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ERIC Number: ED360110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-26
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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PSInet: A Teleconferencing Network for Teachers.
Joslin, Paul; Gerlovich, Jack
PSInet (People Sharing Information Network) is a national computer teleconferencing network for science and mathematics teachers. It is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in cooperation with IBM and is housed at Drake University in Des Moines (Iowa). The NSF grant has provided: a workstation computer and software for each state department of education office and each major educational office in Washington, D.C.; state servers to be linked to users in each state; and training for users. By June 1993, all states will have servers in place and may begin to link down to regional servers and then to school buildings. Ohio already has connected all schools to the system. Iowa is proceeding with a plan to connect all schools, colleges, and major museums with a state network called IOWANET. If installed in every school in the country the PSInet would make it possible for teachers and students everywhere to communicate easily and inexpensively with each other. The potential for reducing teacher isolation and enhancing curriculum and teaching in small and rural schools is dramatic. This innovative educational tool provides the basis for a potential paradigm shift in the process of education and for widespread cooperative education on real issues and problems. Examples of current applications of the system and the necessary equipment are described. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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