The Internet is a valuable educational tool in at
least four important ways. First, it permits you and
your students easy access to enormous amounts of information
that was simply not available in the past. Your students
no longer need to depend upon just their textbook or
your knowledge for information.
Second, the Internet allows you and your students
to communicate with others to answer project-related
questions. Students can ask experts in the field, collect
information from other students or adults around the
world, design and administer questionnaires or surveys
or obtain oral histories of adults who live or once
lived in the culture being studied.
Third, the Internet allows your class to 'publish'
their work, and provides audiences for that work making
that work more authentic and more important.
Fourth, Internet provides a whole range of resources
that enhance description and reporting of results including
graphics, animation, sound and even video. All can now
be incorporated in the final project and provide more
interesting and more effective communication of the
results of students' work.
In addition to efficient searching of the Web, students
need to learn how to cite Web resources, how to evaluate
sites, how to get permission for using Web materials,
and the legal and ethical use of the Web. (see the Technology