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Education Lite - The Impact of the Internet on Education
What impact does the Internet have on education? Does it enhance it or detract from it?
Do we turn education over to corporations who have the dollar clout to sponsor elaborate Web pages masquerading as educational sites? Max Frankel in his 1996 article, Media Mongrels wrote:
Psychologists have taught advertisers that young children are especially trusting of computer characters who address them by name and engage them in one-to-one conversation. The industry's research shows also that when children go on line they enter a "flow state" of total absorption in a challenging activity. Erica Gruen, of Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive, is quoted as certain that "there is nothing like it for advertisers to build relationships with kids."
Another concern about education and the Internet links home and school--homework help. This type of help is more than accessing an online encyclopedia and looking up a subject. It is making use of sites that are designed specifically to aid with homework. Some online services provide specific areas to assist with assignments, including the ability to send questions or homework problems via e-mail to experts in a subject area and receive responses in as little as three hours.
Questions of honesty and integrity immediately come to mind. Would the latch-key middle school student simply plug into one of these services and wait for answers to homework problems? A prime example of this situation is the plagiarism scandal in the Piper, Kansas, High School. Many parents stated that their young-adult students didn't know that it was wrong to copy information from the Internet. This... [continues]
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