For immediate release
NEW INTERNET HANDBOOK
FROM TEACHERS NETWORK DEMYSTIFIES TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM AND
ENHANCES STUDENT LEARNING
90% of Schools are Connected, but Teachers
are Not Net-Savvy;
New Media Guide Covers All Grade Levels and Subject Areas
NEW YORK, NY (May 28, 2002)-Teachers Network (www.teachersnetwork.org),
a non-profit education organization that connects innovative teachers
nationally and around the globe, has created a new, one of a kind guide, How
to Use the Internet in Your Classroom, in direct response to
an articulated need by teachers and educators across the country who
are desperate to become net-savvy. Purchasing computer hardware and
access is no longer the problem, since 90% of schools nationwide are
connected to the World Wide Web; the problem is how to integrate technology
into the classroom, and teachers are struggling.
In 2001, K-12 schools spent an estimated $6.9 billion on computers,
servers, wiring, internet access, and software, through federal, state,
and local initiatives. Unfortunately, funds for technology training
and support for teachers-the most important component for establishing
the necessary link between technology and improved student learning-fell
far short of their need. Quality Education Data, a Denver-based research
firm, estimates that school districts are devoting barely 5% of their
technology budgets for staff development.
Created by 28 teachers, from Peru to California to Maine, this guide
is a "gateway" to the Internet and an enormous resource for everyone,
even parents, grappling with the newest literacy-technology, and how
to use it effectively to improve student achievement. How to
Use the Internet in Your Classroom only scratches the surface
of what's available through the Internet via the Teachers Network site.
Within its 96 pages, the guide acts as a "virtual portal" providing
numerous links to relevant websites (only available through the handbook),
online research tools, sample interactive field trips, real curriculum
units and classroom materials, as well as an opportunity to chat online
with tech-smart teachers.
"Listening to the teacher's voice is crucial; teachers are telling us that they
finally have the Internet available in their schools, but they don't know how
to ensure that they and their students are getting the most out of it," said
Ellen Dempsey, President and CEO of Teachers Network. "What better way to help
teachers with integrating technology into their curriculum than to go directly
to some of those pioneering teachers who are creating new media classrooms.
"At a time when increases in student enrollment, standardized testing, and class
size reduction initiatives are at the forefront of education issues, the demands
for both teachers and for worthwhile professional development have dramatically
increased," noted Dempsey. This is the 11th publication in the Teachers Network
by teachers for teachers series, and was funded by Vivendi Universal. Teachers
Network has been at the forefront of helping to bring new technology into the
classroom, and published the Teachers Guide to Cyberspace in 1996
when the Internet was still in its infancy.
How to Use the Internet in Your Classroom is an indispensable
tool for all those committed to improving student learning, "said Barbara
Byrd-Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Public Schools. "This
book bridges the gap between the limitless resources of the World Wide
Web, and the difficulties teachers face in navigating this new medium."
Teachers Network has partnered with superintendents throughout the
United States in an effort to aid public school teachers in maximizing
their use of the Internet, and finding resources that will best help
them integrate technology into their curriculum. As an added benefit,
Teachers Network offers teachers an online book tour which features
a clickable map of the United States, providing information about the
guide's authors, illustrative graphics, book excerpts, and purchasing
information. The site also contains e-mail addresses of the teachers
who actually wrote How To Use The Internet In Your Classroom, allowing
educators, administrators, technology coordinators and others to contact
the authors with questions and/or requests for further information.
About Teachers Network
Teachers Network is a non-profit national and international education
organization, with more than 28 affiliates, that identifies and connects
innovative teachers exemplifying professionalism and creativity within
public school systems. Over 40,000 public school teachers have received
Teachers Network grants and fellowships in the areas of curriculum,
leadership, policy, and new media.
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For more information, contact Teachers Network at 212-966-5582.