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This guest post was written by Susan Oxnevad.
In this activity you will learn:
- More about JogTheWeb
- How to create a free account.
- How to use JogTheWeb to create a guided lesson for students.
- Additional ways to use JogTheWeb in the 24/7 classroom.
JogTheWeb is free Web 2.0 tool that allows users to assemble tidy packages of web content. For teachers it can be a tool for providing students with easy access to guided learning.
The websites within a Jog are live and can be explored right within the page frame, which solves problems related to students getting lost within multiple windows.
Even better, Jog authors can annotate pages within the Jog and also create original pages with unique content. This appears to be a very promising tool for education because it’s user-friendly, engaging and interactive.
Uses in the classroom:
The chart below features examples of some different ways to use JogTheWeb for teaching and learning.
|Let’s Explore the Nervous System
Probably the best use for this tool is to create guided activities for students. Choose websites that allow them to access information through a variety of media. This Jog is featured in the video tutorial.
|Ten Minutes of Tech for Busy Teachers
A quick jog through some user-friendly Web 2.0 tools for teachers to use right away.
|3rd Grade Whiz Kids – Class Portfolio
This jog is used as a portfolio to showcase the work of one 3rd grade class.
|Using Glogster to help students construct knowledge
This Jog is a tutorial designed to help teachers design a lesson to use technology as a primary tool for learning.
JogTheWeb has a simple user interface that can be mastered by following the step-by-step video tutorial linked below. Beyond that, the most difficult task is in designing flexible activities to help all learners succeed. It’s a good idea to make a plan before creating your first JogTheWeb activity.
Tips and Tricks to Get Started: Make a plan
- Start by identifying the learning task. What do you want to teach and how can the Internet help you teach it better?
- Are you including flexible means of accessing and acquiring information?
- Examine each of the chosen websites, then write some questions or directions for students to guide them through each of the websites or steps in the activity. What do you want students to do when they are on the website? What do you want them to learn?
- If needed, put together resources to include on your own page with additional information that isn’t available on the web to introduce the topic or expand the learning after students have jogged through the websites. You can include images, text and video to create your own page so have them ready to go. How can you introduce the activity? What would you like students to do when they have completed the Jog?
Watch this step-by-step tutorial to help you build your own JogTheWeb activity:
- Create your own JogTheWeb activity.
- Start with something simple to guide student learning, then share it with your students.
- Consider assigning it to students as homework prior to a class discussion, then see if it is an effective tool for front-loading the learning.
- After you’ve put JogTheWeb to the test, write a post to reflect on the effectiveness and ease of use of this tool.
- How can using the tool help all learners succeed? What other ways can you use this tool for teaching and learning? What are some of the obstacles associated with using the tool?
Help and Support
You can find plenty of additional support by visiting the JogTheWeb Blog
About the Author
I am an instructional tech teacher leader in Chicagoland whose goal is to empower educators by helping them develop a tech toolkit of resources for facilitating innovative learning experiences that embrace the 24/7 classroom and transform teaching and learning for the digital age.
I am passionate about using Web 2.0 in the classroom and regularly publish a blog featuring educationally appropriate tools called Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners.