Educational Resources For Teachers:

Activity One

With your partner, explore the discussion boards for both students and teachers found at ClassroomConnect http://www.classroomconnect.com/community/neighborhoods/teachertalk_messageboard.jhtml.

What are some ways you might take advantage of discussion boards?

How might these tools help the students that you teach become more connected, active, and technology oriented?

Activity Two

With a partner look at the site Chat Danger ( http://www.chatdanger.com/ ).

Now, check out some of the chats for both students and teachers found at ClassroomConnect http://www.classroomconnect.com/community/liveevents/.

Follow some of the links, for

  • 'Upcoming Events'
  • Learn 'How to Participate'
  • Look at a 'Transcript' or two

Also refer to the ePALS site ( http://www.epals.com).

What are some ways you might take advantage of chat rooms?

Activity Three

Explore the Marco Polo web sites alone or with a partner, at: (http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/)

Using the Marco Polo search tool, try to find at least three approved MarcoPolo sites that you could use in the classroom.

If you search for the term "online newspaper," you might find a link to National Geographic's Xpedition web site: History Through Headlines. While this is not an example of an online newspaper, it is the kind of educational resource that uses a newspaper headline format in a creative and meaningful way, and it certainly appears to be the kind of educational resource that teachers might like to use in their classroom.

Answer these questions:

  • What is the name and URL of each site?
  • Which Marco Polo section does the site comes from? (if available)
  • How you think this site might be used in a classroom?