ERIC Number: ED439691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-15
Reference Count: N/A
Engaged Learning Using the Internet: SURWEB as a Student-Focused Learning Tool.
Barker, Bruce O.; Bills, Lynn
The engaged learning model centers on information and communications technologies as tools to assist teachers in helping students take responsibility for their own learning, become knowledge explorers, and collaborate with others to find information and to seek answers to problems. This paper defines engaged learning, and outlines the following eight characteristics of engaged learning, along with their associated descriptors: Vision of Learning; Tasks; Assessment; Instructional Model; Learning Context; Grouping; Teacher Roles; and Student Roles. The focus shifts to applying the engaged learning model to integrate technology into the classroom. The SURWEB (State of Utah Resource Web) student-focused multimedia tool and its applications makes it easy for teachers and students to work with video animation, music text, still pictures, and 30 graphics for local production of hypermedia learning projects. The tool enables students and teachers to create and produce multimedia presentations for interchange with other students or for delivery in their home schools. A sampling of addresses is provided from the several thousand student/teacher media shows. Media shows are continually being added in areas such as business; career guidance; foreign language; health science; information technology; marketing; mathematics; science; social studies; theater; and visual arts. While some skeptics may criticize the computer as a form of depersonalized learning, Internet-connected computers actually do more to provide learners with creative tools and put them in contact with other learners than any other telecommunications medium. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials, Learner Controlled Instruction, Models, Student Developed Materials, Teacher Student Relationship, Technology Integration, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Student Engagement; Web Sites
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (91st, Colorado Springs, CO, October 13-17, 1999).