Internet Safety Lesson Plans For Teachers

There are many safe Internet lesson plans that teachers can use to incorporate the curriculum they are covering in their classrooms.

The Internet is an expansive and useful teaching tool. It opens up the world for children everywhere, and it can turn a boring lesson plan into an interesting one with just the click of the mouse. The Internet, however, can be a scary place, also, if used improperly. This is why it is so important that school districts, administrations, and teachers keep a close, watchful eye on their students as they surf the web. Most school districts incorporate filtering systems set up to block inappropriate material and limit the actual sites that children can access. Still, there are ways to circumvent these blocked sites, so teachers must be thorough in their supervision of each student.

There are many safe Internet lesson plans that teachers can use to incorporate the curriculum they are covering in their classrooms, though. Children love scavenger hunts, and there are many wonderful Internet scavenger hunts that teachers can download for their children to use. Most of these scavenger hunts are based on a particular unit, such as science, history, and literature. Be sure that the scavenger hunt you choose is age appropriate. Younger children may need to be given a list of actual websites that they can type in to find the information they are looking for.

Instead of doing a boring book report, why not spice it up a little by teaching children to create a Power Point program? You can easily teach them the basics of slide creation. Give them specific sites to go to search for information pertaining to the book they have read. Tell them to write down the name of each website they used as a source, and they can place this information on a works cited slide. Once they have their basic information, they can have some fun finding pictures to go on their slides. Again, you may have to give them the names of safe sites to hunt for pictures. Many school districts have access to virtual libraries, and these are great places to hunt for all your research needs.

Children are typically curious about their heritage, and you can incorporate that curiosity into a wonderful Internet activity. You'll need to do your homework before you give the assignment to your students. Search for a good genealogy site that gives access to coats of arms. There are several sites available that will show the exact coat of arms for a particular name. Obviously, not every one of your students will find his family's coat of arms, but you should emphasize that this isn't a problem. Instead, have your student find symbols that he feels represent his personality and/or family. Then, he can create his own family coat of arms. Once your students have done their research, have them do a small sketch on a sheet of paper. They can then leave the computer and create a larger coat of arms on poster paper. Decorate the walls of your classroom or hall with your students' creations!

Finally, your students can express themselves creatively by writing poetry. It really doesn't matter what topic you give them. Maybe they'll want to write a poem about themselves, or maybe they'll want to write about a favorite vacation spot. Have them write a poem that fits your guidelines, and then let them look for some visual images on the computer that illustrate their poems. Let them share the poems and pictures with the rest of the class.

The Internet does have safety issues, and of course, teachers shouldn't ignore the dangerous possibilities. However, the Internet can be a wonderful teaching tool, and when used correctly, it can enhance a love of learning and make the classroom a more exciting and inviting place to be.

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