The term Intranet traditionally describes an 'internal' web site, restricted to your
school or organisation, which is accessed using tools and protocols normally associated with
Content available to
students and teachers using an Intranet can be created by students and teachers in the school.
An Intranet can also provide guided access, or a 'gateway', to relevant Internet sites supporting the curriculum.
However, the rapid adoption of 'cloud' services, in conjunction with the wide use of mobile devices (and the accompanying expectation of 'anywhere anytime' access to school information), is rapidly altering the concept and physical structure of an Intranet.
Consequently, access to a school Intranet may not necessarily be restricted to the school network, but may be a gateway to relevant resources for all members of the school community.
"Learners with different skills and backgrounds should collaborate in tasks and discussions in order to arrive at a shared understanding" (Duffy and Jonassen 1992).
A school Intranet provides a wonderful environment for publishing students' project work and
teachers' information pages, as well as providing a collaborative 'project sharing' environment, supporting a wide variety of traditional learning outcomes.
An intranet can be an intra-school (and inter-school) communication medium, with content developed by all members of the school community.
A curriculum-focussed Intranet, where students publish their own work, can play a pivotal role in supporting a constructivist learning environment.
This environment can actively support Bloom's six levels of thinking skills - remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, and creating - most notably the higher three or four levels.