Scott McLeod asks us to name ten sites that are resources for our subject area. I mentioned this to a friend just today. Two or three came to mind, but that was it. As far as ten useful sites per unit/novel/writing style/skill…
The fact that I can’t name ten (and that you likely can’t either) suggests a few things to me:
- The Internet isn’t as full of great information as we think;
- We don’t use Web sites in instruction;
- We don’t know how to find what we want;
- What we want isn’t out there.
I’m going with option four on this. My typical search finds me cobbling lots of different pieces together with an idea I’ve had for the last two years along with a little something I got from watching SNL this weekend attached to the core of an idea I got from a discussion with some friends last month. I rarely find resources online that fit right into what I’m doing or that hit on what I want to address. I wish they were out there, but not even Discovery Education or any of the lesson plan warehouse sites cut it. Lots of chaff to sort through there and I worry about my return on time invested.
I found an online index to the text of The Things They Carried. It looks like a cool resource, but I’m not sure how my students would even begin to use it. Much of what I find is just like that — nice to look at, but without a practical application that makes it useful.
Here’s where you’ll find all ten of your sites, though: the most excellent Web sites for your subject area are the ones that make you question what you do and that let you do what you do better than you did yesterday.