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Computers in the Classroom

Compiled by Karen Work Richardson (
January 2002

 This Month:

January's Top Ten Websites:

1. The Webquest Page: Bernie Dodge and Tom March at San Diego State University developed the idea of using the web to support constructivist, inquiry-based learning.

2. Ozline: Tom March's incredible webquest resource. He provides activities that help with each part of the design process. Also, he discusses other approaches to using the web such as Treasure Hunts, Subject Samplers, and Hotlists.

3. Spartanburg Webquest Page: From South Carolina, a guide to webquest creation with lots of examples.

4. A Webquest about Webquests: An online professional development resource that provides detailed guidelines for creating a webquest.

5. Creating Web-Based Lessons: Online workshop companions includes links to numerous web-based lessons organized by grade.

6. Webquest Web Ring: Web rings are collections of related sites and can be found on almost any topic including webquests:

7. Filamentality: An online resource for organizing web sites into samplers, hotlists and quests. No web page design experience is needed.

8. Trackstar: TrackStar helps instructors organize and annotate Web sites (URLs) for use in lessons. The resource list remains visible allowing the user to easily stay on track. Here's a trackstar about search engines:

9. Internet Public Library: A good, all-around resource

10. Rubric Generator: Most webquests are evaluated through the use of a rubric. This site from teach-nology has a variety of different rubrics and makes rubric creation as easy as fill in the blank.


Feature Web:

Virginia's Community of Learning is a curriculum, instructional, technology and professional development resource for Virginia and worldwide educators designed to support classroom and learning activities for teachers, students, administrators, parents and future educators. There are opportunities for volunteers.



Cyberfair: This international challenge encourages K-12 students around the world  to produce an educational web site that tells a story about how their local "community cares."

Multimedia Mania 2002: Students are invited to share their work with an international audience by creating dynamic multimedia projects related to any class or coursework.

ThinkQuest: Now in its sixth year, the ThinkQuest Internet Challenge provides a highly motivating opportunity for students and educators to work collaboratively in teams to learn as they create web based learning materials and teach others.