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:
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
with experts or collaborate
with other schools to answer significant scientific questions.
Using the internet as a Communication Tool
Collecting Real Time Data/Information
Finding Unique Sources of Information
Publishing Student Work
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
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
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
as well as to post student
Each teacher is a participant on the Alliance
ListServ. The ListServ allows communication between all Alliance
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
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
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
Boiling Point Project discussed earlier.
Administrative and Supervisory Resources