Web-Based Lessons from Frontliners

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[Editor's note: URLs mentioned in this article appear in the chart that follows on p. 38]

Creating practical ways for using Web sites in the classroom was the primary focus of Computers in the Workplace, a graduate level course for teachers of the Columbus Public Schools. The framework for the lessons was based on the BigSix Information Access Skills developed by Michael Eisenburg and Bob Burkowitz at Syracuse University. The BigSix is a six step process that allows students to work collaboratively, to identify questions, to brainstorm what resources are available for answering the questions, access and locate information, use the information, synthesize the information into projects, and evaluate project results. For younger students, the Super Three can be utilized. This abbreviated version consists of a beginning, middle, and end.

Teachers in the class constructed Web-based lessons that could be used in their own classrooms. Several weeks were spent searching, evaluating, and selecting Web sites using Karen McLachlan's WWW CyberGuide for Content Evaluation. After choosing the Web sites they wanted to incorporate into their lessons, teachers constructed home pages and finalized their lesson plans. Putting these lessons into practice will be the next step.

These teacher-generated ideas cover a wide range of topics and grade levels. While reading the background information and activities, you will find the lessons to be stimulating, thought-provoking, and fun.

Changing Role of Women in History

Micki Soulen and Faith Lyons are English/History academic teachers at a vocational school. In order to make their lessons more relevant, they gear their curriculum around the various programs offered at the school. One of the programs, NetWork, explores nontraditional roles for women in the workplace. Their project centers on having students investigate women's roles in relationship to the various non-traditional roles of women and World History. Students will complete a scavenger hunt based on the Test Your Women's History IQ on the Web. They will also research information about individual women and determine essential information for presenting an oral biography and role playing.

Women in World History

Delve into the lessons provided at this site to learn about women's lives in Ancient Mesopotamia, the tools that women used, and the plight of women during the industrial revolution of England and Wales. Explore the biographies of heroines in ancient history or read the inspirational quotations that can be used to stimulate thinking. The Women in History Web site is a great starting point for any teacher studying women's issues.

4000 Years of Women in Science

Over 125 biographies of women are included, from antiquity to the 20th century. A few photographs complement the written material. A crossword puzzle and interactive quiz round out the offerings at this site.

Test Your Women's History I.Q.

Which mother led a 125-mile march of child workers all the way from the mills of Pennsylvania to President Theodore Roosevelt's vacation home on Long Island? Who was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Islands, deposed when American business and military interests wanted to annex Hawaii to the U.S.? Test your knowledge about women's history in this quiz sponsored by the National Women's History Project.

Women's Studies Database Reading Room

The Women's Studies Database furnishes a one-paragraph biography giving a quick overview of the person.

Female Mathematicians

Each article about these female mathematicians contains a picture, biography, and references for further reading. An interactive map allows you to view who was born in a specific location.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present

Distinguished Women of Past and Present is an extensive list of links to biographies of women. There are writers, educators, politicians, artists, and others who contributed to our culture in many ways. …

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