September 26, 1996
Charleston Conference to Feature Nationally Known Speakers, Hands-On Workshops
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Educators and others interested in discovering how to harness interactive technologies for use in the classroom should plan to spend Columbus Day exploring the new world of cyberspace at a symposium in Charleston. The conference, which will be held Oct. 10-12 at the University of Charleston, will feature nationally known speakers and a number of interactive, hands-on workshops.
Bell Atlantic-West Virginia is hosting the event, Bringing the Internet into Your Classroom: A Bell Atlantic® WORLD SCHOOLsm Technical and Educational Symposium, in cooperation with the West Virginia Computer Using Educators and the West Virginia Department of Education. There is no charge to attend the symposium.
The opening session on Oct. 10 will feature West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, who's nationally recognized for his leadership in placing technology in the state's schools; and Linda Roberts, director of technology for the U.S. Department of Education and a leading expert in applying technology to improve and reform education, and Dennis Bone, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-West Virginia. Other speakers during the symposium will include: Margaret Riel, who has developed and researched models of network learning in areas such as cross-classroom collaboration and electronic travel; Dan Buettner, who as part of the MayaQuest interactive learning program travels the world by bicycle and communicates with classes using a laptop computer and satellite he totes on his bike; David Warlick, who's involved with ThinkQuest®, an annual contest in which students and teachers can share new ways to learn and earn awards totaling more than $1 million; State School Superintendent Hank Marockie, and State Sen. Lloyd Jackson, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
The workshops will cover such topics as creating collaborative classrooms; using multi-media and Internet in the classroom; creating school technology teams; computer viruses, and programming in HTML [computer programming language for the World Wide Web].
For more information on the WORLD SCHOOL symposium, visit the Bell Atlantic WORLD SCHOOL site on the World Wide Web at http://www.bell-atl.com/wschool. Interested educators also can call the Bell Atlantic-West Virginia public relations office toll-free at 1-800-642-8206. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 4.
The Bell Atlantic WORLD SCHOOL program, which is designed to provide direct, high-speed digital Internet access to 700 kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in Bell Atlantic-West Virginia's service area, is halfway there, with 350 schools connected. Another 270 schools have completed the required self-nomination form to become a WORLD SCHOOL. Self-nomination forms are available from the West Virginia Department of Education, Building 6, Room 346, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, W.Va. 25305-0330. The telephone number is 304-558-0304.
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