The following six Web sites were created as models to suggest ways to integrate the World Wide Web and videoconferencing into classroom learning. African-American History was chosen as a topic because of its importance, popularity and the wealth of Internet resources available on the topic. What we hope to add to this richness are some specific strategies for integrating the Web into learning. So rather than merely send learners to a Web site, we've arranged separate formats designed to support different kinds of learning. Read the blurbs below or check out Working the Web for Education to help you decide which activities you might want to use.
Interactive Treasure Hunt
Why worry about stuff that happened in the days when Eisenhower was President and Elvis was King? In the WebQuest Little Rock 9, Integration 0?, students learn about nine African-American students who, back in 1957, chose to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. They took these steps with the power of the U.S. Supreme Court behind them, but with armed soldiers blocking the entrance before them. Still, this WebQuest isn't about history, it's about the world we live in and the choices our communities have made in the past and students will make in the future.
"Beginning in the 1930s, the U.S. Public Health Service began treatment of 399 African-American men for 'bad blood.' The service was actually conducting a study on the effects of syphilis on the human . bodyThe men were never told they had syphilis and were denied access to treatment years after penicillin came into use in 1947. By the time the study was exposed in 1972, 28 men had died of syphilis, 100 others were dead of related complications, at least 40 wives had been infected and 19 children had contracted the disease at birth." (Quoted from CNN Interactive)
Created January, 1996.
Last revised February, 2005
Created by Tom March, tom at ozline dot com
Applications Design Team/Wired Learning