Internet in Schools
So what can the Internet do for students in school? In a nutshell, a lot. It can make learning even more interesting.
Students no longer have the option of just having to learn about a region or specific culture from a book. They can actually talk to people who live in that region and get first-hand information about it. The Internet brings the world to the classrooms.
The endless amount of information in the Internet is at their disposal through a computer and a modem. Forget about going to the library. This hands-on tool allows students to relate their interests on a personal level, which is believed to motivate students to do better in school. Many educators believe it can encourage the type of independence students need to progress in their learning process.
There have been a few studies that have shown that those students who use on-line technology may perform better than those who don't. They've also shown that students perform better on comprehension, presentation and communication skills when thay have access to the Internet.
One study compared two groups of students' final projects about the civil rights movement. One group had on-line access, the other didn't. The results showed that the students who had access to on-line generally turned in better work.
The study was done by the Center for Applied Special Technology.
The value of the Internet isn't only the wealth of knowledge it contains. The impact it has on the students' facilitation of learning is also a valuable factor.
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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