Alaska Pacific University

Course Content Guide



Date: December 4, 1998

Course Number: EDUC 59701

Title: Making the Best Use of Internet for K12 Instruction

Banner Abbreviation: K-12 INTERNET INSTRUCTION


I Course Description

Surveys the best K-12 Internet resources available for individualized and small group student learning. Looks at issues associated with using the Internet in the classroom. Covers databases and project based learning directories, school-to-work and student entrepreneurship resources. Shows how to create and evaluate on-line courses, how to teach students to use effective Internet search strategies and how to build web based structured group activities using Webquest and other templates. Gives practical experience using listservs to build peer learning communities throughout the state and nation. Identifies educational technology grant opportunities.


II Course Design

a. Designed for K-12 instructors seeking ways to use the Internet to improve classroom teaching and learning. Models and uses online instructional strategies throughout the course.

b. 3.0 credits.

c. Course is entirely Web based featuring a self-study design with constant interaction (on the Web) with the instructor and other participants. 40 hours or more are required to meet minimum course requirements.

d. Does not apply to any degree or certificate at API.

e. Lab fees may be assessed for this course to defray the cost of materials and/or services used or consumed by participants.

f. Scheduled Spring Semester, 1999.

g. Does not replace an existing course.

h. Coordination with other departments at APU is not required for this course.


II Course Activities

This is a self-directed hands-on course featuring eight four-hour modules and a major project. Each participant works closely with the instructor and an instructor assigned mentor, communicating via e-mail and listservs. Participants interact electronically to build a learning community of Alaskan educators and will be encouraged to moderate listserv discussions. Participants use search engines and lesson plan databases, create instructional web pages and Webquest structured Internet activities.


IV Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Participants must have Internet access, basic computer, Web browsing, and e-mail skills. Participants must be able to create electronic folders and know how to save and move files. Otherwise, three are no course prerequisites or corequisites for this course.


V Course Evaluation

Graded Pass/No Pass (P/NP).

Participation on the Listservs - 30%

Participants must complete eight self-paced instructional modules

Lessons - 70%

Lessons submitted via e-mail and web pages created make up 70% of the grade. Lessons or web pages determined to be sub-standard will be returned for revision.

Important details on course format requirements are available in the "Welcome to the Class" bulletin at


VI Course Outline

1.0 Browsing and Searching Basics

1.1 Strategies for finding the best resources

1.1.1 using K12 resource sites

1.1.2 using search engines

1.2 Searchable lesson plan databases

1.3 Searchable homework student resources

1.4 Using cut and paste to collect information

2.0 Listserv Basics

2.1 Posting messages to the listserv

2.2 Netiquette

2.3 Finding great educational listservs

2.4 Options for creating discussions

2.5 Introduction to the 10 top Internet collaborative tools

2.6 Introduction to mentorship issues and models

3.0 Creating Instructional Web Pages

3.1 Finding the best tutorials for web authoring

3.2 WYSIWG web editors

3.3 HTML web authoring

3.4 Web authoring resources, image galleries, etc.

3.5 The eight levels of multimedia web pages

4.0 Key Issues on K12 Internet Use

4.1 Copyrights, Educational Fairness Guidelines

4.2 Authenticity issues

4.3 Privacy and child safety

4.4 Authorized usage policies

4.5 Blocking programs

4.6 Offline readers and cache monitoring

4.7 Citing Internet resources in ALA and MLA formats

5.0 Project-Based Learning

5.1 Alaskan web tour on project-based learning

5.2 Introduction to Webquest

5.3 Introduction to Cyberfair

5.4 Introduction to Thinkquest

5.5 Project-based learning directories and tutorials

6.0 School and Community Networking Synergies

6.1 Lifelong, home-based Internet learning

6.2 Changing roles of teachers and schools

6.3 School-to-work and K12 student entrepreneurship

6.3.1 building social skills in an Internet environment

6.3.2 building student portfolios

6.3.3 visiting Mt. Edgecombe’s tutorial on student portfolios

6.3.4 exploring the Student Entrepreneurship Hotlist

7.0 Online Instruction Basics and Issues

7.1 Introduction to the key issues surrounding online instruction

7.1.1 asking the hard questions on the quality of traditional and online education

7.1.2 a tour of cyberschools and online courses

7.1.3 free courses on creating online courses

7.1.4 convenient online professional development courses for busy teachers

7.2 Key considerations in planning an online class

8.0 School Technology Planning and Grant Writing

8.1 National Center for School Technology Planning

8.2 Key Internet resources for educational technology grant writers

8.3 Key tips for winning grants


VII Bibliography or References

Reading Materials:

Lone Eagle Consulting *