Development of a Web-Based Resource on Various Snow-Related Topics for Teachers and Students
Tsuneya Takahashi, Hokkaido University of Education, Japan ; Motoyasu Shimbo, Sapporo Shinko Elememtary School, Japan ; Takahiro Wariishi, Sapporo Shinkotonimidori Elementary School, Japan ; Yuzo Sato, Sapporo Taiheiminami Elementary School, Japan ; Yuko Kambayashi, Sapporo Tondenminami Elementary School, Japan ; Hiroyuki Ogasawara, Sapporo Hoshiokihigashi Elementary School, Japan ; Hiroshi Sano, Sapporo Middorigaoka Elementary School, Japan ; Kazunori Sakata, Sapporo Hakken Elementary School, Japan ; Takehiro Hosokawa, Historical Village of Hokkaido, Japan ; Tomoko Watanabe, Sapporo Sinkawa High School, Japan ; Keiji Domon, Furubira Elementary School, Japan ; Makoto Ota, Picograph Inc., Japan ; Mikinori Tsuchida, Sapporo Higashiyonesato Elementary School, Japan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Since snow is closely associated with everyone's daily life, it can provide good topics for classroom discussion. An extensive website that can be used by both teachers and students was developed to provide information and possible activities regarding various snow-related topics. It was expected that students would learn to appreciate the intricate patterns and natural wonder of snow and become aware of the human ingenuity required for living in snowy regions. The graph-ics-related Web contents comprised varied sections such as "Let's observe snow!"; "Let's find a living thing under snow!"; "Let's live with snow!"; "Let's try with English!" and "Snow Q & A corner." Moreover, "Teacher's study room on snow" is aimed to help teachers and includes lesson plans that are actually applicable in the classroom. A questionnaire administered to 3rd graders after the completion of the classes suggested that these Web pages are useful for studying snow.
Takahashi, T., Shimbo, M., Wariishi, T., Sato, Y., Kambayashi, Y., Ogasawara, H., Sano, H., Sakata, K., Hosokawa, T., Watanabe, T., Domon, K., Ota, M. & Tsuchida, M. (2007). Development of a Web-Based Resource on Various Snow-Related Topics for Teachers and Students. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3498-3503). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).