ERIC Number: ED395714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Helping Early Childhood Teacher Education Students Learn about the Internet. ERIC Digest.
Hinchliffe, Lisa Janicke
This digest provides examples of projects which can be used in the early childhood education (ECE) and child development classrooms to introduce students to Internet resources. The first section of the digest suggests guides that teacher educators can use to design Internet training sessions and to locate resources of interest to adults working with young children. The second section lists several electronic discussion groups (EDGs), or listservs, related to early childhood education and suggests five activities involving discussion groups that students can undertake. First, students need to learn about Internet etiquette. Second, they can monitor the interactions on a single EDG. Third, they can pose questions on specific topics to an EDG. Fourth, they can respond to a question posted to an EDG by a group member after adequately researching the topic. Finally, they can summarize the activity of an EDG by reading messages posted to the EDG's archive. The third section of the digest briefly describes the World Wide Web (WWW) and Gopher resources and outlines four student projects that involve using the WWW. Students can try the following activities: (1) create an information packet consisting of resources they have found on the WWW; (2) search for lesson plans using WWW search engines; (3) solve particular problems they have observed in early childhood settings by searching the ERIC database on the WWW and gathering other relevant resources on the WWW; and (4) be information providers by creating a website containing resources on a particular topic or representing a particular organization such as a local child care center. By integrating Internet use into early childhood teacher education programs through activities such as these, early childhood teacher educators enhance the educational experiences of their students and prepare them to be active participants in the early childhood community. (BC)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.