IS FREE INTERNET FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS A GOOD IDEA?
edited March 2007
This is a question that our leaders should look deep into because our public school are poor and these schools should be informed on what is going or happening in this corrupted world of ours.
If it's managed right, Yes, I think it's a very powerfull learning tool.
it's like putting Disney World in the class room. unless it is geared toward learning, cp can be a mind spoiler and kids can also be exposed to so many negative areas if they are not supervised.
Not a MicSem Admin
Well said. There are pros and cons of having such privilege. In the ever so popular MySpace world, students and adults alike spend hours upon hours crafting pretty pages with splashing designs. But its addictive nature keeps the users from exploring beyond just MySpace.
The other thing is, the internet connection we have in the FSM is still on dial-up. Very few have moved to what is called a fractional T1 line, and can run about $380 dollars for 64Kbps, which is slightly above the dial-up speed 54Kbps. To get a 128Kbps runs about $760 or so. A little too much on the expensive side if you ask me. Hopefully in the future, it is at a more affordable cost.
In a perfect world, where internet access is available to students, the internet can open up doors to information that we would otherwise need to purchase text books, articles, novels, and even news papers to get.
I dont think its a good idea to give public schools free internet access as kuttuisland has already stated some of the disadvandages unless, there will be like limitation or time schedule for the free access. In that case it will be lots of help to the public school students for doing research, inquiries for schools they want to attend or filling out finacial aid application on line especially the FAFSA.
Message Mike P
The schools and libraries should get free internet. The internet is an extremely powerful tool. However there has to be restrictions and limitations otherwise it will be abused and misused. We need our children to grow up in the internet age as opposed to learning of the internet. The question is can we afford to keep the computers up and running? It takes a lot of training and money to keep your systems upgraded and on the cutting edge of technology.
Yap public schools is about ten years into this virtual world and one of the main problem is the student still can get access of pornographic materials though there is restrictive software program disenabling such accesses. I believe the problem is with the teachers not able to effectively monitoring students of their misuses due to lack of teachers' computer literacy. However as kap said "a very powerful tool if managed right". Also very important aspect of having computers in a public domain is the ability to maintain technically because it is more susceptible to abuses and vandalism. I guess assuming all the disadvantages but still we can not afford to negate the fact that it is a window to the super highway of information our children's educations very much depend on it.
I wish the schools could get internet access. There are incredible resources in the field of education. The teachers could use their time monitoring and assisting the students and wouldn't have to worry so much about creating curriculum or planning their schedules. It would also allow the support for learning challenges and the avenue for advanced students.
There is the problem of pornography but if the computers were set up, monitored, and programmed correctly, it could be prevented. Education about the reality of pornography and the downfalls of it's usage should be addressed without giving hints or ideas to promote it. Also, computers in the classroom should be used strictly for the required educational use. The "web history" should be checked regularly by the teachers to monitor misuse whether it be surfing the web or playing games or whatever.
I was in a Y2K class,(back in the college days...ahh) when I noticed that most of the students were all teachers who had little or no experience of computers. I think we need to bring our teachers up to speed, if we want to have internet access in schools. Usually, we think about subjects as education technology from the curriculum theory point of view and we also tend to consider new technologies only as useful hardware tools.
Often, we forget the need of fully integrating new technologies into the curriculum, not only as a tool or an educative resource, but also as an important factor to take into account in the planning and development of new curriculum strategies. The use of the Internet and its derived tools in an educative context will be a common situation for the teacher in the near future. As the interest in the Internet grows and more schools get connected to the Net, training teachers to use these technologies (in an efficient way) becomes an essential goal for education professionals. Nowadays, the Internet, mainly through the WWW, has become the biggest distributed hypermedia system in the world. A proper knowledge (what?, where?, how to?) of this "universe" of information and communication will be a fundamental aspect in the training of future teachers.
Kaptalwach et al;
(Pardon the direct address; just to make a personal reply), everyone seem to have their own opinion on the "to be or not to be" aspect of utilizing the internet or the capability to the school system. Kaptalwach's post pretty much capped it; before we can make it useful in the schools and have the students benefit; the teachers first and foremost need to get proficient in implementing this tool. Teachers must have an intensive requirement at the preparation level to get the certification to teach. Should be made mandatory for the teachers to attain a certain level of proficiency. Even now, there are not very many excuses why a teacher(especially on the main islands), shouldn't already be familiar with the fundamentals, if not hands on. While we are on the topic of teachers, let's not forget that our "now" students will be suddenly (seemingly) become the teachers. The awareness and downright operations proficiency and dissemination and implementation probably need to be simultaneous, spontaneous and cutting edge. Confusions and loose ends can then be mended in a classroom setting going through manuals and programs.
The traditional idea that a "new" and expensive tool shouldn't be used like a toy may not be very appropriate in the case of the computer. I always tell my kids (after painfully saving up for it, MMmmmMMM!) "Go to town"! They all are teaching me things I never learned because of the fear of breaking the darn "thing!". I will say their way in was really in the games and then coupled with what they learned through classes and, of course with their peers.
I am more looking to the younger generations to go ballistic on these new technologies. Much of what I am able to do today I learned from my kids...of course, it seemed like child's play at first and now I know it is surely as Kaptalwach puts it, "..."universe" of information and communication will be a fundamental aspect in the training of future..."
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