Internet Resources for Students
Tracy Dennis and Kym Slavin- See Search Engines in collaboration with Internet Resources

The Internet, sometimes called simply "the Net," is a worldwide system of computer networks - a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and sometimes talk directly to users at other computers).,,sid8_gci212370,00.html#

Web 2.0:
There are many different definitions here is one I found to be the most relevant.
This is the name which has been given as an umbrella term to what is considered to be the next phase of the evolution of the internet, encompassing technologies such as blogs, wikis and other forms of interaction, development and innovation above and beyond the web technologies which have been around since it's inception.

  • Started by the military as a means after WWII to create a secure network for sending messages. (was not technically the internet was more the beginning of email)
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the U.S. government conceived the term ARPANET which was early internet in 1969.
  • Original aim of ARPANET was to create a network that would allow users of a research computer at one university to be able to ‘talk’ to research computers at other universities.
  • In 1971 Ray Tomlinson created the email address using the @ sign.
  • Today the internet is a public and self-sustaining facility accessible to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Web 2.0:
  • The first type of Web 2.0 technology appears in January 1996 called BackRub- a search engine which later becomes Google
  • December 1997- the term weblog is coined
  • January 1999- 23 blogs exist
  • January 15, 2001- Wikipedia is launched
  • 2003- MySpace begins
  • February 2004- Flickr starts which has several Web 2.0 principles
  • April 1, 2004- Gmail starts which has rich user interface
  • October 2004- First Web 2.0 conference
  • December 2004- Digg launches ( harnessing the wisdom of crowds on the Internet to locate interesting articles and rank and present them in order of importance
  • Google Maps begins
  • February 8, 2005- Wikipedia’s page on Web 2.0 is created
  • Web 2.0 history is still continuing and new sites will continue to be added every day.

Educational Values:
Internet and Web 2.0 some educational benefits:
  • Helps students with low English levels as it is so interactive they can understand what is going on connecting the pictures to the text
  • Connects parents to their students for homework, they can sit with their student and help them research a project
  • Easy for teacher to adjust to different learning styles in the classroom. The students are more able to have an individual program made for them which can improve student achievement.
  • Teachers can spend less time on administration duty by utilizing the internet in their classroom
  • Students and teachers have access to people all over the world- can be an interesting penpal lesson
  • Can be independent learning which may suit some students
  • Real world projects- brings the world to the classroom

Learning Theories:
The Internet address many learning theories here are some of them.
  • Multiple Intelligences:
Linguistic Intelligence- Students are reading information they research
Logical- Mathematical Intelligence- Students can do maths related activities on many Web 2.0 sites.
Spatial Intelligence- Students can study photos/ animations and videos on the internet.
Musical Intelligence- Students can listen to different forms of music and sounds through the internet for example radio stations or international music.
Interpersonal Intelligence- Students can talk to other students around the world.
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs- although the internet does not satisfy the lower levels of the hierarchy it works towards the higher levels where students need to be motivated and creative. Using the internet can help students achieve the need of self-actualization because they are problem solving when doing research and being creative when using interactive websites. Using the internet in the classroom will also help motivate the students to do the task.
  • Social Development Theory (Vygotsky) - The internet can help students socially interact with their classmates as well as with the global community.
  • Discovery Learning (Bruner) - This theory is a method of inquiry based instruction which the teacher can use when incorporating the internet into the classroom. The teacher can set research projects using Web 2.0 and internet resources.
  • Stage Theory of Cognitive Development (Piaget) – When students use the internet they are in the concrete and formal stages of development. Teachers can use the internet as a tool to help their development by posing questions that require abstract thought and reasoning.

Learning Research:
· Study Shows Value of Wired Classroom

· UNESCO's Learning Without Frontier -- Case Study: Global Classrooms, Learning Networks and Virtual Communities

· Shinohara, Mayumi. "Tales from the Electronic Frontier: First-Hand Experiences of Teachers and Students Using the Internet in K-12 Math and Science." 1996.
· Educational Technology Improves Student Performance

· Internet: Does It Really Bring Added Value to Education?

Future Learning and Teaching:
Here are some links that offer good websites for students: