Virtual Help Desk 2.0
Savvy Cyber Teacher®

Training Material Updates

> Latest Update 06-04-03 <
(previous update 08-16-02)

Elementary School v2.0
(Released 07-13-01)

Week 1 (Updated: 03-14-02)
Week 2 (Updated: 08-16-02)
Week 3
Week 4 (Updated: 11-30-01)
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10 (Updated: 12-21-01)

Middle School v2.0
(Released 02-16-01)

Week 1 (Updated: 03-14-02)
Week 2 (Updated: 08-16-02)
Week 3 (Updated: 05-02-01)
Week 4 (Updated: 11-30-01)
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8 (Updated: 05-02-01)
Week 9
Week 10 (Updated: 12-21-01)

High School v2.0
(Released 01-17-03)

General Notices

  • (02-10-03) - There continue to be isolated places within the Elementary and Middle School versions where reference is made to using "MURL" for online bookmarking instead of Yahoo! Bookmarking.  Please ignore all references to MURL and use Yahoo! Bookmarks instead.
  • (01-21-03) - We have just released the new High School Level Savvy Cyber Teacher v2.0 materials.  These can be downloaded from the Training Materials web page provided that you have the necessary username and password.  Contact your local Project Coordinator for assistance.
  • (11-02-01) - All links on the Workshop Training web pages to the online evaluation forms have now been changed to point to the new DataFeed System 2.0.  Participants will now log into their DataFeed System accounts to complete these forms.

General FAQ

  1. What is the DataFeed System 2.0 and how do I use it?

  2. How do I contact my local Project Coordinator for additional assistance?

  3. What do I need to do prior to conducting training?

  4. How do I obtain training materials?

  5. What is the difference between a Mentee Teacher and Mentor Teacher?

  6. Are there selection criteria for Mentee and Mentor Teachers?

  7. Why am I required to be on the trainer's listserv?

  8. How do I subscribe/unsubscribe to/from the project listservs?

  9. Can I conduct the 10 workshops in a one week period?

  10. What is the mirror or back up web site?

DataFeed System 2.0 FAQ
 
Please contact your local Project Coordinator prior to using the NEW DataFeed System.

Copyright © 2003 Stevens Institute of Technology
Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education, All Rights Reserved


 


Training Material Updates

 

Elementary School Version 2.0

Week One: Introduction To The Internet In Education (Back to Top)
  • (03-14-02)  The Threatened and Endangered Wildlife and Plants link used in Activity #2 in the Week One Workshop has been changed to a new site (see linked site).  The previous site is no longer available due to a pending federal lawsuit relating to the release of information concerning Native American Reservations.  Please note that several of the links on the new replacement site are also not working because of the same federal lawsuit issues.
  • (12-21-01)  As the earlier posting (from 11-02-01) noted, the new DataFeed System 2.0 is available and should be used by the workshop participants to register with the project and signup for their course during the Week One Workshop.  We have released a NEW version of the Week One Workshop training materials (which have been designated v2.1) that incorporates registration and course signup into the Week One course content.  To accommodate the time needed for this work and to address concerns raised by trainers, we have reduced the amount of technical information that was part of the earlier Week One Workshop materials.  We have also include some new content to help prepare participants for the development of their Implementation Web Page that they will complete at the end of the course.  To prepare for this new v2.1 version of the Week One Workshop you will need to do the following:
    1. Contact your local Project Coordinator to obtain a copy of the new v2.1 Week One Workshop training materials which include:
      • Week One Trainer's Guide
      • Week One Participant Handbook 
      • Week One PowerPoint Slides (Slides are also available online from the Workshop Training web page)
    2. Spend approximately 30 minutes reviewing the changes and additions to the new materials.  These include registration and course signup in the new DataFeed System 2.0, demonstration of the Implementation Web Page example, and the restructured section on the "Internet and How To Get Connected".

