Bringing the Internet to School: Lessons from an Urban District

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Wiley, Mar 5, 2002 - Education - 416 pages
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Bringing the Internet to School presents the results of one of the first comprehensive studies of Internet-implementation in K-12 schools. Based on the information gleaned from this groundbreaking study, two experts in the field of high-technology and schools, Janet Ward Schofield and Ann Locke Davidson, examine the myriad issues that arise when the Internet is introduced into the classroom. This important book reveals the positive and negative consequences that Internet use has on classroom equity, academics, and social life. For example, while Internet access often changes student-teacher roles and relationships in positive ways and gives students new, exciting, and useful source for information and feedback, it also provides students with a tempting distraction from their studies and can exacerbate inequities in the classroom. Throughout the book, the authors illuminate the ways in which the existing culture and structure of schools shape Internet use, the ways students' and teachers' experiences are affected by it, and the technical and systemic challenges involved in bringing the Internet to schools.

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This is a fascinating and timely analysis of the Networking for Education Testbed (NET), a five-year National Science Foundation program designed to foster the use of the Internet in schools ... Read full review


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Janet Ward Schofield is professor of psychology and senior scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She is author of Computers and Classroom Culture and Black and White in School.

Ann Locke Davidson operates Educational Connections, an educational consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. She is author of several books including Making and Molding Identity in Schools and Adolescents' World.

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