Using the WWW

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Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 23:06:28 +1000

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From: Novak

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Does anyone out there have some great ideas of how to start using the WWW with students. I work with Deaf students whose levels of English literacy range from Year 2 to Year 5/6 levels. Apart from teaching them the how to's on using the WWW I am racking my brains as to some suitable topics. I want them to do more than surf around in circles and I don't want them to bump into lots of lengthy text pages. At the same time I don't want them to only deal with pictorial information. I am really searching for a worthwhile project that will allow them to feel that they have achieved success.

Surely some of you have gone through all this and have worked out some great ideas ??? Are there any books available for us teacher librarians to have a look at ?? Or are we the ones that will be writing the books ?? Does anyone know if there are any good books in the Gallaudet bookstore ????

Any help will be much appreciated.

novak@netoptions.com.au
Melbourne, Australia.

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Date: Sat, 27 Apr 1996 17:53:52 -0400

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From: Roselle_Weiner

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Bev,

I don't normally start students on the web until I know what sort of searching skills they have. One of the things we do in my school is begin students in a teaching lab where everyone can see what is going on at his/her own terminal but cannot respond interactively unless recognized by the teacher who has a control panel. Here I have taught students how to use the PAC and how to use the encyclopedia and also how to search in a periodical abstract database (Wilson).

But mostly I use the lab to teach the teachers so that they understand the prerequisites their students need before they can use the computer tools effectively. Only after a teacher has shown her/himself to be motivated (and is not just using me to take over the class!!) do I then proceed to the next phase: working with the teacher AND her class. All such projects have to be approved by the teacher's supervisor.

It's a hassle but teachers are the ones who are supervising the students and they need to do the pre-researching. They need to lead the students in a brainstorming session or a topics identification activity. They need to remind the kids to type last name first when searching biographic data. I do permit -some- off topic searching in the library/lrc: sports is a big drawer...and the kids do learn to find what they want...but first they need to articulate it...when it comes to sports and non academic topics, generally the more able students help each other...when it comes to academics, the classroom teacher has to set the kids up for successful searching. I don't know of any other alternatives.

I would never say here: the topic is baleen whales...find information about them on the web. Not until I knew the kids had an inkling of how and where to search.

hope that puts a perspective on it...

roselle
American School for the Deaf
r_weiner@sacam.oren.ortn.edu

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Date: Tue, 30 Apr 1996 22:42:28 EDT

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From: Cathy Brandt

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The very first exposure they had was when we studied Art in January. We went to Central Office to the lab. We had specific written directions on where to and how to go. There's also a projection system in that lab so we all basically went together. Once they arrived at the site of the day they were comparing various pictures and doing specific activities on their sheets which related to our study on Art.

After that experience they knew (generally) about the Web and began to bring in various URL's they'd found on games, toys, commercials, in magazines, etc.

So....

I'll provide a different view to things. I did allow my kids to just get on the Web and "play." Many had brought in URL's from home. They WANTED to explore and see what they could find. With my supervision they did that. As they thought they were playing and looking up cool stuff (games, movie stuff, etc) I taught them how to navigate the Web and use the various buttons and functions. Soon, they knew exactly how to use Back, Forward, Home and Stop. Quickly they learned there were places which they liked and wanted to keep and thus learned how to use the Bookmark feature.

After they did that we visited Yahoo and just began to think of topics in which we were interested. We soon learned how to "search" for info.

Later we talked about search engines and the kids use a variety. Funny, we have not done any deaf stuff yet. We will be doing specific lessons which will require that next month during our Communications unit (of which you will soon be hearing more about)

Cathy

Uploaded by: Melissa Close/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major