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Learning from cyber-savvy students : how Internet-age kids impact classroom teaching
Hird, Anne, 1959-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Sterling, Va. : Stylus, 2000.
Physical Description:
xi, 176 pages ; 24 cm

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LB1028.43 .H57 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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As the Internet has become a common household utility, more and more students are coming to school with Internet experience. How do students' and teachers' roles, and schools as institutions, change when these Internet-Age kids enter classrooms that are fully equipped with networked computers? This book offers a unique analysis of the issues and challenges teachers face as their classrooms become fully connected to the Internet. Anne Hird spent six months observing a class in a school with fully connected classrooms. She presents a vivid and insightful account - often reported through the students' own words -- of how young teens use computers in and out of school; how they perceive the world shaped by the Internet; and how these factors shape their expectations for classroom learning. She observes and reflects on the paradox which confronts teachers in this environment. They are expected to guide students in learning with a cognitive tool that was not part of the teachers' experience as students, while students' familiarity with the Internet calls into question the authority of the teacher on which the traditional teacher-student relationship is based. She offers a strategy for professional development which recognizes and builds on this inevitable shift in the teacher-student relationship. This is an absorbing, thought-provoking and practical book for all educators -- individual teachers and administrators alike - concerned about the integration of computer technology into elementary and secondary school classrooms.

Author Notes

Anne Hird, Ph.D., describes herself as living with one foot on the ground and one foot in "cyberspace." She has worked with computer technology in schools and libraries since 1982. Her experience ranges from teaching in the Providence Public Schools to directing the $1.1 million Library Power grant across twenty-seven elementary and middle schools. She holds degrees from Brown University, Simmons College, and the University of Rhode Island-Rhode Island College

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Library Journal Review

Most K-12 schools are facing an inevitable mandate to integrate computer technology into their curricula. Hird (education, Rhode Island Coll.) witnessed many of the potential travails and triumphs when she spent six months observing classes in a newly wired fourth- through eighth-grade private school where Internet use was part of the required coursework. Many of her illuminating findings stemmed from interviewing students who were often more knowledgeable about computers and web resources than their teachers. Most youngsters, as Hird found, adapt to new technology easily and eagerly but reluctantly share their skills with adults who are supposed teach them. Hird's practical recommendations will help to alleviate the apprehensions of many teachers and administrators. An extensive bibliography and an appendix articulating a thoughtful Internet use policy round out the text. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.DWill Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Author's Notep. xi
1. Introduction: Children, Adults, and the Thinking Machinep. 1
2. New Possibilities for Learning: the Promise of the Internetp. 13
3. Patterns of Response to Innovation: Schools and Technologyp. 27
4. Online and Offline: it's All Realp. 43
5. Fun, But Not All Games: Living and Learning Onlinep. 55
6. Information and Misinformation: Students' Online Researchp. 75
7. Meeting the Real Person First: Students' Online Relationshipsp. 93
8. But is it Safe? Students' Online Conductp. 105
9. The Internet Generation in School: Using Technology in the Classroomp. 123
10. Catching up to Kids: What Schools Can Dop. 147
Appendix A Cityview School Acceptable Internet Use Policyp. 161
Appendix B Data Collection and Analysisp. 163
Referencesp. 167
Indexp. 171