Internet and Education
Since the Internet was created it has always had an effect on education. After military establishments Universities were the first real contributors to the Internet's structure. The Internet has vastly improved education. There are so many ways that education and the Internet are connected these days. Almost every textbook has a corresponding Internet sight including the one for this course. [http://www.scsite.com/dc2002/
Some sites like these contain valuable tools and accessories to aid in the learning process
. As well as notes and multimedia displays, they may include things like hypertext chapters. In the future, there may not even be a need for paper textbooks
. The Internet has also enabled teachers to teach a class from thousands of miles away. With video conferencing, a professor in Guam can teach a class in Michigan in close to real-time. Virtually all libraries are now connected over the Internet. At Lake Superior State University you can check the catalogs of almost any library and even check out books from nearby libraries.
The Internet has made it easy for researchers to obtain information. No longer do you have to travel to get rare documents they are now just a few clicks away.
The corresponding Internet site for this textbook greatly improves the overall effect on the education of students. Students have quick access to any part of the text. They also receive visual and audio
stimulation, which has been proven to increase the amount of information the student remembers. Some students are simply not strictly audio learners. Listening to a professor or teacher lecture sometimes just isn't enough for students. With the site they can review material quickly and easily and see the multimedia imagery at their own pace. Students can even take practice tests to see if they have learned the material.
Perhaps one of the most impressive things that the Internet has done to improve education is videoconference teaching. Not only can this connect the teacher to a class thousands of miles away; it can also connect a class with other groups or events such as a city counsel meeting. Different classes can interact and discuss topics, or perhaps sit in on a discussion of experts. Some sites such as Global Nomads Group [http://www.gng.org/] offer assistants to educators when it comes to videoconferences. Global Nomads Group is a non-profit organization dedicated To promoting global education through videoconferencing and interactive broadcasting. We partner with educators to conduct collaborative learning projects that encourage ross-cultural dialogue and reflections on the global issues that affect our lives. 
This site provides all kinds of help and ideas when it comes videoconference education. One of the best ideas on this site is the "Times of disaster" program which brings kids who have gone through a tragedy together. "The first session was between youth who were close to the Oklahoma City bombing and those affected by the September 11th terrorist acts in New York City. Footage of the 2.5 hour video conference was aired by NBC's Today Show on October 5, 2001." 
These days the Internet is making it easy to find the things you need to research a topic or to simply browse through material. Most University Libraries are connected to the Internet. Including the enneth J. Shouldice library here at Lake State
http://www.lssu.edu/library/ Some of the many features of this site include online searches using various methods and engines. You can search the catalog on-line and even read some full text documents. Finding the material you need for a research paper or project is easy. No more are the days of spending hours flipping through the card catalog trying to find something that has to do with your topic. There are even on-line books; these are actual full-length books that you can read over the Internet. With a generic username and password you can read a book from almost anywhere. This is of course free of charge.
Research in general has been made easier by the Internet. Colleagues can discuss and collaborate on projects with ease. Students from around the world can converse and even work together.
There is a darkside to the Internet and education however, plagiarism. There are sites dedicated to doing your homework for you. You can go to a book report site and enter a book, the site will give you several reports already written on that book. Some will even charge you money for use of the site. This of course isn't really as helpful at the college level it's more aimed towards high school students looking for an easy way out of doing homework. This is or course very wrong to do and it's a shame sites like these exist.
Therefore, in conclusion I would have to say that education has been very positively affected by the Internet. Just think about how much easier and funner things are now compared to fifty years ago. Even ten years ago the only thing we used computers for was learning to type, well and those spelling and math tutors. So, computers have been helping education even before the Internet. Now you can e-mail your professor an assignment, or an excuse for missing class. These aren't even half the possibilities the Internet provides. There are numerous other sites for furthering the education of our youth.