Sunday, 25 January 2009

Tasks-Week 2

January 20-26 2009

Understanding and planning a web-based lesson


I. Become familiar with search skills to find sites on the net

As you all know Internet is a sea of rich (and not so rich) information. To plan a web-based lesson you need to be able to find sites easily and efficiently. Here are three basic ways to do so. Watch the videos before you do the tasks.


Search engines

Subjects guides

Real language searches

Task 1

  1. Think of a topic (from your books or class material): (e.g. Restaurants)
  2. Narrow down the topic (e.g. Table manners)
  3. Find Three sites (Use any of the three approaches explained in the videos to find your sites)
  4. Share sites and approaches in My Search Skill Approach.

Task 2

Add the sites you found to one of the following tags in Diigo (Watch this video)

  • Primary school
  • High school
  • College/University
  • Business English
  • ESP
  • EAP

If you want to add another tag, send an email to:

II. Evaluate Internet sites

Evaluating sites you choose on the net is as important as being able to find them easily and efficiently. What criteria is the most appropriate to do so?

Task 1

Check the following sites:

Evaluating Internet sources and sites: Tutorial

(You have to click on the left menu to navigate content for this tutorial)

Evaluating Internet sites 101

As you can see there are several aspects (accuracy, audience, among others) you can take into account to evaluate and Internet site. Which ones would you choose? Why? Is this step important before you start designing a web-based lesson? Write your answers in Evaluating Internet sites:

Task 2

Have a look at this Website Evaluation sheet .Click on the "download"download button to save it on your PC or laptop.

  1. Choose one of the sites you tagged in Diigo and use this format to evaluate it.
  2. Upload your evaluation to our Yahoo Group in Files/Website Evaluation Sheet.

Note: Please do not remove the British Council logo from this document. It has been kept in Word format so you can easily fill it in and upload to our group.

III. Understand what a web-based lesson is

You might be wondering by now what a web-based lesson is. Is it any different from what you do in class? To figure out what it is do the following activities:

Task 1

Before you read a definition for a web-based lesson, answer the following questions:

What do you think…?

Now read this definition for a web-based lesson.

Task 2

Based on Tasks 1 and 2 write your comments, doubts or questions in What is a web-based lesson?

IV. Plan a web-based lesson

The way we plan a web-based lesson is similar to a F2F session. We have to consider several aspects and activities to successfully deliver a lesson online or F2F. So before we start designing our web-based lessons in week 3, let’s start thinking on certain key aspects.

Task 1 1. Have a look at this plan format for web-based lessons. 2. Now write in My Preliminary Web-based Lesson Plan:
  1. Topic you will like to develop in your lesson
  2. Class type (Audience)
  3. General objective
  4. Specific objectives
  5. Time

V. Sign up for WIZiQ

WIZiQ is a virtual classroom we will be using for our next synchronous session:
  1. Sign up and take the guided tour

VII. Check Resources

Check the resources session in week 2 there is an interesting article about Blogs in education.


If you have any technical problems you can write your doubts in our forum. You can also Skype tutors or contact them at

Tutoring sessions

If you would like to clarify doubts about content, tasks or anything related to the session you can contact your tutors in Skype in the following office hours:

Skype Office hours (Venezuelan time - UTC/GMT -4:30 hours ):

Evelyn Izquierdo

ID: evelyn.izquierdo

Tuesdays: UTC/GMT 13:30-16:30 (Caracas: 9:am - 12:00)

Thursdays: UTC/GMT 19:00-21:00 (Caracas: 2:30 - 4:30pm)

Teadira Pérez:

ID: teadira

Tuesdays: UTC/GMT 19:00-19:30 (Caracas: 2:30 - 3:00pm)

Wednesday: UTC/GMT 12:00- 12:30 (Caracas: 7:30 - 8:00am)

Miguel Mendoza

ID: miguel_mendoza97

Mondays: UTC/GMT 18:00- 18:30 (Caracas: 1:00-1:30pm)

Fridays: UTC/GMT 18:00- 18:30 (Caracas: 1:00-1:30pm) (Schedules subject to changes)

Second chat session

Tool: WIZiQ Date: 24 / 01 / 2008 Time: 12:30 GMT (8:00am Caracas, Venezuela)

Agenda: To discuss search skills, evaluating internet sites, the web-based lesson, planning a web-based lesson Link for the session:

Saturday Text-Voice session


Make sure at the end of the week you have:

1. Added post to My Search Skills

2. Added sites to Diigo

3. Read information on Evaluating Internet sites

4. Upload evaluation of a site to Diigo

5. Take the quiz "What do you think about...?"

6. Write a post in the "What is a web-based lesson is'"

7. Check lesson plan and write a post in "My Preliminary web-based lesson plan"

8. Sign up for WIZiQ

Comments / Insights (Optional)

To write comments or insights about this first week go to: Weekly comments/Insights

1 comment:

  1. Everything is so interesting and so new. Earlier I had no idea of such things as blog and web based lessons.