FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 1996
Telecommunications Company Leads Partnership Linking
Kids and Families
to On-Line Learning
Dundalk, Md. -- Maryland's first home and school-based computer learning initiative will receive more than a $1 million commitment in funds and services from Bell Atlantic, the company announced today. The investment is the result of a request from Maryland officials who challenged Bell Atlantic to help design a national educational model similar to the company's successful project in Union City, New Jersey.
The telecommunications company's contribution represents the largest portion of private sector funding for Logan Online, which will be launched at Logan Elementary School in Dundalk this fall. Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions and Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile also are among the first corporate partners, along with Microsoft, Xerox, Lucent Technologies and Baltimore Gas and Electric.
"Today we measure our success in the smiles of the kids here at Logan Elementary," said Dan Whelan, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic - Maryland. "But the potential for the future is limitless. These children will learn in classrooms without walls, and, through a home-school connection, parents, students and teachers will be brought closer together."
During the three year project, Bell Atlantic and partners will provide approximately 180 personal computers to the school's third, fourth and fifth grade students, their teachers and selected administrators of Logan Elementary. Bell Atlantic plans to connect these computers to a Local Area Network (LAN) located at the school that will give users access to the Internet, electronic mail, and other services. Microsoft will make available its Windows®95 operating system, Windows NT(tm) Server and selected educational software.
In addition, approximately 100 computers will be placed in the homes of Logan's 1996-1997 third grade class. These computers will be linked to the school and to each other through Bell Atlantic's ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) technology and will have full access to the LAN and its capabilities. These third graders will be tracked closely to assess the effectiveness of the home-school computer connection on academic performance. The students will not be charged for the PCs or the telecommunications services provided by Bell Atlantic.
In many ways, Logan Online will resemble Bell Atlantic's New Jersey partnership with Microsoft in the development of what has been termed a Connected Learning Community, a concept whereby networking connections provide for dynamic learning interaction in three ways -- within and between schools, between homes and schools, and between schools and the larger community of learning via the Internet.
Internet connections will be provided by Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions. Kids and their teachers will receive guidance on cruising cyberspace, and the company also will help pupils unleash their creative energies in the design and creation of a Logan Elementary home page.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile will equip each classroom in the school with a cellular phone and will offer complimentary airtime during normal school hours to further facilitate parent-teacher communication.
"Logan Online is a brilliant example of what can be achieved when business and government work together," Whelan concluded. "Our experience in New Jersey has proven that telecommunications can have a significant impact on educational performance. We're excited about sharing that success and building a national model right here in Maryland."
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.
for more information, contact:
- Shannon Fioravanti, 703-974-5455
Delivering State-of-the-Art Education Technologies
Project Explore (Union City, NJ)