Schools on the Net
Presentation by Greg Newby
April 24, 1996
Today's Workshop Schedule
About the Internet
Using the Web
Taking it home
Background on the Internet
- Was for research & defense use
- Now, growth for commercial and home uses
- Important implications for education
- computer-based learning
- parent-teacher-student interaction
- 24-hour school & classroom access
- role of technologies for students to get jobs, get
- access to educational materials (e.g., NASA, CPB)
- Near future: Further integration of media (cable TV,
newspapers, Internet, telephone...)
Using the Internet
- Basic services
- The World Wide Web (WWW): "Power application"
- WWW started as text; Mosaic introduced in 1993
- WWW is now the major forum for self-published material
- Other services
- Mailing lists
- WAIS and other databases; search tools
- FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
WWW explorations with Netscape
- The Mouse, the windows
- Pointing and clicking
- Forwards and backwards
- Using "go"
- Getting home
- Graphics on and off
- Some advanced sites...
for some exercises
Getting on the Internet
- What to connect? (classrooms, a lab, administrative
- LAN connects to Internet at one point
- Costs for Internet: $700 - $2500 / month (24 hours)
- Cost sharing: Alliance with Community System project?
Alliance with commercial providers?
What to do there?
- Creating an Internet presence: School information
- Putting classes on the Internet: Support for teachers
- Focus on local content and applications, not 'surfing'
- Going beyond existing instruction:
- Collaboration with other areas
- 24-hour access
- More student involvement
Is this for everyone? Yes.
- Younger children may benefit most from local content
- Any age will benefit from interaction with remote students
- All students will need some computer and Internet skills
- The Internet is not better for some subjects than others
Issues and concerns
- Security: Use professionals; hackers will come
- Legitimate use: You need your own rules
- Illicit content: Again, choose appropriate rules
- Teacher and administration reluctance: Don't force them
Things to try now
Want to see what other K-12 schools are doing with the Internet?
(http://www.prairient.org/) , a community computing system with
over 400 content areas. Decatur will soon have its own system via
College and Universities are using the Internet for many courses. A
good listing of these is at the University of Texas as Austin: The
World Lecture Hall at
Internet searching: There are about a dozen popular searching
locations on the Internet. Some favorites are:
Getting connected: Mecklermedia (a publisher) maintains
http://thelist.com, a listing
of Internet service providers for every area code.
RFC 1578, an Internet "Request for
Comments," is a listing of frequently asked questions and
answers for K-12 connectivity.
This presentation was given to Macon County and area school
superintendents and administrators on April 24, 1996.
The workshop was presented by
Dr. Gregory B. Newby, on the faculty of the Graduate School of
Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at