Now that you have all this great Web stuff, how are you going to use it in the classroom?

What's Mine Is Not Yours

Even though IE4 makes it so easy to nab text, images, and files from the Web, it doesn't mean we have permission to use them. Some Web authors will state explicitly, that images or sound files at the site are not be used in any manner whatsoever. If your students are still tempted to grab a one-of-a-kind image from one of these sites, encourage them to respect original work and leave the content alone.

On a brighter note, most sites don't mind if kids use their Web content in school—as long as they are given proper credit. If your students are going to use Web content in an upcoming project, include a unit discussing plagiarism and creating bibliographies.

If your students are too young to create bibliographies, then it's up to you to set a good example. Contact the Webmasters for permission to use specific content by sending a simple e-mail. Let them know how your students plan to use the content, and include your name and your school. Most Webmasters will be flattered. Really. Just be sure to give yourself a few extra days for a reply.

Pictures and Sounds for Web pages

Are you venturing into the exciting world of Web publishing with your students? If you are, you will want to save Web images in GIF or JPG format. What's the difference? GIF format is usually better for images that have simple lines and use a limited number of colors. Cartoons, such as our mascot Mo'Jo, are usually saved as GIFs. JPG or JPEG format is better for images that have complex lines and use millions of colors. Photographs are usually presented as JPGs.

You don't need to decide whether an image should be saved as a GIF or JPG because IE4 will save the image as it is presented. In other words, if the original Web image is a GIF, IE4 will automatically select GIF in the Save As window.

Adding Images to Word Processing Programs

You know students love to enhance their reports with pictures. If your students are collecting Web images to insert into a word processing program, instruct them to save the images in bitmap (BMP) format. Most word processing applications don't recognize the GIF and JPG extensions, but do accept BMP files.

Once an image has been saved as a BMP, it's easy to insert it into a word processing program like Microsoft Word. Simply select Insert, then Picture from the menu bar. The program will ask you to locate the image and it will pop the picture into place.

Your picture archive

If your students are collecting Web images for a project, create a special folder on the computer for them to store their finds. Don't delete the folder when your students are finished their project. Instead, save the image folder to a floppy and consider recycling your picture archive with next year's class.

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