Read more : http://www.ehow.com/info_8109434_advantages-disadvantages-internet-education.html Nearly every classroom in America’s schools can access the Internet, a number that grew from 35 percent in 1994, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Some teachers use the Internet with every assignment while others take a different approach. As with any education technique, classroom Internet usage comes with both advantages and disadvantages.
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A major advantage of the Internet is the ability to access all types of information from library resources all over the world, including magazines, books, newspapers and journal publications, instantaneously. This information increases the learning potential by providing students with the latest information. It also expands the resources of a smaller library tremendously. Students using search engines can find information quicker and more tailored to their specific needs. As a disadvantage, educators may consider this information overload. With all of the information available to students, they may find it difficult to choose which information is most important to a topic and also when to stop looking. In addition, the validity of Internet sources varies considerably from website to website, which means students can very easily acquire inaccurate or out-dated information online.
An online education provides students with the convenience of going to class and completing assignments on their own timetable. Students can take classes from a college or university nowhere near their home and get an education experience not available to them locally. Students who travel with a job can take a class in a house, hotel room or coffee shop. Students save on housing, gas money and travel expenses. However, an online education means face-to-face instruction does not exist, nor does the ability to get instant feedback on class assignments in many situations. They also can’t hear questions from other students (or ask questions themselves), which often can give clarification to a student struggling with the concepts of the material.
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Virtual Field Trips
An advantage of a classroom Internet connection allows students to take a virtual field trip without ever leaving their school building. Students studying the animals of Africa, the Great Wall of China or the Egyptian pyramids, for example, never have to get on a plane. For schools struggling with budgets and for schools in rural locations, going to an online museum or virtual zoo gives them a unique opportunity they might not otherwise have without Internet access. Disadvantages of this experience mean students can’t ask questions of the zookeeper or touch a snake at a zoo. They can’t take pictures or create memories with their classmates. For younger children, a field trip can teach them how to behave in public and respect adults; since virtual field trips don’t leave the classroom, they only learn to respect their teacher.
The Internet allows students to meet people from all over the world at the click of a button. Suddenly doing a tenth grade literature project on Irish literature with the help of students in Ireland makes the project more interesting and thus a huge advantage. Artists studying Italian architecture can email experts in Italy about the vast amount of artwork. While these opportunities provide great details and resources, they also can damage social skills. Students who reply primarily on the Internet for information and interaction don’t talk to people in person as much; rather they just email back and forth. This can make it hard to develop listening skills, especially when interviewing someone, or to acquire appropriate social skills for face-to-face interactions.
Advantages and disadvantages of school children using the Internet for research
Discuss the Advantages and disadvantages of school children using the Internet for research Over the last decade computers have been used more than ever before. The emergence of the Internet during the 1990’s allowed educational research materials to be made available through websites. Many people now use the Internet as a primary source of information for their work however there are many sides to this argument and there are doubts whether this is advisable in all cases. There are both advantages and disadvantages of school children using the Internet for research purposes, these advantages are: * The fact that the Internet is an easy tool to use and, once the child has learnt how to use the web; they can use search engines to find almost anything. …read more.
* There is a great deal of software available to stop unwanted sites, viruses or ads coming up, so the child could be trusted to use the internet without being in danger as long as they bear in mind that privacy is important and as long as they do not disclose personal information over the web. * You can get Current, topical information, such as news from around the world as the Internet is constantly being updated. * Also, there are many sites, which help children to study through the use of different media such as online Learning. Disadvantages include the fact that:: * Anyone can publish a web page to support his or her own intents and purposes. …read more.
some relevant information * Not all information is on the Internet and so the subject that the particular student may be researching may have more to it than is shown. * There can be many people such as hackers etc. who are trying to access your computer whilst you are on a particular site. This is important to remember when using the Internet for anything. In conclusion, I would say that the Internet is very useful to schoolchildren (like myself) in terms of its research potential but one must be aware of its limitations and should follow sensible practise in using it safely and wisely. However certain points must be remembered to ensure that the research produced is true and realistic. ?? ?? ?? ?? …read more. The above preview is unformatted text
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Advantages and Disadvantages of the Internet
Can you imagine a life without the internet? Hasn’t it revolutionized and eased up our life in many ways? Read on to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the internet. By Ashwini Ambekar | Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Modern life and business has become easier and the world markets have shrunk thanks to the immense contribution of the internet technology to communication and information sharing. However this internet technology was not created overnight. In its initial stages of creation it facilitated communication within certain specific network stations through a central mainframe method. Eventually internet operations wherein multiple networks could be connected together was made possible. From here on internet service providers that were privately owned allowed for expansion and use of this technology and it has had a tremendous impact all over the world.
