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522-104 Technology and Media Resources

Performance Assessment Task: Internet Search


Points Possible = 30
Target Competency
Utilize the Internet to find resources.
Scenario
You work with a 4th grade teacher, Mr. Henderson. Mr. Henderson wants to
incorporate more technology into the classroom and has asked for your help in
preparing for upcoming units. Upcoming units include: Wisconsin, planets, simple
machines, famous authors and fractions. He has requested that you select one of
the units listed and locate information on the Internet related to that unit. For the
unit that you select he has asked you to:
find five great Web sites (three of the Web sites to be sites
that the students in the class could use; the other two sites should contain
material that would be beneficial for Mr. Henderson and yourself as you
work to prepare unit activities)

provide the following information for each Web site

list the actual name of the Web site

list the URL (Internet address) of the Web site

who would use this Web site (teacher,


instructional assistant or students)

type of information found

why the information would be beneficial to unit

how the information could be used in the


classroom

evidence that the site contains credible


information (Use 10Cs Checklist)

Mr. Henderson has asked that you present your information for each Web site using the
format found on the next page.

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Mr. Hendersons preferred format:


Site # (1, 2, 3, etc.)
Web Site Name: (place Web site name here)
Web Site URL:
User: (indicate teacher, instructional assistant, or student)
Type of Information Found: (2-3 paragraph summary of the type of information
found at this site)
Benefits of Information: (a 1-paragraph summary of the benefits of the
information found at the site)
Uses of Information: (a 1-paragraph summary of how the information found could
be used in the classroom)
Credibility of Site: (a 1-2 paragraph summary that provides evidence that Web
site contains credible information)

Directions
1.

Product must be a product of quality (good grammar, mechanics,

and format).
Follow scoring guide criteria and Mr. Hendersons preferred format.
As you complete this assessment, reflect upon and include
information you have gained from the readings and activities of this learning plan.
4.
Submit to instructor.
2.
3.

Scoring Standards
E=Exemplary, shows evidence of high order thinking, support for response
is included, no revision needed
S=Satisfactory, criteria met
U=Unsatisfactory, criteria attempted
N=Not attempted
No.

Criteria

1. Learner finds five Web sites (two for teacher/instructional

2. Learner summarizes type of information found at site.

3. Learner summarizes benefits and uses of Web site.

4. Learner provides evidence of Web sites credibility (Submit 10Cs

10

5. Learner produces a product of quality (grammar, mechanics, and

assistant, three for students); indicates site name, URL and user.

Checklist)
format).

Total Points

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Site # 1
Web Site Name: Wisconsin Historical Society. Archaeology. Mammoth
mystery
Web
Site
URL:
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Content.aspx?
dsNav=N:42949638284294963805&dsNavOnly=N:1127&dsRecordDetails=R:CS3630
User: Students
Type of Information Found: The website displays all sort of information about
the Wisconsin Historical Society, from the online store to the ancient
pictures, from a resource to find your own roots to the kids section. It
basically shows information for research, for teaching, for general
knowledge and for the commercialization of items.
In the textbook called Textbook - Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story one
can find many hyperlinks that redirect to all sorts of interactive resources
for children to learn and also for teachers to plan activities with them. The
site is completely free and easy to access. The whole activity of the
mammoth is interactive and engages the students by allowing them
participate actively.
Benefits of Information: In general, the site provides information on several
topics about the state of Wisconsin. The activity webpage that I suggest in
this case, shows information about Wisconsins archaeological history. I
think this information helps teach not only historical and geographical
facts about Wisconsin, but also to teach how archaeology works. The
information is very clear and graphic. As educators, we can combine our
regular lessons on history and geography with this fun tool.
Uses of Information: In the classroom, the teacher can pair up the students
and have them play around and explore the activity with the help of s/he.
This activity can be used as a warm-up activity, or half-way through the
lesson, or as a relaxing, fun exercise. It would be combine with a bigger
lesson planned by the teacher.
Credibility of Site: The website contains credible information as it fulfils at
great extent the 10 Cs for evaluating internet resources. The website is by
a renowned organization, which is the Wisconsin Historical Society. It
provides at the bottom of every page the full contact information.
Furthermore, the content is copyrighted, and judging by the material
shown there, the website has great continuity. To finalize, the URL address
ends in .org which stands for non-government organization. The 10 Cs
criteria is added below. Context: yes, Credibility: yes, Critical thinking: yes,
Copyright: yes, Citations: yes, Continuity: yes, Censorship: yes,
Connectivity: yes, and Comparability: yes.

