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ERIC Number: ED429557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
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Increasing Internet Usage among Teachers and Students for Information Retrieval and Curricular Augmentation through Ongoing Training and Support.
Hubbard, Ruth
This practicum was designed to provide more comprehensive access to current and relevant information for students and teachers in an elementary school for curricular augmentation, research, and classroom projects. The printed materials and electronic databases in the library (media center) did not have the information needed because of their age, scarcity, or insufficient subject matter. Teachers and students needed to learn how to access and use the Internet to find information. An Internet training program was developed for both teachers and students at the elementary level. Weekly lessons in the library instructed teachers and students on the basics of the Internet, conducting an effective search, validating found information, augmenting the curriculum with this information, and locating current and relevant information for classroom projects and research. Analysis of the data revealed that both teachers and students were more likely to use the Internet after an extensive training program. All teachers and students showed a marked increase in Internet usage throughout the training program. The most important element in increasing Internet usage among teachers was the continuous, ongoing support they received throughout the training. This support lessened the anxiety most teachers experience after training. Subsequently, they are utilizing the Internet for curricular augmentation regularly. (Contains 53 references.) (DLS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A