he Government has set targets for ICT use in all schools by 2002 through the National Grid for Learning Initiative. A number of studies and government projects have indicated the benefits to be gained through the appropriate use of the Internet in education.
These benefits include:
· Access to world-wide educational resources including museums and art galleries;
· Inclusion in government initiatives such as NGfL and the Virtual Teacher Centre;
· Information and cultural exchanges between students world-wide;
· News and current events;
· Cultural, social and leisure use in libraries, clubs and at home;
· Discussion with experts in many fields for pupils and staff;
· Staff professional development - access to educational materials and good curriculum practice;
· Communication with the advisory and support services, professional associations and colleagues;
· Exchange of curriculum and administration data with the LEA and DfEE.
· Motivation for pupils by providing opportunities for their work to be published on the school web site.
The school has installed computers with Internet access to help our learning. These rules will keep you safe and help us be fair to others.
· I will only access the system with my own login and password;
· I will not access other people's files;
· I will use the computers for school work and homework;
· I will not bring in floppy disks from outside school unless I have been given permission;
· I will ask permission from a member of staff before using the Internet;
· I will only E-mail people I know, or my teacher has approved;
· The messages I send will be polite and responsible;
· I will not give my home address or telephone number, or arrange to meet someone, unless my parent, carer or teacher has given permission;
· I will report any unpleasant material or messages sent to me. I understand this report would be confidential and would help protect other pupils and myself;