Project 3: The Internet and its Impact on Society

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teacher:Theresa Hickey
School:Brinton Memorial School
Grade Level:Computer Applications 2100 (Level II and III students)
Number of Students:72
Project Start and Finish Dates:February 1 - April 30, 1997

  Project Overview

Students are being bombarded with hype about the Internet and its advantages; most of our students do not have home access to the Internet. This project will look at the impact of computer networks especially, the Internet on the members of society, particularly the students. It is intended to introduce students to the Internet and give them some first-hand knowledge of how networks can be used for information retrieval, to participate in collaborative inquiries, and for publishing. Students need to become familiar with the technology feel comfortable with it before they can use it successfully and efficiently. The best way to achieve this is to provide hands-on experience. Once students have developed an adequate knowledge of computer networks will the potential of computers in society be realized.

Part 1 of the project will enable students to become aware of the efforts being made by the community and individual families in the use of information technology. Students will learn how to search/navigate the Internet to retrieve information. Discussions and presentations will focus on:

     the different ways people access information in the local area.

     the relationship between geographic location and how information is accessed.

     the relationship between the economics of the local area and the proportion of public
       resources devoted to information technology.

     the comparison of the various methods of retrieving information whether the
       Internet is an effective means to transmit information; whether it is better than the
       tradition methods and why.

Part 2 of the project will demonstrate to students how easy it is to provide information and publish work on the Internet -- students will work cooperatively to construct a Web page to illustrate this. Discussions and presentations will focus on:

     whether the ease of publication will lend itself to an appreciable increase in the amount
       of information to which an individual will be exposed.

     whether the local community is doing its utmost to provide WWW access.

     whether such easily accessible information opens ourselves to unwanted or useless
       information and the issue of censorship.

     whether such access will give an overwhelming feeling of information overload.

  Curriculum Connections

     To make students aware of the technology available to them to access information.
     To alert students to efforts that are presently underway in the community to provide
       access to the information superhighway.
     To alert students to the fact that we are living in a time where the way we
       communicate and retrieve information is undergoing an evolutionary quantum leap.
       The development of networked communications and the introduction of such
       communications to our schools should lead to a paradigm shift in our approach to
       information retrieval.
     To gather information through the Internet.
     To promote cooperative efforts to gather information and analyze data.
     To teach students how to construct a Web page and how to publish it on the Internet.
     To promote an understanding of how scientific knowledge is acquired.

  Evaluation

Part 1:

Students will prepare a short research paper with a minimum of 3 references in which they will demonstrate application of the Internet.

Part 2:

As members of groups students will develop sections for our Web Page. The ultimate evaluation for this section will be to have the Web Page up and running.

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