The Importance Of The Internet In Today's Society

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The internet is important to America and world society as it adds another resource to enhance entertainment, education and business. How do we know this? The amount of information available on the Internet is growing at a rapid rate of 10 percent in just one month. The internet is slowly but surely becoming the number one household commodity beating out the Television. How is this possible? Well look how much the Internet has to offer.Imagine being able to take college courses from highly regarded Colleges from your own home. With the World-Wide-Web this can all be possible. The World-Wide-Web has great potential as human resource development tools. Many institutions and governm ...view middle of the document...

When I finish reading it, I press the escape key which lets him know that I've completed that screen. Using the keyboard I can electronically raises my hand. A question mark appears by my name on the class list on the professor's monitor and I'm given control of the bottom one-third of the screen.'The scope of the class enrollment is impressive. Some of Smith's classmates attend class with him in front of their computers in Germany, Israel,Taiwan and Hong Kong. Students share ideas with their professors and each other, ask questions and submit assignments via email. Smith, who completed the requirements for a Masters degree at Nova Southeastern using this method, is pleased to be able to have this opportunity. 'Being there is the preference,' says Smith. 'But if I couldn't work on the program this way, I simply wouldn't be able to do my degree.'Memorial University is also experimenting with delivering courses over the Internet. Michael Collins of Memorial University's Biology Department is offering the non-laboratory biology course, Modern Biology and HumanSociety I, through the WWW for the first time during the spring semester of 1996. The course examines the implications of modern biological research on human beings and explores topics such as cancer, diet and nutrition and associated diseases, immunity, genetic engineering, and reproductive engineering. The course is organized into 12 weekly self-contained units. Students complete a computer-administered multiple-choice test at the end of each unit and submit their responses via the Internet. They also write mid-term and final examinations. The text for the course and other materials such as diagrams are available on the WWW. Future offerings of the course will be enhanced by animation and video clips on various course topics.Collins also hopes to use the vast resources of the WWW by providing links to Web sites that offer more information on the topics covered. He hopes this will encourage students to dwell further into the topics presented. The students will be encouraged to ask questions, share comments, and participate in class discussions via email. Collins is pleased with the students' response to the idea. The twenty-five places available for the spring offering filled quickly and ten students are on a waiting list. Libraries are rapidly coming on to the Internet. For instance, if an internet user who was going to theUniversity of Maryland and needed to access some information for his research paper he could do it through the web. All he would need to do is access the web page address and point and click. That is just one of the Web's many features. Around two years ago the leading World-Wide-Web company Netscape, which is the leading web browser of all online users at a 57percent usage rate began experimenting with actual sound on the web. Now thanks to their hard work you can listen to clips of your favorite musical artist, sometimes before they even come out. Also, if a musician ...

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