Chapter 31: Internet Use in Schools

  1. Introducation: The Internet’s Potential to Change Education
    1. The internet can both improve what we are already doing and bring about new teaching strategies
    2. Internet challenges school as a physical location
      1. Virtual and E-schools, Blended Learning
      2. The effectiveness of changes depends on the kind of adoption. Students have better access to education, but that is only useful if used in a way that enhances education
      3. Ways that the internet can improve education
        1. Organizing learning around active and real-world situations
        2. Creating authentic learning experiences
        3. Using well-structured collaborative tools
        4. Allowing students more freedom to study topics that interest them
  2. Internet in Schools
    1. Growing Internet Access in Schools: Both in developed and in developing countries more schools and students have access to the internet.
    2. Limited Internet Use in Schools: Even though many schools have internet remarkably few students report using it (13% in one European Study), even students who use the internet often outside of school reported perceiving barriers to internet use in school. 
    3. Peripheral and Pedestrian Internet Use: Students are displeased when the internet is simply used to replace traditional assignments (ie. worksheets).
  3. Why is Student Use of Internet Structured in Unsuccessful Ways?
    1. The Internet is the Gateway to the World Beyond School: This allows more access to information, but also to distractions.
    2. Concerns about the Types of Information available: It is harder to control what students have access to in the classroom. There are concerns about safety as students can contact people they might not know. 
    3.  Logistical Issues that Impede Collaboration: The internet allows for collaboration between students at different schools. This may be difficult because of time zones and schedules, differing curriculum, and the possibility of remote participants doing their part. 
    4. Internet and Content Not Created for Education: While many things are useful for education, that was not their original purpose and some are not.  
    5. Information Type and Quality can be a problem: Materials, while correct, may not be structured for education
    6. Flexibility and Richness Are Difficult for Teachers: The many things available on the internet might end in distraction. 
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