Every so often, a high school comes along that simply must be "Caught in The Web." North Hagerstown High School, in North Hagerstown, Maryland, is such a school. If you teach elementary school and think there's nothing of interest for you here, think again. The "Hub," as the school's nickname goes, offers resources of interest for all ages. For example, the school provides links to information about the many surrounding historical sites, including Antietam Battlefield and Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
The Interdisciplinary Team Organization, ITO for short, is an interesting project led by a team of four teachers who are developing thematic units for integrated instruction throughout the year. Through the Internet, the units are shared with other educators and enriched with online resources. The ITO team also invites participation by online visitors. In "Get a Life," career profiles are requested for enriching the unit. On the "Jurassic Park Interdisciplinary Activities Page," e-mail, poetry, essay, and artwork are invited.
The AP US History Essay Review Project really brings the writing process to life. Reviewing and revising a draft of your essay takes on a whole new meaning when your draft is put online and criticism is invited. It's a fascinating idea. Imagine schools partnering with each other to collaborate on essays. Look at Southern Generals..., a particularly thoughtful essay with reviews.
North Hagerstown seems to have a strong faculty guiding their online efforts. Take note of the number of Teachers On-Line. They even managed to persuade their stodgy old physics teacher to publish a homepage. Every school needs a voice crying out in the wilderness of the web, and it seems like George Cassutto is that voice. Find out how it all began for North Hagerstown.
Who will be "Caught in The Web" next month? Feel free to send us suggestions.
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