May 9, 2002

Education Week, Vol. 21, Issue 35
Infrastructure Tracking Tech Trends
Despite fiscal belt-tightening and the recent decline in the technology sector of the U.S. economy, states still made great strides over the past year in helping students get access to computers in schools.
Ron Skinner, May 9, 2002
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Classroom Technology Students Speak Out
Twelve states now have their own virtual education institutions— state-sponsored schools that provide some or all of their instruction over the Internet, according to Education Week’s 2002 survey of state technology coordinators. Much has been made of the potential of these so-called cyber schools to redefine how we think about teaching and learning in the digital age. At the same time, though, concerns abound about the consequences of an educational style that forgoes face-to-face contact and personal interaction in favor of the potentially isolating world of cyberspace.
Kathryn M. Doherty, May 9, 2002
13 min read
Classroom Technology The Virtual Teaching Life
Becky Huggins sometimes goes undercover in the online classes she teaches for elementary school youngsters. When discussions among her students go stale, she logs on under a pseudonym—taking on the identity of a student—and fires off a provocative question or comment to jump-start the dialogue.
Julie Blair, May 9, 2002
10 min read
Professional Development E-Training Offers Options
In the spring of 2000, Carol Scott Whelan and four of her colleagues at the state department of education in Louisiana decided to take a course called Introduction to Online Technology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Michelle Galley, May 9, 2002
10 min read
Classroom Technology One State's Digital Quest
South Dakota, a rural state known to outsiders mostly as the site of Mount Rushmore, is one of the most wired in the country. New technology such as Maher’s interactive- videoconference class—an updated twist on old-school distance learning—is erasing boundaries and opening new avenues of learning for the state’s 729 public schools, 78 private schools, and 15 colleges and universities.
Rhea R. Borja, May 9, 2002
17 min read
Classroom Technology E-Defining Education
To appreciate how e-learning is changing the landscape of education, you need only look at the numbers.
The Editors, May 9, 2002
6 min read
Classroom Technology Higher Ed.'s Online Odyssey
There’s not much time to hit the books after work, PTA meetings, and rushing your 9-year-old son to karate lessons. So when Adrienne Carrington, a soft-spoken, 45-year-old single mother from Baltimore, decided to go back and take some more college classes, she needed a university that could accommodate her harried lifestyle.
John Gehring, May 9, 2002
11 min read