Use of Internet in Education

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Research on Internet Use in Education
Executive Summary: There is emerging research on how the Internet can be an important component of a program that significantly increases student learning. This type of program requires students and teachers to have appropriate access to the Internet and instruction in its use. It also requires changes in curriculum content, instructional practices, and assessment to take advantage of the communication and information storage and retrieval strengths of the Internet, and to appropriately assess the types of learning these strengths engenders.

The Internet, a global network of networks connecting millions of computers and computer users, is a relatively new resource for educators. In fall 1998,
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A number of federal programs have helped to fund implementation (Four Pillars). Federal aid to networking and other aspects of telecommunications is currently providing approximately one-third of all of the funds going into IT in PreK-12 education (E-Rate).

School reform and school renewal models vary from “back-to-basics” to a heavy emphasis on the thorough integration of IT throughout curriculum, instruction, and assessment (Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory). Even in most back-to-basics types of school reform models there is recognition that the Internet brings a new dimension to communicating over time and distance and that students need to develop basic skills in its use.

Many school reform models focus on a significant restructuring of the classroom and providing students with routine Internet connectivity both in their classrooms and at home. An extreme example of this is provided by laptop computer projects in which each student has a laptop and connectivity to use at home and school (Rockman et al).

In brief summary, the Internet plays four roles in school improvement and reform models:
Students learn to make use of the Internet as an aid to retrieving information from multiple sources.
Students learn to use the Internet as an aid to communicating with and collaborating with people throughout the world.
Students learn to develop web materials, especially as a component of
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