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SPOTLIGHT ON TEACHERS


K12 TEACHERS SHARE LESSONS, RESOURCES VIA INTERNET USAGE
By Cynthia Lanius

The Internet is becoming an invaluable resource for teachers to share their knowledge and creativity with one another and collaborate on lessons that inspire their students to excel in all fields of study.

There is already a wide variety of lessons available on the Web that are designed for school children of all ages. See http://teachertech.rice.edu/lessons.html for examples of creative math and science lessons that incorporate information from the Internet. These lessons were designed and published by 20 K12 teachers who took part in the CRPC-sponsored GirlTECH '95 teacher training program last summer. (See Summer 1995 Parallel Computing Research, page 12.) In one lesson, students review the census site on the Internet and gather data regarding trends in population. They study the data and make predictions about future populations and compare their results with the information available on the Internet. In another lesson, students look up information about the Indy 500 to calculate the mean and median speeds of the race, rates per lap, and length of each lap.

Another site well worth visiting is the U.S. Department of Education- sponsored Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ECN), a nationally recognized information source for K12 math and science teachers. GirlTECH '96 Master Teacher Susan Boone's lessons are prominently linked to this Web site, and have been accessed more than 8,000 times. To retrieve these and other lessons and resources for teachers, visit the ECN home page at http://www.enc.org/index.htm .

CRPC researchers from the Northeast Parallel Architectures Center (NPAC) at Syracuse University are involved in the Living Schoolbook project, a program developed in conjunction with the School of Education at Syracuse University to integrate state-of-the-art computerized educational resources into K12 curricula. The Living Schoolbook creates a unique learning environment that enables teachers and students to use educational resources on multimedia information servers, supercomputers, parallel databases, and network testbeds. Visit this site at http://old-npac.ucs.indiana.edu/projects/ltb /.

As teacher participation on the Internet increases, school children all over the world will benefit from a great assortment of innovative classroom materials. At the same time, these students are being prepared to handle and keep pace with the technological challenges of our society.

Cynthia Lanius is GirlTECH Project Manager, Rice University School Mathematics Project Associate Director, mathematics teacher, and is an active collaborator in CRPC education outreach programs. To submit contributions and ideas for future columns, send email to lanius@rice.edu .


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