ERIC Number: ED396870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Getting Rural Teachers On-Line with SLIP.
In spring of 1995 a partnership was formed between the Weakley County, Tennessee, school system and the Center of Excellence for Science and Mathematics Education (CESME) at the University of Tennessee at Martin to provide Internet access and training to rural teachers. The school system provided each of 20 science and mathematics teachers with a computer and telephone cable, and CESME supplied modems and software and paid for the telephone service to teachers' classrooms. Teachers attended a 16-hour training program over one semester that included use of the World Wide Web (WWW), newsgroups, and E-mail. Homework was completed via E-mail between sessions. A technology use survey administered at the beginning and end of the semester showed increases in the 27 items concerning Internet and computer use and feelings of competence. For the following fall semester, 15 of the 20 teachers accepted the option of keeping the Internet connections if they would develop a school WWW page and initiate a collaborative classroom project involving Internet use. The fall semester training was conducted through two face-to-face sessions, a WWW site, and E-mail. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Access to Technology; University of Tennessee Martin; Weakley County School District TN
Note: Paper presented at the University of Texas at Austin International Conference on Technology and Education (13th, New Orleans, LA, March 17-20, 1996).