Following my last post where I discussed the interviews I planned to undertake, I am going to start drafting questions that I think will give me the information I need to understand how the Internet is used within education. Obviously at this point I have no conformation that I can proceed with interviews but I am confident of getting the opportunity to do so, and if not I will pursue other schools.

Also, I have spoken with Ivan Phillips who is a lecturer of mine who teaches on the Screen Cultures award as well as other courses with the School of Creative Arts about interviewing him to find out his opinion on the matter. So I will speak with him about students who go through their school years and the importance of using the Internet during their learning both at school and at home. I will also be talking about Internet learning at University but whereas the other interviews concern the curriculum of education, I hope to discuss more of the social implications of my subject matter with Ivan.

 

St Andrews Primary School

– Can you tell me about/ give me an overview of the policy of Internet use for your students and also    tell me how it is used within lessons?

– At what age do your students begin using the internet and how do you introduce that?

– How important do you believe that introducing the Internet for learning purposes is in order to prepare them for ways in which their skills will develop in Secondary School?

– Is the Internet and its uses embedded as an integral part of the teaching the students receive or do you just use it to complement existing methods?

– Does the school have an online network/intranet where students and their parents can access work outside of school?

– What is your opinion of interactive learning material, particularly on tablet devices? Do you believe that this is an opportunity that can really help young children develop or do you think it is too distracting in respect to learning?

– Can you give me examples or an insight into the methods you use to incorporate the Internet into teaching and the ways in which you are allowing students to use it themselves. I.E, any particular websites you may encourage students to use to find information on the subject they are currently learning.

– How much time do they spend actually getting use of Internet facilities or even time on computers?

– Do they have an IT lesson? What is it they are taught? Do they learn skills that can then be used outside of that lesson, so in other lessons or at home?

– Do you encourage your students to learn through more digital means as opposed to physical?

 

Debden Park High School

– Can you tell me about/ give me an overview of the policy of Internet use for your students?

– Is the Internet and its uses embedded as an integral part of the teaching the students receive or do you just use it to complement existing methods?

– Does the school have an online network/intranet where students and their parents can access work outside of school?

– What opportunities do you feel this enables for both the teachers and the students?

– What is your opinion of interactive learning material, particularly on tablet and mobile devices? Do you believe that this is an opportunity that can really help your students develop or do you think it is too distracting in respect to learning?

– Are tablet or mobile devices used as platforms for learning and are these provided by the school or the students?

– Can you give me examples or an insight into the methods you use to incorporate the Internet into teaching and the ways in which you are allowing students to use it themselves?

– How much time do they spend actually getting use of Internet facilities or even time on computers?

– Do you encourage your students to learn through more digital means as opposed to physical?

– In regards to homework, are your students encouraged to search further afield using the Internet to help them develop an understanding themselves?

– What do you think about the importance of students developing an autonomous working ethic. Of course following guidelines that are set out by the curriculum and by teachers is essential and beneficial. However being able to be independent with their resources is excellent practise and encourages the development of problem solving skills.

– Is IT a compulsory lesson through all years (if not at 10 and 11 do you think it is something that could add great value to your students education considering the skills it promotes that are very useful when they leave)?

– In IT, what is it they are taught? Do they learn skills that can then be used outside of that lesson, so in other lessons or at home?

– How valuable do you think it is for students to be able to search for credible information and decipher what is relevant and reliable?

– Would you encourage students to make use of Wiki’s for both school learning and independent means?

– YouTube, can you appreciate the value it offers from tutorials of help to informative information? Is this platform at all used by students?

– Do you think that in times where we have immediate access to a huge wealth of information, this is damaging? Is it reducing the ability to find out things for ourselves and to learn through a more unconstrained and free flowing way rather than have answers provided for us?

– At the same time do you think that reading and learning through hypertexts (Internet) opens up different avenues that physical books never could. I.E, navigating through multiple pages on wiki’s that can allow one to develop their knowledge in their own way by making their own choices.

 

There are more questions for the Secondary School as it is this interview which I am more interested in in terms of how much information it can provide that is relevant to my project. Students at Secondary School will be of age to be able to be more influenced by online learning. With the Primary School I am more interested about how they integrate the Internet with their learning as a way of familarising young students to this notion of learning so that it becomes a natural part of the way they think to learn.

 

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