Seeing the Big Picture

There has been a lot of talk in the media about the Internet in the past few years but, what is it really?

Structurally, the Internet is a worldwide network of connected computers through which people communicate with each other and exchange data. It's similar to the phone system but instead of using telephones, we "talk" to each other through our computers with text, images, and sound.

Every day we hear that the Internet is going to have a tremendous impact on education, changing the way we as teachers do our jobs. But what exactly will these changes be, and how will they affect us?

For the teacher in the classroom, the Internet can be an unbelievable resource and tool to help you teach and your students learn. Consider some of the possible roles that the Internet can play in your classroom.

As a seemingly endless and constantly expanding source of information, the Internet can provide you with access to up-to-the-minute content to use in your lessons.

As a relationship-builder, the Internet can connect you and your students to other students, scientists, and experts from all over the world.

As a collaboration supporter, the Internet makes it possible for a classroom in New Jersey and a classroom in Iceland to use the same satellite weather maps to study the patterns of the Gulf Stream, and to exchange electronic messages about their studies.

Internet Primer
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