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Internet and Learning Computers in Education 1 Week 9 Ruth Geer May 99 What is the Internet? A global network of networks An environment of software standards A medium for communication A major collection of electronic resources A new environment for social interaction

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internet and learning

Internet and Learning

Computers in Education 1

Week 9

Ruth Geer

May 99

what is the internet
What is the Internet?
  • A global network of networks
  • An environment of software standards
  • A medium for communication
  • A major collection of electronic resources
  • A new environment for social interaction

Data Pathways to the Internet

The Internet

Telstra / AARnet backbone

2 to 10Mbps





Access provider



Internet Service Provider

Designed by David Curtis

brief history of the internet
Brief History of the Internet
  • Late 1960’s ARPAnet was created
  • 1985 NSFnet formed
  • 1990 AARNet established
  • 1992 WWW born
  • 1993 Mosiac arrived
  • Number of users ??

What is the Information Superhighway?

  • It is what the Internet is expected to become as its carrying capacity is increased

What is it used for?

  • Sharing and communicating information that is both fast and cost effective.
  • Recreation, education, academic research, and on-line commerce
  • Current events (eg Olympics), travelling hints, shopping, etc

Who governs the Internet?

  • There is no single authority figure.
  • However there is a body that is responsible for the technical management and direction of the Internet
  • The Internet Architecture Board is responsible for standards - addresses.
    • There is a common method of communication known as a protocol (TCP/IP)
internet services
Internet services
  • World Wide Web
  • E-mail
  • Newsgroups
    • common interest groups
  • FTP (File transfer Protocol)
    • ability to download and transfer information
further services
Further Services
  • Gopher
    • information index and retrieval system
  • Telnet
    • allows access to another computer system
  • IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
    • multi-user simulation environment
  • Video-conferencing
as a learning environment
As a learning environment
  • Construct knowledge
  • Receive knowledge
  • Explore a subject
  • Interact with experts & peers
a generative model of instruction
A generative model of instruction

Various services highlight need to acquire various forms of instruction

  • create authentic learning tasks
  • explore information resources
  • represent new ideas
  • produce products
benefits of the internet
Benefits of the Internet
  • Learning is active
  • Tailored to individual
  • Encourages collaboration
  • Requires development of specialised strategies
  • Learning is contextual
growth of the internet
Growth of the Internet
  • Increased ease of use
  • Vast variety of services
  • Volume of information
  • Incorporation of media
  • Communication capabilities
  • Hypertext linking - non-linear representation
dialup connections
Dialup connections

If you want to access the Internet from home you will need the following:

  • a modem, this is a device that allows you to connect your computer to the telephone
  • an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • software to “surf” the Net
internet service providers
Internet Service Providers
  • These are businesses that sell access to the Internet
  • Prices for access vary
  • Some examples of service providers are: camtech, ozemail, nexus
internet cafe
Internet cafe
  • There are a range of these in Adelaide
  • designed for casual users
  • buy computer time, price varies
  • Internet etiquette
    • shouting
    • spamming
    • flamimg
    • use of appropriate language
    • respect rights of others
objectionable material
Objectionable material
  • pornography
  • hate language
  • aid to harmful activities
  • virtual harm
  • Don’t divulge personal information
  • Acceptable User Policies
  • Filtering software
  • Supervision
  • Intranets
accessing information
Accessing information
  • Type in address
    • URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
  • Follow links
  • Use search engines
  • Navigate through subject directory
  • join listserv or newsgroup
what is a search engine
What is a search engine?
  • A database of Internet sites complied by automated computer programs
  • indexing differs from traditional method
  • process varies among search engines
  • variation in content accuracy and ease of use
  • variation in size and frequency of updating
  • not all documents indexed on the web
evaluating information
Evaluating information
  • Purpose and audience
  • Authority
  • Scope
  • Format
  • Comparison with other material
  • Acceptance of material
some interesting sites
Some interesting sites
  • Web Sites and resources for teachers

  • K12 lesson Plans

  • Community learning networks

  • Apple learning Exchange Curriculum Resources

more interesting sites
More interesting sites
  • Technology in Schools Program

  • Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

  • Curriculum, Activities and lesson Plans by Subject

  • DETE