INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA INITIATIVES Focusing on the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen/WNET, New York, New York
Donlevy, James G., Donlevy, Tia Rice, International Journal of Instructional Media
Public Broadcasting Station Thirteen/WNET's "wNetSchool" is an online resource for K-12 and adult educators. A component of "wNetStation," "wNetSchool" offers teachers ready access to lesson plans, online courses and stimulating Web sites to enrich classroom activities. This brief article discusses sections of "wNetSchool" of interest to K-12 and adult educators.
INTERNET RESOURCES FOR K-12 AND ADULT EDUCATION: "WNETSCHOOL"
The Internet contains a voluminous number of educationally-relevant Web sites that represent rich resources for teachers. Unfortunately, many schools and programs still lack adequate hardware, software, telephone connections and training to allow teachers to take advantage of this broad range of material. But for those educators able to access the Internet, Thirteen/WNET's "wNetSchool" offers a first-rate starting point for student-centered voyages into this new realm.
As was described in Volume 26 (1) of the Journal, "wNetSchool" (www.wnet.org/wnetschool) is a component of "wNetStation," the award-winning Web site of flagship public television station WNET in New York. Designed by and for teachers, "wNet-School" provides a variety of online resources, offers instruction in accessing the Web, and creates a stimulating climate for teacher and student learning.
In addition to opening doors to Thirteen's library of lesson plans, developed by master teachers, "wNetSchool" contains references and links to educational sites across the curriculum for all grade levels. Thirteen regularly highlights special sites, programs and activities, and informs educators about these resources through an online communication, the wNetSchool Bulletin.
THE WNETSCHOOL BULLETIN
Each month, the wNetSchool Bulletin, conveniently forwarded to "wNetSchool" subscribers by E-Mail (membership in "wNetSchool" and the Bulletin are free of charge), advises teachers of interesting Web sites for the classroom, suggests appropriate applications for master teacher lesson plans (available online) and discusses opportunities for math, science and other activities and virtual expeditions in partnership with schools and organizations throughout the United States and beyond.
The edition of the wNetSchool Bulletin for March/April 1999, for example, contains information about the following: interactive lesson plans on our "Puzzling Planets;" virtual expeditions through National Geographic's online museum; the Mad Science Network, a group of scientists available to answer a wide range of science questions (http://madsci.wustl.edu); calls for participation in an upcoming middle school project, a major Web companion piece to Ric Burn's NEW YORK series on PBS; and, the Jason Project, an online expedition to the Amazon that included participation by students and teachers from around the world.
Additionally, the Bulletin highlights a section of "wNetSchool" designed specifically for adult educators. …