Internet Available in Schools
Just picture it....
A fourth-grade student in a small town in Ohio shares his ideas about his science project to another student. Only this other student isn't in the same school nor in Ohio. They're not talking on the telephone neither. He's in South Africa, and they are still able to share ideas and brainstorm. What's happening is that they are taking advantage of modern technology and communicating through a computer, through the information superhighway.
Welcome to the Internet in an educational setting.
The Internet has become an intricate part of today's secondary education. More and more schools are using the Internet to learn about things that can't be taught in a regular classroom. It provides classrooms with an enormous amount of resources from all over the world to students, teachers and media specialists. All the information, images and computer software can be reached almost immediately.
It also allows availability to everyone regardless of geography, resources, disability, gender, income, national origin and race. Kids can communicate with other kids in the other side of the world. The classroom can have anyone there, from new and old friends to experts. Not only can schools gain knowledge from others, but they can share their work with others as well.
Vice President Al Gore challenged the communciations industry to connect every American classroom to the "information superhighway" by the year 2000. President Clinton launched a nationwide mission to have every student be technologically literate by the 21st century.
"In our schools, every classroom in America must be connected to the information superhighway with computers and good software and well-trained teachers...I ask Congress to support this education technology initiative so that we can make sure this national partnership succeeds," said President Clinton in the State of the Union on Jan. 23, 1996.
In this mission, President Clinton challenged schools, teachers, students, parents, the private sectors, community groups, state and local governments, and the federal government to meet this goal. He set four standards to help meet this goal:
1. Train and support all teachers to help students learn through computers and the information superhighway;
2. Create effective software and on-line learning resources as important parts of the school curriculum;
3. Make modern computers available for all teachers and students;
4. Connect all American schools and classrooms to the information superhighway.
So sneak a peek at what this modern technology can do for today's students. You can learn about what they are learning through the Internet.
This site was created by Irene Lui, a public relations student of the
College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.
Survey of Electronic Publishing, Fall 1997
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