RESEARCHING THE WEB
are four ways to research the Web that are available for students.
These four are Surfing, WebQuest, Directed Web Search, and
Web Whacking. The most common is term is Surfing. The most
novice internet user knows the term "Surfing the Net".
is the wide open let them go any where and everywhere. This
can be very interesting and does have problems such as having
sites pop up that are not acceptable for children. Many sites
do not explain that the material is of a mature nature. Plus
people are just plain curious and want to look. Many districts
are now having children sign contracts that have the children
promise to leave this site as so as possible and not to return
to this site.
is a strategies for focusing or structuring their web search
for the creation of a web page. There are directions that
are even listed on the net. One such location is by Bernie
Dodge. The citing is
this location Called A WebQuest about WebQuests
is a program that comes on 3 1/2 inch floppy disk (one for
each platform) called Web Whacker. This program allows one
to take the image of the internet page and save it to a disk.
This becomes very helpful and necessary to use if the person
is wanting to present this material to some one that has a
computer but not Internet access. The web page that have been
Whacked are saved in order to view as if one is looking at
the screen that is connected to the net. It is save because
the only citings that one can view are the whacked screens.
This is a cheap way to look at the net without having the
is the fourth way to view the net and search with some degree
of safety. The instructor has a word processing file open
and a list of Internet address that they wish the students
to view. With the addresses that the student are look at they
are able to double click on the address and the Netscape or
Explorer program will send them to the sight. This is on the
new versions of Microsoft Office 98. The topic and the addresses
will allow the students to go back and forth. The instructor
can have questions available for the students to answer or
questions for thought and discussion. The student is able
to respond on the word processor, spell check, grammar check,
and save to a disk or print out. This method allows for all
grade levels and is save until the instructor asks for additional
sites that are on this topic. Tonight, I would like for you
to pick a topic, find to or three sites that follow your topic
and place them in a word processor file. You can send this
to me via e-Mail.
Word Processor on the Left and the Netscape page on the Right.
The student could and should either double click on the address
or copy and paste. This still allows working on the Internet
but they are under some control and guidance by the instructor.
Another way to give it to students would be by e-Mail. The
student could bring up there mail in Netscape and the URLs
(the addresses) would be hot and the studnet would just have
to double click on the URL and the sites would come up.