Taxonomy: Fits into Media for Inquiry: Data Access
Resources needed: a computer with access to the internet. Probably a
printer if you find curriculum you want to implement in your classroom.
Goals: Curricular ideas, current legislation in education, connection
to the state standards.
Student site: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/main.html
Taxonomy: Fits into Media for Inquiry: Theory building, Data Access.
Fits into Media for Communication: Teaching media
Fits into Media for Expression
Resources Needed: Class lab of computers with internet access. No
printers needed.Higher internet modem connection is desired
otherwise it takes forever to move from screen to screen in the virtual
museum. Desirable to have projection system for teachers directed
instruction before students use.
Goals: Instruction in geography, science, learn and apply concepts to solve problems.
We find this web site falls into the category of Media for Inquiry as it
includes theory building, data access, data collection, data analysis.
Resources required would include access to the Web, a computer, a
Educational goals likely to achieve: A teacher could align classroom
curriculum to the state standards, analyze and compare data, be informed
about legal issues.
We find this exemplary student site also falls into the category of
Media for Inquiry. It has opportunities for students to connect to the
world of video, texts, and images. It also has knowledge integration.
Resources required would include: computer with audio, keyboard, and
headphones. Educational goals would include knowledge acquisition,
skill development, reading comprehension, encourages higher level
thinking skills etc.
Our first teacher resource web site choice:
We think Rethinking Schools web site fits in the "Media for Inquiry"
state of the taxonomy since this site offers article/journal index
references and a database of all past and current journals.
http://www.toefl.org/ is the second web site that is for students. It
falls in the media for inquiry due to its data access to the TOEFL
test. In addition, as the test is computer adaptive, it involves
statistical analysis. Because students are able to interact by taking
practice TOEFL tests, this web site also falls into the media for
Stephanie La Qua
1. Theory Building
- math models (procerural) For example written and graphically
illustrated models for constructioning solutions for various analytic
- visualization software
2 Data Access
- Has databases, imaging, graphs, texts,etc...
4. Data Analysis
- enviromnents for inquiry
- problem solving programs
2. Communications witrh others
4. Theaching media
C. Media for Constructio
- Construction of graphs and charts
Resources: A computer to access site, paper, cardboard box, and yarn
for the example given.
Instructional goals: Use this to teach about analytical equations and
their graphic solutions.
Exemplary web site for students:
Find out information such as characteristics and types of mollusks.
Taxonomy: A. Inquiry
1. Theory Building
2. Data access
-images and graphics
B. Media for communication
4. Teaching media
Resources: This site requires the user to use a computer linked to the
internet. It also requires the person to have some sort of inquiry.
Dave has used this site in his classroom as a reference source for his
students. For example, a student asked him, "What is a mollusk?" Dave
sent him to look at this site and the studetn found this URL with info
about mollusks as well as relevant links. This site can be used like an
encylcopedia and contains science labs as well as a wide variety of info
and resources on other subjects.
Jean and Dave
This is one of the exemplary web sites we thought fit in the taxanomy.
Why? Because it has the following:
A. Media For Inquiry-- Model exploration and simulation tool kits, data
modeling, math models, knowledge integration, hypertext and hypermedia
environments, library access and ordering, music, voice, etc., problem
B. Media For Communication-- e-mail, computer conferencing, tutoring
systems, instructional simulations, drill and practice systems.
C. Media For Construction-- nothing
D. Media For Expression-- drawing and painting programs, interavtive
video and hypermedia
The resources needed to use this web site include: computer, modem,
mouse or touch pad, (one for each student would be best if at all
The goals to be accomplished include" learning within the fiels of math,
science, social studies, art, literature, music, (just a about
The second Web page has the following:
A. Media for Inquiry--model exploration and simulation toolkits,
virtual reality environments, nath models, knowledge integration. Also
contains hypertext and hypermedia environments, library access and
ordering, music, voice, etc., survey makers for student-run surveys adn
interviews, problam solving programs.
B. Media for Communication--word processing, tutoring systems, drill
and practice systems.
C. Media for Construction--nada
D. Media for Expression--nothing
Lisa and Liz
I and Stephanies sent you the information about the exemplary
educational web site. However, as far as needed resources to use any of
the exemplary web sites that everyone has found so far, I have found
that the English language to be an obstacle for my class. I will have a
class of Spanish-speakers learning reading and writing in their primary
language. All of the suggested web sites would be great once they get
closer to transitioning into English. However, for the time being, what
educational Spanish web sites are out there for Spanish speaking
students? Where would be the best place to start looking? (I have to
admit, I haven't gotten a chance to look, yet.)
For my students, it would be ideal to find any web site that promots
Spanish literacy as well as other academic areas such as math or
science. However, the web sites that Stephanie and I have found would
be a complex exposure to English vocabulary. It would be ideal to have
a web site that would be more simplistic for my "English learners."
Last updated: 25 June 1999
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