Hot lists are lists of sites that you find most useful and appropriate. Divide them into different categories saving your learners hours of aimless searching. You might choose to have learners create their own sites or have groups studying different aspects of a larger topic create a Hot list on each aspect.
You can create hot lists in a variety of different ways and in a variety of different software applications. Select the format and application below that fits your situation.
Keep your reader in mind as you decide on the format of your hot list.
How will your reader be accessing the hot list? Will it be online, on the network at school, or on a piece of paper? What will be the easiest way for the reader to understand the resources that you have gathered?
Take a look at the three different formatting styles below and select the most appropriate for your situation.
Example One - The example below lists three sites on Differentiated Instruction. The web address is first and it is a hyperlink so that readers can go directly to the site online. The address is followed by some type of anecdote to tell the reader what the site is about. This format is nice if your reader will be viewing the hot list online or in printed out form.
http://members.shaw.ca/priscillatheroux/differentiatingstrategies.html - Enhance Learning with Technology - Strategies for Differentiating Instruction
http://www.ascd.org/ed_topics/cu2000win_willis.html - Differentiating Instruction - Finding Manageable Ways to Meet Individual Needs
http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/strategy/strategy042.shtml - Differentiated Instruction - Strategies That Work
Example Two - The example below lists three sites on Differentiated Instruction. The Anecdotal information is listed first and then followed by the hyperlink to the site. Feel free to put as much or as little information in the anecdote as you feel necessary. This format also works well if your reader will be viewing the hot list online or in the printed out form.
Different Strokes for Little Folks: Carol Ann Tomlinson on "Differentiated Instruction" - Professor Carol Ann Tomlinson understands the challenge of providing appropriate learning experiences for all students. Once a classroom teacher who had to simultaneously meet the needs of kids struggling to read at grade level and those who were ready for Harvard, she turned to differentiated instruction. Included: Tomlinson offers ideas to help teachers "get their feet wet" with differentiated instruction. - http://www.education-world.com/a_issues/chat/chat107.shtml
Your Students: No Two Are Alike - Each week, an educator shares an Aha! moment in the classroom in Education World’s Voice of Experience column. This week, educator Brenda Dyck reflects on how she focuses the first two weeks of instruction on helping students become familiar with their learning strengths. Surveys and activities help students learn which intelligences they favor. These beginning-of-the-year activities will be revisited throughout the school year. Included: Links to multiple intelligences survey tools, more! - http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/voice/voice061.shtml
Readiness Differentiation: Daring to Get Back on My Bike - In this week's Voice of Experience essay, educator Max Fischer compares his first steps at creating a differentiated classroom to learning to ride a bike. Differentiating without drawing attention to students' ability levels has been the biggest challenge. http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/voice/voice143.shtml
Example Three - This example puts the hyperlink to the site before the anecdotal information and is useful if the reader will be viewing your hot list online. It is not useful if they will be viewing it in the printed out version because the actual web address is not spelled out.
Instructional Strategies That Support Differentiation – a list of instructional strategies and techniques teachers can use individually or in combination in content areas to differentiate instruction in a mixed-ability class in order to meet the needs of all learners
Connecting Brain Research with Dimensions of Learning
– By linking what we know about how the brain works with a framework for teaching and learning, we can improve the likelihood that various education reforms will actually help students learn—including students with special needs (PDF file).
Good news! You can create hyperlinks in almost any program! That also means that you can create a hot list in almost any program or application.
The steps are simple! First decide on the format that would be most appropriate for you readers and next decide on the different circumstances that your readers will be in while viewing your hot list or list of resources.
Will your readers be seeing it online, on the network, in paper version, or in a presentation? Will it be a combination of any of the above?
One of the simplest ways to create a hot list is to use Word. You are already familiar with how to get around in word. You just need to add INSERTING A HYPERLINK and SAVING AS A WEB PAGE to your list of skills.
To Create a Hot List Similar to Example One from Above in Word:
- Open up Internet Explorer and find a really appropriate web site.
- Copy the web address from the address field at the top of the window in Internet Explorer
- and paste the web address into a Word document
- Hit the space bar and, ta-da!, it is a hyperlink to that address
- Anotate the address so that you readers know what they will find when they click on the link.
- Continue this pattern untill you are satisfied with the number of resources that you want available to your readers.
- Click on FILE > SAVE AS
- Select the appropriate folder next to SAVE IN:
- Name your file next to FILE NAME: (A good rule of thumb is to use 8 characters or less, no spaces, lower case)
- Change the FILE TYPE: to web page
- Ask your friendly web master to post your web page so it is available for the whole world to see!
What if you don't want to put it out there for the whole world to see? Well, the steps are the same as above. Give special attention to #8! Make sure you save it in an area such as the Shared Drive on the network so that your readers can access it.
What if you simply want to give your readers printed handout listing appropriate and useful sites on a given topic? Well, the steps are the same as above. Simply leave the FILE TYPE in #10 as a document and print it out!
What if you want to put some links in a PowerPoint Presentation or in an Inspiration File? It may be appropriate to use formatting Example 2 or Example 3 listed above in a PowerPoint Presentation.
Directions For Example 2 - Copy and paste the web address into your slide and annotate the same way you did into a Word document. (See above directions) The format in example 2 is nice if you plan on printing out handouts for your audience. They can always type the address and reach the site at a later date.
Directions For Example 3 - This example shows WORDS as a link to a web address. This option is nice if you are going to take your audience to the link in the presentation and don't really expect them to go there on their own. Follow the directions below to INSERT A HYPERLINK.
- Highlight the words (or picture) that you want to click on during the presentation to take you to the web site.
- Select INSERT > HYPERLINK
- Paste the web address in the ADDRESS FIELD (control V = paste)
- Click OK.
- Remember that you will have to click on VIEW SLIDESHOW to test the hyperlinks.