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Site # 2
Web Site Name: Lesson Planet. Lessons on Wisconsin.
Web
Site
URL:
http://www.lessonplanet.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C
%93&keywords=Wisconsin
User: Teacher and Instructional Assistant.
Type of Information Found: Examples of lessons that can be used with fourth
graders to teach about Wisconsin, using sciences as tools for learning. The
information there is mostly lesson plans and worksheets, which very often
have hyperlinks to other sources in other websites. The activities about
Wisconsin were more focused on reading and mathematical abilities.
The search resulted in a total of 3,905 results that were totally or partially
about Wisconsin. I found the site greatly helpful when one is figuring a
lesson and needs motivation and examples to follow. Nonetheless, the site
requires one to sign up and pay for the use, but once one pays, the amount
of results and the quality of them are worth the price.
Benefits of Information: If you are a beginner in planning lessons, as myself,
it is very helpful because it provides templates and examples of lessons for
you to use or to get ideas to create your own. Also, the lessons here
provided can be combined with external sources. For instance, I found a
couple of lessons that were connected to the Wisconsin Historical
Societys interactive activities.
Uses of Information: In the classroom, the lesson plans posted there can be
used totally or partially. Each lesson has in it the readings and links to the
necessary materials for performing the activities. So, teachers would need
to print them and hand them to the students, and then, start with the
activity. The lessons on Wisconsin that I reviewed were mainly to practice
reading, math, and natural sciences. Although, I can predict there can be
found lessons about history, language, and many other areas.
Credibility of Site: The site is very credible. In the lessons, it is shown the
author, year, and every other copyright information. Furthemore, it has
references to the outside materials that each lesson uses. The website
provides all the contact information at the bottom of the homepage. It is a
very busy site, but still provides fast access to the information in it, which
means it has good connectivity. The 10 Cs criteria is listed below. Content:
yes, Credibility: yes, Critical thinking: yes, Copyright: yes, Citations: yes,
Continuity: yes, Censorship: yes, Connectivity: yes, and Comparability:
yes.

Site # 3
Web Site Name: Educational Communications Board.
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Web
Site
URL:
http://web.archive.org/web/20101024183748/http://www.ecb.org/wisconsin/
wash3.htm#Day One
User: Teacher and Instructional Assistant.
Type of Information Found: The information here is a lesson plan to teach about
Wisconsins history. More specifically, to teach about immigration and settlement
in Wisconsin. The lesson plan includes activities for six days regarding the same
topics and includes the homework and preparation that the students and the
teachers need to have. Many of the materials needed for the lessons are found
there, but some things like atlases need to be brought by the teachers.
The content is very direct about what should be done and its purposes. It is a
rather old website, but by a renowned organization which is the ECB.
Furthermore, on the left column, the website shows hyperlinks to other resources
that can be used in the classroom. Most of those resources are related to other
topics, not to Wisconsin, which is better because that means that for future
lessons one can go to the same site to look for information.

