ERIC Number: ED452824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
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The Cyberspace Regionalization Project: Simultaneously Bridging the Digital and Racial Divide.
The Cyberspace Regionalization Project uses advanced audio-visual telecommunications to bridge gaps of geography and socioeconomic status between two New Jersey high schools, one white and affluent and one black and low income. Using audio-visual links provided by Intel ProShare software and equipment, students and teachers from the two schools work together on a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. Real-time images of the students are displayed on a computer monitor while they work together on various projects such as a science experiment or an electronic literary magazine. Teachers, trained under a grant from AT&T, design the interactions and supervise the students throughout the project. The major goals of the project are to: (1) Create an infrastructure of telecommunications to connect two high schools separated by 70 miles; (2) Familiarize and train teachers and students at both schools in its use; (3) Create programs or activities to bring the students and teachers together; (4) Apply those programs to issues or racial understanding; and (6) Apply those programs to improvement and reform in the two schools. One of the challenges of the project lay in developing updated measures of racial attitudes that address salient contemporary issues and that are appropriate for high school age students. Two multidimensional, multi-factor measures of racial attitudes were developed. The racial attitude instruments were administered to all of the ninth-grade students in both high schools in the fall of the school year 1998-99. The ultimate posttest is to consist of a re-administration of the instruments to remaining members of the cohort shortly before graduating high school. Baseline results revealed a significant amount of variance in student racial attitudes among and between groups. (Contains 11 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Affiliated Schools, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities, High School Students, High Schools, Racial Differences, Racial Identification, Racial Relations, Telecommunications
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/technology/1999/whitepapers.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: The Secretary's Conference on Educational Technology, 1999: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology. [Proceedings] (Washington, D.C., July 12-13, 1999); see IR 020 654.