     

  • (11-02-01) There is a new version of the DataFeed System which has been designated version 2.0.  All trainers MUST now use the DataFeed System 2.0 to schedule their courses, register their workshop participants and collect evaluation data via the online evaluation forms.  If you have NOT yet used the NEW DataFeed System 2.0 then you will also need to:

    1. Several weeks prior to your first workshop you should contact your local Project Coordinator and indicate that you will be using the new DataFeed System 2.0.  They can then assist you with any local issues.
    2. You should visit the new DataFeed System 2.0 web site at http://www.k12science.org/alliance/datafeed where you will find new user instructions and a link to the access the new system.
    3. If you should take a few minutes to review the DataFeed System 2.0 FAQ which is linked off Virtual Help Desk (see above).  Take note of the "Common Mistakes to Avoid" section.  You can return to this FAQ if questions or problems arise.
Week Two: The Global Classroom: Making Connections (Back to Top)
  • (08-16-02)  We have upgraded our "listserv server" in order to handle the over 5000+ users that are subscribed to the Alliance+ listservs.  This upgrade has required that we make minor changes to the instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing from the listserv as well as posting messages to it.  Rather than releasing an entirely new set of Week Two training materials we are providing replacement a handout for Handout #3: Subscribing to the Alliance+ Listserv (found on page 2.33 of the Participant Handbook and page 2.56 of the Workshop Leader's Guide).  You can either contact your local Project Coordinator to obtain the new handout or click here to download a PDF version (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).  Finally, PLEASE NOTE:
  • (08-16-02)  Please note that the registration procedures for signing up for a Yahoo! Mail account have changed slightly from what is provide on the handouts in Week Two.  An updated handout will be released in late 2002 or early 2003.  We do not anticipate this creating any problems as the changes to the procedures are minor and mostly cosmetic (i.e. the screenshots might not match up any longer).  The only significant issue to be aware of is the fact that you are now given the option of downloading the Yahoo! Companion when you first register.  ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD UNCHECK THE BOX FOR AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD OF THE YAHOO! COMPANION WHEN THEY REGISTER.  If they wish to install the Companion they can do so at a later date.
Week Three: Enriching the Curriculum Through  Telecollaborative Projects (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Four: Real-Time Adventures on the Internet (Back to Top)
  • (11-30-01) Real-Time Data Guided Exploration: A new section on Webcams replaces the AfriCam section in response to that site no longer being available.  We will monitor it to see if and when it becomes available in the future.
Week Five: Primary Sources and Multidisciplinary Connections (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Six: Internet Searching Strategies: Finding Educational Web Sites on the Internet (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Seven: Classroom Implementation &  Project Management Plans (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Eight: Project Management Plans Part II &  Implementation Web Pages (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Nine: Developing Implementation Web Pages Continued... (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Ten: Presentations and Cyber-Poster Session (Back to Top)
  • (11-02-01) All Post surveys should be sent to Mario Yepes-Baraya's new mailing address:

    Mario Yepes-Baraya
    Director of Science R&D
    Harcourt Educational Measurement
    P.O. Box 6708
    Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

  • (12-21-01) Registration with the DataFeed System no longer takes place during the Week 10 workshop and has been moved to the Week 1 workshop.  We have released a NEW version of the Week Ten Workshop training materials (which have been designated v2.1) that incorporate this change (Please see additional note under Week 1 concerning other relate changes).  To prepare for this new v2.1 version of the Week Ten Workshop you will need to do the following:
    1. Contact your local Project Coordinator to obtain a copy of the new v2.1 Week Ten Workshop training materials which include:
      • Week Ten Trainer's Guide
      • Week Ten Participant Handbook 
      • Week Ten PowerPoint Slides (Remember to download these to your presentation computer when doing the training)
    2. Spend approximately 30 minutes reviewing the changes and additions to the new materials.

