The Internet and Education - some thoughts

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The Internet and Education - some thoughts

  1. 1. Random ideas on the Internet in Education
  2. 2. FOOD
  3. 3. Digital Presence <ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>School Moodle site </li></ul><ul><li>School Podcasting site – in the iTunes store </li></ul>
  4. 4. School’s Broadband Programme <ul><li>Started in 2004, when the Irish government and the Telecommunications and Internet Federation, jointly agreed to provide eighteen million euro to pay for broadband to be provided to each school in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>The School’s Broadband Programme is completed. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Every classroom is wired to the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Data cable to PC </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless in the Staffroom </li></ul><ul><li>Filtered by the National Centre for Technology in Education – ‘less restrictive option’ </li></ul>
  6. 7. Internet Safety <ul><li>Telling students to check on the Internet, find an image, research a project </li></ul><ul><li>Have you taught that student about safety on the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>No – well who has? </li></ul><ul><li>The SPHE teacher! But don’t presume they have – internet safety is our responsibility as a school </li></ul>
  7. 8. Using the Internet in the Classroom <ul><li>Be careful with live searches in front of the students – be ready to use the back button </li></ul><ul><li>If using Google go to preferences and click on the button ‘use strict filtering’ and ‘save preferences’ at the bottom of the page </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to use Google in class </li></ul>
  8. 9. Child Friendly Search Engines <ul><li>Yahoo for Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Quintura Search for Kids </li></ul>
  9. 10. Google Advanced Search <ul><li>Google the Titanic </li></ul><ul><li>Click on advanced search </li></ul>
  10. 11. Portals <ul><li>Portal is a term, generally synonymous with gateway </li></ul><ul><li>for a World Wide Web site </li></ul><ul><li>that is or proposes to be a major starting site for users when they get connected to the Web </li></ul><ul><li>or that users tend to visit as an anchor site. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Teachnet
  12. 13. Skoool.ie
  13. 14. Scoilnet The official DES portal for Irish Education
  14. 15. The National Centre for Technology in Education
  15. 16. NCTE <ul><li>NCTE Digital Content </li></ul>
  16. 17. Evaluative Guidelines of Websites <ul><li>Authority </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul>
  17. 18. 1. Authority <ul><li>Who is responsible for the page? </li></ul><ul><li>What are their qualifications and associations, and can you verify them? </li></ul><ul><li>Check the footer for name of the web page author, his/her credentials and title, organizational affiliation. Is the information verifiable? </li></ul>
  18. 19. 2. Currency <ul><li>Are dates clear when the website was first created and last edited? </li></ul><ul><li>Check the footer for when the website was created, and when last edited. </li></ul><ul><li>Check the content for news items, indications that the site is actively maintained, acknowledgements/responses to visitors, Check validity of external links </li></ul>
  19. 20. 3. Coverage <ul><li>What is the focus of the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there clear headings to illustrate an outline of the content? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the navigation within the website clear? </li></ul><ul><li>Check the header for a clear title and web site description </li></ul><ul><li>Check the content for headings and keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Check quantity and prominence of ads </li></ul>
  20. 21. 4. Objectivity <ul><li>Are biases clearly stated? Are affiliations clear? </li></ul><ul><li>Check the content: </li></ul><ul><li>for statement of purpose, </li></ul><ul><li> for outside links for information external to the website </li></ul><ul><li>for graphics and clues for affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Check the URL / web address (.ie .ac.uk .gov .com .edu etc.) to determine the organizational source of website and how this reflects on content type </li></ul>
  21. 22. 5. Accuracy <ul><li>Are sources of information and factual data listed, and available for cross-checking </li></ul><ul><li>Check the content for accuracy of spelling, grammar, facts(!), and consistency within website </li></ul><ul><li>Check content for a bibliography: </li></ul><ul><li>variety of websites (external links) and for electronic media (electronic databases of references, established (print & on-line) journals </li></ul>
  22. 23. Digital Content for Teachers <ul><li>Beware of Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of the Irish Times Digital Archive </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube videos are easily downloaded – using KeepVid </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Learning is limiting some of its content outside the UK </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>Portmarnock’s Moodle site has examples of quality sites linked to its front page </li></ul>

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