Internet Scavenger Hunt

For students of 11th to undergraduate grade.

Course: Computers in Education
Lesson Title: Internet Scavenger Hunt  

Student level: Basic Skills
Focus: Early Childhood - Para Educator

Washington State Technology Standard for Teachers: 
I. Technology Operations and Concepts: Teachers demonstrate a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts.
-> Demonstrate introductory knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to technology (as described in the ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students).

IV. Assessment and Evaluation: Teachers apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies. 
-> Use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning. 

Student Instructions:
Start by using a Web browser (Netscape, Internet Explorer, Navigator, or one of your choice) and then find two search engines, such as WebCrawler, Google, or Yahoo. Use these to help you search for the following information. 
• Record the results of each item found including the exact Web address of the item. 
• For each result you will use APA format to cite the exact Website location where you found each item. (If you are asked to locate more than one Web site you must list all of them in your response).
• Save this information as a Word document Labeled “Scavenger Hunt”. 
•Email the assignment to the instructor as an attachment 

1. Using a search engine, do an Internet search for an education topic that interests you. (ex. "Early childhood assessment" or "The Reggio Emilia Approach").  Summarize what you found. 

2. Find at least two Websites that will provide tutorials for using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft PowerPoint.  What was the difference in the two Websites?

3. Emailing and having conversations on the Internet are becoming common place in our world today. Locate a “Netiquette" Web link and find 2 tips to share.

4. Find a Website that will tell you how to evaluate a Web page for authenticity, applicability, authorship, bias, and usability. What are some guidelines that you need to remember?

5. Locate two Web sites that give specific information on how to cite resources using the APA format. Which of the two Web sites gave you the easiest to understand information?

6. Locate the OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction). Find the Curriculum and Instruction Section of this site and then go to the Online Grade Level Resources. Choose one area and age group to explore. Record your findings.  How is this information useful in your planning?

7. Go to the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Web site. Look at the side bar and click on Families or Teachers and Administrators. Click on the Early Years are Learning Years link and find one topic that interests you. Open up and read that document. What name and Web address is listed for the article you choose?  What are the key points of what you read? 

8. Find an Art Lessons Web site. Can you find a list of art doughs that can be made and used with children?  What EALR (Essential Academic Learning Requirement) can you apply to this activity?

9. Find the web site that is devoted to Teaching Tolerance nationwide, and offers a free kit for early educators to use with young children. Click on the curriculum resources link to learn more about the "Starting Small" materials. What did you find at this site? 

10. Look for a web site that will give you information on using portfolios as a tool for observation and assessment. What information did you find that was useful?

Complete the scavenger hunt as described above. Make sure that you include the search engines you used to locate the Websites and the complete Web address for each item that you located.
Assessment Rubric

Assessment Criteria: 
Technology Skills:
Student accessed the Internet and was able to utilize available applications to complete the scavenger hunt. = 3 points	

APA Style:
Sources cited in APA Style, including correct Web address, Webpage title and references cited correctly. = 5 points	

Quality of Information:
Information clearly relates to search topic. Ideas are clearly cited. = 5 points
Amount of Information:
All topics are addressed and all questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each. = 5 points	

Mechanics: No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. = 2 points