Integrating the Internet into the Primary Classroom


Presenter: Gayle Berthiaume

Preview: Engage students in reading and writing with online literacy activities. Learn how to integrate the Internet into the primary classroom. Taught by a Teacher Mentor and Apple Distinguished Educator.

I arrived late, so I missed picking up her main links page, which is on She showed a number of different sites, some of which I knew, some of which I didn’t know. Check out the account. She featured some sites that did story reading, and then Scholastic (who she works for or with?). My favorite was the computer lab favorites picker. A quick note for upper grade, some articles from Scholastic News are online.

I brought up the fact that I had requested RSS feeds from Scholastic, and had no response. She said she would share that because they are doing some discussion about the site in the near future. If anyone at Scholastic is reading this, PLEASE add an RSS feed. Thanks!

Sesame Street site is great. From PBS/Sesame Street comes a social site with avatars for kids. Geography, vocabulary, and interactive, WOW!

She suggested Apple Learning Exchange to getting lessons and unit ideas. 

How to manage it? She used whole group (large screen/projector), small group (older students, buddies), centers (sign up list). “I don’t do anything different, I just do it.”

Assessment was based on: Observation, photos and video, portfolios, rubrics (, online surveys (survey monkey). Student interviews.

Gayle Berthiaume’s Primary links

Computer Lab Favorites |

  • Do your students want to visit the same activity on an eduiste, over and over? This is a great resource for getting kids to change up their activities in the computer lab.

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  1. March 7th, 2008 at 6:01 am      Reply mrssommerville Says:

    Awesome Alice, thanks for sharing!

  2. March 7th, 2008 at 11:06 am      Reply Laura Leigh Davidson Says:

    Hi Ms. Mercer,
    My name is Laura Leigh Davidson, and I’m an associate editor for Scholastic News Online. Just wanted to let you know that we are constructing an RSS feed for all of our Scholastic News articles. However, there is an RSS feed currently available for all of our campaign news! The Scholastic Kids Press Corps have talked to every candidate, and have written more than 150 articles from the campaign trail. Just go to and click on the RSS FEED tout in the left column.

    If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

    Happy teaching!

    Laura Leigh Davidson

  3. March 7th, 2008 at 12:57 pm      Reply alicemercer Says:

    THANK YOU! This is very helpful and I will add this feed to class blogs (see column 2 sidebar for example). If you can pass along, it would be helpful to have some of those intermediate sites like Flashlight readers, Capt. UnderPants, etc. having a feed when new activity is added, I would be eternally grateful.

    Thank you Micheale for your comment. Let me know what you think about the panwapa site.

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