Of all of the levers for educational reform and improvement in this new technologically rich millennium, clearly the two most powerful are students, whose needs and talents should be at the center of any and all new K-16 reforms in teaching and learning, and the Internet, which will enable every student to touch and feel and know and master this new world. In the process, these two dynamos will become the teachers’ and schools’ most vital resources and energize the reinvention of schooling as we know it. Further, students will become better prepared to excel in our technology-centered society, and add dramatically to the nation’s already impressive pool of innovators and entrepreneurs.
The Internet And World Wide Web
The Internet and its associated resources, including the World Wide Web, e-mail, file transfer, and voice and video communication, constitute a transformational phenomenon that has the capacity to change how we think and work and live. To realize this potential, teachers must view this vast resource as more than just another “arrow in their quiver” of educational resources. They must realize and accept its central importance in education and society, as well as how its use will change teaching and learning as we now know it.