Mix and Match (Using the Internet to Teach)
Tools for Internet Enhanced Teaching
Chat and Collaboration
Different Solutions for Different Bandwidth
Student Requirements for Web Enhanced Teaching
Examples of Using the Internet to Enhance
Problems and Opportunities
; Teaching an Excel Class using my own materials and no formal class room instruction
; Teaching the "Using the Internet" class
; Creating and using my own Web page to supplement my current classes ; Participating in the TCC Conference in Hawaii
; Taking the Ziff Davis University Classes
; Thinking through the Microcomputer Support Degree and ways that it could be offered state wide
Looking at the Problem (Mix and Match Tools Grid) ; What do I do when I teach?
; What tools do I use when I teach?
; What Web tools do I, or will I, use when I teach?
; How can I combine Internet tools to improve my teaching?
Analyzing the Problem (Mix and Match Tools Grid) ; Matching Tools to Components
; My traditional face to face classes
; My Web enhanced classes
; Web dominant classes
Tools for Internet Enhanced Teaching
E-mail is the key Internet teaching tool. E-mail provides the prime
means of communicating with students. As an essential part of all my
classes I would want a list of students and their e-mail accounts. I could
send messages to students individually as well as a group. In the future
e-mail should be included with a student roster information just like
phone numbers. Pine provides basic e-mail capability with low
In addition to basic e-mail having the capability to include file
attachments in an easy, and user friendly, way is a requirement both to
distribute assignments and also for students to turn in their work.
Eudora and Pegasus handle attachments in a user friendly and
E-Mail (HTML Reader)
Being able to send HTML documents and Web pages expands the
capability of e-mail to share Web resources. Presently Navigator 3 and
4 are the most accessible and useful e-mail client from an educational
perspective. Internet Explorer is supposed to add HTML reader
The Netscape Navigator e-mail client is the best current tool to
support e-mail for education. Netscape Navigator provides the
capability to directly send HTML documents and a simple way to send
and use file attachments. Pine is an important e-mail supplement.
Students should be able to use both e-mail clients to take advantage of
e-mail supplemented classes.
; WWW Authoring
Basic Text Editor
; Notepad or Simple Text
Enhanced Text Editor
; Home Site or Page Spinner
; Netscape Gold or Composer
; Front Page
; Page Mill
; MS Office Products
Alternative Web Formats
; Word and Excel Viewers
; Adobe Acrobat
WWW Authoring (Conclusion)
As a teacher or as a student there are many authoring packages. At the Downtown Center we are using Netscape Gold and either Notepad or Simple Text. Netscape Gold is freely accessible to students and we can teach other Internet skills such as browsing, mail, and news using the same software. For editing and correcting Netscape Gold HTML we use basic text editors that are provided free with the computer operating system. I personally use Word to create class documents and then convert them to HTML for the Web. I intend to explore the possibility of making links to Word and Excel Viewer software on my Web Page so that I can make FTP links to Word and Excel documents that people can download and read.
; Web Publishing Servers
WWW Pages (Personal Web Server)
; Front Page (Both Mac and W95)
; Netscape Fast Track Server
WWW Pages (Departmental or University Web Server)
; NT, MAC, or UNIX systems
WWW Servers (Conclusion)
If I use the analogy of a personal web server as a Xerox machine then a university or departmental server is a formal publication. I believe that both servers are necessary and complementary tools.
The personal web server can be used for class Web Pages, ad hoc discussion groups, and creative exploration for specific classes, and student work.
The departmental or University server can be used for instructional infrastructure, marketing, permanent information, links to personal servers, and tools for teaching that can be accessed from personal servers.
The Front Page Web Server works well for my classes. I can create discussion groups, Web Pages, install student pages, and provide FTP service on an old 486 DX 33. We also have a TVC Web Server using Windows NT and Microsoft’s supplied Web Server. The TVC page and other faculty pages are using the NT server. I personally would not want to give up the freedom and flexibility of my small personal web server.
; Discussion Group Software
Discussion Group Software
; Group e-mail reflected to students
; Personal Discussion Group Software (Front Page)
; NT or UNIX Server based discussion software (Collabra, Web
Crossing, Podium or Other Dedicated Discussion Software)
Discussion Group Software (Conclusion)
Web based threaded discussion groups are an essential teaching
application and the missing piece in our teaching tool kit.
From my experience taking classes at Ziff Davis University, my using
an ad hoc discussion group using Front Page, and seeing how others are
using listservs and newsgroups the core teaching tool, second only to e-
mail is a threaded discussion medium.
Listservs and newsgroups are a low bandwidth but high coordination
and not too flexible alternative to Web based threaded discussion
Getting students to use discussion group software can be difficult. I
would make participation a mandatory and evaluated portion of any
class that I taught.
Personally I intend to use Front Page discussion groups in many of my
classes and to require participation.
; Chat and Collaboration Software
Chat Group Software
; (Chat client mIrc and Chat server wircserv)
; (NetMeeting and/or Netscape Conference)
; (Internet Phone and Video Conferencing)
Chat and Collaboration Software (Conclusion)
I have experimented with mIrc and wircserv. I have a chat server
running on my personal web server. mIrc has a training penalty, but it
could be used to have virtual office hours or real time class
NetMeeting and other similar packages can be used with less training
overload to accomplish the same task. As bandwidth becomes more
accessible Internet Phone and Video will become additional options.
Having Chat Server software accessible University or Campus wide
would be a tool that I would integrate into my teaching. The most
useful software would be a Microsoft ILS server that would work with
NetMeeting for many different forms of collaboration.
; FTP Client Software
FTP Client Software and Personal FTP Server Software
Tools and information for class specific assignments, lessons, files, and
FTP Client Software and Departmental or College FTP Server Software <