Harry Potter, Edgar Allen Poe, and The Internet
Paula Christensen, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
A reading group was developed for gifted middle school students in which they learned the skills of discussing books blended with Internet usage by exploring the Internet to find relevant information about the books they were reading that would enhance their knowledge and sharing with the group. Students started by all critiquing the same two Websites, one regarding the Harry Potter books and another about Edgar Allen Poe, then they began exploring other Websites including ones about other books and authors. During the process of finding Websites, the students also gained skills in discerning the difference between valid information and invalid through checking primary sources and comparing known data with presented data. The students further gained knowledge, through the skills of compare and contrast, about what makes for a good Website. The feedback from the students regarding the Internet assignments and explorations provided the basis for developing strategies in a graduate course for teachers.
Christensen, P. (2006). Harry Potter, Edgar Allen Poe, and The Internet. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3872-3874). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).