We have had a couple of teachers assign homework in school that requires them to use the internet (eg. 'look up XYZ online, write a short report on it').
What are people's opinions on this? Should schools be doing this or not?
I can see both sides of the argument:
The internet is an excellent resource for homework! With the introduction of VLEs even more so now than it was a few years ago.
Electronic transfer of work saves paper :)
It's discriminatory against poorer families (or those families that choose not to have a computer/internet access).
Cheating can happen.
My personal response to the discriminatory aspect of it is that schools now have lots of computers, available during lunchtimes and after school, our local library has computers for people to use too. So they have plenty of access to them.
What do people think? Have we hit that point where it can be expected that people will do internet based homework?