September 9, 1997
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Teachers from around the state will converge on Clarksburg this week, eager to hitch a ride into cyberspace.
Some 350 faculty and school administrators will explore ways to harness interactive technologies in the classroom Sept. 11-13 at Robert C. Byrd High School. The Bell Atlantic WORLD SCHOOL 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).
Kicking off the symposium Thursday is Ivan Seidenberg, Bell Atlantic's new vice chairman, president and chief operating officer. Seidenberg is the former chairman of NYNEX Corp., which merged with Bell Atlantic last month.
Other speakers will include the following:
David Warlick, vice president of the Global SchoolNet Foundation, will paint a colorful picture of the history of "telecomputing," beginning with a global network of Apple II bulletin board systems and moving into the World Wide Web. Warlick also will demonstrate how teachers can use the Internet to facilitate learning.
Dennis Bushnell, senior scientist at the NASA Langley Research Center, will discuss "Frontiers of the Responsibly Imaginable - The Creative Process." Bushnell will share his insights on what the Internet is and what it is not. He will explore "how to get to the horizon and not strew pixy dust in the process."
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.
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; computer viruses, and programming in HTML (computer programming language for the World Wide Web).
Bell Atlantic will host a second WORLD SCHOOL symposium this year Oct. 23-25 at Cabell Midland High School in Milton. There is no cost for teachers and administrators selected to attend.
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 at1-800-642-8206.
The new Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications, information and entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and 5.5 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 21 countries.