Inline or Online Essay

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Inline or Online

"Inline" or "online", this very question is being asked by many different schools all
around the country. As we enter a new age of technology, more and more schools are
beginning to see the benefits of being "online"

Over 100 years ago Albert Einstein could have never imagined this thing we call the
Internet. Although he was busy discovering nuclear fusion and theory's to explain even the
most puzzling questions, the Internet was never a thought that would come up. The Internet
can be used to find all sorts of information, from the author of a famous book that you've
been dying to read, or the stock quotes for the day. The Internet is a very useful tool
that has proven effective in many schools. Unfortunately, the Internet can be a dangerous
tool used to corrupt and to destroy people's lives and families. The North Carolina
Regional Educational Laboratory stated in 1995 "We believe that technology that does not
advance a student's learning has little value in the classroom. Technology used in
conjunction with the most recent research and development findings on learning, however,
can help all students achieve in school"

The potential for growth of the educational resources available throughout the Internet
are endless. However, there are some concerns. For one thing, there currently is no
censorship, which means that students can access some material not appropriate for them.
Any individual or group does not control the Internet. Congress is currently examining
this, but the problem is that the Internet is not located in one specific place, country,
or continent, in which, the U.S. Congress has no jurisdiction. A second concern is the
improper use of the Internet. Many schools as well as districts need to establish
Acceptable Use Policies. These policies clearly have to state the ground rules for student
online computer use, and must be signed by both students and parents before the students
may participate on Internet related projects. Another concern is that there is no
systematic information system. There is no uniformity while searching for information.
There are plenty of search engines. Some are easy and others not so easy to access. There
is the need to have some information assistance. Sometimes, it becomes a major challenge
to locate materials. At the same time many people are building home pages with references
to their favorite links, this ultimately will build good reference materials.

A fourth potential problem is that, since this is an on-line service and can be updated in
a minute, it provides a dynamic process of updating and modifying materials regularly.
However, since a number of people move or relocate their addresses, an active address one
week may lead to a blind alley the next.

The World Wide Web is in its infancy. As it grows and matures many different resources
will customize it and shape it to meet their specific needs. The K-12 teaching and
educators community will be no exception. The demands of education are especially
rigorous. It is stated that there is a long way to go before the World Wide Web can serve
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