The Internet not only allows for ease in communication through email but also ensures easy availability of information, images, and products among other things. Every day the internet continues to provide a new facility, something new that is immensely convenient and that makes life easier for many people. However this internet like any other technology is also like a Pandora’s Box and contains some unwanted elements or disadvantages. Following are the advantages and disadvantages of the internet.
Advantages of the Internet
The internet has opened up new avenues for communication. Email facility has allowed people to communicate with minimum wastage of time. It is now possible to send a message to any part of the world through a simple email address and the message is delivered in a matter of seconds. This has allowed businesses to expand and communicate with their vendors and customers located all over the world in record time. Personal communication
has also become easier thanks to email. Chat rooms, video conferencing are some of the latest additions in this technology and these have allowed people to chat in real time irrespective of the location of the parties involved. The intranet allows for people within an organization to easily communicate and share information. The greatest advantage of this phenomenal creation is that it is easy to understand and simple to use. Information has been made available easily because of this wonderful technology. Search engines, websites dedicated to different subjects and large amount of articles and papers are available for perusal in a matter of few seconds.
Forums on a number of sites allow people to discuss and share their thoughts and information with others located at different places all over the world. Whether this information is about the latest news happenings in the world or information about your favorite celebrity, everything is available at your fingertips. A huge cache of data is available on the internet on every single subject. With this storehouse of information people can not only increase their knowledge bank but can do so without wasting their time through traditional means such as visiting libraries and conducting exhaustive research. This is particularly relevant for students who can use this wealth of information for their school projects and also to learn new things about the subjects they are interested in. In fact this internet is a boon for many schools and universities that are now able to assign projects and work to the students and follow their progress which can be easily posted on the school/ university internal websites.
Online education has grown at a very fast pace since internet allows the development and use of innovative tools for imparting education. The internet has also revolutionized the entertainment industry. You no longer need to go to a cinema hall to watch your favorite movie. You now have companies offering their services wherein you can just download or order your favorite movie and watch it with a fast internet connection. Likewise you can download your favorite music or other important software in a matter of few minutes. There are a number of shareware programs that allow you to share and download your favorite music and videos.The internet also allows people from different cultures and backgrounds to connect with each other. Internet gaming is a huge business and allows enthusiastic gamers to compete against each other in games even when they are located far apart.
Likewise dating has also allowed people to find their prospective soul mates. Shopping has also got a complete makeover thanks to the contribution of the internet. You have many websites selling a variety of products of products online and one just needs to select or bid for the desired product and entire financial transactions can be conducted through the internet. E commerce has got a facelift because of the internet and entire global business deals can be conducted over the internet. Transfer of money is also no longer a time consuming job and with just a click of a button you can easily transfer funds to anyplace you wish. Some of these services of course come at a price.
A variety of other services are also available through the internet including booking of tickets whether they are for traveling, hotel reservations or for your favorite movies. Medical support and guidance is also available through the internet and there are many websites catering to this and a horde of other services.
Disadvantages of the Internet
While the internet has made life easier for people in many ways it is also reflecting an uglier side to its existence through a number of problems that it has thrown up for its users. With a large amount of information freely available on the internet theft and misuse of this information is a likely possibility. Time and again you see cases of people using someone else’s information and research and passing it off as their own. Another problem or disadvantage of the internet is that it has allowed a great deal of anonymity to a large number of people who may access the different websites, forums and chat rooms available. This has allowed perverted individuals to at times take advantage of innocent people and abuse their trust. Since business dealings and financial transactions have become easier because of the internet another problem that has arisen is that people can now misuse your private information including financial details such as the credit card number.
