ERIC Number: ED382409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
The Internet and Early Childhood Educators: Some Frequently Asked Questions. ERIC Digest.
This digest explores uses of the Internet for early childhood educators. The first section discusses six popular features of the Internet: (1) electronic mail, which provides educators with a worldwide group of peers with whom to share information; (2) Internet discussion groups, which provide users with the opportunity to be part of electronic communities made up of individuals who share similar interests; (3) databases and library catalogs, which can be accessed remotely using telnet software; (4) gopher and World Wide Web (WWW) sites, which contain collections of information on many topics, including information of special interest to teachers such as lesson plans and descriptions of projects for children; (5) file transfer, by which users can get files or software from remote computers; and (6) community computing networks, which exist in many communities and provide members with information, including education-related information, and other services. The second section of the digest lists four common ways educators can access the Internet. First, in some states and regions, networking systems provide Internet access to educators and others. Second, access can be obtained through community computing networks. Special projects at universities and colleges offer a third way of accessing the Internet. Finally, commercial services provide Internet access for a fee. The final section of the digest offers suggestions for finding information on the Internet. These include reading Internet guide books, commonly available in bookstores; asking discussion group participants; using Internet finding tools such as Veronica, various tools for searching the WWW, and examining gopher and WWW sites that provide topical listings of Internet resources; and using the AskERIC electronic question-answering service. (BC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.