I'm up to my eyeballs in homework for my Internet for Educators class. Too much computer time rots my brain, kills my back, and I think my hips are starting to widen from my buns smashed to this chair. Perilous. I'm currently working on a WebQuest. Had to go here to even know what it is. I'm still trying to decide if I should just use an old assignment I used to teach (about the Tudor period) and will never teach again or make up a new one that I might, in some theory, use in the future (about Irish literature, of course). The decision would be easier if I wasn't such a stickler for usefulness.
The whole concept of using the Internet as a teaching tool is, I think, a bit over-rated. Especially since a lot of students don't know how to determine if a site is credible (or for that matter even know how to search for information. Jason had students search for information by typing in their search topic in the address bar, and then adding .com after it, as in "countriesinolympics.com"). I bet a lot of kids think that Wikipedia is as good as a real encyclopedia. Sure, the wikipedia experiment is working, but I wouldn't call it a pillar of accuracy.
I could go on, but that WebQuest is calling my name.
We're going to Sunriver this weekend for a little vacation with some friends, so no posting until next week.
Have a nice President's Day weekend. If you're in the Presidential spirit, you should read A Team of Rivals about President Lincoln. He's my favorite president.