ICT in Education Toolkit Version 2.0a
September 2006
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Tool 4.3: Educational Content on the Web
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Toolbox 4:
Planning for ICT-Enhanced Content
4.1 ICT-Enhanced Content Requirements
4.2 Existing ICT-Enhanced Content
4.3 Educational Content on the Web
4.4 Evaluation of Authorware
4.5 Design, Develop & Test ICT-Enhanced Content
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  1. What Types of Educational Content Can be Explored on the Web?

The web includes a variety of educational materials that serve as teaching/learning resources or building blocks of multimedia curricular materials. Below is a list of these types of educational materials that can be found on the web.

Teaching Resources

These web sites usually include lesson plans for different subjects and levels, teaching tips, learning activities, references to contentware and links to other cites. For examples click below:

Explore Teaching Resources websites


Simulations are educational objects that demonstrate a function or a relationship among different variable. They allow learners to interact with the product by changing values or conditions and observe what happens. Simulations may be used to introduce a topic, demonstrate a concept or perform experiments that cannot be performed in lab-based situations.

Many of the web-based simulations are in the form of Java applets title= [1] . Many of them are free to use on the web without logging into the site, and some can be downloaded to a hard disk or a CD and used off-line. Instructions on how to download, when allowed, are usually available on the web site.

If Java applets do not play in your browser make sure that you have Java enabled in your browser. For Internet Explorer on Windows go to Internet Options", click the Security Tab, and make sure that "Java permissions" are enabled. You also should enable "scripting of Java applets". In addition, you may need to get Java software if you don't have Java, or have an old version.
Simulations may be used by teachers and students to supplement the curriculum and enhance the teaching/learning process. They may also be used as building blocks in created multimedia modules that cover curricular units.

The web is full of simulations that cover different elements of science and mathematics. For examples, click below:

Explore Simulations websites


Animations inject life into otherwise still images. Although they do not depict reality as photographs do, they provide movement. That can be used to motivate learners, demonstrate a concept or emphasize a particular phenomenon.

Animations may be copied into browser based programs. GIF animations may be also copied and pasted into a PowerPoint Presentation and maintain their animation features.
The web is full of very powerful and interesting animations, covering a wide range of educational subjects. For examples, click below:

Animations Web sites


The web offers unique opportunities to explore scientific phenomena, inspect volcano sites, dive into the oceans, go on nature expeditions, and joint scientists in field trips. This feature of the web expands the horizons of the learner and brings the world into the educational institution.

Instances of explorations offered by the Internet may be integrated into the teaching/learning process and/or used for individual or group research.

The web offers many opportunities for exploration. For examples, click below

Explore Exploration websites

Museums and Exhibitions

The web offers valuable opportunities to visit world renowned museums and exhibitions. These virtual visits can be used for individual/group research or for supplementing the curriculum.
The web offers many opportunities for tours of museums and exhibits. For examples, click below:

Museums and Exhibitions websites

Educational Games and Activities

The web offers a vast amount of educational games - many of them animated and simulated puzzles and individual activities. They may be used to motivate students as a new concept is introduced or to apply what has already been learned. For examples, click below:

Explore Games and Activities Web sites

Reference Materials

The web acts as a reference library for teachers and students. It includes a wide range of books, articles, and reference documents, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. The web reference materials have at least two advantages over hard copies:

  • There are usually hyperlinks that take the reader in one click to a related text within the document or to another document.
  • The web is searchable with very high speed.

For examples of "library" web sites, click below:

Explore Library Web sites

Footnote 1
An applet is a small program designed to run within another application. Applets are useful on the Web because, once they are downloaded, they can be executed quickly within the user's browser. More than one applet can exist in a single document, and they can communicate with one another while they work. Java is one of the major languages used for creating Web-based applets. (http://www.nrjdesign.com/glossary/applet.htm )


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