|Grade span:||8 to 12|
Description:You can't teach all topics to all students but your students can find a rich resource of tutorials the Internet. Maybe they need to develop their English reading and speaking skills through an English as a Second Language tutorial, or learn a new language such as French or German. Maybe they would like to develop some job search skills, find university credit courses, or just fun things such as playing a guitar or learning some magic tricks.
Students can customize their learning needs through self-paced learning tutorials on a variety of topics.
Determine your students' interests, needs, and learning level. Explore what is free online and also what requires a subscription fee. Here are some examples:ESL (English as a Second Language) http://esl.about.com/
Review websites with games and activities appropriate to your students' age and understanding level. With older students, consider adapting some younger student games and lessons. Here is a helpful site that includes a variety of fun and engaging lesson plans for learning English in a variety of practical ways:
- Learn Guitar - http://www.guitartricks.com/
- Free Music Online - http://www.freelessons.org/
- How to Do Almost Anything - http://www.ehow.com/
- Wanna Learn - http://www.wannalearn.com/Just_for_Fun/
What to Do:
- Have the student computer on and ready with bookmarked sites ready for the students to use.
- Engage students as a group or individually by telling them that they can learn online with a tutorial from their topic of choice.
- Discuss a schedule for their work -either a few minutes each day or longer blocks of time.
- Explore and demonstrate how to progress through the lesson.
- Post a copy of your schools’s Internet usage policy and rules close to the student computer.
- If available, assign an aide to monitor and help the student.
Once the student has completed a tutorial, have them demonstrate to the instructor or their classmates, what they have learned. For example a few words or sentences with a new language or a new skill such as guitar playing or a magic trick.
Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):
- Follow instructions and accomplish new tasks or skills learned from a tutorial.
- Use Internet technology responsibly.
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