Internet Danger? 03/31/2008

Not everyone is in favor of allowing students free access to the Internet during school time. What problems does Internet access pose and how can schools work to overcome these problems?



Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:48:54

The internet is HUGE and allows for students to find many different sites that have nothing to do with what they're working on. They can surf the net, listen to music, watch videos, play games, etc etc. I think constant teacher supervision, through remote access or simply the old fashioned walking around and watching, can cut down on students fooling around. I also find keeping them busy, with tasks that take their time and effort, will keep them from wandering.


Julie York

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:51:20

I agree with allowing students to have internet access during school time. With the ever changing world of technology the internet will continue to be more useful with everyday work as well as bigger projects.

Problems will occur with off task issues, but the administration blocking features solve many of these issues.

I think that Randy Inosencio is a great teacher


Skip Capone

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:51:39

Accessing the internet has many applications for my classes. Allowing them to explore areas of health and fitness should be very useful



Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:51:54

No matter the medium, students will still need to be taught HOW to research appropriately. How can they tell that the source they are using are valid and reliable? What information is pertinent?


Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:52:16

Schools need to teach both educators as well as students to identify what kind of site they are visiting. It should be embedded in every class as students are required to do more independent research.


Randy Inosencio

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:52:35

I don't know what the internet is. But I think it's wonderful have access to it. I like to watch pictures on the screen. Pretty pictures.


John Suttie

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:53:25

Internet access can be a problem because of content that may not be suitable for school use. I think blockers are the best way to prevent that but they can also limit important access.


EJ Gaudet

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:53:41

Having a simple three step outline or evaluation of web information makes good sense. Asking students to reason through issues presented by author, purpose, and Meta-web info allows students a simple easily remembered pathway toward evaluating information.



Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:55:06

I am glad we had this session on April 1 as it would be the only explanation as to why my peers made the above comments!


Caroline Roberge

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:55:20

The internet is a wonderful and useful tool for students in the classroom. We, as educators, must teach students how to sift through the information they find. As we've seen in this article, not all information on the web is correct data.


Melody Tinkham

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:55:25

Teachers and students both need to be educated on how to tell the difference between a good and a bad website. Once a teacher knows what to look for, a good lesson would be for students to look for certain things on a website to decipher what is a legitimate site and what is junk. After a lesson like this, students will be more apt to choose better websites for their research.

No matter what though....some students are just going to believe EVERYTHING they read on the web. UGH!


Erica Beaule

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:56:18

I believe that narrowing down searches and limiting websites for students will also help with ensuring that students are getting the proper information for some of the searches. You will run into problems when students are choosing their own topics, but helping them come up with ideas about which sites are more relevant to the class with useful information. In order to do this, you can take a class period and discuss researching the web properly. The teacher must still walk around during researching times to make sure students are on task, but hopefully using the other strategies it will help cut down on fooling around on the internet.



Tue, 01 Apr 2008 07:58:30

Technology is a great tool to teach kids. We live in a technology world and it is important to get integrated.I strongly agree about having technology in schools, if schools have some ways to block web sites to avoid students to get off task.


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