The Internet is one of the most — if not the most — expansive sources of technology available to us. If used properly, the Internet in the classroom has a great potential to promote student learning. It allows everyone to access information quickly, conveniently, and, most importantly, virtually at no cost. The Internet can be used in countless ways to promote student learning in the classroom.
Google is one of the most powerful, beneficial tools the Internet has to offer when it comes to promoting student learning in the classroom. One of the most advantageous tools Google offers schools is Google Apps for Education, or GAFE. GAFE offers student’s unlimited gigabits towards the entirety of Google Applications, such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Google Sites. These sites will help me, as a future teacher, to effectively communicate with students and their families; while helping students stay organized, collaborating with each other and manage their homework and various other assignments.
Since these students will only be in elementary school, their Google account will be monitored by their parent or legal guardian. They will be given the student’s username and password, allowing them to gain a better understanding of what is being covered in class on that specific day, and when homework and other numerous assignments are due. I believe that when parents are cognizant of their child’s responsibilities inside and outside of the classroom, they can better monitor and ensure that all the work is done on time and to the best of the child’s ability.
Another surprisingly useful tool that will help to promote student learning in the classroom is YouTube. Utilizing YouTube, I will be able to post content such as a tutorial video, which explains how to do the homework from the previous night. While the video is playing, I can circulate through the classroom and provide additional help to students needing it. This will allow me to save time during the overall class period. YouTube will also provide the means to introduce students to new assignments that require a different medium of technology. Students can watch the videos on one medium, while simultaneously working on their assignment. YouTube will afford students the opportunity to access the materials from class, both inside and outside the classroom.
I believe that Internet incorporation within the classroom has the potential to expand and promote student learning. The Internet provides students with unlimited access to almost anything and everything imaginable. With the world at their fingertips, it is my job as an educator to enforce digital citizenship and responsibility, and to certify the students’ safety. The Internet is comprised with millions of constructive tools that will help teachers connect with students and their families.