Bell Atlantic Thanks Two Baltimore Schools for Hosting Its Regional Distance Learning Teacher Training Academy

Bell Atlantic Thanks Two Baltimore Schools for Hosting Its Regional
Distance Learning Teacher Training Academy

Company Presents Each School With $3,000 Just In Time for the Holidays

December 19, 1996

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BALTIMORE - Two Baltimore area schools instrumental in
advancing the
use of distance learning technology across the region received gifts
of $3,000 each today from Bell Atlantic - Maryland during a ceremony
at the company's downtown office. The gifts recognize the schools'
contribution to the growth of education technology as hosts of Bell
Atlantic's Regional Distance Learning Teacher Training Academy this
past summer.

Bell Atlantic Vice President of External Affairs John W. Dillon,
flanked by alumni of the academy, presented the checks to Canton
Middle School in Baltimore City and Sollers Point Southeastern
Technical High School in Dundalk. A demonstration of the power of
distance learning in the classroom followed the award ceremony.
"These schools understand how important technology is in the modern
classroom, and we commend them for sharing this knowledge with
others," said Dillon. "Thanks to their help, 140 teachers from
our region now have state-of-the art skills and exciting new ways to
educate students here and around the nation."

The Bell Atlantic Foundation funded the two-day training course, which
also enabled 28 of the teachers to get additional intensive training
through a supplemental scholarship. This one-week Summer Academy
fostered the creation of an instructor corps which is now training
additional teachers around the Bell Atlantic territory.

"These new skills are vital as school administrators wrestle with
need to provide the best education possible at the lowest cost,"
Dillon noted. "Distance learning technology shares scarce teaching
resources so that children in Maryland's largest cities and tiniest
hamlets have access to knowledge that once was the stuff of

This year, graduates of the teacher training academy are empowering
their colleagues with innovative new ways to bring students closer to
their subjects.

Associate Professor Barbara Marder used the skills she learned at the
academy to link students at Howard Community College in Columbia with
her class at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold. "I also used
the technology to take my students on a video field trip to various
theaters throughout Baltimore," she said. "There is no
question that
my distance teaching is better as a result of the hands-on experience
presented by the academy, and by the opportunity to observe and
evaluate the presentations of my fellow students."

Paul Walsh, uses distance learning technology daily in his job as a
television producer and director for the Baltimore County Public
Schools. "The teacher training academy has proven to be invaluable
my work," he noted. "Meeting other educators from around the
and sharing ways to empower students with distance learning was one of
the most rewarding aspects of the session."

Bell Atlantic - Maryland leads the state in helping schools use
distance learning technology. The company's $13 million effort to
provide $50,000 to every four-year public college, community college
and high school to purchase distance learning equipment is progressing
rapidly. Regionwide, over 75 organizations take advantage of the
company's fiber optic networks to provide broadcast-quality courses
and seminars to classrooms and training centers regionwide.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:
BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.