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A project-based learning approach to the integration of internet resources
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Teaching and Learning, 22(2), 62-73
Many teachers have a general awareness that the Internet offers a rich source of potential learning resources. Even an Internet-resistant "traditional" teacher cannot deny that the World Wide Web houses
endless and ever-current information on all manner of topics. Yet the Internet is often used as an "add-on" in the classroom or as
demonstrations of cutting-edge programs and possibilities which often intimidate rather than encourage educators. The starting point of this paper is the idea that it may be a mistake to view new Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) resources as merely an extension of "traditional" print resources, classroom practices, and "curriculum-as-content" transmission. In other words, the challenge for teachers to
effectively integrate web resources in the teaching and learning processes of their classes and classrooms is not simply a problem of teachers finding suffzcienf fime to develop sophisticated computer skills
or even think about potential applications. Relevant contexts or frameworks for practical integration are also needed. As this paper will discuss, there are good reasons why the concept of "project-based
learning": (a) exemplifies the possibilities of integrating Internet resources in and across the curriculum, and (b) also encourages a more integrated curriculum in terms of generic skills, applied knowledge, and other convergent aspects of learning.
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