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Using the Internet as a Tool for Learning

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Age Range: KS3 KS4

Students explore the breadth of information, services and multimedia available on the WWW, developing critical appreciation skills and employing different methods to access and use information in a learning context. Written in 2001, some of the details are now out of date. However, the principles remain sound and some of the practices promoted are still not as widely-used as they should be. The subject-based lessons are particularly useful in developing the confidence of those of your colleagues who have so far been reluctant to embrace the new technology.

Topics include: What is the Internet?; What is the World Wide Web?; Using the Web to enhance learning; Writing web pages; email; Internet etiquette; Freeware and shareware; Directories and search engines; Comparing news services; Archives; Internet commerce and advertising; Graphics; Using the Internet across the curriculum; Moral and ethical issues.

The pack includes 45 web-based homeworks which can be set, completed and marked online using our Yacapaca assessment platform. List of homeworks (requires free Yacapaca membership).

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Size: 99 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 351 5
Author(s): Edward Bartosinski
Code: UITL
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Contents List


  • 6 WHAT IS THE INTERNET? Students gain a basic understanding of the Internet and research its history.
  • 8 WHAT IS THE WORLD WIDE WEB? Students gain a basic understanding of the World Wide Web and compare it to CD-ROMs.
  • 10 OTHER USES FOR THE INTERNET Students look at other uses for the Internet and learn some Internet terminology.
  • 12 LOOKING AT WEB PAGES Students look at the elements which make up a web page and use some of them in their own design.
  • 14 MULTIMEDIA ON WEBSITES Students consider how multimedia can be utilised on web pages.
  • 16 FINDING YOUR WAY ON THE WWW Students learn how to find information on the WWW and write a beginner's guide.
  • 18 INTERNET DIRECTORIES AND SEARCH ENGINES Students compare Internet directories and search engines and assess their efficiency.
  • 20 SKIMMING A WEBSITE Students learn how to decide quickly if a website will be of use to them.
  • 22 ASSESSING WEBSITE CONTENT Students consider the reliability and quality of information available on the WWW.
  • 24 WEBSITE COPYRIGHT Students consider copyright issues involved in using web material.
  • 26 THE ETHICS OF THE INTERNET Students decide what should and should not be allowed on the Internet.
  • 28 E-MAIL AND OTHER FORMS OF COMMUNICATION Students compare e-mail with other forms of communication that have evolved during the course of history.
  • 30 E-MAIL v LETTERS Students compare e-mail with letters and write instructions for sending an e-mail.
  • 32 NETIQUETTE Students consider how to avoid misunderstandings and offence in e-mail communication and learn about emoticons.
  • 34 E-MAIL ATTACHMENTS Students learn about the effective use of different types of e-mail attachment.
  • 36 CHAT Students consider how Internet chat could aid learning and write some guidelines for using chat sites.
  • 38 NEWSGROUPS Students investigate newsgroups that might be of interest.
  • 40 ON-LINE NEWS SITES Students investigate on-line news sites as a source of up-to-date information.
  • 42 COMPARING NEWS Students compare the way that news is reported in different on-line newspapers.
  • 44 ON-LINE SHOPPING Students assess the viability of on-line shopping.
  • 46 ON-LINE ADVERTISING Students debate the issues surrounding on-line advertising and draw up a code of practice for advertisers.
  • 48 EDUCATION ON THE WWW Students assess the educational value of the WWW and review websites relating to their subjects.
  • 50 A WEB STORY Students explore the possibilities of using the WWW for an on-line story.
  • 52 RESEARCHING AUTHORS ON THE WWW Students use the WWW to research authors.
  • 54 USING THE WWW IN MATHS Students use the WWW to search for information on pi and design a web page about the number.
  • 56 RESEARCHING ISSUES IN SCIENCE Students research scientific issues using the WWW and consider the reliability of on-line information.
  • 58 A BIOLOGY SURVEY BY E-MAIL Students devise and conduct a biology survey using e-mail.
  • 60 CHEMISTRY ON THE WWW Students use the WWW to gather information on various substances.
  • 62 RESEARCHING A PHYSICS CONCEPT Students investigate the historical development of a Physics concept using the WWW and design a web page about the concept.
  • 64 LEARNING FROM FOREIGN-LANGUAGE WEBSITES Students assess how useful foreign-language websites are to students learning languages.
  • 66 USING THE WWW IN RE Students use the WWW to research how religions celebrate 'life events'.
  • 68 USING THE WWW IN GEOGRAPHY Students use the WWW to find statistics on different countries.
  • 70 HISTORY SOURCES ON THE WWW Students assess historical sources on the WWW for a particular historical event.
  • 72 USING THE WWW TO RESEARCH DESIGN/TECHNOLOGY Students use the WWW to research materials and manufacturing techniques for their own design.
  • 74 A FOOD SURVEY BY E-MAIL Students devise and conduct a food survey using e-mail.
  • 76 USING THE INTERNET IN TEXTILE DESIGN Students use the Internet to research and evaluate apron designs.
  • 78 USING ICT TO LEARN ABOUT ICT Students find out about computer networks using the WWW and produce a leaflet on the subject suitable for beginners.
  • 80 ART ON THE WWW Students consider the WWW as a medium for displaying art and write some guidelines for presentation on-line and in reality.
  • 82 USING THE WWW IN MUSIC Students use the WWW as a starting point for writing music and lyrics.
  • 84 ON-LINE DEMOCRACY Students consider the use of the Internet for voting and design a web-based voting system for a mock election.
  • 86 ADVERTISING ON THE WEB Students consider what makes a good advertising page on the WWW and write some guidelines.
  • 88 AN ON-LINE BUSINESS Students devise a business plan and home page for an on-line store.
  • 90 STUDY AND REVISION USING THE WWW Students investigate the study and revision resources available on the WWW.
  • 92 ON-LINE CAREERS ADVICE Students compare on-line careers resources with careers advisors and use the WWW to research careers.
  • 94 THE INTERNET AT HOME Students compare home and school Internet use and consider how domestic use could develop in the future.