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Because there is no governing body to ensure safety and integrity on the Internet, the way people use it (or abuse it) tends to reflect the best and worst qualities of our current society. This is not the case with more traditional classroom tools, such as educational videos, because there is always a publisher who is held accountable for the content of the materials. This begs the question of whether the Internet should be used in education. Educational videos and DVDs allow parents and teachers to control what the young child sees and learns, and if delivered via computer, still offer the exposure to the technology, also a required skill in today’s society.

There are currently two schools of thought regarding the use of computers and the Internet in education:

1. The Internet is a valuable resource that can be leveraged by educators to provide rich and meaningful educational opportunities and computer skills are a required life-skill in the information age.

2. Although computer skills are needed and should be taught, the Internet poses too many potential dangers, and its use in the classroom should be eliminated.

The truth is, because there is no governing body to ensure safety and integrity on the Internet, the way people use it (or abuse it) is simply a reflection of the best and worst qualities of our current society. This is not the case with more traditional classroom tools, such as educational videos, because there is always a publisher who is held accountable for the content of the materials.

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Internet Dangers

The following list has been cited by many as reasons for limiting or eliminating using the Internet in the classroom.

– Easy access to sites with inappropriate materials

– Student safety and privacy could be compromised

– Internet Fraud

– Computer Viruses

– Copyright Violations

Advantages of Video

On the other hand, using educational videos delivered via DVD allows the teacher to hand-select and preview the topics and information to which their students are exposed. By delivering the educational video DVDs via computer, the teacher can also ensure that the students’ need for computer literacy is addressed at the appropriate age level.

Another advantage to videos and DVDs, for the teacher, is the time it takes to find the educational resources being sought. For example, a teacher may spend hours and hours searching the Internet to find resources and activities to teach a particular study unit. That same content, however, may be available via one or more educational videos and easily located by one pass through the publisher’s catalog.

For example, on one online school video site, keying the word “multiplication” instantly displays six titles from which to choose. Clicking one of the titles instantly lets the teacher know that the content of this selection is tied to national standards and benchmarks. Done!

Conclusion

Clearly this debate is an issue of control. If you leave a young child to their own devices to search the Internet and absorb whatever information they may stumble across, you lose all control of what they may be learning, both good and bad. Educational videos and DVDs, on the other hand, allows the parent or teacher to control what the young child sees and learns, and if delivered via computer, still offer the exposure to the technology, also a required skill in today’s society.

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By rahul