Using the Web with Textbook Study
Educators are always looking for new and innovative ways to integrate the Internet into classroom activities. One of the most logical ways is to use it to enhance and extend material presented in the course textbook. This week, we look at a variety of ways to use Internet resources to extend textbook content.
This Week's Tips
Plan Your Web Activities in Advance (Monday)
Take time to explore your textbook's Web site.
Knowing what the site has to offer will allow you to determine how to align its resources with your instructional goals. For example, Glencoe's textbook Web sites
contain many different types of activities. Some are designed to supplement content, such as chapter reviews and vocabulary puzzles, while others are designed to extend learning beyond textbook content, such as Web links. This way, you can design more effective lessons plans and instructions.
Use the Web to Teach Terms (Tuesday)
Use the Web to reinforce vocabulary.
Most sections of Glencoe's Web sites have lists of key terms that students will learn during the lesson. Students can also access a mulititude of activities and links.
By visiting different Web sites related to the subject, students will see the key terms used in context. They will also see how these terms are important to everyday life.
Use the Internet to Review Content (Wednesday)
Visit your textbook Web site to review material in completed chapters, units, or sections.
Have students complete Internet activities such as self-check quizzes or have them conduct research on topics encountered in lessons they've studied. Using the chapter as a guide, follow links to the chapter itself and review the links provided.
For example, check out the Online Study Tools offered in Glencoe's Secondary Math series.
Integrate Disciplines on the Internet (Thursday)
The Internet is the ideal place to integrate disciplines.
Check out some of the web links from a related topic. For example, if you are studying Gallileo in a science class, visit the social studies area of the Web site for information on Italian history during Gallileo's time.
Don't be afraid to spread out once you get online. You are not restricted to only your book or subject area when you are surfing through your textbook site. Take a look at the other books in your subject area or visit a completely different subject area.
Use the Internet as a Research Tool (Friday)
The Internet is like having the world's largest library at your fingertips.
Don't neglect it as a research tool. There are many different activities and assignments that you will encounter--both as suggestions in Teacher Editions and from your own personal collection--that call for research to be done. Instead of sending students to the school library, invite them to sit down at the classroom computer and conduct their research online.
Be sure to adhere to school regulations regarding acceptable use and Internet safety, however. Keep in mind that many educational publishers (Glencoe included) publish lists of previewed links with chapter-relevant content on their sites.