A Window on the World: Internet 
Resource Guide Copyright © 1999 Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium


Tools for Developing Internet Materials

  1. Guides to the Internet
    1. Advantages to Telecomputing: Reasons to Use the Internet in Your Classroom
      This article discusses some basic reasons why educators should use the Internet in their classrooms. This site outlines positive aspects for both teachers and students.
    2. Basic Internet Tools for Foreign Language Educators
      The information provided on this site defines briefly some of the various tools Internet users can employ to make their way around the Internet, extract useful information, and in general turn it into a useful and user-friendly commodity.
    3. Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
      Without investing the time to learn to effectively and efficiently find information on the Internet using complex search strategies, one can find some documents on almost any topic using simple keyword searching techniques or browsing subject categories. But are they the best or all the Web has to offer on your topic? Are they even about your topic? Did your search retrieve more documents than you can reasonably read?
    4. Internet Options in the Classroom
      This site offers ideas and resources for using the Internet in the one computer classroom. This is a good place to start for basic information.
    5. Language Learning Via the Web
      Language Learning via the Web offers general information about the current status of the Internet, and what the emergence of the Internet will mean for education in the future. This site also helps to define basic technical vocabulary.
  2. Creating Your Own Web Pages
    1. HTML Crash Course for Educators
      This site provides a clear and easy to follow tutorial that is specifically geared to educators. A great source for basic information about web site authoring.
    2. HTML Help Page
      This site offers tutorials, button and graphic archives, help programs, and other useful tools for working in HTML.
    3. Language Interactive: A Trail Guide to Creating Dynamic Web Pages
      This guide is intended for language teachers with an interest in the application of technology to language learning. The information and methods described are applicable in K-12 or higher education. The specific focus is on the World Wide Web, but there will be some incidental discussion of other computer-based applications.
    4. Making Web Pages
      Making Web Pages offers a great collection of resources for individuals interested in building their own web sites.
  3. Evaluating Multimedia, Web Pages, and Activities
    1. Evaluation of Web Lessons
      This site offers a template that can be used to evaluate web lessons and exercises.
  4. Resource for Language Professionals
    1. Choosing and Using Materials for a 'Net' Gain in FL Learning and Instruction
      This article explores the rationale for choosing materials from the WWW, gives a brief introductory explanation of the technology involved in accessing the resources of the Internet, and discusses how teachers might integrate these resources into the FL curriculum.
    2. Language Learning and Technology
      Language Learning and Technology is a journal for second and foreign language educators.
    3. Language Learning and the Internet
      This site offers an extensive collection of links related to foreign language and technology resources.
    4. Networking with Foreign Language Colleagues: Professional Development on the Internet
      This site features the text of an article discussing the use of the Internet to interact with foreign language professionals.
    5. Planning a Language Resource Center
      A great step by step approach to planning and developing a resource center.
    6. The Australian Journal of Computers and Language Education
      This journal publishes articles covering a wide range of topics that involve technology, especially computers, and language education with relevance to teachers and researchers in all educational sectors.
    7. The World Wide Web: Taking on the Pedagogical Challenge
      Technology Tools for Today's Campuses: Focus on Instructional Technology offers resources for using technology in instruction.
  5. Organizations
    1. Agora Language Marketplace
      This site features an online index of companies offering language-related publications, products and services
    2. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
      ACTFL is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 7,000 foreign language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
    3. Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
      CALICO, the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, is a professional organization that serves a membership involved in both education and high technology. CALICO has an emphasis on modern language teaching and learning, but reaches out to all areas that employ the languages of the world to instruct and to learn.
    4. Foreign Language Teaching Forum (FLTEACH)
      The Foreign Language Teaching Forum focuses on foreign language teaching methods including school/college articulation, training of student teachers, classroom activities, curriculum, and syllabus design. Students in teacher training programs, teachers both new and experienced, administrators, and other professionals interested in any aspect of foreign language teaching are invited to participate in our discussions.
    5. International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALL)
      Established in 1965, IALL is a professional organization dedicated to promoting effective uses of media centers for language teaching, learning, and research.