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PARTNERSHIP TO HELP STATE'S TEACHERS DEVELOP
Bell Atlantic Project Support to Total
MORGANTOWN, W.VA. -- In a unique project, private
enterprise will join
forces with secondary and higher education to revolutionize the
educational experience in West Virginia.
Bell Atlantic-West Virginia, West Virginia University and 13
kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in the north-central
region of the state are collaborating on an "On-line Multimedia
Development Project." This project is designed to identify ways to
more effectively integrate technology into the state's classrooms.
WVU's College of Human Resources and Education will spearhead the
project in cooperation with the 13 area schools cited as
Development Schools." These schools have had a long-standing
relationship with WVU in a wide variety of professional areas,
including teacher preparation.
Bell Atlantic will support the project with a cash grant and in-kind
contributions totaling $100,000 as well as its telecommunications
Under the On-line Multimedia Development Project, selected teachers
from seven of the involved schools will develop 12 Internet-based
course curriculum units at a month-long summer institute on the WVU
campus. A team from the university then will transform one of those
curriculum units into a multimedia module available for on-line access
by any of the involved schools. The schools will have Internet access
through the Bell
Atlantic® WORLD SCHOOL(sm) program.
Based on the success of this initial multimedia module, other modules
may be developed in the 1996-97 school year.
"This initiative is an important first step in placing powerful, "
said Dennis Bone,
president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-West Virginia, Inc. "I'm
particularly pleased to note that the applications being
developed in this project will be designed by teachers for teachers."
"We're very excited about the potential of the On-Line Multimedia
Development Project," said Dr. John Wells, assistant professor in
WVU's Technology Education department and project director.
"Integrating technology into education has two equally critical
components -- getting the technology into the classroom, and preparing
teachers to harness the power of technology to help students learn
with it. This project will go a long way toward making that happen."
The On-Line Multimedia Development Project complements the WORLD SCHOOL
program, under which Bell Atlantic is providing digital, high-speed
Internet access to the more than 700 K-12 public schools in its West
Virginia service area. Nearly 300 schools now are on-line through
"I'm confident that this private sector, public and higher education
effort will begin to define new and innovative ways in which the WORLD
SCHOOL program can benefit its primary targets -- teachers and
students," said Bone.
Bell Atlantic has invested more than $50 million in educational
initiatives such as WORLD SCHOOL and the On-line Multimedia
Development Project throughout its mid-Atlantic service area over the
last two years.
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.
- Harry Mitchell, 304-344-7562