The Internet creates a new paradigm for what information is available, how it is spread, and who can obtain it. The Internet connects learners to the real world. It gives teachers and students unrivaled access to information about almost any topic they might pick to investigate.
Web is the killer app that has made the
Internet a business, home, and school phenomenon. The Web
is the Internet for everybody. Users no longer need to
know cryptic Unix commands to navigate between sites.
They just point and click. Even a child can do it
and many do. Ten-year-olds in Montana exchange e-mail
with scientists in Antarctica and age-mates in Australia.
Unlike a textbook, the Web directly promotes active learning and can supply a full, authentic learning experience. A persistent searcher can find pictures, sound bites, and movies to lend meaning to bare facts. Students enjoy the thrill of discovery as they follow a link and find a missing puzzle piece. The Web brings the world into the classroom.
the Web also calls for a whole new set of learning
skills. The most important skill is the ability to
discriminate between truly useful information and the
ephemeral, the jargon-laden, the misleading, and the
incorrect. Web searches easily degenerate into
directionless wandering. Young learners need guidance to
turn information into knowledge.
Publishers who develop
Web-based learning materials and multimedia products for
schools must take special care when they design their
products. They need more than programming and graphic
design skills. They need to know how teachers teach and
children learn. The best, most effective learner-centered
pedagogy must direct the development of each
school-oriented site and product on the Web.
Ed Haggerty Associates is excited by what the on-line information revolution promises learners. In service to the new, we bring with us twenty years of product development experience in the school divisions of Harper & Row, Macmillan, and Scholastic and as an independent developer.
We know kids and we know curriculum. We know how to build sound products. Let us help you make your products the best they can be.
us when youre making your product development
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