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         Through the Alliance+ Program teachers develop skills in the application of technology to expand their instructional approaches and use the internet creatively within their curriculum. At CIESE we stress unique and compelling uses of the Internet.  These uses include: 
 
  • Using the internet as a Communication Tool
  • Collecting Real Time Data/Information
  • Finding Unique Sources of Information
  • Publishing Student Work
        The Internet is used as a communication tool to allow teachers and classrooms to communicate with each other through email. All teachers obtain an email account and use this to establish e-pals, consult with experts or collaborate with other schools to answer significant scientific questions. 
           A collaborative project asks schools across the world a perform some task or experiment and pool the data to reach conclusions that it would be impossible to obtain working alone.  Two good collaborative representatives are: 
          As an example, by examining the temperature at which water boils in different places around that world, students can conclude that altitude is the deciding factor for the boiling point. 

         The internet is a a rich source for posting real-time data.  Examples include: 
 

      Real-time data can be used in curriculum project such as the Animal Studies Experiment above or Musical Plates which uses real-time earthquake data from the Internet to explore the relationship between earthquakes and plate tectonics. 

       The Internet is a valuable source for unique materials.  Primary source materials are becoming readily available for use in the Social Sciences.  The Library of Congress American Memories Collection is a good example.  Foreign Language newspapers are easily available.  Try this language translator for your multicultural classrooms. 
 

        In the Alliance+ program teachers are taught to design and post web pages.  These sites can be used to provide information to students and parents, as well as to post student work.        Each teacher is a participant on the Alliance ListServ.  The ListServ allows communication between all Alliance teachers. 
List Servs 
     At the end of their Savvy Cyber Teacher training teachers are prepared to integrate internet technology skills into their k-12 curricular materials. At this point it is critical for principals and supervisors to encourage their teachers to make optimal use of the skills they have developed. 
Encouraging Classroom Implementation

        Step 1 - Teachers should be encouraged to introduce an on-line collaborative or real-time project into their classroom.  The project should be chosen to replace a topic already in the curriculum which uses a different instructional approach. The CIESE On-Line Curriculum Projects page is a good resource, as well as the Savvy Cyber Teacher Reference Page on collaborative projects. 
 

        Step 2 - Teachers should be encouraged to share resources both within the school and with other schools in the district. 

        Step 3 - As teachers grow more experienced, they should be encouraged to develop their own curriculum projects.  This involves a committment on behalf of the school district to provide the time and resources for their professional staff to work together on these sort of projects.  Examples of these sort of projects can be found on the the IKE , Project Link  and Science Link pages on the CIESE web site. 
 

 Linkage to Proficiency Standards
 
 Curriculum Projects should be referenced to appropriate national and state standards.  An example would be the Standard Reference Page from The Boiling Point Project discussed earlier.
 
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