Posted by: Paula Lenox | July 28, 2010

Jog the Web

I often see students searching the Internet using tools such as Google.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Google is an excellent search tool, but the results list provides a tremendous amount of websites and students often have difficulty sorting through the list to find valid, reliable information.  How nice would it be to have a tool that guides students on their search, takes them to websites, you as a teacher have selected and determined to be good sources of information?!  Jog The Web, is such a tool.

JOG the web is best for those project where you want the students to visit specific websites in a predetermined order.  The creator of the JOG can leave questions, or comments with each slide to guide the learning process.  Recently I created a Web 2.0 JOG that I used during a lesson for graduate students.  My ultimate goal was to not only have a quick and easy presentation, but to have a tool that students could use on their own for independent learning or use to review topics after class.

JOG the web, reminds me of setting up a WebQuest for students.  WebQuests can be a powerful learning tool for students to explore a concept independently or in small groups.  True WebQuests support learners as they explore open ended questions to solve an authentic task and develop a rich expertise with opportunities to reflect on their own metacognative processes.

You need to take a look at a JOG to truly understand the power of this tool.  Take a JOG with me through WEB 2.0 ideas! (click on the link).

After you take your JOG, come back and let me know what you think!


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