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West Virginia Teachers Learn to Harness Interactive Technologies
Hitching a Ride into Cyberspace at WORLD SCHOOL Symposium
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
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
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
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
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.