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Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes:  Digital Information:  Pros & Cons

About this Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes combines technology objectives, activity ideas, web sites, and resources in an effort to make it easier for everyone to incorporate technology into their instruction. Bits & Bytes is maintained by Barbara Smith, Magnet Coordinator at Harvard Elementary, Houston (TX) and Teachers Network  web mentor. 

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K - 5

Determine the usefulness and appropriateness of digital information.

From daily lesson or unit, choose some topic or theme children can research. Have students use an on-line dictionary to look up the topic. How much information did they find? Write down the facts it gave. Next, go to an on-line encyclopedia or an encyclopedia CD, look up the topic and make a fact chart from that information source. Lastly, go to a  website or nature CD and make a fact chart. Which sources gave more information? Which was more reliable? How do these sources compare to a book from the library? What are the benefits and downfalls of digital information?

On-line dictionaries:
Merriam-Webster OnLine
A Web of On-line Dictionaries 
Spellwrite.Com  
OneLook Dictionaries  

On-line Encyclopedia:
Britannica.com 
Encyclopedia.com  
Encarta Encyclopedia 
Information Please Dictionary and Encyclopedia

 

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