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FOR THE BIRDS, AND MOSTLY THE CHILDREN TOO

Web Tech in the Classroom

Because most of the focus on integrating Web technology into the classroom remains at the secondary school level…projects such as this one are relatively uncommon. But with the advent of programs like Gmail and Skype, the increased prevalence of webcams and laptops in schools, and the freedom to teach multiple subjects at once, elementary school may be the ideal place to use Web conferencing in a way that has an impact.

Article notes that fear of technology and lack of curricular flexibility are also barriers to integration.

But with a troubled economy that can result in cuts to activities like assemblies and field trips, some educators are using Web conferencing to replicate events as simple as an author’s visit.

Web-conferencing visits from across national borders are also an intriguing possibility to teachers like Carlene Anderson, whose 3rd grade class at Paterson Public School 12 in New Jersey comprises African-American, West African, and Latino students.

“Reaching out to teachers in those countries would definitely help,” Ms. Anderson said, in “narrowing the gap for my students, making the world smaller and more acceptable for them.”

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