In spite of all the hype about the Internet and the ways networks are changing the face of education, there is surprisingly little information of pragmatic value to teachers. This book addresses that problem head on.
Electronic Networks is a book written by practicing classroom teachers about actual instructional computing projects in real classrooms. Rather than talk about "the classroom of the future," the authors provide the help teachers need to integrate instructional technologies in their classrooms. They do so by addressing the real problems and real successes of teaching in networked environments.
One way to read this book is to look for specific conditions and activities that ensure success with computers. Taken as a whole, the book is an argument for building a human infrastructure at the same pace we are installing computers and writing; for developing effective ways to assess whether students are truly benefiting from technology; and for addressing issues of equitable use.
I. New Tools for the Classroom: An Introduction to Networked Learning 1. Getting Started in a Networked Writing Classroom: Projects and Resources, S. Hilligoss 2. A Brief, Selective, and Idiosyncratic History of Computers, J. Barber 3. The World Wide Web: Driving on the Information Superhighway in the Classroom, D. Ashmus 4. Hypermedia and the Future of Networked Composition: Inter/Disciplining Our "Selves," T. Howard & J. Perkins II. Students at Work: Using the Tools to Create Community 5. Webbing the Universe of Science Fiction, E. Sparks 6. Beet Farmers, Bombs from Baghdad, and the Northern Lights: Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories, A. Citrino & B. Gentry 7. Our Way or the Highway? Perceptions of Self and "Other" on the Electronic Frontier, T. McKenna 8. Reflective Voices: Constructing Meaning in the USjApanLINK Project, K. Caswell & D. Wood Read an excerpt from Electronic Networks!9. Using Computer Conferencing to Extend the Bounds of the Writing Curriculum; or, How I Quit the Symphony and Joined a Jazz Band, C. Bateman & C. Benson III. Crossing Boundaries: Institutional Change and the Role of Technology 10. Walking in Many Worlds, L. Maddox 11. Rural Teachers and Students: Connecting and Communicating, R. Gooch 12. A School at the Crossroads of the Ancient and Contemporary, P. Sittnick 13. Reflections on Crossage Collaboration: Networking College and High School Students, W. Butler 14. Making Technology Count: Incentives, Rewards, and Evaluations, R. Rickly
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