Washington -- Public-school teachers here can now receive
training to help them figure out how to navigate the Internet at a new computer center
opened by Cable in the Classroom this week.
CIC opened the training center, which will house 40
computers, in cooperation with the Washington public school system and District
Cablevision, the local AT&T Broadband & Internet Services (formerly
Tele-Communications Inc.) affiliate.
The center is part of a larger initiative, also including
traveling and virtual workshops for educators.
"Schools are the building blocks of society, and
District Cablevision is proud to serve the students and educators of the District of
Columbia," said Earle Jones, its general manager.
Jones spoke at a press conference with Arlene Ackerman,
superintendent of the D.C. public-school system.
The training center's computers are currently hooked
up with T-3 lines.
Sometime this year, the computers will be hooked up to
cable modems, which District Cablevision has not yet rolled out in the area, Jones said.
The cable system also expects to provide one cable-modem
hookup per school sometime in the year 2000.
CIC will offer a variety of classes to help teachers use
the Internet with their students, ranging from two-hour introductory seminars on education
Web sites to more in-depth classes.
Ackerman said teachers can use Internet tutorials as part
of their minimum requirement of 15 hours of professional development per year.
A recent study by the CEO Forum found that while the number
of computers and Internet connections in schools increased in 1998, many teachers remain
unprepared to integrate the technology into their classrooms.
The group -- a partnership of 20 businesses and educational
groups -- recommended that school systems start focusing on teacher preparation, as well
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