Internet in Schools
Benefits of Internet Education
Global Classrooms and Networks Offer Different Ways of Learning
Students can experience this new way of learning through many networks and global classrooms. These networks give them the chance to learn through the on-line technology from all over the world.
Some of the networks and classrooms that give the students these kinds of opportunities are:
AT&T Learning Network
It links seven to nine classrooms in different places into a Learning Circle for six, 11 or 15 weeks. Its purpose is to achieve geographic and cultural diversity with participants from all over the world.
Students can investigate the same topic and communicate on toll-free lines via the AT&T Mail Network electronic mail system. They can present ideas, create solutions to problems, question beliefs and challenge stereotypes. Classes can then work as a group to summarize, edit and evaluate ideas that were presented. At the end, they produce a final Learning Circle publication.
There are seven themes: Classroom Connections, Mind Works, Computer Chronicles, Places and Perspectives, Energy and the Environment, Society's Problems and Global Issues.
Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections
This network provides international e-mail connections for students. A student can request individual pen pals from a specific area, or classrooms can be connected to other students to work together on projects. Teachers can request help or make an announcement of certain classroom projects that involve e-mail.
World Classroom Network
Students and teachers around the world are given the chance to work together on different projects. Subjects vary from science, social studies to language arts. They are able to particpate in discussions with guest speakers and multilingual student exchanges. Students can also communicate with international peers in individual and group writing activities.
Global Common Classroom
U.S. schools are linked to others nationwide through this network. It keeps and enhances existing classroom collaborations between schools in Russia and the United States. It initiates new arrangements with schools and universities in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Spanish-speaking countries in North, South and Central America.
Elementary school students are able to participate in science and geography projects. Students gather information locally and then share the information with other students through the network. Some of the topics have included acid rain, water pollution, recycling, weather, solar energy and nutrition.
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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