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Teaching Kindergartners about the Internet

Teaching Kindergartners about the Internet may be a challenging task, or one that comes more naturally, depending if they are allowed to use the computer at home. In a typical class you may find that it is usually a mixed pot of pro's and newbies. This lesson will give your novice Internet users a chance to explore while you giving you a chance to help the beginners practice. This is also great for their fine-motor skills.

Objective: Internet
Classes: 2-3

NETS Standards:

5. Digital Citizenship
6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Materials:
ProjectorElectronic WhiteboardComputerInternetABCya! Kindergarten Elementary PagesPreparation:
It may be easier to have the Website http://www.abcya.com/kindergarten_computers.htm  on each of your Kindergartner's computers.

Motivation:
Have the ABCya! Website presented at the front of the computer room. ***Tip*** I usually keep the monitor off until they are ready to work!
Activity:

1. Discuss with your class the parts of the Internet. Demonstrate as …

Learning the Internet for Second Grade with worksheets

Creating an Educational Game in Microsoft PowerPoint Unit Plan for 8th Grade

When I was a Educational Computing Grad Student, I created a PowerPoint game for a class I that was about utilizing Microsoft Office in the classroom. It was my cumulative learning experience about the program. My game was simple-“Adventures in American Art” for grades 5 and 6 where a detective tries to recover all of the missing American artwork. You got the right answer by clicking on the correct corresponding American art- you moved onto to the next question (slide) and was one step closer to saving the American artwork from being stolen. But answer wrong and you had a chance of having your cover blown and all the artwork would be lost- forever!

I would love to show you this as an example, however I am sure that it violates every copyright law known to man! For educational purposes it was fine for me to show my classes, just not for thousands of viewers! Therefore, here is an example of a very simple game sample and how it functions:

I learned a lot about PowerPoint creating this gam…

Tech Talk: The Internet vs. The World Wide Web

Do your students continuously interchange the terms "Internet" and "World Wide Web"? They are not synonymous! Teach your students the difference between the two! Great informational sites include:
WebopediaHow Stuff WorksDiffenQuick project ideas:
Use Inspiration or Kidspiration Software to visually map out the differences between the two.Use PowerPoint to create a slideshow. Divide the class into two- one half will create facts about the Internet and the other about the World Wide Web.Create a Spreadsheet or Word Document listing the differences between the Internet and World Wide Web.