Date: May 10, 1995 12:11 PM
Author: Bill Richards
Subject: Sharing your Web experience

Fellow subscribers:

An upcoming program in our television series for math and science
teachers will focus on using the World-Wide Web in K-12 math and
science, and we are hoping to include some input from educators
who take part in discussion here on this listserv.

We would like very much to be able to pass on your experience in
this area to other teachers who may be struggling with how to make
best use of the potential that the Web offers for math and science
education. We hope to include a sampling of quotes from the
replies we receive within our upcoming program.

Calculators, manipulatives, discourse, etc., are all teaching/
learning tools that can fall far short of their potential if not
used with a clear understanding of their particular strengths.
Access to the World Wide Web is a marvelous resource that can also
fall far short of its potential to enhance student learning if not
used wisely.

It's easy to conjur visions of students finding too much
information, and not being able to make sense of it; students
losing track of (and not being able to properly credit) WHERE they
found information; students accepting as reliable any information
found, regardles of the source; students embarking on treasure
hunts that amount to tedious gathering of unrelated facts rather
than informative expeditions.

Here is our question:

What is one common mis-step that you have seen teachers (perhaps
yourself) make when they begin using the Web with their students,
and what might you recommend to colleagues so that they can avoid
a similar error?

If you can take the time to provide us with some input, please
also include in your reply explicit permission for Michigan
Gateways to include your comments within our television program
and the printed materials that support it.

Here is some formal language you can use, if you wish:
I, <name> grant Michigan Gateways permission to use all or
part of my electronic mail message dated <date>, with the
subject line <subject>, as well as my name and e-mail address,
in video and print materials related to the Michigan Gateways
television series.

If you copy your replies to the list, please remember the courtesy
of deleting the bulk of this original message.

Thank you,

Bill Richards

William R. Richards

MICHIGAN GATEWAYS 212 Communication Arts Bldg
The Television Program East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
for Teachers of ph: 517 355-2300 ext 422
Mathematics and Science fx: 517 353-7124