As teachers, we have been writing and refining lesson plans and classroom activities on a myriad of subjects for many years. We get ideas and activities from colleagues, and in return provide the same to them. The Internet allows us to expand our group of "colleagues" to include educators around the world. How can we get our lesson plans, ideas, and activities published on the Web for the world to see and use?
Guidelines for Online Lesson Plans
There are several Web sites where you can post your lesson plans online; each one has different guidelines and criteria for publication (see "Submit Your Lesson Plans"). Teachnet.com (www.teachnet.com), to give one example, requires all submissions to include the lesson plan title, grade level, objective, resources required, teacher preparation, procedures, real-world applications, and additional Web resources relating to the lesson.
How Will People Find My Lesson Plans?
Sites that list lesson plans usually have a search function. For example, a teacher conducting a unit on colonial America might search the site for a keyword as broad as "colonial America" or as narrow as the name of a specific person or place, such as "Benedict Arnold." All lessons containing that keyword would be presented to the searcher for consideration.
Sites that do not use a search utility have a menu system. For example, to zero in on a lesson about Benedict Arnold, a teacher might search first for "social studies," then within social studies might choose "history," then within history could choose "colonial America" and would finally find a lesson on Benedict Arnold. …