Benefits of Information: This web page allows you make use of their lesson
plans for no price. You can decide if you want to follow them exactly or
modify the lessons a little bit. With regard to your students, the lessons will
give them knowledge and practice in different areas, such as researching
abilities, history, demographics, among others. It is also an opportunity to
explore different aspects of their home Wisconsin, and the roots of their
very own family. The lessons counts on many activities that require the use
of technology, so the students would have an opportunity to learn and
practice how to use technology for academic purposes.
Uses of Information: The information in the website can be used partially or
totally by the instructor to plan the lessons. Furthermore, the resources
offered in there can be used by teachers to plan new lessons, or by
students to dig in topics of their interest about Wisconsin. In the
classroom, the activities would be mainly individual and would require time
at home to prepare for them. The resources presented in this website can
be combined with other resources to plan more diverse lessons.
Credibility of Site: The website is made by a well known organization, which
is ECB. It also counts with all the contact information and information
related to the board. The site provides with the references to the authors of
the lessons. Nonetheless, it appears as though it is an uncontinued
website, meaning that it has not been updated ever since 2010. The 10 Cs
criteria is listed below. Content: yes, Credibility: yes, Critical thinking: yes,
Copyright: yes, Citations: yes, Continuity: yes, Censorship: yes,
Connectivity: yes, and Comparability: yes.
Site # 4
Web Site Name: Learning games for kids. Wisconsin state symbols games
Web
Site
URL:
http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/us_state_games/wisconsin/unscram
ble_symbols.html
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User: Student
Type of Information Found: The website is compounded by numerous mini
video games to help the kids learn and practice the basic, important
information about the state of Wisconsin. There are thirteen games, all of
them, planned for kids to practice with the help of an adult. The games are
very simple, but very colorful and appealing to kids. Furthermore, the
website has tons of other games about many different school topics to
enhance the learning of the kids.
The types of games found in this website are multiple question choice
games, flip card games, unscrambling words, spelling games, hang mouse
games, among others. The content is more effective used as a practice of
the information taught in class because the games often ask for specific
information or dates.
Benefits of Information: One of the main benefits is that it is user friendly; it
is designed for kids. and as so, it maintains the users entertained and
learning. Furthermore, the page can be accessed both at school or at
home, which means that there is no need for a teacher to be there so the
child can practice. The information learned would help the child
understand the place where s/he was born, which is always good in order
to posses an identity and feeling of belonginess.
Uses of Information: The information found in this site would be more helpful
if used as a guided, and then autonomous, practice for the students. The
instructor would make the explanatory activities , first, and then use this
source to reinforce the concepts.
Credibility of Site: The credibility of the site is not completely certain, i.e. all
the contact information appears, and it has been copyrighted, but the
actual games lack of any author or reference mentions. However, I consider
the website a very credible and reliable one. They belong to an organization
called Time4Learning. With regard to the 10 Cs, there are many that dont
apply, but the ones that apply go as follows: Content: yes, Credibility: yes,
Critical thinking: yes, Copyright: yes, Continuity: yes, Censorship: yes,
Connectivity: yes.

Site # 5
Web Site Name: DFI kids page
Web Site URL: http://www.wdfi.org/ymm/kids/useful_links/default.asp
User: Student
Type of Information Found: The information in this web page is mainly text,
explaining in kids terms money topics in Wisconsin. The web page
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contains several buttons that each opens a new text about a new topic.
There are several graphics to help the kids understand better. This page is
subscribed to the Wisconsin for Kids portal, which is a greater website
owned by the state government as an online resource for kids.
The contents of the web page are History of money, Savings options,
Financial institutions, Investing, Useful links, and Glossary. Each of the
topics are divided into small fragments, and all of them are well explained.
The web page also counts on many hyperlinks to other useful web pages to
get further information on the topics.
Benefits of Information: This page attempts to explain a very complex topic,
which is finances, to a very young student body, therefore I believe is
greatly worth it. At some time, kids are going to be taught these complex
ideas, so it comes very handy to have an online tool that can help ease this
process.
Uses of Information: This information, in my opinion, should be used as part
of the explanatory part of the lesson, in which kids with the help of the
teacher would explore the contents and practice, always relating it to their
own lives. The many examples that the site displays help that process of
making relations. I consider it a good source to practice at home with the
help of the parents.
Credibility of Site: The fact that it is subscribed to a governmental website
makes this tool very credible already. Anyhow, the page in deed does not
have any mention of author or references. It is not copyrighted, either, and
there is no contact information provided. However, because of the fact that
a government official website shares it, I consider it reliable at great extent.
The 10 Cs criteria is listed below. Content: yes, Credibility: no, Critical
thinking: yes, Copyright: no, Continuity: no, Censorship: yes, Connectivity:
yes, and Comparability: yes.

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