There have been cases of financial frauds and other problems that people have experienced following misuse of such sensitive information. Some unscrupulous individuals have been successful in creating viruses and links that once clicked can automatically transmit your personal email addresses and other details to certain parties and even your bank account details in some extreme cases. The case where funds are withdrawn or where sensitive data are obtained is called phishing. One of the biggest problems that the internet has created is that of spamming. Spamming refers to the activity wherein unwanted emails and other links are sent in bulk to people. These emails may pertain to advertising or random bulk emails and these may contain viruses that may corrupt the system and even if they don’t cause any harm these can be plain annoying.
The internet has also given birth to viruses that can wreck havoc in the system and cause a lot of damage. Many websites are notorious for sending adware, viruses and also other malicious software that can slow the computer and in some cases even harm it considerably. The internet is particularly attractive for a child since it has so much to offer in terms of entertainment. However pornography is a serious threat in today’s world and this can cause a lot of problems in terms of emotional and mental well being of the child. There are practically millions of pornographic sites and without supervision a child can easily fall into the trap of accessing such sites.
Even though a number of informative sites are available there is also a darker side to the internet with the availability of a large number of other problematic sites that can cause serious effects on a child during these impressionable ages. Even though the internet has in many ways brought the world closer together it has in many other ways caused a lot of damage to relationships and growth of individuals. This is because the internet can have a huge addictive pull and people are at times known to surf the internet for up to 15 or 16 hours a day. Chat rooms and forums or other ways of interactivity cannot really replace real life socializing and if that takes place internet can be quite detrimental.
An importance of the internet as a learning tool is significant. The development of Internet technologies has raised the education level in all countries and it has changed the way students are being taught at schools. That’s why it is very important for the present generation that they provide internet education for their young generations.
Internet applications respond to students and other people questions in real time. Students are seeing Google as a new Teacher and the Internet as a school. That’s why it is important for teachers to use information technology in education
The Internet has been crucial in the evolution of our education system in various ways. Teachers can use the internet as a modern tool for education. Education department should provide the infrastructure that teachers and student can use to get benefits of technology in education
Students are always curious and creative by nature. They are smart enough to know how they can use the internet to search for almost anything. It doesn’t matter if they are studying at a private school or government school. But at the same time, there is a difference in the ways they use the internet for education in schools. In private schools, teachers will teach about computer and internet skills to students. The students note the homework that needs to be done related to that computer class. And do you know how some students do this? They are forced to go to a cyber café with their parents to collect data that they have to include in their assignments. This is not good. If students are taking the help of cyber boy to collect the data for their homework I don’t think these students learned anything in this process. But the one thing they do learn is that money can work wonders anywhere.
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The teaching process that schools are following is not good and they need to use the internet as a tool, not the source. The source is a student. Teachers need to explore the creativity in their student’s minds. And then students can learn and solve problems using their own creativity and innovative thinking and not by the direct work of parents/tuition. If necessary the parents can help with encouragement but they should not do the homework themselves. Completing the assignment given is not as important as the learning process that a child goes through while doing it. It is essential for parents to provide computer and internet facilities to their children. It is not that easy for parents to pick up modern technologies as fast as their children but it is very important that parents also know about the importance of computers literacy and internet education.
In government school especially in India, the level of computer and internet infrastructure is very low. I know government school or school in villages provide computer education only after 9th or 10th class. Within that little time too, a government school student barely gets to learn much because there are 5-10 students who are assigned a single computer. It is very difficult to learn this way. I agree that this is the best time to teach them about the advanced computer skills but this is not the way to do it. The lack of Information technology infrastructure in schools is a big question mark against Government policies towards computer education. It feels bad to see on the news that computer teachers are on strike again. This happens once a year. The government must think, how computer teachers can teach with low-quality IT infrastructure in government schools and a small salary?
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This is happening in other states too because states don’t have their own IT infrastructure and they are providing computer education by utilizing the services of private companies. This is a big political game played by politicians and industrialists who are interested in making money by misusing the education system in the country. And the victims are students and teachers. How can a teacher teach without tools? How can teacher/students learn and practice? And that’s why parents are right if they admit their kids in private schools. This whole scenario looks like a game played by politicians and industrialist for their personal interests at the cost of children’s internet education in schools. The fees in these private schools are very high but the parents have no other options if they want their children to learn about the importance of the internet in education at schools.
