1. What is the "Internet"?

A collection of interconnected computer networks all sharing the same TCP/IP protocol.  It is scantly controlled and almost organic and has a virtual life of its own.  It is not owned by anyone in particular.  There is no overlord/organization to insure the accuracy or control what or when you view most content.  It represents the ultimate “free speech” environment but comes with a “buyer be ware” sticker.  It has many different sides such as static and dynamic pages, e-mail, and chat to name a few.

  1. What did people think the Internet would do for education?

It would connect many people to parts of the world prior generations had no access to except for printed media.  For education, it has brought allowed a new channel for education such as TV did in the 50’s and 60’s.  It allowed students and teachers to communicate in a new way.

  1. What has the Internet done for education? Give specific examples.

It has allowed students to get instant visualization of topics previously held to the classroom whiteboards or printed media.  Many schools have provided teachers and students with WEB based tools for progress reporting and re-enforcement of assignments through providing links to assist in the learning process.  At Yucaipa HS, students and parents can log-on any time and see the students grades and if they have a question, sent an e-mail to the instructor for clarification.

  1. If there is a difference between what was thought, and what has occurred, what is the reason for the disparity?

The use of the internet in education was met with great expectation on the part of both educator and student.  As in many cases, not everyone embraced the technology nor understood how to leverage it to make the process of education better.  Not everyone has computer access as there is a cost of ownership some poor communities can not afford.  Educators put content on the internet but without any immediate feedback and poorly defined content has led to misinterpretation of the expectations.