The Internet in the Classroom
We'll begin with PacBell's Knowledge Network's Around the Web in 80 Minutes. This site will provide you with a variety of tutorials and information on using the World Wide Web, ideas and technology for managing technology, theory and examples for educational technology, ways to tame the Internet, ideas and tools for Web publishing, and a variety of professional resources. Take time to explore this site.
Next we'll explore Susan Hixon's Integrating the Internet. This site will provide you with excellent primary sources, projects, units of study and a tutorial.
Of course, you will be asked to what extent is integrating the Internet into your curriculum an effective instructional strategy? One of the more exciting studies was conducted bySRI International on the Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project. This project was determined to be one of two exemplary projects by the U.S. Dept. of Education. Nguyen Van Tuyet has written an interesting article on Education into the 21st Century--The effectiveness of the Internet as an aid to classroom learning. He maintains that communications technologies make it necessary for educational institutions to rethink their role in the learning process.
Penn State University's College of Education maintains an excellent online bibliography of online resources on Internet -Based Distance Education. You may find some of the articles linked from this site useful and interesting. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning also has several interesting online articles about Distance Education and the effects of the Internet on Education.
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