HYATTSVILLE, Md. - Technology in the classroom is taking a giant leap forward at Hyattsville Elementary and Middle Schools in Hyattsville.
GTE Communications Corporation (GTECC) has joined hands with several high technology companies and state and local government agencies to make technology in the classroom a totally wireless experience.
GTECC led the effort by recruiting technology companies to equip a multi-school network offering wireless phone, voice mail, fax, Internet, video and notebook computer services for teachers, students and parents.
The debut of the Hyattsville Wireless Community will be the highlight of the State's Net Weekend '98, Sept. 25 and 26. The statewide event focuses on helping public schools in Maryland establish high-speed Internet connections from multiple access points in schools, as well as provide teachers the knowledge and skills to effectively integrate Internet resources into the curriculum.
"The Hyattsville Wireless Community represents the way education and technology should be--totally integrated, and dedicated to enhancing the education experience our teachers provide to the children of the State of Maryland," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "This national model also brings parents into the classroom with a 24-hour communications link."
the school to access the Internet and shared files;
"The State of Maryland challenged GTE Communications Corporation to make the vision of the Hyattsville Wireless Community a reality. This is truly a public-private initiative where business has stepped forward to work toward the common good of Maryland's children. GTE Communications Corporation is pleased with the support many other corporate sponsors provided for this project," said Dave Fanning, president of GTECC Strategic Accounts.
The Maryland State Department of Education, the Department of Budget & Management, the University of Maryland, and Prince George's County Public Schools assisted in identifying the educational needs to be addressed by the project.
GTE Corporation is the parent company of GTE Communications Corporation. GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services. 1997 revenues totaled more than $23 billion. GTE provides local, long distance and wireless telephone service; network monitoring and maintenance service; dial-up Internet access; high-speed data networks; and satellite, cable, and video service.
On Friday, September 25, Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening will kick-off Net Weekend '98 and unveil the Hyattsville Wireless Community. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch for community, state, and business leaders at Hyattsville Elementary School, 5311 43rd Avenue, Hyattsville, Md. Governor Glendening will arrive at approximately 12:30 p.m. Reporters are invited to tour the school's new telecommunications capabilities. Teacher and student demonstrations on how the technology will be used begin at 1:15 p.m.