The Web as a Learning Environment for Kids: Case Study

The Web as a Learning Environment for Kids: Case Study

Sherif Kamel (American University in Cairo, Egypt)
Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-80-3.ch013
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The Internet and the World Wide Web are demonstrating the growing influence of information and communication technologies in various aspects of the economy. Regardless of the barriers of time and distance, newly introduced information highways are linking the world countries together, their societies and cultures contributing effectively to globalization. One of the growing trends in societal development and growth is investment in people. Therefore, the learning process is a priority issue that information and communication technologies are serving trying to upgrade and leverage human resources to become more competitive as we approach the 21st century with all its challenges and opportunities. This chapter covers an initiative that was launched in Egypt in 1997 that targets the investment of Egypt’s young generation, the kids of the present and the leaders of the future. This initiative is part of a national plan that aims at leveraging the capacities of Egypt’s human resources. The focus of the chapter will be the learning process, the Internet and the presence of the first Egyptian Web site for children on the Internet “Little Horus.” With the introduction of the Internet since 1993 in Egypt, today there are around 250,000 Internet subscribers, among which are a growing community of schools, teachers and children. As the Internet grows in magnitude and capacity, perceived to reach over one million subscribers in the coming five years with an estimated 20 percent under the age of 16, the Internet and the World Wide Web could play an active role in the education process in Egypt. The chapter, therefore, will demonstrate the “Little Horus” initiative, the steps that were achieved so far, the plan for the future and the building blocks that represented the critical success factors for the realization of this initiative with relatively modest resources.

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Linda K. Lau
Chapter 1
Valerie N. Morphew
The precipitous rise in Web-based education and employee training speaks volumes of technology’s far-reaching potential. While most agree that... Sample PDF
Web-Based Learning and Instruction: A Constructivist Approach
Chapter 2
Rita M. Purcell-Robertson, Daniel F. Purcell Sr.
One of the major criticisms of distance education is the perception of inferior interaction between professor and students. Although the question of... Sample PDF
Interactive Distance Learning
Chapter 3
Dat-Dao Nguyen, Dennis S. Kira
Teaching is a communication process in which a body of knowledge is delivered from an instructor to students (Gagne, 1985). This communication... Sample PDF
Summative and Formative Evaluations of Internet-Based Teaching
Chapter 4
Zane L. Berge, Donna L. Smith
As businesses expand to become more globally competitive, their needs grow to train geographically dispersed employees in a cost- effective manner.... Sample PDF
Implementing Corporate Distance Training Using Change Management, Strategic Planning and Project Management
Chapter 5
William E. Rayburn, Arkalgud Ramaprasad
“University A” is a small, private liberal arts school with a religious affiliation. Located in a large city, it draws locally and from its... Sample PDF
Three Strategies for the Use of Distance Learning Technology
Chapter 6
William E. Rayburn, Arkalgud Ramaprasad
Consider the case of George Peabody College for Teachers and Vanderbilt University. The two private schools sat side by side in Nashville... Sample PDF
Distance Learning Alliances in Higher Education
Chapter 7
Lore Meyer-Peyton
Global connectivity has opened up a new dimension in education, namely, the concept of delivering education via technology to students who may never... Sample PDF
Elements of a Successful Distributed Learning Program
Chapter 8
Lynne Schrum
Today the global education community is faced with a unique problem. Learners in every location must acquire new skills, be literate, and understand... Sample PDF
Online Teaching and Learning: Essential Conditions for Success
Chapter 9
C. Mitchell Adrian
It is known that good classroom management techniques help promote a suitable learning environment, an environment in which students are interested... Sample PDF
Developing a Learning Environment: Appllying Technology and TQM to Distance Learning
Chapter 10
Todd L. Smith, Scot Ransbottom
Use of technology to support education is by no means a new concept. Educators have for centuries looked for tools to help stimulate the senses and... Sample PDF
Digital Video in Education
Chapter 11
Caroline Howard, Richard Discenza
Although distance learning is not a new phenomenon, recently there has been a huge jump in the number of organizations offering on-line instruction.... Sample PDF
The Emergence of Distance Learning in Higher Education: A Revised Group Decision Support System Typology with Empirical Results
Chapter 12
Eric C. Adams, Christopher Freeman
A primary determinant of the success of an online distance learning program is its ability to develop a sense of community among its online... Sample PDF
Commuting the "Distance" of Distance Learning: The Pepperdine Story
Chapter 13
Sherif Kamel
The Internet and the World Wide Web are demonstrating the growing influence of information and communication technologies in various aspects of the... Sample PDF
The Web as a Learning Environment for Kids: Case Study
Chapter 14
Jens O. Liegle, Peter N. Meso
Education is expensive and takes time. Instructors from both industry and educational institutions have employed one of two methods, besides... Sample PDF
Web-Based Instruction Systems
Chapter 15
Ira Yermish
Demands are being placed on educational institutions to provide course content in new and complex forms to address the needs of an ever more mobile... Sample PDF
A Case for Case Studies via Video-Conferencing
Chapter 16
Janet M. Hugli, David Wright
The Internet is radically changing the way we do business and in the ways we deliver information and training. Companies must use effective methods... Sample PDF
Web-Based Training for the Network Marketing Industry
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