The second URL is http://edgaps.org/gaps/. Using technology from this website, students can enlist in a virtual internship that provides them with an opportunity to use their knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems. The Website says that, “Virtual internships have already been developed in which students work as engineers who are designing dialysis membranes, robotic legs, or wireframe models of animated characters; as urban planners who must rezone a city; or as science journalists who report on the impact of new discoveries on local communities.” This seems like it would be an excellent resource for business or economics teachers.
There are several things that I found to be helpful to allow my students to see and hear things that they never would be able to do without the internet. The first URL is http://www.glovico.org. This website allows students to set up an appointment with a native speaker of a foreign language who lives in another country. This would be a great tool for students who are learning foreign languages to be able to hear and understand the language from a native.
A couple of years back, as a middle school self-contained Cross Categorical Special Ed teacher, I utilized many sites to enhance student learning. My favorite Web 2.0 site was iCivics.org. This remains my favorite resource for other students to date. In iCivics, students were able to meet learning objectives through games, additionally there were lesson plans, aligned to the curriculum (incorporating technology both on the site and others throughout the web) with other types of classroom activities. Today’s students need diverse learning environments to explore in many fashions. My favorite part of iCivics.org was that students could use a messaging system to email/message me even while at home working through iCivics.org.
A Web 2.0 tool I plan to use next school year is crappygraphs.com. Last school year, my class of students (which will remain the same for next school year) K-5th grade worked on creating graphs by hand, beginning as a whole group and then working to generalize the skill to each individual. As the year progressed most students were able to obtain the necessary skills to create the graph. Most of my students have MAJOR issues with regression, so moving on is hard to do without refreshing regularly. I found crappygraphs.com and think it will be perfect. Technology is an area that my students lack knowledge of; however, is a high interest activity. This will allow our skills to keep growing and include an opportunity for growth. Crappygraphs is simply a web based graph making software. I loved the name, because it will easily be remembered as “crappy” is considered a respectful word that is allowed in our normal classroom environment. I feel this will make the software accessible to student memory for use even as my students move into middle and high school. EDUC 573