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Jog the Web – guiding pupils through selected online resources

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Jog the Web is a useful way of a teacher guiding pupils to a series of websites, or specific webpages, you have selected for them, in a sequence determined by the teacher, along with notes about the website being visited. The teacher simply signs up for a free Jog the Web account then creates the links to the series of websites. These then show up as a numbered sequence down the left-hand side on the created Jog the Web page. Along the top of each selected page the teacher can add some information for the pupil – this might serve as an introduction to the specific website selected, or setting the task to be undertaken by the pupil as a result of reading the information on that webpage. This works well as a sequence of sites on a single topic and provides the means for the teacher to add a guide for the pupil in steps. The selected websites within Jog the Web pages are live websites and not just links to them, so the pupil does not have to leave the Jog the Web environment to see the content selected by the teacher.

Jog the Web can be used as a tutorial guide for pupils, or as guided sequential reading as an introuction to a subject, or as a guide to readers using a class blog, website or wiki, or as part of classwork where some pages in the the Jog the Web trail may be providing links to information while some may be to online quizzes or assessment tools to support pupils assessing their own learning in the topic.

Susan Oxnevad has created a step-by-step guide for teachers  for creating and using Jog the Web in the classroom. This provides examples of existing Jog the Web trails created by teachers as well as a guide to creating one from the beginning. Jog the web trails can be browsed through in the list of topics or by entering a search for a specific term. Susan Oxnevad has also created a video tutorial introducing Jog the web – click here to view the video.

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From the Jog the Web forum can also be found a short how-to guide to creating a Jog the Web trail for pupils.

Click here for a video tutorial, by Ms B Pasek, to setting up a Jog the Web trail.

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