Mistakes to avoid
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A few years ago I talking
to our head of humanities faculty who had just returned
from an examination board meeting. At that meeting, they
had discussed the standardization of geography course work.
He had displayed some of our pupil's work there and had
found their reaction to it remarkable.
"Where on earth did they get the information this work is based on?", was the question.
His answer, of course, was "The Internet." And so it is - using Internet pupils can search for information on a wide range of topics. The information they will obtain will be found more recent than your most up to date text books. Their problem will be, not that of obtaining the information, but rather a surplus of it.
Today the Internet is taken for granted in schools. If you are in the UK the National Curriculum will insist that your pupils demonstrate their use of the Internet. Using Internet your school will have access to a library greater than the sum total of the public libraries in your area.
Using Internet your pupils can consult with eminent authority to obtain the answers to their questions and at the same time improve their communications skills.
Using Internet your pupils should learn to ask questions, thinking first of exactly what they wish to know.
Using Internet your pupils can have 'fun' - so much so that even the most recalcitrant will be found, in their breaks or after school, working on their projects.
what will we need to use Internet?
I'll give you two answers,
your solution will fit somewhere between the two:
IF you need to know the meaning of a word which is underlined just point at it - click it for more details.
|A computer, monitor, keyboard , mouse and a printer||A networked room full of computer workstations, a file server, cabling, 'switches' and networked printer.|
|A work desk with sufficient space to use the computer and to write.||Ergonomically designed computer furniture|
|A telephone line||An ADSL telephone line , a leased line or a networked Internet connection.|
|A modem||A router|
|An Information Service Provider (ISP) account - unlimited access - local telephone call charges.||An Information Service Provider (ISP) account - unlimited access - multiple users.|
|A block of IP addresses, one for each computer and the router.|
|A free web site - (initially you can use someone else's)||A web site with your own domain name.|
|Browser software - It's free||Browser software - it's free|
about Internet Safety?
Children being children, you can expect them to be naturally curious and to investigate every site you don't want them to look at. Now if you don't want your school to appear on the front page of the Sunday media as a school promoting pornography/gambling/ilegal activities then you have to take steps to keep the Internet a source of information rather than trouble. In my own school this involves several steps.