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EDUCATION ON THE INTERNET: JOINING THE WORLD CLASSROOM

right_arrow.gif (982 bytes)Internet: An educational tool for the third millenium

Today’s society is rapidly evolving towards becoming an information and technology based society. Throughout the world, current educational systems are becoming centred around the electronic world. Children need to get geared to face this new oncoming society and master new media of communication and information. The Internet, the network of networks, is bringing a new focus in education, introducing a new, resourceful teaching tool, which effectively supplements and complements traditional teaching methods.

Servihoo, the Mauritian Internet, opens the door to a world of information from museums, libraries, documentation centres, magazines, newspapers or simply from other teachers all over the world. Via the e-mail, Servihoo also provides access to a rapid and cost effective means of global communication.


triangler.gif (65 bytes)The Internet in the educational framework
The worldwide dimension of the Internet network and the broad spectrum of services it offers (E-mail, the world wide web (WWW), file transfer protocol (FTP), newsgroups, videoconferencing) makes it a powerful and highly useful tool for teachers.


triangler.gif (65 bytes)Accessing information
The Internet allows schools and colleges to overcome their isolation by enabling communication on a national as well as international level. It provides easy access to educational resources located in Mauritius and abroad. Thus, the Internet provides information to the students on a worldwide scale. It is the self-service of universal knowledge. The Internet can be used as a documentation and information tool. Students can use the Internet to search for information on topics discussed in the classroom. For instance in a geography class, maps can be downloaded from numerous web sites. The large number of educational and cultural web sites offer great potential in the information search.

 

triangler.gif (65 bytes)Disseminating information
Schools and colleges can publish their own information and become providers of information through their web sites. Hence, teachers can design a site which is related to their own subject matter. Furthermore, the design of a web page for a school is a unique pedagogical project. It is a building block for fostering creativity among the student population as the students learn to think, to have ideas on what to put on the web site and how to design it. For example the setting up of a webzine allows the students to become familiar with different facets of journalism.

 

triangler.gif (65 bytes)Communicating and sharing information
The Internet draws together teachers and students by allowing them to make all types of information exchanges. The teachers can share information with their colleagues, submit questions and participate in the elaboration of common resources.

Students can have a worldwide network of pen pals. They can share information about their everyday life at home and other geographical or climatic characteristics, thus enhancing their knowledge of cultural and geographical differences. More serious educational projects between schools can also be jointly undertaken. The E-mail in that particular case plays a major role.


The Internet for the Teaching Professional

 

red_bullet.gif (867 bytes) As a teacher, you can:
Integrate new resources into your pedagogical material by downloading interesting documents.
Have your students work on new tools.
Create with your students your own web pages.
Communicate with your colleagues worldwide.
Allow the students to communicate with pen friends.
Discuss current events with experts or colleagues in forums created for and by you.
Share course materials and content with other colleagues.
red_bullet.gif (867 bytes) As a librarian, you can:
Access updated databases about culture, education and scientific documents.
Participate in forums based on your profession.
Use electronic mail to communicate with your colleagues.
red_bullet.gif (867 bytes) As a director or principal you can:
Keep abreast of and master new trends in education.
Use electronic mail to communicate with your peers from other educational institutions or schools or other organizations.

Getting Connected

servihoo_original.jpg (3227 bytes): the world at your fingertips

Servihoo places your institution on the Internet, giving you access to 40, 000 computers network, 4 million host computers and 60 million Internet users in over 150 countries.

Technical Requirements for Dial-up Access Method

You should be equipped with the following to access Servihoo

  1. Asynchronous modem with one of the baud rates 14 400/28800/33600
  2. Telephone line(the number to dial is 312 12 12) and
  3. Personal computer,

either

IBM Compatible PC with the following:

or

Macintosh with the following:

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