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ERIC Number: ED411782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 92
Abstractor: N/A
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Using the Internet To Improve the Resources of a Rural High School Media Center.
Curran, Jean A.
This project was designed to bring the resources of the Internet to a rural high school through the school's media center and to provide training to enough of the faculty and students to facilitate its use. A flexible program for five academic departments requiring only one meeting of each department and utilizing written worksheets geared to four areas of the Internet, Gopher, Telnet, FTP, and the World Wide Web, was designed. Using the SouthEastern Resources Vision for Education as an Internet provider, 18 teachers, an aide and selected students were guided through a 25-week program of Internet basics through self- and individual-guided instruction. A report to the whole faculty and a web page for the school rounded out the project. As a result of the project, resources of the media center were significantly increased and students and teachers were instructed on Internet use. With 58 students responding to a posttest survey on online research, only 24 reported research success more than half the time. Twenty-one of 30 teachers reported success more than half the time. Another result of the project was the addition to the media center of three multimedia encyclopedias and the accessibility of Britannica Online to users. An 18-page report describing the instructional program and giving an extensive list of useful Internet sites was distributed to the entire faculty. In addition, a web homepage was launched, serving as a menu to connect all the most useful areas of the Internet. The survey, Internet search checklist, sample activity sheets, and report to faculty are appended. (Contains 50 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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