://www.refdesk.com/paper.html

1. Locate the closest local newspaper to where you live.

       State/Province:

       Local newspaper:



2. Locate three newspapers in the United States and list two of the local area issues/events.

       Newspaper A:

       State:

       Issue/event 1:

       Issue/event 2:



       Newspaper B:

       State:

       Issue/event 1:

       Issue/event 2:



       Newspaper C:

       State:

       Issue/event 1:

       Issue/event 2:




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3. Browse the world newspapers and do the same for three countries.

       Country A:

       Newspaper:

       Issue/event 1:

       Issue/event 2:



       Country B:

       Newspaper:

       Issue/event 1:

       Issue/event 2:



       Country C:

       Newspaper:

       Issue/event 1:

       Issue/event 2:




4. Describe how you can use this website to better the Contemporary World Problems unit in
your social studies curriculum.




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                               Module 8: Economics

Explore the Currency Converter website: http://www.oanda.com/converter/classic

1. Convert $100 U.S. dollars to the following and give the conversion amount (use quick
convert).

       Australian dollar:

       Euro:

       Japanese yen:

       Iraqi dinar:

       Russian rouble:

       Swiss franc:

       Mexican peso:

       Canadian dollar:

       Country and currency of your choice (A):

       Country and currency of your choice (B):



2. Go to “Historical Exchange Rates.” Compare the trend for a U.S. dollar and the Euro for a
seven day period. List the following:

       Average:

       High:

       Low:




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Explore the World Trade Organization website: www.wto.org

3. Explore “WTO News” and list any item of interest and explain what you found.

       News item:

       Explanation:




4. Explore “Trade Topics” and list any two topics of interest and explain what you found.

       Topic A:

       Explanation:




       Topic B:

       Explanation:




5. How can this website be used in your class?




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Explore the Institute for International Economics website: http://www.iie.com/

6. What is this non-profit organization about?




Explore the New York Stock Exchange website: http://www.nyse.com/

7. List some interesting information found here.




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                             Module 9: Reference Desk

Explore the reference desk website: www.refdesk.com

1. Within this website locate eight different sites from the different categories. List the site and
how it can benefit student learning in your Science class.

       Site 1:

       Category:

       Benefit:



       Site 2:

       Category:

       Benefit:



       Site 3:

       Category:

       Benefit:



       Site 4:

       Category:

       Benefit:



       Site 5:

       Category:

       Benefit:



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       Site 6:

       Category:

       Benefit:



       Site 7:

       Category:

       Benefit:



       Site 8:

       Category:

       Benefit:




2. Evaluate this website.

       A. Is this a site you and your students will use in the future?



       B. Is it easy to navigate and find areas of interest?



       C. How would you improve this website?



       D. How would you use this website in your class?




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                           Module 10: Self Exploration

In this section you are free to explore the Internet and locate Social Studies sites
that interest you. Locate eight different sites and list the following:

Name of site 1:

URL address:

Short description of the site:

How this site can be used in your curriculum:



Name of site 2:

URL address:

Short description of the site:

How this site can be used in your curriculum:



Name of site 3:

URL address:

Short description of the site:

How this site can be used in your curriculum:



Name of site 4:

URL address:

Short description of the site:

How this site can be used in your curriculum:




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Name of site 5:

URL address:

Short description of the site:

How this site can be used in your curriculum:



Name of site 6:

URL address:

Short description of the site:

How this site can be used in your curriculum:



Name of site 7:

URL address:

Short description of the site:

How this site can be used in your curriculum:



Name of site 8:

URL address:

Short description of the site:

How this site can be used in your curriculum:




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                                    Lesson Plans

Write three brief lesson plans, incorporating the Internet in each lesson. The
lessons can be associated with any interesting site or subject relating to social
studies. Each lesson should be for a period of 15 or more minutes. Give the
following information.

Overview

Objective

Activity/procedure (include web usage)

Materials




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                      Graduate Student Research Paper

Write a 3-5 page research paper about the use of the Internet in regards to teaching
and learning. Examples of topics include but are not limited to:

The Internet as a tool for student learning.

Resources on the Internet- fact or fiction.

Using the Internet to teach and learn.

The Internet is beneficial to education.

The Internet is harmful to education.

The Internet can be helpful and harmful to our children.

Confidentiality and the Internet.

Security of information and the Internet.

Accuracy of knowledge found through the Internet.

E-mail, chat rooms, and spamming on the Internet.

Pornography and the Internet.

How the Internet can assist you in the performance of your job.

Should students be required to use the Internet in schools?

The Internet in schools and school liability.

The Internet in schools and teacher liability.




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