Faculty will meet this week (Oct. 23-25) at Cabell Midland High School, eager to hitch a ride into cyberspace. The Bell Atlantic® WORLD SCHOOLsm Symposium, which is in its third year, will feature prominent speakers and a variety of interactive, hands-on workshops.
The theme for this year's conference is "The Next Step: Using the Internet More Effectively." In addition to Bell Atlantic-West Virginia, sponsors include the West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia Technology, Education and Media Specialists (WVTEAMS).
Gov. Cecil H. Underwood will discuss technology and education at the symposium Friday morning. Dennis Bone, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic-West Virginia], will also speak.
Other speakers will include:
Bob Frostick, a teacher at John Adams Junior High School in Charleston, will discuss his adventure into the Amazon jungles and how he turned that into an award-winning Internet project at his school. Frostick's exploration in Peru was underwritten by a Bell Atlantic and Earthwatch scholarship.
Kathy Schrock, nationally recognized leader in the use of interactive technology. Schrock is technology coordinator for the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District in Yarmouth, Mass.
State Sen. Lloyd Jackson will talk about prominent issues facing education in West Virginia.
Workshop topics will include creating collaborative classrooms; using multimedia and the Internet in the classroom; creating school technology teams; learning about 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.k12.wv.us/wschool.
Interested educators also can call the Bell Atlantic-West Virginia public relations office toll-free at 1-800-642-8206.
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