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4 Sets of Introductory Computer and Internet Technology Interactives

by Kelly Walsh on February 22, 2012

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A collection of web based interactive activities to introduce students to computers and the Internet.

It was my pleasure to deliver presentations on “Using Popular Social Networks Tools in Course Work” and “Flipping The Classroom: Succeeding with Reverse Instruction” for our faculty here at The College of Westchester on Monday. While discussing the use of interactives and simulations as one way to supplement online digital materials for reverse instruction, an instructor asked if I had come across any interactives geared towards an introductory computer and Internet course. I hadn’t, but I welcomed the challenge!

I searched the web a bit and while I did not find a lot of materials specific to this subject area, I did find some. Below are a few sets of interactive activities that cover a nice range of computer and Internet usage topics, over a wide range of grade levels. If this subject area is of interest to you, I imagine you’ll find something useful in this content.

  • First, we have two sets of interactives from the Utah Education Network. Each of these pages offers a dozen or so resources for the indicated grade level, covering topics like keyboarding, “beware of spyware”, cyberbullying, computer parts, and so on:

Computer & Internet Interactives for grades 3 to 6.
Computer & Internet Interactives for grades 7 to 12.

  • Next is this set of Internet Safety Interactives from GCF LearnFree.org. Internet users of all ages can learn from these. Click on the “Interactives” button to bring up a bunch of great interactive tutorials that cover subjects like Phishing Scams, Shopping Safely Online, Safety Tips for Wi-Fi Hitspots and much more.

As an added bonus, here’s a link to a web site with sets of links to other sites containing interactives, grouped into a half a dozen high level academic subject areas, so you can expand your use of interactives into a wide array of subject materials.

You know the drill, if you have some interactives you like to use, please comment and share!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of 5 fun free presentation tools
Reverse Instruction Tools And Techniques (Part 3) – Using Existing Web Based Educational Content

Five Fun Free iPad Apps for Elementary School Teachers And Students

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Class Workshop in a Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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GCFLearnFree.org February 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

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