Getting Comfortable with
the Internet & Geography
By: William R. Jamieson,
Newton Middle School; Kentland, Indiana
Purpose: In order to get students
comfortable with the Internet, students will access and explore a number
of web sites which are geographically oriented.
Grade Level: 7th grade
Materials Required: Computer lab and access to
Geography Standards addressed:
- #1) How to use maps and other geographic representations,
tools, and technologies to acquire, process
and report information from a geographic perspective.
- #2) How to use mental maps to organize information about
people, places, and environments in a spatial context.
- #6) How culture and experience influence peopleís perceptions
of places and regions.
Upon completing a series of the following activity, the
- 1. become comfortable with the use of the internet,
- 2. reflect better mental organization in terms of spatial
- 3. know "how" and "where" to access
geographically-oriented web sites for future research, and
- 4. annotate/critique a web site from a "professional"
(student research oriented) perspective.
The teacher must be familiar with the Internet and must
have a prepared list of possible web sites for students to explore which
are geographically oriented (see the GENI Home Page: http://www.iupui.edu/it/geni)
- 1. The computer lab will be scheduled for all 7th grade
Social Studies classes.
- 2. The students will be taken to the lab from their classroom
after a brief "how to behave" discussion.
- 3. Once the students are seated at their terminals, distribute
a list of possible geography oriented web sites that they may visit.
- 4. Each student must write a critique/annotation of the
various web sites that they visit; they may add possible sites to the teacherís
- 5. Upon return to the classroom, each student will briefly
present the sites that they visited and describe the benefits that the
site may have in their work.
- 6. Have some of the students make a binder with the critiques/annotations
for future student reference.
- 7. Practice in this manner weekly until the students,
and you, are comfortable with student performance.
The students should be able to get into several (6) internet
addresses and become used to using the Netscape search engines.
In a discussion and explanation classroom setting the
students will ask questions and the instructor will explain some of the
problems encountered with the internet and review what was learned.
Resources: Computer lab and individual templates.