About the Workshop for High School Teachers

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This page was designed to meet the needs of a high school's certificated staff of about 140. The participants included teachers of all subjects, and their computer experience was as varied as the classes they teach.

As I selected links, I attempted to find sites in different categories. I started with a page with links to Internet and computer information. Next I linked to a page with a variety of general teacher sites. Many of the teachers had never been on-line and had not seen either the District's or their own school's home page and so I included links to those. Since the high school has a large ESL/LEP program I thought they would find links in Spanish interesting.

The subject-specific pages are for English/Language Arts, History/Social Science, Mathematics (specifically the Math Forum), and Science. This area could be improved to include more specific subjects taught at the high school level but for an introduction these pages worked.

This workshop lasted three hours. The participants worked individually because they had the use of a facility with 140 computers in 5 separate labs. Math/science teachers were grouped together in one lab, Language Arts in another, History/Social Science in another, Voc. Ed. in the fourth, and other electives and physical education in the fifth.

I set the home pages on all of the computers to


I had no prior experience with these participants, so I felt it was important to put them right to work, since much can be gained by watching participants interact with the computer. I introduced the "home" page and demonstrated how to go "back" and go "home". I asked them to start with the general links. That got everyone going, and after a short time people who came with greater experience began helping and showing features to those who were inexperienced. As questions came up, I attempted either to answer them or to suggest ways to find answers.

After about an hour we stopped to share ways the Web could be used with students. Our discussion included how to use the Web to prepare for a class (home use by teacher) and also how to use the Web with students in class when the Internet is available in the classroom.

At that point I asked them to start looking at the subject specific links keeping in mind what we had just finished discussing. We stopped again after about an hour and shared what had been found. I pointed out the search engine links, and the remaining hour was spent continuing to use the subject-specific links provided and/or using the search engines.

I kept jargon to a minimum throughout the workshop. I responded to technical questions when asked, and I referred people who had specific questions about writing Web pages to a page written by Bonnie Mitchell and Tom Scavo at Syracuse University. My primary objective was to make the teachers view the Web as a curricular tool that they could use with and for students.

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