Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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Internet in Nearly Every School

At the start of the 2000/2001 school year, 95% of America's public schools were connected to the Internet, according to a report from Quality Education Data. The figure is expected to rise to 99 percent by the time the school year ends. The number of schools online has risen 16 percent since 1998 and 7 percent since 1999. While past studies have shown that teachers primarily used the Internet for research, this study shows that 81 percent of the teachers surveyed now use the Internet to evaluate curriculum material. A growing number of educators are also using the Internet for lesson planning (52 percent) and professional development (53.2 percent). The statistics were compiled for QED's Internet Usage in Public Schools 2000, 5th edition. Quality Education Data, 800/525-5811 or http://www.qeddata.com/.

Cyberstudy: Education and the Internet

The Internet is increasingly seen as an integral part of the educational experience by both parents and children, according to information gathered by a recent America Online/Roper Starch Cyberstudy. The study results revealed that 76 percent of online Americans expect education to be significantly affected by the online experience, 74 percent agree that it is important for children to know how to use the Internet, 81 percent believe that it is important for students to be taught to learn how to use the Internet at school, and 64 percent believe that being online has improved the quality of their child's homework. The study also showed that 56 percent of the children surveyed prefer going online over school and the public library as a resource for homework, and 74 percent believe the Internet needs to be used more effectively in the classroom. America Online, 888/339-0767 or http://www.school.aol.com/.

Rural School Web Site

Navigating Resources for Rural Schools [http://nces.ed.gov/ surveys/ ruraled/] is a new online resource developed by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics at the request of members of Congress representing the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. The site provides links to data and information on conditions in education in rural America such as enrollments; National Assessment of Educational Progress scores; course taking, drop outs. and transition to college; availability of advanced course offerings and technology; teacher characteristics, class size, technology, discipline, and facilities; and support for learning, including parental satisfaction and involvement, community support, and financial support. U.S. Education Department, 800/USA-LEARN or http://www.ed.gov/.

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Online Collaboration

The Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet [http://www.ed.gov/Technology/guide/ international/index.html] contains online tools and resources organized by subject areas that will help teachers get started with or expand ongoing international collaborative activities. The page links to elementary, middle, and high school projects, as well as to organizations involved in international education via the Internet. The guide was developed as part of the Department of Education's International Education Initiative. U.S. Education Deportment, 800/USA-LEARN or http://www.ed.gov/.

Information-Literacy Skills

Follett Software's new free Web Links page [http://www.pathwaysmodel. com/resources/weblinks/] provides direct links to some of the best Web sites found by educators for help in teaching information-literacy skills. The page organizes the Web site information into six categories: information literacy, authentic learning, authentic resources, interactive learning, research, and Web-based tools. Follett Software Company, 800/323-3397 or http://www.fsc.follett.com/.

Professional Development

The Online Teacher Development Institutes [http://www.teacherdev. …

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