Integrating the Internet in the K–6 classroom: An online self-paced introductory course
The purpose of this project was to create and evaluate an online self-paced course. This course introduced teachers to some strategies of integrating the Internet in the K-6 classroom. These strategies, which had been successfully used by many educators, were organized into 4 modules. Within each module, integration strategies were presented along with successful stories, an interactive quiz, and a self-assessment practice.
Four teachers from an elementary school volunteered to test and evaluate the course. They filled out a survey to rate the course in 4 categories. The course received an overall positive rating of 3.69 on a scale of 1-4 with 4 as "Strongly Agree." These teachers also participated in a focus group interview to discuss the strategies presented. Although they agreed that these strategies had educational values, they stated that only the strategies in the modules Integrating Web Resources and WebQuest were practical and applicable to their classrooms. This project report concludes with recommendations for future developers of online instructional systems.
0530: Teacher education