Thursday, August 20, 2009

Using the Web at School.

After our last face-to-face session before the big day, I can see the infinite amount of information, requirements, concepts etc. that need to be remembered before any of these elearning resources could be implemented in a school. From the minor aspect of computer access per ca pita, I know that even with only one computer the learning can be engaging and challenging (just means more rotations per lesson) to the major problems (and these will change from one persons view point to an others) of inappropriate material and parental permission. Some issues that I had never really considered before are those of storage available at the school you are employed at, never assume it is endless. The aspect of whether parents actually have and/or allow their children to access the Internet is also something that needs to be considered and not just assumed when planning lessons. Some elearning resources that we have experimented with would be difficult to include in school learning but with careful planning they could be offered as extra incentives for those students who are working beyond the expected requirements and also have parental permission. To ensure that all the learning is safe and secure for all students teachers need to explicitly teach the correct procedures to follow when using the "Web". It should never be assumed that just because students are as outlined in the Prensky article (2001)'Digital Natives' they are aware of all the aspects of computer safety, just as young children need to be taught about 'stranger danger' and 'road safety' and many other things that adults take for granted. Even teaching students to be diligent about updating anti-virus software and ensuring their computer is as protected as it can be. No computer is ever totally protected but they need to understand the problems that can be associated with computer usage.

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives or digital immigrants. Retrieved July 31, 2009, from

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