Web-Based Inquiry Projects that use "New Media" and Some Ideas on using Technology in the Elementary Classroom

By Sharon Morrisette.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This article will focus on three main areas. The first area will be a critique of some of the web-based projects that my CI 451 senior elementary education students turned into me their instructor as a final project. The students were given nine weeks of instruction on interactive web-sites, web-movies, relevant/current software, visualization web-sites, simulation web-sites, and tutorials on how to develop a web-site using “Front Page”. My emphasis of critique will be whether they used “New Media” in their projects. The second area will discuss the students’ instructional ideas on using technology in their teaching practices. This information will be gleamed from some of the answers that I obtained through a web-site questionnaire that I developed for this paper. The final area of discussion will be on some of the research that I have conducted about teaching, teachers, and technology.

“Teachers may be forgiven if they cling to old models of teaching that have served them well in the past. All of their formal instruction and role models were driven by traditional teaching practices. Breaking away from traditional approaches to instruction means taking risks and venturing into the unknown. But this is precisely what is needed at the present time.”

- a quote from the National Council For Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Task Force on Technology and Teacher Education, Technology and The New Professional Teacher: Preparing for the 21st Century Classroom (1997).

Keywords: Web-Based Projects

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 709.049KB).

Sharon Morrisette

student, Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, IL, Association for Science Teacher Education, Longview, Illinois, USA

I am a graduate student in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. I came back to the university after retiring from being a teacher in a public elementary school system with over 34 years experience. I have been a TA for 2 years teaching a class that teaches elementary science to pre-service teachers. My main focus is working with these pre-service teachers to impart practical, useful, interesting, and innovative practices that they may use in their future classrooms.


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