The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has produced a 12-minute videotape to show educators how they can use the Internet, a global system of computer networks, to improve their teaching.
Developed as a sophisticated communications link between academic researchers, the Internet system has become extremely popular among computer users outside of the research arena.
And while K-12 educators remain a small segment of the user group, there are many efforts under way at the federal, state, and local levels to increase their access to, and familiarity with, the network. (See Education Week, Jan. 13, 1993.)
"Global Quest: The Internet in the Classroom'' shows students and teachers how to use Internet resources to research classroom assignments.
The videotape will be broadcast several times this month on NASA Select television, which is carried by many local cable-television systems.
Copies of the tape may be purchased for $15 each, plus shipping costs, by calling the NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin, Ohio, at (216) 774-1051, ext. 293 or 294.
Teachers in rural areas will have greater access to computer networks as a result of $2.5 million worth of grants recently awarded by the Annenberg/
C.P.B. Math and Science Project and the U.S. West Foundation.
The initiative is designed to give mathematics and science teachers in rural areas the technical skills and experience to incorporate into their teaching the resources available on computer networks, including the global Internet system.
The five grants were awarded for projects at Western Montana College; the Boulder Valley, Colo., school district; Eastern Washington University; Technology and Information Educational Services in Minnesota; and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The projects each have specific goals, ranging from recruiting and training an on-line group of mentor-teachers that would create math and science curricula using telecommunications to developing a method to help teachers navigate through the mass of information available on the Internet.
The grants were announced late last year.--PETER WEST