Opening the Bottleneck of Technology Skills Among Staff
By Ted Nellenas it appeared in May/June 1999 School Executive
Ted Nellen is a cybrarian, webmaster, teacher trainer and computer coordinator at Murry Bergtraum High School in the New York City School District in New York, NY.
RESOURCES FOR TEACHER TRAININGThe AT&T Learning Network Virtual Academy gives teachers access to web-based courses to help them integrate technology into the curriculum. AT&T Learning Network, 800/354-8800, www.att.com/learningnetwork
College Connection features an online masters degree course from George Washington University on Educational Technology Leadership. Jones Education Company, 9697 E. Mineral Ave., P.O. Box 6612, Englewood, CO 80155; 303/792- 3111, www.jec.edu
Connected University;tm is an online learning community that provides a wide variety of courses to help teachers improve their classroom application of technology skills. ClassroomConnect, 221 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 221, El Segundo, CA 90245; 800/638-1639, www.classroom.com
E-Z Internet Internet training course consists of two instructional audio tapes that explain in layperson's terminology how to use the Internet, step-by-step. E-Z Internet, 12918 S. Pinetree Ln., La Mirada, CA 90638; 888/638-2002, www.cdddigital.com.
MacAcademy and Windows Academy uses video and CD-ROM computer training modules to teach the most popular Macintosh and Windows application programs. Mac/Windows Academy, 100 E. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32176; 800/527-1914, www.macacademy.com or www.windowsacademy.com.
NETg offers training courses that feature training on the latest emerging technologies and are developed in cooperation with technology producers like Microsoft, Netscape, Oracle and Novell. NETg, 1751 W. Diehl Rd., St. 200, Naperville, IL 60563; 800/265-1900, ext. 3, www.netg.com
Teachers Tech Tutor is a multimedia program designed by teachers that uses interactive, hands- on lessons to introduce the Internet, including e-mail, the World Wide Web, newsgroups and chat rooms. Vital Knowledge Software, P.O. Box 181, Miramichi, New Brunswick, E1N-3A6 CANADA; 877/IT-LEARN (485-3276), www.vitalknowledge.com
TeachNet.org includes over 6,000 pages of teacher-developed curricula for pre-K through grade 12. Teachers are available online to explain how to integrate these technology-based lessons into the classroom. The Teachers Network, 285 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013; 212/966-5582,www.teachnet.org
Technology in Today's Classroom is a professional development video series that shows teachers how to bring content to life and teach vital information-gathering skills using technology. Canter & Associates, P.O. Box 2113, Santa Monica, CA 90407; 800/262-4347, www.centerweb.com