Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Digital Classroom: A New Jersey Teacher Imagines a Learning Environment Sparked by the Powers of the Internet

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

The Digital Classroom: A New Jersey Teacher Imagines a Learning Environment Sparked by the Powers of the Internet

Article excerpt

Denise Averill is an elementary grade teacher in the River Vale Public School District (www.rivervaleschools.com) in New Jersey, which includes roughly 1,350 students across two elementary schools and one middle school. Averill wants to use the Internet to throw open the doors of the schoolhouse. She envisions a Web-based environment designed and developed specifically for use in K-12 schools to support teaching, learning, and parental involvement.

1 The digital classroom

It's time to use the Internet for more than just lesson planning and homework assignments. How about using it for grade keeping, trading best practices, or discussion boards about a topic raised in class? For example, teachers would no longer have to take attendance; students would simply check themselves in. Handling these sorts of functions online would allow teachers to efficiently collect and distribute data while not wasting valuable instructional time. The teacher-parent connection would be improved. By entering a password, parents could access their child's information and paperwork. The chagrined "I left it in my backpack" would cease to exist. And on the teacher's end, a Web-based classroom not only helps eliminate paperwork, it also eliminates the threat of lost paperwork, since everything is stored on the school server.

Shadow netWorkspace

Shadow netWorkspace (sns.internetschools.org) offers K-12 educators a way to place and access their files online. It also enables them to keep track of all of the school day's events over the Internet. Teachers can enter chat rooms where they can get advice and ideas from fellow educators around the globe. A calendar tool for time and task management is also available, as well as a grade book and attendance keeper. What's nice about SNS is that it connects the school's main office to the service, so there is never a time when faculty and staff are separated.

2 Laptop computers

We're in the midst of a wireless revolution, and our kids have to be equipped with the skills to take part in it. By the time they get to high school, students need to know how to operate a laptop--it will be their lifeline. Plus, writing down information from a classroom lecture and then copying it onto a school, or better, home computer helps students retain knowledge so much better. …

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