Web and Education

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Many people use the Internet and the web to download music and stream movies. Others use it to access the news and the weather report. People have incorporated the internet into their lives and consider it to be of vital importance for their personal use. Today, we can see how individuals can engage in conversations with others from around the world, people from other cultures, simply through chat or email.

This technology and network facilitates all kinds of information, it’s like a massive library where you can find any type of information you desire. This network has a big impact on the areas of ​​work and entertainment. It’s a form of communication, used as an extension between people to stay informed about what is relevant to their social and their everyday life.

Currently, the web and the internet are tools of much importance at a global level. Their existence has caused many changes in teaching-learning methods and the objectives and expectations in education. The Internet and web, in terms of formal education, have been very useful as a support to traditional education: they obtain online information that previously had to be searched for in books, and nowadays they can access digitized books, virtual museums, among others. In education, the Internet is a complement to schools and teaching, allowing an update of knowledge and exchange of experiences in different parts of the world and in turn interdisciplinary exchange.

The Internet is an inexhaustible source of information and data first hand, and the web is considered a set of information found in certain internet addresses, an informative network.

Seeing the positive impact of both tools on education, a large part of the services provide resources such as encyclopedias, newsletters and other valuable educational materials. This is the most useful and pedagogical form of the network and the internet, turning them into a high educational value. Students and educators can obtain the information they desire without displacement. The internet offers the opportunity to choose the type of information you wish to access.

As for the negative impact, the same can be harmful. The access from one side to another with just a simple click of a button can generate compulsive curiosity. A risk factor would be children accessing inappropriate content or material not suitable for their age. Some other points of risks of the internet, due to the time they spend in front of the computer are: problems with their sight and hearing, bad posture, obesity, loneliness, addiction to games, chats and their computer, exposure to the electromagnetic field from said equipment, all of these reduce their social circle and may affect their psychological well-being.

Web 2.0 in Education


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