The Internet as a Tool for Student Research and Communication - Australian Perspectives
The Internet is a valuable tool that allows students to access resources hitherto unobtainable in most high schools. The range, depth and power of resources related to astronomy provide school students with the tools to conduct
educationally exciting and scientifically valid research projects. The use of the World Wide Web and Email allows students to communicate with each other and professionals. This is particularly useful for the delivery and support of distance learning and for collaborations. Examples of research and collaborative projects undertaken by students of Blue Mountains Grammar School, Australia, are given.
The importance of a web-based bulletin board for student-student and student-teacher communication is demonstrated, using the NSW Cosmology Distinction Course as an example.