I was the victim of these kinds of policies in my school times. I was in the 9th class at that time when I started learning about computers in senior secondary school Darlaghat. I feel proud that I got my fundamental education in that school from great teachers. But do you know that I used the computer only 2 times in a year? One time was for typing (asdf;lkj) and the second time was to play spider solitaire cards game on a windows XP computer. I always thought that the computer teacher was responsible for what happened to me and other students in regard to computer and internet education. But later I understood that it wasn’t the computer teacher’s fault, it was because of our policy makers in India responsible for the education system. That was the year 2002 and today 12 years have passed but the level of computer education is still low in most of the schools in India.
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But I saw the brighter and positive side recently when a few days ago I asked my little cousin who is in 7th class in the Government school in a village (Chhamla) in Himachal Pradesh; what are you doing in mobile? He said, “I am downloading games”. It’s amazing to listen. He hasn’t studied computers and the internet in school yet but he was downloading games like a pro. The similar task is done by 70% of kids after 2 years of age. This is the power we need to understand. There is immense hidden potential and creativity in the youngest generation today. They are born with an intuitive attraction for technology. They learn fast but are we giving them the best learning environment? Politicians often use famous quotes or marketing lines such as: “Students & Children are the future of India” but how? Where? In strikes, writing and producing anti-national slogans inspired by politicians? I hate such people who are misguiding the youth in the wrong direction; even students don’t know what they are doing because they are at a tender age.
There are thousands ofthings you can do on the internet. Education should be the prime purpose I believe. Knowledge is everywhere and the internet provides us the facilities so that we can access what was not possible in the past at the click of a button today. That’s why it is important to use the power of the internet in education to improve the talents of students.
Uses of Internet in Education
- Students can search what they want to learn about by the use of Google or other search engines like Bing, Yahoo etc.
- Students can learn and take online classes anytime and anywhere.
- Notes and researched paper all are available on the internet and just a click away.
- Students can get tuition online and they can watch Videos on YouTube related to mathematics, English language, physics or any other information about any topic related to their school homework.
- Teachers can use social media to connect with students and share motivational quotes as well as subject related articles and notes.
- Teachers can teach by the use of animation, powerpoint slides, and images to capture the student’s attention.
- Teachers can record their own lectures or topics on camera and upload them to YouTube.
- Parents can also see what their student’s teachers are doing on Facebook.
- Parents can also help children by watching the same topic on the internet. They also can learn on the internet for their personal development so that later they can contribute to their kid’s education. Here is more about it:What is the importance of computers in our parent’s life?
- Parents can interact, communicate or chat with teachers and school authorities about their kid’s performance and attitude in school.
- School principals, teachers can create Facebook Groups to teach students. Here is more about it: How to use Facebook for Knowledge
- Students can post topic and can ask questions about their topic on the Internet to get advice from other teachers and others who are willing to teach.
- Students can connect with other school students for the same topic by the use of the internet.
The Internet in education can play thousands of practical roles to improve talent in kids. But this is only possible if we are going to teach our students what they really need. You can’t explain an algebra lesson on Facebook but you can interact with students about the topic. And government should pay some money for teachers to use social media.
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The Internet in education can expand the knowledge of students, teachers, and parents. Parents can analyze what is most important to teach a kid in a particular time. Parents can research about the best career for their kids. Teachers can research for creative ideas to teach students in entertaining ways that capture the student’s attention and imagination. Students can use the internet to convert their theoretical knowledge into practical. The Internet provides the facilities for students to do the experiments, research, and development.
We are aware that all of this is not that easy. But learning and proper planning can help to speed up and improve the quality of our Indian Education System. Courses and syllabus need to be updated by seeing the demand for skills in Internet technology.
The Internet is a computer technology connected with millions of computers. It is like an artificial intelligence so it means we have to teach students and people how to use it. The Internet is full of advantages but there are disadvantages too that we need to teach and those need to be analyzed by the governments at the state and center level.
The Internet has changed our living style in a big way. The Internet has changed our daily activities. The Internet is challenging us in every second. And it is because we all are connected with Artificial Intelligence. But it is important that artificial intelligence cannot dominate human and environmental development. Artificial Intelligence will never control this world, we should have the controls and education to operate artificial intelligence. Education is important for human development so the use of internet in the education system can help us explore and gain knowledge to create opportunities for teachers, students and for parents alike.
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