Before you decide to Use the wild and woolly "big, bad" Internet in your class, you must be clear on why you should use it. As language teachers we know from linguistic theory that you must actively engage students in language activity for any significant learning to take place.
In other words consider how students really learn. The Internet provides a great tool to use and opens the opportunity for learning.
The Internet's greatest asset is its interactivity. For real learning to take place the student must:
- Be curious and formulate a question
- Seek relevant information
- Evaluate the information they find
This learning process demonstrates the great potential of utilizing the Internet. Our students at TCHS are very bright, but often get turned off to "regular" education; therefore, the WWW contains a wealth of interactive, learning opportunities for our students if properly guided. Best wishes in your journey!
Net Basics -- helpful web sites that introduce Searching, Troubleshooting, and Creating Web Pages
General Internet Resources
- CNET: How the Internet Works Top 20 FAQ
- Learning@Web.Sites By far the most comprehensive site on Educational Use of the Internet in Cyberspace!!! Primarily for secondary teachers.
- EdWeb Discussion of Internet uses in the classroom and technical help!
- Teaching and Learning on the WWW
- XPLORA Dr. Cynthia Leshin is on the cutting edge of using the Internet in the classroom. This is her site.
- Everything Email Comprehensive site that explains everything you need to know about email!
- NetLearn Resources for learning to use the Internet for teaching
- Web Site Construction This page has numerous links to help you and your students create web pages
Useful Links for English Teachers
- Reading Online Tips on using technology to aid student reading
- Real communication Communicating online w/ experts, mentors, and other real people
- English Teacher Resources
- Cyber English Ted Nellen's class and documentation
- CyberEnglish My main web site that I am using extensively with real juniors and seniors this year
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