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District Administrator of the Year, 2004



RDLA120 Integrating the Internet into the K-2 Language Arts Curriculum

Description: Although most teachers recognize the wealth of information and the opportunities for interaction provided by the World Wide Web, many primary teachers do not view the Internet as a tool for their young learners. However, the Internet can be a tool to promote student learning at the primary level, and indeed, many school districts have adopted technology standards that mandate measurable technology objectives in the primary grades. Effectively utilizing web-based resources and meeting these objectives can be a challenge for primary teachers. In this course, you will utilize the NETS foundations as a guide for selecting Internet resources and develop several lesson plans for integrating them into your K-2 Language Arts curriculum in a meaningful way.

Objective(s) Virginia Standards of Learning Alignment
Apply the six NETS foundations to your own classroom C/T5.2
Locate Internet resources for K-2 Language Arts C/T5.2; C/T5.3
Use K-2 Language Arts Internet resources to support your curriculum and the learning needs of your students English K.5; K.6; K.8; K.12; 1.1; 1.5; 1.8; 1.9; 1.10; 1.12; 2.7; 2.8; 2.9; 2.11
Produce lesson plans that integrate Internet resources and activities into your curriculum C/T5.3; C/T5.4

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RDLA125 Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites that Motivate Students to Write for Grades K-6

Description: Discover an exciting method to motivate students to read and write through the use of author studies. Through a problem-based approach learners will study the process of conducting an author study integrating the use of technology and the Internet. Learners will explore author Web sites and other Internet sources in order to build a collection of resources that introduce students to a variety of genres, as well as encourage students to experiment with communicating in different forms with others. After creating an individual author study, learners will return to their classrooms with a well-developed plan that focuses on motivating and improving student learning in reading, writing, and technology through the use of author studies.

Objective(s) Virginia Standards of Learning Alignment
Explain an author study and describe how it can support/enhance student reading and writing. No Direct Alignment
Locate Internet resources for an author study. English K.12; 1.12; 3.7; 4.6; 5.7; 5.8;
C/T5.2; C/T5.3
Design an author study that is meaningful for their students and their curriculum. No Direct Alignment
Develop steps and strategies for activities in an author study. English K.1; K.8; 1.1, 1.9; 2.7; 2.8; 3.4; 3.5; 3/6; 3.10; 4.3; 4.4; 5.4; 5/5; 6.4; 6/5

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