The Internet – A Powerful Medium for Educators
As an educator, am I aware of the power of the internet?
Are the children making best use of the internet?
Is there a method of enhancing their internet skills?
Can I make a difference?
These and other innumerable questions come to our mind when we glimpse the wonders of the World Wide Web- The mysterious and all powerful, vast and awesome Information Superhighway!
As Educators we can unleash its power and provide guidance to our students, especially pre-teens and teens!
Come, lets explore the possibilites...
1. Topics for Debate, Class discussion, Essay writing, Skits
"Are most people internet savvy or just computer savvy ?";
"Is safety on the internet an issue that society needs to pay attention to ?";
"Is there a need to teach children to keep their comments clean on the internet ?";
"Should internet usage be an integral part of school curriculum?"
"If something on the internet makes me uncomfortable, what do I do?"
"My parents and teachers know little about the internet, how can they guide me?"
"I know a lot about the internet, why should I teach others about it?"
and pin them up in a place where students can see them when they work on their computer.
b) Discuss with your students which punishment is most appropriate when the net-safety rules are broken.
c) Ask students to make colorful charts for the net safety rules.
d) You need 4 big baloons and a sketch pen.Let them blow up baloons and write each rule on a baloon. Then they can rub the baloon against some woolen clothing and stick them to a wall to make a colorful and unique presentation.
3. Move safely on the Information Super Highway.
This is a unique highway where you can have lots of fun. Try making this highway and then move along it using a pen or pencil. You will find that you can go over both the surfaces of a closed band. This band of paper has only one side. Not possible? Ok, then try making the highway as follows:
You need a thick A4 size paper, sketch pen, a pair of scissors, glue stick and coloring pencils.
i) Cut out strip A (use slightly thick paper) .Cut out a strip 1 inch wide and 9 inches long. Join the two ends and make into a standard ring.
ii) Cut out another strip B as shown above and color both its surfaces using different colors. Now give a half-twist and then join the two ends of the band.
Move along both strip A and strip B with a pen/pencil and in which case can you go over both surfaces?
There is something else for you to do, what will happen if you cut around the middle of strip A and strip B, Try it. Have fun on the Information Super Highway but don't forget to be careful!
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