There is a great debate about the use of the Internet in classrooms. Some people feel that it will be used as "edutainment" where students will be allowed to just play on the Internet. Others feel it is too unfiltered and allows easy access to inappropriate material. We disagree.
We believe that the Internet can be used as a powerful tool to enhance curriculum instruction. However, certain criteria need to be put in place to make the Internet educationally relevant. Schools and districts need to support teachers in their quest to integrate technology by providing appropriate training, hardware, and Internet access. Teachers must be trained how to integrate the Internet into their educational practices. With proper training, teachers will be able to open up a whole new world of information and resources to their students.
By integrating the Internet into their curriculum, teachers prepare their students for the age of technology. The students become proficient at using technology, but beyond that they become problem solvers, researchers, and investigators ready to take on the challenges of the 21st Century.