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Radical advancements in Internet technology over the last decade have created endless opportunities to expand the realm of the elementary classroom. The World Wide Web (WWW), e-mail, newsgroups, and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) are four of the most prominent utilizations of Internet technology. This paper demonstrates how one suburban mid-western elementary classroom has enhanced its curriculum and improved classroom interaction by maximizing Internet technology. In addition to reviewing the merits of this case study, the paper also: (1) presents the rationale for utilizing Internet technology with existing curricula; (2) examines the current debate on the issue of networking schools; (3) compares and contrasts the pros and cons of utilizing Internet technology in elementary classrooms; and (4) considers the coalescence of curriculum and technology. An overview regarding the current application of Internet technology in an elementary setting highlights its true benefits: students conducting research on a topic of their interest, communication and collaborative projects between students around the world, and the opportunity for students to publish original work. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/SWC)

Descriptors: Computer Networks, Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Electronic Mail, Electronic Publishing, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Internet, Online Systems, Student Research, Students, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration

Author: Oliver, Brad E.; Malm, Loren D.; Malone, Bobby G.; Nay, Fred W.; Saunders, Nancy G.; Thompson, Jay C., Jr.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12530&id=ED413862

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