The Math Forum: 1998 Summer Institute - sum98

July 6-11, 1998 - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Elena Rakova - Online Participant

Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ

Elena Rakova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She feels that the Internet and distance-learning are exciting and says that the fields are at a stage where creativity and imagination reap enormous rewards, a stage where the technology has leapt far ahead of the understanding of how to use it.

In Elena's practice she uses e-mail for asynchronous communication, and chat technology for virtual classroom and student collaboration. Last year she designed her first home page, where you can read about her international background. She writes that this page is a great way to communicate with students and their parents. She includes chat rooms in her Home Page and uses them for real-time conferences. In the Peer Help Program (Teacher's Page) students help each other through the Internet with their homework.

Elena has also developed a project for a model for Virtual Classes Online. She uses it for Enrichment and Acceleration Programs for advanced students as well as SAT preparation for all students. She has taken several online courses herself at ZDU and at UCLA in Web Design, Paint Shop Pro 5, Building Online Community, and Online Teaching.

Elena tries to learn from everywhere and from everybody about various technologies available for teaching online; how to master an array of different educational strategies for using those technologies; and how to develop the resources she needs to keep up up-to-date on rapidly changing technologies. She hopes to use her international experience to develop an online network of talented teachers whom she has met in her professional life in different countries.

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