In the article I read titled, “Teachers Using the Internet” on teachersindex.com, the author is not listed, how the internet can be a valuable resource for teachers at all levels and across all the subjects is discussed. The article states that it is a great places for teachers to find fun activities and, for teachers to be able to communicate with students and parents. Almost immediately the author warns us that as teachers we should be aware of what the internet should and shouldn’t be used for, what its limitations are. The author writes that teachers most commonly use the internet for help finding lesson plans, and warns that the internet is a teaching tool not a replacement for good teaching.
Although it is a great resource it should not be relied on heavily, it should be a resource that is used sporadically. The author writes, “you cannot be an effective teacher if you are getting your daily lesson plans from the internet”. Another reason teachers use the internet is to find worksheets, because they are free, downloadable, and printable; however we are warned to not go looking for worksheets because, “your classroom should actually be for the most part, work-sheet free”. Further explaining that many teachers are not aware of this. The author explains that worksheets “can be a lazy way of teaching. However, worksheets are terrific for drilling on basic skills like math and language arts”. Even though we are warned to stay away from the practice of worksheets, we are told to save any good ones we do come across.
Another use that is given is creating classroom websites, which I my pre-practicum one teacher does utilize to great success. It really works for her, students know that homework is always up and they can also submit work via their website. The only caveat given for using websites is privacy issues.
Next email is touched upon, it is recommended that teachers have a parent email list for their students, because this is a way to keep in touch and keep them informed. Parents can recieve updates, assignments, and any concerns can be addressed quickly. Finally, the author discusses the use of internet to, “do some educational research. If you are having problems in class, do an online search. See if other teachers have the same problem and have solved it”. Although, this article wasn’t long it was an insightful read. Some of the stuff in common sense, but in an age where we “Google” everything, it was a helpful reminder that in order to really succeed as a teacher we should never overuse any teaching tool.
With that being said this website (teachersindex.com), ironically, has a banner across the top that says, “Free teachers resources, lesson plans, worksheets, & teacher articles”.
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