Internet access in the classroom: helpful or harmful?

March 10th, 2006 by Key Magazine

As more school districts go high-tech across the nation with wireless internet access, electronic textbooks and laptops in the classroom, many educators are asking if these new technologies are a learning tool or a crutch for today’s students.

Consider the students at Mill Creek Middle School in Kent, Wash., who are allowed to use the internet to look up answers for quizzes and tests.

“What I’m hoping is that they can find information to help them become better thinkers,” says Mill Creek teacher Becky Keene.

According to NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander, students at High Tech High in San Diego, are building their own online study guides. They even record messages explaining the chemistry lessons to themselves. And, yes, they can use it during a test.

“I don

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