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-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, October 15, 1998


Biweekly Meeting - Oct. 20th 3:00-4:00pm at 50 Thorndike Agenda: Our webpage Report Template Schedule Template Transportation Refunds Projects updates Troubleshooting

-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, October 15, 1998.

Biweekly Meeting:

Nov. 10th, 3:00-4:00pm, at 50 Thorndike. Everyone must be there!

-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, October 23, 1998.

My Schedule for the internship is:

Every morning from 7:45am to 10:30am : I'm at Northview/ After that, and before 5:00pm any day, I'm free to visit other schools/ Research hours vary, but generally cover 3 to 4 hours in the afternoon/includes web page maintenance, bugging all of you to participate and hand in things, write to the teachers...

-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, October 23, 1998.

Next Meeting will be on Nov. 17th, 2:00pm for RTW folks, and 3:00pm for MiniGrant folks. We'll be meeting at 332 Horace Mann, in the ILT conference room. See you all there!

-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, November 10, 1998.

Just as a reminder, tomorrow, Nov. 17th, we will have two meetings: 2:00pm for RTW folks, and 3:00 normal biweekly meeting. All in the conference room in Horace Mann 332.

Next Tuesday, Nov.24th, important ILT staff and intern meeting for EVERYONE at 334 Horace Mann, from 1:00pm to 3:30pm!

-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, November 16, 1998.

Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 1st,1998, at 3:00pm at 332 Horace Mann conference room. See you all there!

-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, November 18, 1998.

At today's meeting (Dec. 1st), several important things came up! For those of you who were not present, they were:

1. If you need space to publish a web page, ILT can provide that for you. Talk to Joshua or myself if you need it.

2. You must write out a final 3 to 4 page paper on your internship, answering the following questions:

a. What were you thinking about in terms of new media in education in the beginning of the internship? Why did you come to the internship? b. How did you see that expectation being met in relationship to the teacher you were assigned? c. What happened or didn't happen that helped you develop your ideas? d. What would you like to see or do next? Why?

This report should be ready by our next and last meeting, on Dec. 15th.

3.Don't forget to ask your teachers for the answer to the letter sent out by ILT.

4. The teachers will probably be presenting what they are doing in the next Eiffel Conference, which should be around March.

5. Since next meeting (Dec. 15th) is the last one we'll have, it was suggested that we have a party! What do you think?

-- Cristiana Assumpgco (, December 02, 1998.

Chrystalla just gave us a wonderful tip. I just wanted to confirm our meeting tomorrow at 3:30pm at 332 Horace Mann. It will be very important and we'll have an important guest that you need to meet. Please be there. Unfortunately, it's at the same time as the chat. Sorry about that!:-(

See you all tomorrow.

-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, February 02, 1999.

First ILT intern seminar meeting: Wednesday, February 10th, 1999. At 3:00pm in 50 Thorndike. See you all there!

-- Cristiana Assumpcao (, February 09, 1999.

My shedule for the Internship is: Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 Manhattan Country School- - The Imiigration Project Friday: 8-10:30 IS 90 - - Reach the World Every week i am also responsible for finding resources for the teachers. Usually i have to find some web sites for the students that have to do with immigration and think of some activities with which we can integrate the computers with the topic. All of the activities and the resources described in my daily reports were based on my ideas and preparation. For the RTW project i havent' started going to schools yet. I am starting next week. We met with the teacher twice and we planned the first visit, how we will introduce the project, activities for the students and ways for presenting their findings.


-- Chrystalla Mouza (, October 23, 1998.

Information for ILT

I am involved in two projects in two different schools.

Project: The People who have to America School: Manhattan Country School Teacher: Dawn Philcox

a. Synopsis of project and activities.

The purpose of this project is to explore and value the diversity in our society. Students are exploring the reasons that make people immigrate, are interviewing immigrants and searching for information and relevant materials on the Web. My role in this project is to: i. Help students learn how to navigate the Web. Introducing different search engines, explaining concepts e.g. hyperlink, URL, giving tips for finding information easily e.t.c The goal is to make students realize the value of the Web as an information resource and also provide them with the skills to use the medium when searching for information. ii. Find Websites related to immigration. So far I have been looking for sites with oral histories from immigrants, pictures, reasons for immigration, where do most immigrants come from e.t.c iii. Find ways to link the Generate ideas about how to better integrate the Web with the classroom instruction.

