Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

NetWatch

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

NetWatch

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NETNEWS Net Stats

Today, more than 85% of the nation's public schools have Internet access, a 21% increase in the past year and a 166% increase in the two years since 1996, according Dun & Bradstreet's Market Data Retrieval group. Nearly 64% of Catholic schools and 54% of private schools are also on the Net. Not surprisingly, 90% of the public schools in districts with low poverty levels (under 6%) reported Internet access, while only slightly more than 75% of the public schools in high poverty districts (over 30%) had access. While more than one-third of public schools reported that the majority of their teachers (50% or more) use the Internet for instructional purposes, almost one-quarter indicated that none of their teachers do so. Market Data Retrieval; 800/333-8802 or http://www.schooldota.com/.

ISTE Establishes National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Web Site

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Partnership has established an online repository focused on national educational technology standards. The site mirrors the document, "National Educational Technology Standards for Students," published in collaboration with NETS Partners, the U.S. Department of Education, Milken Exchange on Education Technology, and Apple Computer, Inc. The online area (http://cnets.iste.org) will feature resources from the multi-year NETS standards development project aimed at describing the conditions necessary to effectively support the use of technology for learning, teaching, and instructional management. The site will include links to a variety of standards-related resources in a full range of subject areas and is expected to become a Center for National Education and Technology Standards. ISTE: 800/336-5191 or http://www.iste.org/.

ERIC Digest: The Benefits of Information Technology

This online Digest summarizes the observed benefits of technology implementation and addresses the importance of evaluating the effects of technology on learning. The information focuses on basic and advanced skills, student attitudes, online technologies, technology use by teachers and administrators, and factors that help technology succeed. The bibliography includes links to additional resources. ERIC Digest; http:ll/ericir. syr.edu/ithome/digests/edoir9804.html/.

21 st Century Teachers Network

The 21 st Century Teachers Network, a national volunteer movement helping teachers learn about technology, is currently focusing its program on an interactive Web site. The network encourages teachers to develop new skills for using technology in teaching and learning activities and asks them to share this knowledge and expertise by mentoring five of their colleagues. Access to the site is free, but users must obtain a user name and password to enter. The network is directed by the McGuffey Project, a growing effort of teachers, school administrators, business professionals, and philanthropists who support the integration of technology in education. 2 Ist Century Teachers Network: 202/429-8744 or http://www2 /ct.org/.

Disney's Edu-Station

The entertainment giant's latest online resource offers lesson plans, classroom materials related to the company's projects, teacher tested ideas and Web sites, and a school of the month showcase. Monthly highlights include programs such as music-related Internet activities for the classroom with links to the official Disney Young Musician's Symphony Orchestra site. Disney Educational Productions, 818/S67-5684 or http://www disney com/EducationalProductions/

Online Tutors

Tutoring for grades 4-12 in I0 mathemetics and seven science subjects is now online at the subscription-based Tutornet.com. Unlimited access to live tutorial sessions, self-paced tutorials, and self-testing is available for a monthly fee of $59.99 per student. For a $9.99 monthly fee, the site offers closed online project collaboration study groups for students taking the same class in a school. …

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