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Introducing the Internet to Young Learners: Ready-to-Go Activities and Lesson Plans

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Introducing the Internet to Young Learners: Ready-to-Go Activities and Lesson Plans

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Introducing the Internet to Young Learners: Ready-to-Go Activities and Lesson Plans by Linda W. Braun. Neal-Schuman Publishers, 100 Varick St., New York, NY 10013 [http://www.neal-schuman.com]. 2001. 147 pp. ISBN: 1-55570-404-2. Softcover, $35.

The author's mission is "to help those who work and live with children figure out techniques for integrating the Internet into educational settings in meaningful ways." Intended for primary school teachers, librarians, and parents, the book is meant to demonstrate how the Internet can play a role in education of young children.

The book is divided into four "units": (1) how to learn about the Internet; (2) how to explain and use the World Wide Web; (3) e-mail and what you can do with it; and (4) chat and instant messaging. The lesson plans and activities that go along with the units make up the core of the book. Lesson plans include an overview, prerequisites, technology requirements, activity sheets, the grade level, Internet skills, critical-thinking skills, and student outcomes. Extension activities are also included. The activity procedures give step-by-step directions for carrying out the lesson.

While there are many curriculum guides to the Web out today, this book is really centered on activities to learn more about the Internet-what it is, how to use its many features, and how to evaluate what you find. …

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