Educators Program

K-12 Track

Kids and the WWW: A Metaview
Idit Harel

Abstract: This is a comprehensive look at learning with new media technology on the WWW and the Internet. For many educators, the learning benefits and uses of online and WWW resources for children remain vague. A handout of resources and useful model cases will be distributed, and the presentation will focus on new tools and experiences that can open a new chapter in interactive children's education, intellectual expression, and play.

World Wide Web: A Springboard to Student Involvement
Kathy Mathison
First Colony Middle School

Abstract: The Internet has become a powerful tool for educators as we prepare our students to become adults in modern society. The World Wide Web, with its colorful graphics and vast information resources, is the springboard educators need to capture our students' attention. Access to the World Wide Web allows students to expand their world beyond the traditional classroom walls by giving them an opportunity to collect, organize, analyze, and compare graphic information with students from every corner of the world. This presentation explores classroom use of the Internet and how First Colony Middle School created its home page.

Teaching Students to Create WWW Pages in a Secondary School Curriculum
Jody Giroux
Allen-Stevenson School

Abstract: This presentation include an overviews and highlights from an elective class offered to 7-9th graders. Students learned basic programming techniques using HTML and fundamental design considerations for creation of WWW pages. Then, using a simple text editor to create HTML files and Netscape to view the files, students designed their own home pages. The discussion includes: hardware and software used, overview of HTML programming, and relevant graphics issues, including use of text and images in layout and sources of images (copyright issues and permission to use).

The Use of Hypertext in Educational Settings
Janice Stuhlman
Kim Fossey
Lousiana State University

John Hubbel
Southern University

Abstract: The fascination with the Web is extending into classrooms. Many teachers are now adapting instruction to provide technical skills and knowledge to students who will live most of their lives in the 21st century. This presentation focuses on three aspects of using Web documents in classrooms: teacher development and support, student-generated research projects, and school, class, and student generated home pages. The presenters also encourage dialogue on how the World Wide Web is currently being used in other educational settings and discuss ramifications for future use.

The Digital Construction Zone: Turning Educational Fixer-Uppers into High-Rise Programs
Will Fowler
San Jose Middle School

Anthony Harris
Hill Middle School

Abstract: Computer graphics can be useful tools for project-based and constructivist educators who wish to synthesize curriculum, critical thinking, and concept attainment for their students. With 3D modeling, children can literally construct meaning from the material world on the computer and develop their ideas with their peers. Students working in this medium develop strong visualization skills, thought processes required to assemble their conceptions, and research skills that support their learning. Students frequently become obsessed with realism and detail to a much greater extent then is demonstrated by students in the 2D animation environment. Such obsessions can be quite useful to content-area teachers, who are always looking for sparks of curiosity to foster research. Teachers must create "digital construction zones" in the classroom, in which all students have an opportunity to become "information architects" rather than mere information processors.

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