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Maria Dieguezs Final Exam

Maria Dieguez
EDTC 610 Section 9040
April 15, 2012
Scenario 1: When is Web-based Learning Worth It?
There are several benefits for continuing teaching web-based lessons in the school
district. I am currently a Kindergarten teacher and I believe it is important to begin the education
of technology at an early age since technology is a major part of our world now. Educators could
begin with instructing students on the basics of technology and the importance of it to help build
each students basic understanding of how to use technology effectively. Throughout a students
education, teacher can continue to build on what the student already knows to enhance the
learning experience.
While web-based lessons may appear to be more time-consuming than traditional lessons,
it the end, it will not take any longer than a traditional lesson. Educators will need to spend more
time initially when teaching the students how to properly use the web to complete lessons.
Although it may take more instructional time at the beginning of the year to build the foundation
of understanding how to use the internet, it will make it easier for the students and teachers for
future lessons. The teachers will also need to be well prepared for instructing these web-based
lessons. In order to make a web-based lesson worth it, teachers should provide students with
the opportunity to learn something new or expand on what they already know. Judi Harris
(1998) believes that in order for a lesson to be worth it, the teacher should be able to answer
yes to one of the following questions: Will this use of the Internet enable students to do
something that they couldnt do before? or Will this use of the Internet enable students to do
something that they could do before, but better?. Teachers should work to develop lessons that
answer one of these questions so students receive the most from a learning experience.
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Clear guidelines are also important for teachers in planning so they are able to discuss,
plan, and reflect on all of the possibilities in detail that would happen as they implement a lesson.
The more thorough their lessons will be, the more prepared they are when they implement their
lesson. When clear guidelines are shared with the students, it will help them to complete the
tasks successfully. Clear guidelines are especially important with Kindergarten students because
it breaks down the purpose and would give them step-by-step directions on how to complete the
task. With my own class, I find it very important to provided detailed directions so that they are
able to complete the tasks successfully. When I instruct my students on a new topic, it is
important that I model and provided detailed instructions on what to do and how to do it. Then, I
give the students opportunities to have guided practice in small groups. This helps the students
build their understanding of the topic because they are able to collaborate with peers to complete
the tasks. It also provides me the opportunity to reteach certain parts of a lesson to a student who
needs more support. After guided practice, the students also have the opportunity to complete
tasks independently. If I give the students modeled instruction and guided practice, they will be
able to complete their independent work successfully because they have had clear guidelines on
what to do. If educators spend the time early in a students academic career to establish the
foundation of web-based learning, the students will be able to complete tasks more easily
because they will already have the background knowledge where educators could continue to
build on year after year. Jun Fu and Jacky Pow (2011) completed a case study on students use
of web-based inquiry learning. In the study, the students expressed that it was easier to collect
information online to complete the activities after they had received more structure at first on
how to do it (Fu and Pow, 2011, 63). This study demonstrates how important it is to model what
we want our students to do, so they are able to do it successfully. Also, teachers will take less

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time teaching how to use web-based lessons and more time teaching the content of the
curriculum and making lessons worth it.
If teachers take the time to instruct students how to safely and properly use the web, it
eliminates some worry about inappropriate websites or internet predators. If teachers plan
lessons for students to navigate on the internet, they should use resources that are safe for their
students. Also if teachers plan ahead, they will preview sites before implementing the lessons to
make sure all the activities are age appropriate for their students. As well as planning, teachers
may also develop a lesson for the students that help them explain what is appropriate or
inappropriate on the web. Teachers and students could create a class list of appropriate resources
to use. While implementing lessons, teachers should also regularly monitor the students to make
sure they are using the appropriate resources. If these steps are done, it will minimize placing
the students at risk from internet predators and inappropriate websites.
Technology may be expensive; however, there many free resources that are offered
online. Michael Ellis (2010) states that the web 2.0 has grown where it gives teachers access to
all the emerging browser-based tools, such as blogs and wikis; slide shows, videos, and photos;
and programs that plan lessons, link to curriculum standards, deliver content, and monitor
student performance. Many of these listed resources can be found on the internet for free.
Teachers can create class websites that would include worth-it web-based lessons for the
students. They can also use wikis and blogs for students to communicate with each other or with
the teacher. Blogs and class websites are also helpful because it provides an opportunity for the
teacher to build relationships with the students and their families. Some families may not be able
to come to school to meet with the teacher, but by having a class website or blogs, it would
connect the families to the school. Teachers can provide updates to families and families can

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post questions on a discussion board, which would benefit many families because they may have
the same thoughts or questions. All of this can be done using free resources from the web.
If schools do not have a computer lab with a class set of computers for student use, the
web-based lessons could easily be modified for students to complete in a small group setting or
independently. Also, public libraries are available for students to use to complete online
activities. Teachers could create web-based lessons and encourage students to use the public
library if they do not have internet access at home. There is no need to spend extra money
initially on a class set of computers and resources for teachers to build web-based lessons. In the
future, it would be helpful for each school to have a computer lab with a class set of computers
for teachers and students to complete web-based lessons.
Web-based lesson can help meet the needs of all learners. Web-based lesson can
accommodate to auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. There are many opportunities for
teachers to include whatever resources are needed for a variety of learners in their web-based
lessons. Teachers are able to include sound into their lessons for the auditory learners and visual
aids such as photographs or videos for the visual learners. The kinesthetic learners will benefit
from web-based lessons because they will be completing the tasks on their own. Web-based
lessons can also be assessed in several ways, which benefits all students. Providing a variety of
assessments to determine the students understanding of a topic gives all students the opportunity
to succeed at the task. Michael Ellis (2010) discussed an example of a student who needed help
with her academics but was an introvert in class, used the class discussion board at home while
she was completing school work. Ellis stated that using the online resource of the discussion
board, helped the student to build her confidence in the classroom. Having web-based lessons
provides many opportunities for all students to succeed. As long as teachers create clear web-

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based lessons and provide detailed directions for their students, the students will successfully
complete the activity. By providing a hands-on experience for the students, it puts them in
control of their learning and gives them a sense of ownership.
Web-based lessons can be effective and beneficial if teachers provide clear guidelines,
specific resources, and opportunities for all students to succeed. Students learn more when they
are the ones sharing information. Michael Ellis (2010) discusses how a students work improves
online when they arent publishing just for the teacher. Theyre writing for a wider audience, so
the writing becomes interactive in a sense. Students enjoy exploring and if web-based lessons
are created that are worth it and are engaging, they will continue to grow academically. All of
these reasons help illustrate how and why web-based lessons are important and that they should
continue to be supported in the school district.

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References
Ellis, M. (2010). A Tool for Its Time. T.H.E. Journal, 37(7), 24-26.
Fu, J., & Pow, J. (2011). Fostering Digital Literacy through Web-based Collaborative Inquiry
Learning -- A Case Study. Journal of Information Technology Education, 57-71.
Harris, J. (1998). Wetware: why use activity structures? Retrieved from http://virtualarchitecture.wm.edu/Foundation/wetware.html