 

Middle School Version 2.0

Week One: Introduction To The Internet In Education (Back to Top)
  • (03-14-02)  The Threatened and Endangered Wildlife and Plants link used in Activity #2 in the Week One Workshop has been changed to a new site (see linked site).  The previous site is no longer available due to a pending federal lawsuit relating to the release of information concerning Native American Reservations.  Please note that several of the links on the new replacement site are also not working because of the same federal lawsuit issues.
  • (12-21-01)  As the earlier posting (from 11-02-01) noted, the new DataFeed System 2.0 is available and should be used by the workshop participants to register with the project and signup for their course during the Week One Workshop.  We have released a NEW version of the Week One Workshop training materials (which have been designated v2.1) that incorporates registration and course signup into the Week One course content.  To accommodate the time needed for this work and to address concerns raised by trainers, we have reduced the amount of technical information that was part of the earlier Week One Workshop materials.  We have also include some new content to help prepare participants for the development of their Implementation Web Page that they will complete at the end of the course.  To prepare for this new v2.1 version of the Week One Workshop you will need to do the following:
    1. Contact your local Project Coordinator to obtain a copy of the new v2.1 Week One Workshop training materials which include:
      • Week One Trainer's Guide
      • Week One Participant Handbook 
      • Week One PowerPoint Slides (Slides are also available online from the Workshop Training web page)
    2. Spend approximately 30 minutes reviewing the changes and additions to the new materials.  These include registration and course signup in the new DataFeed System 2.0, demonstration of the Implementation Web Page example, and the restructured section on the "Internet and How To Get Connected".

     

  • (11-02-01) There is a new version of the DataFeed System which has been designated version 2.0.  All trainers MUST now use the DataFeed System 2.0 to schedule their courses, register their workshop participants and collect evaluation data via the online evaluation forms.  If you have NOT yet used the NEW DataFeed System 2.0 then you will also need to:

    1. Several weeks prior to your first workshop you should contact your local Project Coordinator and indicate that you will be using the new DataFeed System 2.0.  They can then assist you with any local issues.
    2. You should visit the new DataFeed System 2.0 web site at http://www.k12science.org/alliance/datafeed where you will find new user instructions and a link to the access the new system.
    3. If you should take a few minutes to review the DataFeed System 2.0 FAQ which is linked off Virtual Help Desk (see above).  Take note of the "Common Mistakes to Avoid" section.  You can return to this FAQ if questions or problems arise.
Week Two: Use of the Internet as a Communication Tool: Using E-mail in the Classroom (Back to Top)
  • (08-16-02) We have upgraded our "listserv server" in order to handle the over 5000+ users that are subscribed to the Alliance+ listservs.  This upgrade has required that we make minor changes to the instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing from the listserv as well as posting messages to it.  Rather than releasing an entirely new set of Week Two training materials we are providing a replacement handout for Handout #3: Subscribing to the Alliance+ Listserv (found on page 2.33 of the Participant Handbook and page 2.55 of the Workshop Leader's Guide).  You can either contact your local Project Coordinator to obtain the new handout or click here to download a PDF version (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).   Finally, PLEASE NOTE:
  • (08-16-02)  Please note that the registration procedures for signing up for a Yahoo! Mail account have changed slightly from what is provide on the handouts in Week Two.  An updated handout will be released in late 2002 or early 2003.  We do not anticipate this creating any problems as the changes to the procedures are minor and mostly cosmetic (i.e. the screenshots might not match up any longer).  The only significant issue to be aware of is the fact that you are now given the option of downloading the Yahoo! Companion when you first register.  ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD UNCHECK THE BOX FOR AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD OF THE YAHOO! COMPANION WHEN THEY REGISTER.  If they wish to install the Companion they can do so after they register
  • (06-14-01) If you downloaded or received the Week Two materials prior to June 14, 2001 you will need to obtain the latest set of Week Two training materials from your local Project Coordinator.
Week Three: Enriching the Curriculum Through  Telecollaborative Projects (Back to Top)
  • (05-2-01)   If you downloaded or received the Week Three materials prior to May 2, 2001 you will need to obtain the latest set of Week Three training materials from your local Project Coordinator.
Week Four: Real-Time Adventures on the Internet (Back to Top)
  • (11-30-01) Real-Time Data Guided Exploration: A new section on Webcams replaces the AfriCam section in response to that site no longer being available.  We will monitor it to see if and when it becomes available in the future.
  • (06-04-01) If you downloaded or received the Week Four materials prior to June 4, 2001 you will need to obtain the latest set of Week Four training materials from your local Project Coordinator.
Week Five: Primary Sources and Multidisciplinary Connections (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Six: Internet Searching Strategies: Finding Educational Web Sites on the Internet (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Seven: Classroom Implementation &  Project Management Plans (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Eight: Project Management Plans Part II &  Implementation Web Pages (Back to Top)
  • (05-02-01)  If you downloaded or received the Week Eight materials prior to May 2, 2001 you will need to obtain the latest set of Week Eight training materials from your local Project Coordinator.
Week Nine: Developing Implementation Web Pages Continued... (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Ten: Presentations and Cyber-Poster Session (Back to Top)
  • (11-02-01) All Post surveys should be sent to Mario Yepes-Baraya's new mailing address:

    Mario Yepes-Baraya
    Director of Science R&D
    Harcourt Educational Measurement
    P.O. Box 6708
    Lawrenceville, NJ  08648

  • (12-21-01) Registration with the DataFeed System no longer takes place during the Week 10 workshop and has been moved to the Week 1 workshop.  We have released a NEW version of the Week Ten Workshop training materials (which have been designated v2.1) that incorporate this change (Please see additional note under Week 1 concerning other relate changes).  To prepare for this new v2.1 version of the Week Ten Workshop you will need to do the following:
    1. Contact your local Project Coordinator to obtain a copy of the new v2.1 Week Ten Workshop training materials which include:
      • Week Ten Trainer's Guide
      • Week Ten Participant Handbook 
      • Week Ten PowerPoint Slides (Remember to download these to your presentation computer when doing the training)
    2. Spend approximately 30 minutes reviewing the changes and additions to the new materials.

 

High School Version 2.0

Week One: Introduction To The Internet In Education (Back to Top)
  • (06-04-03) The "Visualization of Climate and Ocean Data" web site that is part of the web-based Guided Exploration used in Activity 2: Introduction to Unique and Compelling Internet Applications (it was one of the examples of an "innovative" Internet-based resource) was taken off-line recently.  We have replaced it with an animated image that compares El Niño and La Niña events.  We are not releasing any updated versions of the Workshop Leader's Guide as this is a minor change.  Please be sure to note this change in your binders prior to conducting the Week One workshop.
  • (06-04-03) "Shack's Math Problems" web site, which is also used as an example in Activity 2: Introduction to Unique and Compelling Internet Applications, changed its web site address and was not available for the past several days.  The site now has a new web site address and we have updated the link in Activity 2 to ensure that the site is available.
Week Two: The Global Classroom: Communicating and Publishing (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Three: Enriching the Curriculum Through Telecollaborative Projects (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Four: Real-Time Adventures on the Internet (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Five: Integrating Unique and Compelling Educational Resources (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Six: Internet Searching Strategies and Resources (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Seven: Technology Implementation Plan (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Eight: Project Implementation Web Page (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Nine: Project Implementation Web Pages Continued... (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.
Week Ten: Presentations and Cyber-Poster Session (Back to Top)
  • No Updates At This Time.

 


 

Conducting Training FAQ

 

What do I need to do prior to conducting training? (Back to Top)

In order to conduct Savvy Cyber Teacher® courses you first need to complete the program yourself.  Once you complete the course you can then be invited to become a Mentor Teacher for the Alliance+ Project and be qualified to offer courses.  As a Mentor Teacher you will need to do the following prior to conducting training:

  1. Contact your local Project Coordinator at least one month prior to the course start date to inform them that you will be offering the course.
  2. Make sure you have all of the necessary training materials.  Your local Project Coordinator can assist you with obtaining what is needed.
  3. Schedule your course using the DataFeed System 2.0.
  4. Check out the training facilities to ensure it will meet the needs of the course (Workshop Leader's Guide provides additional information on hardware and software requirements).
  5. Review postings on the Virtual Help Desk 2.0 to ensure that you are aware of any last minute changes or updates.
  6. Prepare for workshops by reading the Trainer's Overview sections of the Workshop Leader's Guide and reviewing all of the PowerPoint slides.  You will be expected to deliver a high quality workshop experience each time you run the course.

How do I obtain training materials? (Back to Top)

You can download the training materials from the Internet or obtain print copies from your local Project Coordinator.  The materials are password protected and not open to the public.  You will need to contact your local Project Coordinator in order to obtain a password if you do not already have one.

What is the difference between a Mentee Teacher and Mentor Teacher? (Back to Top)

Mentee Teachers are those educators who participate in the Savvy Cyber Teacher® course but who will not go on to train others.  Mentor Teachers go on to train or mentor their peers after completing the course.

Are their selection criteria for Mentee and Mentor Teachers? (Back to Top)

Yes, selection criteria are available for both Mentor Teachers and Mentee Teachers.  It is very important to select participants who have the necessary prerequisite skills so that they can take maximum advantage of the training program.

Why am I required to be on the trainer's listserv? (Back to Top)

As a Mentor Teacher or trainer in the program you are required to subscribe to and monitor the Alliance+ Trainer's listserv.  This is necessary as the listserv is the only link between the developers of the program at Stevens Institute of Technology and the rest of the project staff.  There are often last minute changes to the training materials or technical problems that arise and the listserv is the primary method for alerting trainers to such issues.  By monitoring the listserv you can ensure a successful workshop and course.  There are instructions for subscribing to the Trainer's listserv.

How do I subscribe (or unsubscribe) from the project listservs? (Back to Top)

There are instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing to the project listservs.  Please note that all trainers must remain on the Trainer's listserv so that they are aware of any last minute changes to materials or technical problems.

Can I conduct the 10 workshops in a one week period? (Back to Top)

No, after many different attempts at using this one-week model we have found that it is ineffectively and often overwhelms participants.  If scheduling problems arise and you need assistance with "non-traditional" training models you should contact your local Project Coordinator for assistance.

What is the mirror or back up web site? (Back to Top)

A back up web site is maintained by the project in case our primary web site encounters technical problems.  The Workshop Training Web Pages can be found at the back up web site at: http://www.k12science2.org/cyberteacher.  Keep in mind that the back up web site is only updated once every few weeks and may contain slightly outdated information.  Only use the back up web site if the primary site is not available.

What is the DataFeed System and how do I use it?

The DataFeed System 2.0 is the main registration, course scheduling and evaluation system for the project.  You can learn more about this system by visiting the DataFeed System 2.0 FAQ.

How and who do I contact for help? (Back to Top)

In general, you should contact your local Project Coordinator as they can either assist you directly or place you in touch with someone who can help you.  If you need to reach someone on the national level please contact Josh Baron at jbaron@stevens-tech.edu or at (201) 216-8070.


 

Local Project Coordinators (Back to Top)

Arizona

Phoenix Area

Patty Finch

Think Tank
Maricopa Community College
2411 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281-6941
602-951-6465
 pfinch@Vview.org


Outside Maricopa County

Jill Dingman
Think Tank
Maricopa Community College
2411 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281-6941
602-731-8034
jding@cybertrails.com

Ohio

Cleveland City Area

John Perrin

Cuyahoga Community College
2900 Community College Ave. - B & A 208
Cleveland, OH  44115-3196
(216) 987-4649 
john.perrin@tri-c.cc.oh.us


Diocese of Cleveland

Catherine Collins

Director, Educational Technology
Office of Catholic Education
 (216) 696-6525, ext. 3240
ccollins@dioceseofcleveland.org


Rural/Suburban Areas

Mike Baker

Teaching Coordinator
Polaris Career Center
7285 Old Oak Blvd
Middleburg Hts., Ohio 44130
440-891-7694
mbaker@polaris.edu

Florida

 Marlene Morales
Miami Dade Community College
Kendall Campus, Room 6324
11011 S.W. 104th Street
Miami, FL  33176
(305) 237-0614
  
mmorale1@mdcc.edu


If you need to reach someone on the national level please contact Josh Baron at jbaron@stevens-tech.edu or at (201) 216-8070.