Why Teachers Use the Internet
Ima Sample, Mike Crowsoft, Bea Stern
In "NetLearning: Why Teachers Use the Internet," Serim Ferdi
suggests ten main reasons why teachers use the Internet:
find low-cost or free materials
connect the classroom to the larger world.
help teachers manage time more efficiently.
give students opportunities to learn by doing.
6. To expand opportunities for "telementoring"
help teachers communicate and share experience and ideas
with other teachers
help bring the school and the community closer together.
help teachers spread good news about what's happening in
10. To "rejuvenate" teachers' professional
Serim, Ferdi, "NetLearning: Why Teachers Use the Internet: Online
Resource Guide. Online Internet Institute.
Three Important Uses of the Internet. Identify three of
the above uses of the Internet that should be
prioritized. For each of the three goals:
the goal should be a priority,
examples of specific things teachers can do to encourage
Unfortunately, teachers are often not given a lot of
money to put toward classroom resources. The Internet
can be seen as a repository of free materials that can
be beneficial for students and teachers in the classroom. By having access to thousands
of books, games, websites, etc., teachers can provide a world of
knowledge for their students for no additional charges. It also connects students
globally adding to multicultural education by bridging the “cultural
gap.” An example would be giving students the opportunity to correspond
with pen pals from other cultures. Third, the Internet can be a virtual
classroom. The teacher may not be able to provide hands-on experiences for
all learning. An example of this might be online dissection of animals
or conducting a virtual tour of a museum.
II. Other benefits of the Internet. In
your group, discuss whether there are any other benefits
of the Internet not mentioned in the article.
The Internet encourages
students to conduct independent research. Having access to world databases at the
tips of their fingers enhances student access to information by making
searching convenient, easy and
quick. Student can improve their ability to use the same skills with
databases in different subject areas and circumstances
III. Two Potential Drawbacks. As a
group, identify and briefly discuss two potential
drawbacks of using the Internet in the classroom that we
should pay special attention.
Not everything on the Internet is reliable. Students may have a hard
time distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sources. Teachers
should convey to their students how to discern between reliable and
unreliable sources. The Internet could also be used as a
“crutch” or as the main teaching tool in the classroom with the teacher
relying solely on the Internet for all classroom information and
activities. Teachers should closely monitor student
Internet usage which can be a difficult with a
When using the Internet as a whole class activity it would be advisable to have another teacher or
aid help monitor the students.
IV. Is the article dated? Why or why
not? It is a common perception that the growth of
technology is moving at a rapid pace. Are the articles
written even a few years ago still valid in this ever
Despite the fact that it is a dated article many of the reasons
given are still applicable in the
classroom today. The Internet has become a "regular" in the school experience. Today teachers and students can design their own web
pages or post homework, syllabi, and notes online.