Ever wonder what would happen if you mixed the power of
Internet resources with the classroom practices we know are effective?
Cindy Johnson, technology director of Lee county schools
did! With the help and inspiration of several educators including Mark
Mine (formerly of Too Cool for Grown-ups, now a part of The Way Stuff Works) and
Christopher Cobitz, she successfully acquired funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds
Foundation to develop a set of Internet based activities that integrate
curriculum and mix effective practice with the power of the Internet.
This grant was received on behalf of a consortium of school
systems including; Lee County schools, Rockingham Consolidated Schools,
Thomasville City schools, Pender County Schools, Chatham County Schools, and North
Carolina A&T State University.
Appearing soon will be a set of 5 lessons for fifth grade
social studies. These lessons integrate reading and math into the social
studies content while address both technology skills and information
skills. Each lesson self scores for a pretest and quizzes students along
the way to ensure that they have learned. If a student does not perform
well on a quiz, they are transported to a learning activity that reteaches the
content the student did not master. Finally, each student is post-tested
to allow the student to demonstrate their prowess and allow the teacher to see a
measure of the student learning.
The target date for these lessons to be available on line is March 2001