Using Telecommunications in Middle School Reading, Issue 335

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Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1992 - Telecommunication in education - 45 pages
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This paper describes 2 years of international telecommunications experiences between seventh grade reading classes in Florida and England. The report is presented in five sections: (1) Telecommunications and Reading Instruction--telecommunications and how it can motive students, develop their confidence, and empower them, and how telecommunications helps to integrate reading into other areas of the curriculum using such tools as bulletin boards, electronic pen pals, comparative literature, creative writing, joint literary publications, and teleconferencing; (2) Getting Started--how a network was selected for the project, funding for the project and online expenses, and changes in operations over the 2 year period; (3) The Florida-England-Connection--getting the project started, conducting online operations, problems with timing, other possibilities using online activities, evaluation of the project based on the first year's goals, other miniprojects, and the second year; (4) What We Have Learned So Far--the impact of the project on students and parents; and (5) Recommendations for Implementing Telecommunications--insights gained from the experiences of the project. A description of how the use of telecommunications changed both the delivery of instruction and the role of the teacher in teaching reading conclude the report. The names and addresses of the producer of one software package and 11 telecommunications services are included. (Contains 9 references.) (ALF)

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