Part 5

Chapter Contents

Part 7

[Introduction] [Projects] [Interpersonal] [Informational] [Pedagogical]
[Research] [Professional] [Navigational] [Conclusion]


"Electronic publishing" is yet another type of information collection suggested by Harris. We discoverd several history and social studies classes which have published their projects and reports using the WWW.

Amsterdam Social Studies Projects

Maggie Hos-McGrane and her grade six students from the International School of Amsterdam have been busy updating their Web site Amsterdam Social Studies Projects. Their most recent additions include the students' research projects on Ancient History (Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Vikings, Romans, Celts, Chinese, and the Maoris).

Their original site was based on the theme of "origins" and students interviewed older members of their families, made timelines of their family histories, and eventually wrote and published some of their stories on the WWW.

Following the succes of the first projects, the students published their work on human origins, creation stories, folk tales and international traditions of puppetry (after a field trip to the Tropen Museum in Amsterdam).

The section entitled 'Geotopia' is based on their research and creation of their own imaginary countries and a report on Glaciers and Icebergs includes information on the sinking of the Titanic with a number of external links. Many of the reports are linked to external sites and include a list of Internet resources which they have used prior to and during the various projects.

Electronic Publishing With a Local History Theme

While visiting Columbia University's innovative Live Text: American Studies Web, we learned about a project in Canada. Entitled "The Great Depression: Vancouver" students from Pt Grey School have researched, written and published a detailed history of their community in the 1930's. Likewise, teachers at the school in Mendocino, California designed a project on local history which highlights the collaborative potential of such Internet-based projects. (See sample message.) Other examples of electronic publishing with a local history theme are the 'Biographies of Famous Texans' e-mail project (a collection of essays written and published by students from a local primary school in Texas) and 'The Indians of Florida' (essays written by several elementary school classes in Florida), Utah History from Scott Carles Grade 5 Students, Around San Francisco (Town School's entry for the Global School Network's CyberFair Project on the Internet), Los Caminos Reales: Ghosts of Highways Past (student project from Texas which explores diverse regions, people and eras of local history) History and Restoration of The Riverboat Nenana (primary students from Fairbanks, Alaska) and a project on Icelandic Mythology by a class in Iceland.

The Concord Review: A Journal for Student Publication .

The Concord Review is a journal which features the academic work of secondary school students. In the last nine years they have published 308 serious history papers (average 5,000 words) by students in 21 countries. They have subscribers in 31 countries. Their website has an index of the first 27 issues, 24 sample essays, and other useful information.

The Virtual Renaissance Web Project

The Virtual Renaissance project began as a listing of annotated links that created by two teachers for the purpose of introducing middle schools students at Twin Groves Junior High School, Illinois to the study of Shakespeare and his time . Students were told that they were to be transported back in time to the age of the Renaissance. Afterwards the classes submitted suggested WWW sites that were the most helpful, interesting, or informative. These site addresses were subsequently incorporated into the project. In addition, the classes were polled for suggested secondary sources - library book titles - that they would recommend to anyone doing research on the Renaissance and Elizabethan times. The result is a very informative web site dedicated to this period of European history.

LBMS - The Middle Ages

Seventh grade students at Luther Burbank Middle School in California have created a site to teach about Life in the Middle Ages . There are illustrated articles written by the students, scanned drawings and computer artwork, and a selection of "Life as a...." stories where students pretend to be a knight, peasant, lord, lady, or monk as well as a list of releated Web resources and an online quiz. Coming attractions will include sites on the Aztecs as well as Maya Civilizations.

(For additional resources relating to Medieval History on the Internet follow this link).

Student Published Research Projects

In his online presentation Authentic Learning on the WWW: A Research Model of Instruction , Howard Levin, a history teacher from Redmond Washington, outlines some of the Benefits of Published Work as well as a list of required student and teacher tasks for Publishing the Products. He also links to several sample student Internet projects including Ricki Petto's Grade 9 Student History Projects from Northwest High School.

Other examples of student-published research projects on the Internet include: Scott Carles Grade 5 Students Colonial History, Historical Significance of Seven Years' War and The Cold War and the U.S. Space Program (from a student at Lodue Horton Watkins High School, Missouri), Restoration and Eighteenth Century Prose and Poetry between 1660 and the French Revolution (from St. Thomas University,Canada), and Byzantium: Religion, Culture, Economics, Politics, and Decline (from students of Richard Smith's European History Class at Grand Blanc High School in the US).

To glimpse some of the other exciting possiblies for student publishing on the web we strongly recommend a visit to the Thinkquest Contest Web site.

Electronic publishing need not be restricted to text only. Students from an elementary school in Maryland have published a fascinating collection of their drawings from a class projects on Native American Commemorative Stamps and Commemorative Stamps for the Bill of Rights.

LinkAge 2000 .

LinkAge 2000 is an international project designed to help students ages 12-18 study aging and learn through intergenerational activities. This information-rich site was created by a team of secondary school students as part of the ThinkQuest project.

LinkAge 2000 is a particularly valuable resource for teachers who wish to integrate the study of aging into the classroom, students researching topics in geronotology or geriatrics, and educators interested in students' knowledge about aging and how aging is taught in the classroom. Teachers may wish to start by exploring the section Teacher Resources for ideas on how to incorporate prominent issues in the aging field into the curriculum

Articles related to publishing on the Web.

There are several articles which take a critical look at publishing on the Web. Al Rogers in 'A Visit to Hillside School' compares several school Web projects and argues for new metphors to fit the paradigm implicit in the World Wide Web--'the ability to foster conversations between writers and readers'.

Tammy Payton has developed a short informational article on what student information to include when publishing student projects on the Internet.. This Guideline to Student Publishing is part of a four page informational article pertaining to copyright issues you should be aware of when publishing information on the web.

WEB Publishing Paradigms by Tim Guay, a graduate student at Simon Fraser University in Canada, explores the various competing and complementary paradigms for WEB publishing. In addition to the stress on form and structure, he addresses the much overlooked area of CONTENT and its contribution to the viability of a Weh site.

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