ERIC Number: ED338211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Project B.E.S.T.: Better Educational Systems through Telecommunications. Phase I. Evaluation Report.
Burke, Michael A.; Garrard, Susan
This report summarizes the pilot-year (1988-89) activities of a project in the Green Bay Area (Wisconsin) Public School District which provides educational programming via an ITFS (Instructional Television Fixed Service) system. The goal of the project was to expand opportunities for staff development, staff communication, and resource sharing through effective utilization of a distance education telecommunications network. This report begins by describing the formation of an ITFS user consortium--the Northeast Wisconsin Telecommunications Education Consortium (NEWTEC)--and activities undertaken to meet two objectives: the design and implementation of staff development programing in a minimum of four locations, and the provision of increased learning opportunities with the network fully operational by January 1, 1991. Findings of the Phase I evaluation are then presented, covering technical concerns, the ITFS consortium structure and communication, ITFS program selection and registration, staff and student evaluations of programs, and ITFS staff and presenters of programing. Recommendations for improvements in each of these areas are included. Responses to evaluation questionnaires indicated that the staff development programs, student enrichment programs, and new courses for students were a positive experience for all involved. Although teacher attitudes toward the use of distance education technology were mixed, student attitudes were positive and they had little difficulty with the operation of equipment or the interaction over teleconference equipment at their receiving sites. include a calendar of broadcast programming, a list of the programs received via satellite, and the evaluation questionnaires. (DB)
Descriptors: Communications Satellites, Distance Education, Educational Television, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Programing (Broadcast), Questionnaires, School Districts, Staff Development, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Green Bay Area Public School District, WI. Dept. of Instructional Resources.