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Designing Instructions using the Internet and other E-Resources


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Designing Instructions using the Internet and other E-Resources

  2. 2. Over the years, so much has been discussed on the Internet, its use and application. Its dynamism requires that humans continue to upgrade and improve their knowledge of it. It is the aim of this presentation to do just that. The focal points are: • Definition of the Internet and World Wide Web. • Some search engine and their uses. • Educational opportunities of the Internet to both learners and teachers.
  3. 3. What is the Internet? • The word “Internet” is used to describe a network of networks which incorporate a very large and complicated set of equipment. It is a means of connecting a computer to any other computer anywhere in the world via dedicated routers and servers. When two computers are connected over the Internet, they can send and receive all kinds of information such as text, graphics, voice, video, and computer programs. The Internet is however, different from the World Wide Web.
  4. 4. World Wide Web The World Wide Web, or simply Web, is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet. The Web utilizes browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, to access Web documents called Web pages. Web documents also contain graphics, sound, text and video. The Web is just one of the ways information can be disseminated over the Internet. It is just a large portion of the Internet but the two terms are not synonymous and should not be confused.
  5. 5. This has some slick features like “zero-click” information i.e. all your answers are found on the first results page. DuckDuckGo helps to clarify what question you are really asking. Once you give it a try, you will discover that you might like this clean and simple search engine.
  6. 6. This search engine is a longtime name in the World Wide Web. The search options are as good as Google, Bing or DuckDuckGo. The results groupings are what really stand out. The presentation is arguably cleaner and easier to read than Google or Yahoo! Or Bing and the results groups seem to be more relevant.
  7. 7. It is termed the “decision engine”. Bing tries to support your researching by offering suggestions in the leftmost column, while also giving you various search options across the top of the screen. Things like “wild suggestions”, “visual search”, and “related searches” might be very useful to you and worth trying.
  8. 8. this is a Deep Web engine that searches other search engines for you. Unlike the regular web, Deep Web pages are usually harder to locate by conventional search. That is when Yippy becomes very useful. If you are searching for obscure hobby interest blogs. Obscure government information, tough-to- find obscure news, academic research and otherwise obscure content, then Yippy is your tool.
  9. 9. This is one of the most useful websites on the World Wide Web. Webopedia is an encyclopedic resource dedicated to searching techno terminology and computer definitions. Webopedia is absolutely a perfect resource for non-technical people to make more sense of the computers around them.
  10. 10. This search engine consists of several things. It is a search engine, news aggregator, a shopping center, an email box, a travel directory, a horoscope and game center, and more. This web portal makes it a very useful site for internet beginners. Searching the web should also be about discovery and exploration, and Yahoo! delivers that in wholesale quantities.
  11. 11. Years ago, Dogpile was the fast and efficient choice before Google. Things changed, Dogpile faded into obscurity and Google became king. But today, Dogpile is coming back with a growing index and a clean and quick presentation that is testimony to its halcyon days. If you want to try a search tool with pleasant presentation and helpful crosslink results, definitely try Dogpile.
  12. 12. This is a favorite destination for longtime Web lovers. The Archive has been taking snapshots of the entire World Wide Web for years now, allowing you and me to travel back in time to see what a web page looked like years ago
  13. 13. This is the one “human-powered” search site in this list, employing a committee of editors to manually sift and vent thousands of pieces of content. This means that you will get fewer Mahalo hit results than you will get at Bing or Google. But it also means that most Mahalo results have a higher quality of content and relevance.
  14. 14. Averaging 1,100,000,000 estimated unique monthly visitors, this search engine is the undisputed king. Google is fast, relevant, and the largest single catalogue of web pages available today. Try using Google “images”, “maps” and “news” features for they are outstanding services for locating photos, geographic directions, and news headlines.
  15. 15. Educational Opportunities of the Internet The Internet holds great potentials in education. It can innovate school/education system and make it more productive and efficient. First, the Internet can be used to stimulate learners to learn actively and independently in a self-directed way and/or in collaboration with others. Second, teaching/learning materials can be provided on-line. This could be in form of syllabi, course outline, lecture notes, etc. Third, it encourages the democratization of education, that is, access to education by all irrespective of ability, age or status, anywhere and anytime.
  16. 16. In life-long teaching/learning, the Internet provides opportunities for acquiring the four major forms of learning outlined by UNESCO (Delors, et al., 1999). These are learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to do. Learning to know deals with the acquisition broad knowledge relevant to several areas of human endeavor and the opportunity to work in-depth on a small number of subjects. Learning to do refers to knowledge and skills acquired not only in occupational skills but also the competence to deal with many situations. Learning to live together entails developing an understanding of other people and appreciation of the interdependence of humans. Learning to be relates to the development of one’s personality and being able to act with even greater autonomy, judgment and personal responsibility.
  17. 17. References • • • • Mudasiru Olalere Yusuf (PhD)-Using the Internet for Teaching, Learning and Research in Higher Education.