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Visual Education and The Internet Camp: A Study of Underprivileged Children and Their Web Pages
Unformatted Document Text:  12 Χ “something you could check things out like music, pictures, games, etc.,” Χ “The Internet is the key to the world.” They were also asked what they thought a web page was. About 20% said that they did not know. The others said things like: Χ “a page that has info about something,” Χ “an advertisement,” Χ “a page that kind of describes you,” Χ “a page that lets people get to know you,” Χ “a page that expresses yourself or something you like,” Χ “like a journal you put things in,” Χ “ a lot of words,” Χ “a page for you and about you,” Χ “a place where you have your own space,” Χ “a thing a person makes on a computer to express his/her opinion on something.” Judging by the answers given to these open-ended questions, the students appeared to have a fair degree of knowledge about the Internet and had some good ideas about web pages. One might even say that they were “literate” with the medium. Through their use of the Internet, computer game playing, chat room and e-mail use, the children had acquired an innate understanding of the nature of the Internet and web pages. There was, in a sense, little we could do at the Internet Camp to improve their comprehension of the medium since they were already well-indoctrinated in the use of the technology. The only thing left to do was to enhance their aesthetic appreciation of the medium by having them create their own web pages and allow their

Authors: Mullen, Lawrence.
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“something you could check things out like music, pictures, games, etc.,”
Χ
“The Internet is the key to the world.”
They were also asked what they thought a web page was. About 20% said that they did
not know. The others said things like:
Χ
“a page that has info about something,”
Χ
“an advertisement,”
Χ
“a page that kind of describes you,”
Χ
“a page that lets people get to know you,”
Χ
“a page that expresses yourself or something you like,”
Χ
“like a journal you put things in,”
Χ
“ a lot of words,”
Χ
“a page for you and about you,”
Χ
“a place where you have your own space,”
Χ
“a thing a person makes on a computer to express his/her opinion on something.”
Judging by the answers given to these open-ended questions, the students appeared to
have a fair degree of knowledge about the Internet and had some good ideas about web pages.
One might even say that they were “literate” with the medium. Through their use of the Internet,
computer game playing, chat room and e-mail use, the children had acquired an innate
understanding of the nature of the Internet and web pages. There was, in a sense, little we could
do at the Internet Camp to improve their comprehension of the medium since they were already
well-indoctrinated in the use of the technology. The only thing left to do was to enhance their
aesthetic appreciation of the medium by having them create their own web pages and allow their


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