Relevant Sites that I have been able to find so far: Original Stories from young children about their immigration journeys:

A site referring to reasons of immigration covering the period since 1607

Information about the Swedish immigration:

Information about the Italian immigration:

Graphs and Charts about the Origins of Immigrants:

Immigration of the 1920's

History of African American Culture

Links for students studying immigration:

The official Ellis Island Website:

Take a virtual Ellis Island Tour with the real stories of immigrants:

Search the Wall of honor:

Information from the Library of congress -documents, pictures, stories:

A site that allows students to search in natural language:

In addition I have developed some lessons plans.

b. Time spent there: Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 Approximately, total of one hour to get to the school and then get back to TC Average of 2-3 hours a week for preparation, finding sites, generating ideas about curricular connections, completing out the daily report for ILT, cooperating with the teacher in order to plan the lessons.

c. Key achievements: Students are now able to distinguish a URL from a key search. They know where to type a URL and that they have to type in very precisely in order to get the site while when they are using search engines they know that they can just type a key word or something similar to what they are looking for. They also learn how to use two search engines (yahooligans and ask jeeves for kids) to search for information. In other words they started feeling more comfortable working by their own to look for information. Considering that they are fourth graders this is very important. Now we are also trying to make them think critically about the information found.

d. Key problems: No major problems were encountered. Computers were operating properly and the school has a T1 connection so everything works fast. However, most of the sites I have been able to find about immigration have difficult language for fourth graders. As a result the teacher and I have to walk around reading along with the students and explaining things and sometimes this is boring for kids.

e. Goals and Objectives for the next period: From now on we will try to integrate geography with the immigration project. We will try to study the countries that the immigrants the students have already interviewed came from. We are planning to have students search for the information instead of presenting specific sites for them so they can look for the information they want to find out for each country. Of course we will be guiding and assisting students and I will be responsible for finding some really good sites that students will be able to use.

Project: Reach the World School: IS90 Teacher: Heather Ganek

a. Synopsis of project and activities. The purpose of the project is to integrate the RTW resources with the social studies and build cultural connections. However, we are trying to integrate the project in every possible aspect of the curriculum, even with writing and art. Activities: I have been there for three weeks so far. The first week we wanted to introduce the project to the students. After, collecting questions from them we had them work in groups and learn more about a certain area. Then they had to prepare a poster with their finding and present to their classmates. The second week we composed an e-mail for the Makulu. We introduced the class to the crew and then ask questions that we haven't been able to find the answers from the RTW website. The third week we started integrated geography, we taught kids about latitude and longitude and started the study of Asia since Makulu is now in Asia. My own role in the project is to be updated about the RTW project, print information from the Internet, search for possible resources and sites, generate ideas about lessens plans and integrating the RTW into the curriculum.

b. Time spent there: Fridays: 8-10:30 Approximately half an hour to get to the school and then back to TC. Average of 2-3 hours a week to make myself familiar with the social studies curriculum, read all the updates from the RTW site, generate ideas for possible lessons plans, find resources outside the RTW site, fill out the daily reports for ILT, participate in the bioweekly meeting.

c. Key achievements: We have been able to make the kids become really interested and excited about the project and this was our primary goal so far. d. Key problems: The major problem is that students haven't received their laptops yet and thus they can not work from the Internet. Every week we have to print out information for them or download them on Heather's computer for the kids to have a look at.

e. Goals and Objectives for the next weeks: For the next week we will continue the study of Asia. We have already asked Heather to send us any legends or myths they will find. As a next activity we decided to have students study about Singapore. We will search for information from both the Internet and printed materials, we will have students work in groups and figure out a possible sightseeing itinerary for the RTW crew when they will arrive in Singapore. In other words they will plan a day for them, what are the major places tourists visit in Singapore, what museums, cultural and historical places they should visit e.t.c Then we will send the plan to Makulu and will ask them to collect brochures or pictures from the places we will ask them to visit. In this way we are having student deeply involved in the project. The final project for this semester as soon as students receive their laptops is to have students select a country in Asia that the RTW crew will visit, do a research and create a powerpoint presentation for that country. Of course we are hoping to be able to include all the information Makulu will send us.

-- Chrystalla Mouza (, November 07, 1998.

