Bell Atlantic Foundation Award to Rennselaer Funds New Approach to High School Teaching
October 23, 1997
granted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a $50,000 Excellence in
Education award to support the development of educational computing
technologies that will be used to enhance the teaching of advanced
placement high school calculus at Troy High School. The multimedia
materials will be piloted by Troy High School.
"Rensselaer has won three national awards for development of
interactive learning techniques that are revolutionizing the way we
teach undergraduates," said Rensselaer President R. Byron Pipes.
"With this project, we are exploring the excitig possibility of
transferring these techniques to the high school environment."
"Helping improve the quality of education in the communities that we
serve is vitally important to Bell Atlantic," said Lee A. Brathwaite,
Bell Atlantic vice president and general manager Northeast.
The Bell Atlantic Excellence in Education Awards, which range from
$5,000 to $100,000, will help fund a wide array of programs that
address issues of integrating technology in college and secondary
school curricula. Rensselaer was the recipient of the third largest
Bell Atlantic award this year.
In the calculus project, Rensselaer is working with Troy High School
teacher Richard Gilbert and with Sybillyn Jennings, a psychologist
from Russell Sage College, to create World Wide Web materials that
will help students better understand basic mathematical principles.
At Rensselaer, the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education,
the Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education,and the Center
for Integrated Electronics, Electronic Manufacturing, and Electronic
Media are collaborating on the development of the ighly interactive
The work is part of a large Rensselaer project to make advanced
placement courses for high school students widely available, according
to Lester Rubenfeld, director of CIPCE. These courses would use the
World Wide Web and other new technology that unites teachers and
students from different communities in a face-to-face setting that
emulates a live, on-campus classroom.
"There are tremendous disparities in the availability of AP ourses,"
said Brad Lister, director of the CIUE. "Ongoing improvements in
networks, computers, and tools for interactive learning will allow more
equitable access to advanced education for students across the
The Bell Atlantic Foundation granted $1.5 million in Excellence in
Education Awards to 64 colleges, universities, public schools and
community organizations engaged in educational technology initiatives
in New York and New England. The recipients were recognized for their
work in developing programs that use computers and telecommunications
technology to improve and enrich th learning environment.