Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Everyone Else Does It... Lessons in Internet Ethics

Jim Burke at Learning in Maine posted a great list of resources for teaching ethical business decision making. If you're a business education teacher, this list could be quite valuable for you.

Jim's list got me thinking and searching for some resources about Internet ethics for students. I found three resources that I liked. Zippy Scenarios for Internet Ethics presents 36 hypothetical situations that teachers can use to start conversations with students about Internet ethics. Cyber Ethics for Students and Youth provides teachers with a glossary of terms and lesson ideas for teaching Internet ethics. Students and parents will also find useful information about Internet ethics and Internet safety. Finally, Brannon Carter created a good slide show presentation about copyright and Internet ethics. You can view the slide show below or view it on WizIq.

Pest World For Kids - Updated Lessons and Activities

I originally reviewed Pest World for Kids in May. Since then Pest World For Kids has undergone some substantial revisions. When I first reviewed Pest World For Kids I was impressed by the educational games and I am glad to see that it still has great educational games for students. Since May, Pest World for Kids has taken on a much more academic feel from my perspective. Lesson plans for grades 6-8 have been added to the previous collection of K-5 lesson plans. The lesson plans are now tied to standards from the National Science Teachers Association. Also new for students and teachers are science fair project ideas and research essay ideas.

Applications for Education
Pest World for Kids is a great resource for teachers and students in elementary school and middle school. The educational games will draw students into the website and pique their interest in bugs and rodents. The lesson plans and science fair projects provide teachers with a means to capitalize on the students' interest.

Where Did That Lumber Come From?

This resource that I learned about on Larry Ferlazzo's excellent website of ESL/ELL resources may be of special interest for teachers and students in rural school districts. From Camp to Community provides visitors with an in-depth look at the way that logging camps used to operate. The best way to describe From Camp to Community is to call it an online museum of logging camp history. Visitors to the website will find images, videos, and first-hand accounts of life in a logging camp.

Applications for Education
For younger students the From Camp to Community virtual camp walk through provides a good look at daily living conditions in a logging camp. The virtual walk through has animated elements as well as 3D explorations of the interior of real camp buildings. For older students the videos containing first-hand accounts of life in a logging camp provide a look at what
it meant to be a logger.