Teachers: Eve Mutchnick and Denise Rickles School: The Manhattan New School Project: The Central Park Nature Conservancy Intern: Liz Benn We are going to be working on a project about "The Seasons" using "the changes" that the Kindergarten and Special Education students observed in their environment from a field trip to Central Park. In particular, the students have adopted a class tree that they will observe as it changes through the seasons, during their trips to the park this year. As an intern, I have been working on this project, Wed. and Thurs. mornings 8:30 - noon. 1. October 5 - Apple picking to take pics. 10:30 - 11:30 am. 2. October 7 - Discussed ideas for the project. 8:50 -11:50am. 3. October 8- Teachers took pics of students. 9:00-12:00pm. 4. October 14 - Teachers made file of pics. 8:50 - 11:50am. 5. October 15 - Printed pictures. 8:15-1:00pm. 6. October 21 - Taught students parts of a computer. 8:50-12pm 7. October 22 - Intro to "Kid Pix". Self-portraits. 8:30-1pm 8. October 28 - Taught "Kid Pix Slideshow". 8:30 -11:00am 9. October 29 - Field trip to Central Park. Pics. 10:30-1pm 10. November 4 - Slideshow with Central Park pics. 8:15-1:15pm 11. November 5 - Recorded voices for slideshow. 9:30-12:00. Total hours/week: 7-8hrs. Hours to date: 32.5 Cost: $60.00 The K teachers seem to be getting somewhat more invested in the technology. Both teachers and students needed some beginning computer skills to get started, so I taught them the activities listed above in preparation for doing the project. We now have spent time on how to use a computer in the classroom, and are ready to begin focusing on how the computer can be used for the Conservancy project. We have been to Central Park to work with the Nature Conservancy's Park Ranger and the students have learned about things that happen in the fall. We took pictures using the digital camera and made a Slideshow so that the children could recall the fun they had that day! I did this, also, to show the teachers that this is an example of a project that they could do using their information about Central Park in the fall. At this point in time, it is difficult to put together a project on "The Seasons" in just the fall season! This is a year long project and we will decide what to do as a final project this week. This will depend on how much time the teachers want to invest in the project. I will present to them some simple projects as well as some more time-consuming ones. Depending upon their desires and needs, we will pick an appropriate project to do. The teachers are interested in learning about how to use the technology in the classrooms, but often have little time to work on their computers. There are 28 children in the regular ed. Kindergarten class, and 7 children in the Special Ed. class, some of whom are inappropriately placed. This is often the obstacle for teachers working in the classrooms. In the same way, Denise Rickles, the Special Education teacher, continues to work on mainstreaming within the two classes.

-- Elizabeth J. Benn (, November 09, 1998.

i want to let you know that next week i will not be on IS90 on Friday (nov.20). I will go there on Thursday (Nov.19) instead, to assist Heather with the laptop training. Students will receive their computers on Thursday and she needs help getting them started. I will be there from 7:30-10.


-- Chrystalla Mouza (, November 13, 1998.

Internship schedule for Lori Ann Butler

Starting next wednesday Nov 25, my new hours for my internship at Robert F. Kennedy High school will be 10:00am to 2:00 pm My original hours were 12:30 to 2:00. After our discussion regarding the need to focus on the ideas described in the teacher's proposal, I thought it I was necessary to devote more time with Mr. Buzzeo. So from 10:00 to 11:30, Mr. Buzzeo and I will be developing music internet activity lessons to be implented within the course curriculum. We will break for lunch and discuss the activities for his music class as they work toward creating a school web site with a special page dedicated to the music class.

-- Lori Ann Butler (, November 19, 1998.

My internship schedule is Wednesday and Thursday mornings at The Manhanttan New School from 8:45am-12:00pm on Wed. and 9:30-1:00pm on Thursdays. Otherwise, I go with the class on field trips to Central Park. I am either in Eve Mutchnick's or Denise Rickles room on the third floor.

-- Elizabeth J. Benn (, November 30, 1998.

Something that you might find itneresting:

A live chat Special Event on The Wellspring is scheduled for this Wednesday and features

LORRAINE SHERRY, Ph.D., instructor at the University of Colorado at Denver and Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation, on the topic of "Technology and At-Risk Students." It's worth preparing for this chat session by visiting her slide presentation at

You might also want to read her paper in the Teaching Reading Room on The Wellspring under the title, "Issues in Distance Learning," which so impressed us that we invited Dr. Sherry to host a synchronous session on a topic of her own choosing.

This Special Event starts at 3:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-0500) Wednesday, February 3rd, and will run for 45 minutes to an hour. Log on by going to the Wellspring home page at and clicking on Seminar Sessions.


-- Chrystalla Mouza (, February 02, 1999.

Christiana and Interns, As we agreed at the meeting on Wed. I have attached a list of the Curriculum Collaboratory Workshops and their dates, times, etc. Thank you again for helping us out with this initiative and please feel comfortable making any suggestions about how to make it work for the teachers that you encounter.


As part of its Curriculum Collaboratories, ILT will offer a series of free 1 1/2 hour workshops that focus on integrating specific types of software into the curriculum.

Saturday, March 6, 1:00 - 2:30 pm at Playing to Win (1150 Fifth Avenue, entrance on 11th Street) Creating and Manipulating Images for Multimedia Presentations

Tuesday, March 9, 3:30 - 5:00 pm at Teachers College (525 West 122nd Street, 50 Thorndike) Creating Graphs and Charts

Saturday, March 13, 1:00 - 2:30 pm at Playing to Win Using Timeliner in the Classroom [Timeliner is an easy-to-learn program created by Tom Snyder Productions that is useful for social studies, language arts, and science teachers.]

Tuesday, March 16, 3:30 - 5:00 pm at Teachers College Using Inspiration in the Classroom [Inspiration is semantic mapping and project planning software that receives raves from everyone who uses it. It is particularly useful for both teachers and students in language arts and social studies classrooms.]

You need to sign up in advance.

For the workshops at Playing to Win, contact Susan Lowes: For the workshops at Teachers College, contact Dick Parsons:

-- Dick Parsons (, February 11, 1999.

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