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Concept to Classroom: Why the Net? An Interactive Tool for the Classroom

In this section of the workshop, the participants examine how teachers and students can use the Internet in multiple ways, how the Internet got started, and why the Internet is a beneficial tool in the classroom. The following questions are addressed:

    1. What is the Internet?
      a. Participants examine how the Internet, also called the Net, is a collection of computers connected via a worldwide network.

    2. What is the history of the Internet, and how has it changed over time?
      a. Participants examine how the Internet hasn't changed much in its 30-plus years because it is still a tool for communicating and sharing information.

    3. What can the Internet do for my classroom?
      a. Participants examine why there will be times when technology and the Internet make a lot of sense, and there will be times when technical resources are not needed.

    4. How can I best use the Internet in my classroom?
      a. Participants examine the three processes that commonly take place in classrooms: communication and collaboration, research, and publication.

    5. What are some critical perspectives on use of the Internet in schools?
      a. Participants examine the various criticisms of the Internet such as how the educational value of the Internet just hasn't been proven yet.

    6. What are the benefits of the Internet in the classroom?
      a. Participants read the interview transcript of Dr. Bonnie Brownstein, who explains how interactive learning using the Internet can help students exceed expectations.

In this section of the workshop, the participants will be provided with some samples of the different types of projects and interactions that utilize the Net. They will also be provided with some samples of how such projects work in the classroom.
    1. In classrooms
      a. Participants view video clips examining how the increase in communication, availability of resources, and dynamic nature of the Net and Web can help to improve their lessons.

    2. School-based Web sites
      a. Participants examine how the Net offers a dynamic and effective way to distribute information to all the members of the school community who have online access.

    3. Collaborative projects
      a. Participants examine three Web sites that show how they can create the potential for very interactive and collaborative projects among students, schools, and teachers.

    4. What do Net-based lessons look like?
      a. Participants examine sample lesson plans that use the Net for multiple resources.

In this section of the workshop, the participants explore why the Net has great potential for teachers and students and how it offers teachers a broad range of ways to enhance and improve learning. They also have many opportunities to analyze what they're already doing well, as well as to explore some new teaching techniques they can add to their repertoire in relation to the integration of technology in the classroom. The following questions will be addressed:
    1. What are some simple ways to get started?
      a. Participants examine how teachers in different schools utilize the Net for communication, research, and publication in their classrooms.

    2. How can I incorporate the Internet if I have limited or no access to it in my classroom or school?
      a. Participants examine the different strategies a teacher can use to shape a lesson in which each student will have limited time on the Net.

    3. What are some challenges I may face?
      a. Participants examine a few challenges that the Net poses,such as time limitations and filtering software.

    4. How do I assess students' progress?
      a. Participants examine why they need to make clear what they expect the outcome to be from using the Net.

In this section of the workshop, the participants follow a curriculum design model that provides a lesson plan format for the most dynamic and interactive use of Net technology.
    1. Key Principles
      a. Participants examine the three key principles needed to develop a Net Curriculum Design Model.

    2. Step-by-step Planning
      a. Participants follow a step-by-step process to develop a lesson plan that integrates the use of the Net into its format.

For a complete listing of all the books, articles, Web sites, and videos listed as resources for this workshop, please see http://www.thirteen.org/wnetschool/concept2class/resources.html.

Tapscott, Don. GROWING UP DIGITAL: THE RISE OF THE NET GENERATION. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997. This book offers information on the educational uses of the Internet.

About the Web

Computer Museums Internet History Site

How the Web (and the rest of the Net) was won.
From Now On

Internet Web Text Index

The Teachers.Net Homepage Maker

Webmonkey Guides

wNetSchool Internet Primer


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