Using the Internet to Strengthen Curriculum

Using the Internet to Strengthen Curriculum

Using the Internet to Strengthen Curriculum

Using the Internet to Strengthen Curriculum

Synopsis

Today's students literally grew up with the Internet. For too many students, though, the glowing computer screen in front of them is just another game platform, shopping mall, or telephone line. But teachers who can help students use the Internet as a learning tool will improve their instruction and their students' learning.

Using the Internet to Strengthen Curriculum is not a technical book; rather, it is a book about teaching. Its focus is on helping teachers learn how to bring the Internet's World Wide Web into their classrooms and to encourage students to tap into this incredible informational resource. Using strategies provided by author Larry Lewin, teachers can help students

• Use search engines effectively.

• Quickly find Web sites and understand their content.

• Conduct sound research.

• Think critically to learn independently.

• Avoid plagiarism.

• Construct presentations on what they have learned.

Through dozens of examples and strategies, such as the "Pre-Search", "We Search", and "Free Search", this book serves as an invaluable reference tool for teachers, media specialists, and technology coordinators.

Excerpt

In 1994, my school district decided to run miles of high-speed telephone lines to each classroom. The purpose? To upgrade computer memory, install appropriate software, and create a computer network. Why did they do this? The answer is obvious. We needed access to the Internet. What forward-thinking school or school teacher in North America facing the new millennium wouldn't want the Internet?

Yet for the first year and a half of its availability, I used the Internet access only a few times. To be honest, I wasn't too sure how to do it; I didn't really know what was [out there] on the Net, anyway; and I was plenty busy doing other things, like planning lessons, grading papers, teaching class, phoning parents, attending staff and team meetings. …

Help was available to me the whole time. I'm fortunate to work in a school district that offered me Internet training opportunities. Even though I didn't accept the training help for nearly two years, it was there. But apparently not every teacher is as fortunate. According to a report released by the CEO Forum (1999), a national group of business leaders:

Schools are spending less than $6 per student on the computer train
ing of teachers, contrasted with more than $88 per student on com
puters, computer programs and network connections.

As great a resource as the Internet is, the first exposure to it for a . . .

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