Overview: Using the Web as a Research Tool
Diving In: Setting Goals and Objectives
Finding Resources for Web Research
Setting a Focus for Exploring
Off and Running: Applying Strategies
Diving In: Setting Goals and Objectives

Now that you have selected a lesson and we have a sample lesson to work with -- Why are Volcanoes Dangerous? -- we can start the task of developing an Internet component.

You probably chose a lesson that has numerous real-world connections and applications and/or can be enhanced by current data. We will begin by assessing our expected outcomes. The first thing you would want to do is review the learning objectives or goals for your lesson. Ask yourself, "Which of these objectives or goals could be attained by the use of the Internet?" or "Could I develop additional objectives or goals to enhance the lesson?" You will notice that the learning objectives for our sample lesson are:
  • Describe a pyroclastic eruption.
  • List the causes of an explosive volcanic eruption.
  • List three major ways in which volcanic eruptions destroy people and property.
  • Describe a lava collection technique used in a Hawaiian-type eruption.
  • Estimate the effects of an eruption.
  • State ways that human action or inaction can have a negative effect on loss of life in an emergency or natural disaster.
Many of these existing objectives could be addressed via the Internet; however, we are going to focus on the fourth objective described above that deals with Hawaii because of the ability to obtain current data on the Internet. Also, we are going to add an objective:
  • Identify patterns between the location of currently (or recently) erupting volcanoes and current or recent earthquakes.
This objective also lends itself well to the collection and analysis of current data from multiple resources. Now it is time to make a choice.
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