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Telecommunication technologies (computers with Internet/e-mail capabilities, desktop videoconferencing units, and fiber-based video links) provided by the Learning Community Link did indeed expand typical school boundaries and did increase communication possibilities for teachers and students. Using the power of computers to communicate, analyze and evaluate data and prepare presentations, students were able to solve real-world problems. Student learning went beyond the textbook and school walls to access information located on the Internet and at other locations. Videoconferencing allowed students to interact with other students in real time to discuss research findings and also provided teachers with direct access to consultants and specialists. Teachers cooperated in developing interactive multidisciplinary projects and sharing resources and expertise via e-mail and videoconferencing. Students, teachers and support staff participating in the Learning Community Link have thus formed a true "community of learning" by using telecommunication technologies to enhance communication, enrichment opportunities and staff development. As the installation of equipment progresses, the Learning Community Link's "Boatload of Knowledge" continues its journey through the electronic rivers of telecommunications.

Descriptors: School Districts, Telecommunications, Internet, Video Technology, Teleconferencing, Synchronous Communication, Electronic Mail, Partnerships in Education, Schools of Education, Program Implementation, Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Program Descriptions

Author: Burke, Michael; Beach, Bonnie; Isman, Aytekin

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12523&id=ED516477

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