Mix and Match (Using the Internet to Teach)

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Mix and Match (Using the Internet to Teach)

    Mix and Match (Using the Internet to Teach)

    Stephen Cysewski

     Tools for Internet Enhanced Teaching



    Web Publishing

    Discussion Group

    Chat and Collaboration

    FTP Client



    Different Solutions for Different Bandwidth

    Student Requirements for Web Enhanced Teaching

    Examples of Using the Internet to Enhance

    Problems and Opportunities

    Future Possibilities


    ; 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

    E-Mail (Pine)

    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


    E-Mail (Attachments)

    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

    accessible manner.

    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


    E-Mail (Conclusion)

    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

    WYSIWYG Editor

    ; Netscape Gold or Composer

    ; Front Page

    ; Page Mill

    HTML Converters

    ; 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

    ; Newsgroups

    ; listservs

    ; 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

    supplemental materials

    FTP Client Software and Departmental or College FTP Server Software <