Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Module 3: The Internet and Web-Based Learning

The Internet provides today's teachers with a vast library of resources to use in the classroom. Even so, as Roblyer & Doering (2013) point out, "it is a reflection of the best and worst qualities of our society." (p. 214) Therefore, one must be discerning when using it in a classroom setting. The following is a list of tools that could be useful for a teacher utilizing a wiki in a classroom.

Google https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl
The top of the pile for search engines, Google is a keyword search website that allows the user to access a huge amount of data with just a simple word of phrase (Roblyer & Doering, 2013, p. 219) Google allows teachers to access a large variety of content in an incredibly short amount of time, thus expediting the information gathering process and making more time for engagement with material.

This video describes the process of website evaluation, a key ability for any student and teacher. In answering Roblyer & Doering's (2013) question about whether or not the Internet enhances an activity (p. 238), one must always be sure to evaluate the quality of the online content with which they are engaging.

Modernism Wiki https://tamccliteraryanalysis.wikispaces.com/Modernism 

In keeping with the theme I've worked with throughout these assignments, I found this well-maintained wiki on modernist literature. It is well-indexed and well-structured with clear links on the right hand side of the page (Roblyer & Doering, 2013, p. 255)

Mental Floss: Literature http://mentalfloss.com/section/literature

One of the greatest gems of the Internet, Mental Floss is a collection of articles, games, lists, quizzes, and more, and it's literature section is among its finest parts. Mental Floss is easy to navigate, well-maintained and up to date, fun, interactive, organized, and incredibly visually appealing. (Roblyer & Doering, 2013, p. 255)

Roblyer, M.D. & Doering, A.H. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching (6th ed.). Columbus, OH: Merrill Prentice Hall.


  1. The Mental Floss website is interesting. I think that the website is easy to navigate. The "links are provided so you can get back to the main page from any part of the site" and there are multiple links that you can click to go to the games and activities that you described(Roblyer and Doering, 2013, p. 255). I think that the Mental Floss website follows the guidelines outlines in our book and would be a good resource for teachers and students.

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  3. You mentioned google as the search engine at the top of the pile. I was wondering what you thought about the other type of search engine mentioned in Roblyer and Doering's text. According to Roblyer and Doering (2012) metacrawlers are "programs that use more than one search engine at the same time to locate things." (p. 219) The use of a metacrawler such as dogpile.com would allow students to access even more information at one time.

  4. I think the internet does provide a lot of information. Using search engines help narrow down the information given to students. To cut down some of the information, search engines can be used in two of the following ways: Index searches – the search engine site provides a list of topics you can click on and Keyword search’s – type in a combination of words that could be found in the URLs of the sites or documents you want (Roblyer and Doering, 2013, p. 219).