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ERIC Number: ED432988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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BEN:LINCS: A Community Model for the Pennsylvania Education Network.
Garrigan, Scott
BEN:LINCS (Bethlehem Education Network: A Local Instructional Network for Culture and Science), a Pennsylvania Testbed Project, attempts to demonstrate a sustainable model that supports network-based educational activities among schools, homes, libraries, museums, and local cultural organizations. The BEN:LINCS project envisioned a community-based network of local organizations making their educational resources available over the World Wide Web. Highly motivating learning activities would be developed that were relevant to the community and that could engage students in school or at home. This paper begins with an overview of BEN:LINCS and its partners. Ten projects are then described in the following categories: (1) SMART Net, projects that involve the SMART Discovery Center (a local science museum) and Lehigh University's Electron Microscopy Laboratory; (2) Local Library Web, a Web-based means to contact and search local library catalogs; and (3) Close-to-Home Curriculum, network-enabled activities using local history, music, and science resources and organizations. Implementation issues of leadership, vision, staffing, technology, curriculum/education, and change are also discussed. The BEN:LINCS model suggests that extensive technological resources may not be necessary to begin a community education network; the only critical need is for basic Internet connectivity. The model also suggests that it may not be necessary to hire expensive full-time staff. (AEF)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania