ERIC Number: ED479432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
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Education Network of Ontario: Content/Curriculum Models for the Internet-Connected Classroom.
The Education Network of Ontario (ENO) is a telecommunications corporation creating an access and applications network for and by Ontario's 130,000-member education community. When educators register with ENO, they receive full industry-standard Internet and Intranet services in English and French. ENO/REO works from school or home. Statistics such as 100,000 teacher members, over 23,000 logins a day, 250,000,000 minutes a month of online time, and over 100,000 mail or news messages per day are commonplace. Self-nominating teachers lead projects that deal with content creation, classroom projects and technology exploration. Results are as varied as a database of parent letters to go with report cards, solutions to keep small children exercised and content in ultra-cold winter months, an Internet radio station and investigation of video and voice technologies as well as pedagogical practices to support professional development. ENO trains teachers who now understand the need for, and use of, a sophisticated variety of applications and content to support and motivate students in the online environment. The result of this support is a classroom project model that is firmly based in curriculum but created in a way that the students and teachers use access to the Internet and other technologies to enhance learning of subject matter and processes, and not the technology itself. The ENO project model is supported by an automated application so teachers need not become involved in Web functions and software operations themselves. They do not need to understand Web site creation or even negotiate Web hosting with their school or District School Board. In this way, they work from the outset with the skills and experience they already have and they add knowledge of online processes and course management only as they need them in practice. Many project leaders graduate from this initial template to major Web site creation. Because ENO is its own Internet and Intranet Service Provider, it has enabled teachers to create and use a continuously evolving "bootstrap" model to support diverse, creative activities--projects, group work, lessons and student-to-student exchanges at every level of instruction. (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Corporations, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Internet, Online Systems, Telecommunications
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), P.O. Box 3728, Norfolk, VA 23514. Tel: 757-623-7588; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.aace.org/DL/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada