on being selected as a participant for the 2002 WebWatchers Summer
Workshops! You have been selected from a national pool of over 400
applicants and after a rigorous and systematic examination of your
submitted application and qualifications. We look forward to applying
your expertise and experience as we embark on the third year of
this NSF funded grant program. We also plan to have some fun as
we spark the creative juices both before, during and after the face-to-face
workshop this summer.
Please use the
navigation links above to jump to specific areas of
interest within this preworkshop web site. We hope
the information provided herein will answers some
of the most frequently asked questions that you might
have before the workshop, and also help to prepare
you for the exciting collaboration for which you are
We also understand
that this information may generate additional questions, so please
do not hesitate to contact any of the project managers or group
leaders available within the Contact Info
section of this web site.
overarching goal of the WebWatchers project is to train teachers
in finding and evaluating appropriate Internet resources for the
classroom as placed within the structure of a online thematic WebWatchers
Web Guide. The web guide content and rubric evaluated Internet-based
resources align not only the National Science Education Standards,
but also to specific attributes that of the Internet, such as interactivity,
multimedia, accessibility, and overall design.
you will be reviewing the web guides created previously and identify
potential gaps in the guide's content and in the types of Internet
resources used to support a particular web guide. Based on this
analysis, you will then work with your team members and group leader
to edit a guide's thematic content, search for, evaluate, and input
additional types of Internet resources for the guide you are assigned
to. A brief overview of the structure of the guide is also currently
available for you to review under Preworkshop
You will also
help us in creating the content and structure of an online teacher's
guide that will aid other teachers in using the guides in their
own classroom. But don't worry, we'll have an initial teacher guide
template for you to discuss within your team as you think of creative
examples and classroom scenarios or vignettes on how the web guides
may be used with students in the classroom.
At the workshops
participants will be divided into the groups based on the guides
they will be working on.
For the K-6
Workshop the groups are:
- Earth &Sky
For the 7-12
Workshop the groups are:
- Atomic Structure
- Energy Impact
- Earth Structures
will be in the group that they selected during the application process.
Each group will have a group leader, a teacher who participant in
last years workshop. Your group leader has been helping NSTA
plan your two week agenda for months and is excited about facilitating
your group in reaching its design and production goals.
group leader will contact you soon via email using a private edgateway
discussion tool we have established for each group- compliments
of the Art Sussmam, Michelle Kirk, and Edgateway. We've also created
a brief online Overview of Edgateway
with screen snap shots to get you jump started!
Each of you
will also be subscribed to a general NSTA Workshop listserv of containing
all K-6 or 7-12 workshop participants respectively. This should
make general announcements and communications with NSTA staff and
your colleagues easier for either the K-6 or 7-12 summer session.
The general NSTA listserv address is not currently available, but
we will forward it to you shortly before the workshop.
the workshop communications will be handled via these listservs
for both general announcements and for continued revision/editing
of the web guides and teacher guides you helped create during the
summer. We will also communicate via this web site as well.
We've been working
hard on creating a dynamic, informative, and FUN agenda that will
empower both you and your Group Leaders toward our workshop goals.
We realize that the task is large, but one that is extremely worthwhile.
Toward this endeavor, we feel some advance preparation prior to
attending the workshop will be of great benefit and help alleviate
any potential preworkshop jitters. So be sure to check out the Preworkshop
Preparation section of this web, and rest assured, together
we can help future educators across the nation rigorously evaluate
and assemble Internet resources that help students learn!