Among all the relatively recent inventions and advancement in the educational area, the Internet is no doubt the most useful. It provides teachers and educational establishments with endless opportunities, and one would be unreasonable to overlook them. Here are a few of the areas where the Internet can be successfully applied.
- The obvious – looking for information. With the development of the World Wide Web, getting information from another corner of the world has become a common thing. It has increased the speed of education and also simplified teachers’ preparation for their lessons. While being at home, one can download a foreign source in a few translations, find a rare book, get an old newspaper issue and thus save plenty of time.
- Online community. Teachers all over the world now have a conference room to discuss pressing educational issues, exchange ideas, provide help and peer consult to each other. Multiple teachers’ resources are full of materials uploaded by their frequent users who have come with their own ideas and are ready to share them. By only a mouse click, one can get an entire lesson plan along with all props and handouts.
- Communication with students. A teacher no longer has to accept essays on paper or print out homework. Instead, he can use e-mails or file exchange services for large projects. Specially created websites and forums for students and faculty of various universities facilitate prompt informing and engagement of every member of the community. It is simply an additional campus that can be accessed from virtually everywhere.
As for future teachers that are still grinding away at their books at college, the Internet provides an enormous body of knowledge about new educational advancements, new techniques and methods. Therefore, they will be fully armed and prepared when the time is right for them to start teaching.
The rate of quitting is high in this profession, and the Internet can support or refute one’s determination to give up. No textbook can explain how satisfying teaching is. But stories of former and still working teachers can. From this point of view the Internet is a means of encouragement, where veterans can prepare new generations for the difficulties to come.
In all respects, the Internet is one of the most efficient and convenient means in teacher’s studies and work. It has added easiness and accelerated the entire process. Alas, it also has its cons that often take the form of cheating, plagiarism and so on.