The Role of the Internet In Education Jennifer J. Hendershot The Internet today is the pathway to the world. Anyone, anywhere, as long as they have a computer and Internet service, can reach all the way to the other side of the world. From searching on the Internet you can find any piece of information you want, whether it’s directions to your favorite spa or how to dissect a frog. You can talk to someone on a distant continent. You can view a small suburb of Rome by accessing a web cam. You can even read your local newspaper. As an educator you have many resources at your fingertip. Everything you are given should be looked at as a learning opportunity. Live and love what the Internet has to offer you. At an early elementary educational point of view you can access resources to aid your classroom. There are lesson plans, WebQuest, worksheets, activities etc. right at your fingertips. At the early elementary level hands on Internet use in minimal. Students will learn the basics of searching online, but will not be able to venture out on their own into this vast world called cyberspace. However, this does give a teacher the ability to do whole class technology lesson, which may prove to be more concrete at this level. As a teacher the amount of resources available are outrageous. If I was teaching a lesson on flowers and I was stuck for a great activity I could simple pull up a search engine and type in “flower lesson plan.” I would surely have over 500 hits to browse. In addition to search engines, there are many resource sites available where you can download worksheets or mini- books. The amount you can find about one topic seems endless at times. At an upper grade there is a very wide gap between students who use the Internet and those who do not. Students who use the Internet have access to many more resources, such as online journal articles and educational websites. Students who use the Internet also have the advantage of online spell checkers, citation checkers, and thesauruses. Conversely, students who access the Internet can come into problems if they find false information. Equally, students who access the Internet may be at risk for plagiarism. On the other hand, students who do not use the Internet do not have the access to so many rich resources. In our world today, our lives are run by technology. If we send a student out into the world that doesn’t have knowledge about the Internet or technology where will they be? One who has this knowledge can be carried a lot further than. Students need to be skilled in Internet searching in able to not be fooled by bogus material. Students also need to be skilled in the correct way to cite the information they find. In order for proper student usage of a website, I feel the teacher must be proficient as well. There are a great number of teachers who are proficient at teaching a technology-based lesson, many who are younger. Where, on the other hand, many older teachers are rigid in their teaching strategies and may not feel comfortable using the Internet. Still, while other teachers are simply not funded to learn the basis of the Internet. In many districts technology is used greatly. In other districts, because of funding, it is simply encouraged. Many teachers do not have the necessary skills to conduct a web-based lesson or even a technology lesson. With funding issues, these teachers do not even have the means to access workshops to gain the knowledge about technology and Internet use. In my opinion, there should be no excuse for not incorporating technology, and mainly the Internet into a class lesson. It is every teacher’s job to give their students the fullest education they can give. Even if a few “Internet for Dummies” books are needed every teacher should jump to learn about this great resource, the Internet. Furthermore, every teacher should jump to learn every, and any new resource available. As the New Jersey State Department of Education has technology listed in the New Jersey Core Curriculum and Content Standards as standard number 8, it is obvious the importance of technology in the classroom. If New Jersey is requiring a technology standard then technology must be something very important. If a district does not have money in the budget to enforce technology amongst every teacher in every classroom they must make room for it. With the above said, the role that the Internet plays in education can be very beneficial if used properly. Students can correctly access information and learn many new facts. While, the students’ teachers can greatly enhance their own knowledge and classroom activities. As I had previously said the Internet is our pathway to the world. We are given so many resources and opportunities to learn and we should grasp them and fly with them.
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