Catch Them Young: IT Literates HTML version

Towards Quality IT Literacy for All:
overzealous watchdog policies may inhibit Internet
opportunities for students, whose only access to the
Internet is through school. Take the example of the
many parents who take a balanced approach to the
Internet. Both at home and at school, set rules and
limits on Internet use, but also guide their children to
good Internet contents. Avoid gender stereotypes,
especially since girls and boys - unequal percentages
- are making use of the Internet. This should be the
area of interest of the researchers as they
discriminate during data analysis. No wonder an
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determination and as such the great valuation of the
communication lies within.
Parents and school leaders who look for online
opportunities for younger children can be guides to
engaging, age-appropriate content. The Internet can
reinforce everyday learning opportunities and be a
powerful tool for fostering interaction among adults
and young children. It takes much to conduct the
new tool of knowledge in this regard. The task of the
teaching gentry must ponder in regard to computing
of this sort, they must help teachers, parents, and
children use the Internet more effectively for
learning. For example, they ought to suggest
education-related websites for parents and children
to visit together - and give them learning activities to
do once they get there. Offer education-related help
for students online, like after-school tutoring.
Provide teachers with professional development
opportunities to help them model effective use of the
Internet as a tool for students' learning, including
integrating Internet learning with regular classroom
learning. If teacher training takes place outside of
regular school hours, offer teachers incentives to
participate when possible. If teacher training pulls
teachers out of the classroom, parents should be
made to know why it is important to support this
professional development. The usage of the Internet
to communicate more effectively with parents and
students goes a long way to generate interest for all.
For instance, launch school district or school
websites or publicize websites in newsletters and
places where parents are likely to be. Update
websites frequently with relevant, timely
information. Post exemplary student work online,
with teacher commentary explaining why this work
meets academic standards. Make websites
interactive by soliciting comments or holding public
forums about education issues online. Encourage
teachers, parents and students to communicate
through email, make their email IDs and even
communicate off-line with that reference only for
generating pulses of craze and interest of being a
netizen. And finally, engage the community. This
can be very easily done through holding computer
and Internet training classes for parents or hosting
convenient opportunities for parents, community
leaders, librarians, teachers, and others to talk
together about children's use of the Internet. Schools
Quality education is the need of the hour and with
the result, at the same time the boards of education
and learning must develop a plan to help schools,
teachers and parents educate children about safe,
responsible use of the Internet. For example,
encourage schools and families to place computers
in rooms that are shared (such as family rooms,
dining rooms, offices or libraries), where children
can use the Internet with others around them. And
teach children never to share personal information
(name, address, telephone, or credit card number)
online. This may go a long way in making this a
success. The day-to-day activities at the school and
the home education will provide a healthy liking for
the computer and this is required to foster
appropriate use of the Internet among preschoolers
and other young children.
It is also a debating fact that despite the increasing
use of computers in elementary schools, there hasn't
been a decrease in the formal teaching of
penmanship. The children use just as much paper as
they did before computers became a classroom
standard. Hence one has to keep in mind that writing
with a pencil involves an equally important set of
skills as typing on a keyboard.
Exposure to the Internet can help preschoolers and
children in the early elementary grades master
literacy and other cognitive skills and also can spur
integration of these skills early in their development.
Towards Quality IT Literacy for All: