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Why Use Internet in the Classroom?

NTTI Internet Utilization Strategies

Advice From Master Teachers

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NTTI Internet Utilization Strategies

Before Class:

  • Spend time looking at each Web site you plan to use to make sure its content fits the goals of your lesson.
  • visit each site you plan to incorporate into your demonstration. This will "cache" the site files so the pages will download quickly during class.
  • Factor in the time it will take each student to read through the site.
  • If the site includes plug-ins or special applications, be sure to include instructions for downloading them.
  • Choose sites that are intuitive and easily navigable.
  • Analyze the source of the site to assure its legitimacy (some Web sites contain biased information).
  • Bookmark each Web site students will use on each workstation or computer. (To do this using Netscape Navigator/Communicator browser, click on "Add Bookmarks" from the "Bookmarks" pull down menu. Using Internet Explorer, click on "Add to Favorites" from the Favorites" pull down menu.)
During the Internet-based Lesson:

  • Start with an activity that introduces the topic. The activity might provide background information or introduce vocabulary words, and should get students excited about the lesson.
  • Demonstrate what you expect the students to do during the lesson. Use this time to:
    1. Check for comprehension
    2. Encourage students to predict outcomes
    3. Solicit inferences
    4. Highlight a point
    5. Define vocabulary
    6. Draw comparisons to real-life events
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  • Give students a specific Web-based task to focus their attention. You might ask them to gather information or to complete a task during or after their time on-line. The task must specifically require their use of the Internet.
  • Always monitor students while they are on line to keep them on task and away from inappropriate or unrelated material. (See Setting an Acceptable Use Policy, below.)

After the Lesson Off-line:

  • Give students a culminating activity during which they will apply, reinforce and demonstrate what they learned during the lesson.
  • Always try to make the activity hands-on and interactive.

Acceptable Use Policies and Copyright Issues

1. Develop a school-wide Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Have each student sign it and keep copies on file. Go to for more information.

2. Teach students that copying information from the Web without citing the source is plagiarism, just as copying from books is plagiarism. Cut and Paste tools just make it easier! Show them how to cite their Web sources, making sure they cite both text and images. They must include the author, title of the resource, source, copyright date and URL. For example: Landsburg, Steven E., "Who Shall Inherit the Earth?" Slate 1 May 1997. 2 May 1997. For more information, go to the interactive citation maker.

3. Teach students how to obtain permission for use of copyrighted material.

Time-Savers: Bookmarks, Saved Images, Printer Queues:

1. Save Bookmarks to Network Accounts, floppy discs, online providers or word documents. This will save you time and help manage the computer desktop and/or hard drive. Using Netscape, go to "Edit Bookmarks" under "Bookmarks" on the pulldown menu. Go to "Save As" under "File." In Internet Explorer, go to "Open Favorites" under "Favorites" on the menu. Then go to "Save As" under "File." In both browsers, the Save function lets you designate where you want to save the list. It also allows you to name the file. You can also cut and paste a URL into a word processing document using your computer's "Copy" and "Paste" commands.

2. It's a good idea to learn how to capture an image and save it for later use. Software like ClarisWorks and the new version of Microsoft Word have this capability. Many teachers use Webwhacker to capture images and pages and save them for later viewing with students. Check out

3. Avoid long printing queues by having students copy and paste only essential images and text into a word processing document. Show students how to send only one particular page of an entire Web site to the printer.

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