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Theme 12 Abstracts

Presenter / Title / Theme / Institution Abstract
Stan Silverman
Theme 12
New York Institute of Technology; USA
'The Educational Enterprise Zone'
This presentation will show how schools, no matter what level of communications access, can connect and utilize powerful content from informal educational resources around the country. The Educational Enterprise Zone comprises well over 30 informal content providers including the Peace Corp., Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Smithsonian Natural History, The National Parks Service, Liberty Science Center, The Philadelphia Fine Arts Museum, Museum of Television and Radio, and many more. Learn how teachers working with the museums have created content rich activities aligned to state and national standards and how these resources can be brought into your classrooms. The solutions to both the technology issues as well as the content issues will be presented. Participants will receive examples of activities and a guidebook for creation of their own Enterprise Zones.
Ann Barron
Theme 12
University of South Florida; USA
'Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust: An Online Resource'
"A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust" is a large, instructional Website with thousands of HTML pages. It was designed and developed by the staff of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida (USF) and graduate students in the USF Instructional Technology program. This presentation provides background information on the evolution of the site, design considerations, and development issues. The content of the "Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust" is divided into five major sections: Timeline, People, Arts, Teacher Resources, and Student Activities. Each section contains numerous photographs, images, documents, and relevant links. The Teacher's Guide currently receives thousands of hits per day on the Web, and it has won numerous online awards.
Sergey Sidorenko
Theme 12
National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute; Ukraine
'Demonstration of the First in Ukraine PC-Based Course "The Structure of Liquid"'
Development and implementation of PC-based University Courses become one of the principal ways of further development of DE in National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (22 Faculties, 113 Departments, 200 Full Professors, 2000 Associated Professors, 28,000 students). The course SLACM is based on the authors' (S. Sidorenko, M. Beldus, A. Kholmskaya, etc.) Material Science Courses delivered students and includes the following parts: (1) The States of Matter; (2) Atomic Structure of Metals; (3) Electronic Properties of Metals; (4) The Structure of Molten and Amorphous Metals; (5) Bonding in Solids; (6) Surface Atomic Structure and Diffraction of Slow Electrons. The fragments of the University DE Course in General Physics will be demonstrated, too. The principles of organization and practical results of the implementation of ???????????????
Dale Reed
Theme 12
Learning Sciences, Northwestern University; USA
'Intelligent Indexing'
Searching the Internet can result in an intractably large list of matches. Web indexing is not keeping pace with Internet growth, with the percent indexed dropping from 47% to 27% in the last year. This paper describes "Intelligent Indexing" where software tools written in Java allow Internet knowledge to be treated as a readily accessible extension of a user's local machine. There are two pieces to this work: 1) A Web Personal Information Manager (Web PIM) allows a user to locally create a searchable index of the "contents" of bookmarked pages; 2) A search assistant where a user's search results will be ordering according to a user's personalized "context." An individualized profile will be created using a combination of bookmark kewords from the Web PIM and a user profile questionnaire. This information can also be used for automatic query refinements. This work is sponsored by a NSF PFSMETE fellowship.
Elizabeth Newby
Theme 12
Liverpool City Council; England
'The North West Learning Grid'
Since 1998, the National Grid for Learning has been "under construction" in the United Kingdom. As a national policy for education, funding has been used by 150 Local Education Authorities (LEAs) to develop the Grid in many diverse ways. At a regional level, ten Local Education Authorities in Northern England have committed resources to the development of the North West Learning Grid. A number of projects to advance software and content development through the authoring of electronic multimedia curriculum materials are now underway. These projects will be hosted on a secure Intranet accessible to teachers and children throughout the region. This paper will explore the development of one of these projects, a comparative coastline study written collaboratively by three geographically diverse LEAs. In addition to the standards and procedures which emerge from such a project, the paper will also consider emerging technical and strategic implications.
Chu Ryang Wie
Theme 12
SUNY at Buffalo; USA
'Integrating Java Applet Courseware Components into Consumer Product Case-Study Modules'
There are increasing amounts of Java applets and multimedia modules for science and engineering education. The primary organization of these courseware components, available today, is mainly that of a traditional textbook style - table of contents with sections at varying levels. Another effective organizational approach, particularly for engineering education, is by organizing the courseware components into consumer-product case-study modules. This approach provides a nice hierarchical organization of the courseware components, a pedagogy naturally accompanying the organization, and an "object-oriented view" to the courseware system that are not easily achieved in other organizational approaches. This system-component approach of courseware components suits itself to learners from varying levels. For example, the top-level system or product applets are useful for learners from all levels including general non-technical public and upper-level High School students, while the deeper-lying component applets and materials applets are appropriate for R & D professionals and upper-level university students. We will discuss the organizational and pedagogical approaches of the consumer-product case-study modules of Java applets and other courseware components.
Chu Ryang Wie
Theme 12
SUNY at Buffalo; USA
'Development of Write-Once Run-Anywhere Courseware Components'
The 21st Century higher education shall be enriched by a large variety of new educational objects such as Java applets, multimedia animations, interactive learning modules, and even learning games. Of these various objects, a particularly useful approach is the development and use of the dynamic, visual and interactive learning tools that are installation-free, unconstrained in space, and platform-neutral. The best candidate for this is the Java applets which can encapsulate and visually simulate various and abstract learning concepts and principles. We have been developing java applet visual simulation objects in the area of solid state materials and devices for the past four years. The target audience of these applets range from High School seniors, low-level and upper-level College students, and up to the practicing professionals of the Semiconductor industry. We shall show the usage statistics of the developed resource and the comments from students and educators around the world. From our experience of developing the courseware components, exclusively in java applets, we have found certain practices are especially effective for the student learning and for the educator's use. Namely, the visual arrangement of the screen for technical contents, supplementary materials, etc. We also have discovered that an effective development approach for the programming productivity and maintenance is the evolutionary approach where the applet components are developed incrementally within the object-oriented programming paradigm. We will discuss the pedagogical and development issues in this paper.
Cavanaugh Catherine
Theme 12
Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education; USA
'Standards and Instructional Tools via Web and CD'
This session presents an overview of a collaborative process between Pinellas School District (FL) and the Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida. The process resulted in the creation and distribution of the Student Expectations database to teachers in the district. The database was distributed on both CD-ROM and on a Web site. The product unites the district standards, state standards, lesson plans, resource materials, assessments, and parent information in a searchable database. This session will involve lessons learned and decisions made during the development process, along with samples of the CD and Web versions of the product. The perspectives of both developers and users will be included.

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