ERIC Number: ED328223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Good Education and Good Entertainment.
Peterson, George A.
The National Geographic Society is convinced that educational materials should be as lively, dynamic, and intriguing as the television, music videos, movies, and computer games that have so captured today's generation. To that end, a repertoire of pioneering feats in photography and innovative applications of computers, telecommunications, and multimedia educational tools have been developed for the classroom. For example, GTV, the product of a collaboration between the Society, California State Department of Education, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Apple Computer, is an interactive teaching tool combining videodisc and computer technologies in history and geography. The National Geographic Kids Network is an international telecommunications system designed to teach hands-on science with the help of computer-generated maps, modems, and telephone lines. And the newest addition to the electronic classroom is "Mammals: A Multimedia Encyclopedia," which is made up of clips from documentaries, pictures, and vocalizations, all coordinated by a computer. The National Geographic Society also recognizes that educational quality requires training for teachers, and has established a summer workshop institute for that purpose. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Geographic Society, Washington, DC.