In Western societies, the growth in use of information and communication technology (ICT) in schools and classrooms - particularly in Internet connectivity - has been rapid. In 2002, 82 percent of primary schools in New Zealand and in 2001, 78 percent of secondary schools had Internet connections. The Web is clearly a vital tool for both teachers and students. This book is for people working in education and explores the dynamics of ICT and the issues surrounding its implementation. Contributors examine ICT in the classroom and associated professional development, online professional and educational learning communities, virtual field traps, searching the World Wide Web, online plagiarism, the role of the ICT co-ordinator, cybersafety, and also explode some common assumptions about the potential of e-learning in schools.
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