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Educating with the Internet: Using Net Resources at School and Home

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Educating with the Internet: Using Net Resources at School and Home

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Educating with the Internet: UsingNet Resources at School and Home by Nancy Skomars. Rockland, MA: Charles River Media, Inc., 1998 (http://www.charles river.com). 404 pp. ISBN: 1-886801-703. Softcover, $29.95.

The book is organized into three main parts: "Using the Internet in Your Classroom," "Sites for All You Teach," and "Living with the Net." It follows a logical organization with some basics about hardware requirements with suggestions for minimum requirements as far as memory and speed, modems, and telephone lines. In the "Internet Service Providers" section, the author fills you in on what to expect from your service provider, including software, a browser choice, technical support, modem upgrade, email address, and TCP/IP connectivity. The information is very practical and informative, not overwhelming or excruciatingly detailed.

After learning about the two main browsers, Netscape and Internet Explorer, you'll see how to browse, enter Web addresses, and follow links; next comes a section on four major search engines. The exercises provided will give you the opportunity to practice the material just covered. Grade levels are listed along with step-by-step directions.

There are all kinds of useful tips in this section for preparing to use the Internet, planing your ideas, and some tips on encountering inappropriate materials. …

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