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The World Wide Web (WWW) has become a major presence on the Internet, and teachers are just beginning to discover many valuable applications the Web can have in their classrooms. This study explored use of WWW as a research and publication tool in a fifth grade class project on the formation of the United States. Students were given instruction in navigating the Web through Netscape, and they each searched for sites having to do with individual topics. Each student wrote a report under one of three categories: political leaders, three branches of government, or battles of the Revolutionary War. The Web, it was found, has not yet developed into an effective research tool. Only three of seventeen students found sites relating to their topic. These students did not use the information found on the Web, as the information had already been found in other resources from the library. Various problems with the use of the Web are discussed. Both teachers and students had positive attitudes toward the Web, even though no information was used directly in the reports. Once the reports were complete, the students drew out links among the three groups. Students put in their own hypertext mark-up language (HTML) code, and their reports were posted on the Web. Publication was very successful. Teachers noticed a great deal of improvement in the students' writing. With a few changes to the methods used in this study, the Web could be used as an important part of the classroom, both as a research and a publication tool. Appendices include: Netscape scavenger hunts and keys; a figure illustrating an example of a small group Web; photographs demonstrating the creation of Web links in small groups; and a sample document with HTML. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/MAS)

Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Grade 5, History Instruction, Information Sources, Intermediate Grades, Research Tools, Student Publications











Author: Neal, Nancy L.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7460&id=ED384345







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