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Teaching Teachers Technology

Boot Camp feature for Monday, August 14, 2000

The pace has been frantic. At least in many parts of the country. More and more classrooms are being outfitted with computers and wired for the Internet. But what happens once all of the technology is in place? Not much, unless teachers know how to use it. That's where a program launched by public television's WNET comes in. It is called the National Teacher Training Institute. Through one and two day sessions around the country, so far 135 thousand teachers have been taught how to bring the online world into their lesson plans. They in turn, pass that knowledge along to other teachers. There are skeptics. Do kids really need the Internet in school? NTTI's Ann Mauze says it can help get students more involved... working cooperatively on all kinds of research...

"This is a much more constructivist and interactive process in which the students become truly engaged in the learning process and are able then to take some of those skills out into the real world."

And the classroom cooperation can be without boundaries...

"We know classroom projects where they're actually taking place globally, where students in one country are communicating with students in another and it goes way beyond the old pen pal projects we used to have when I was in school."

You can find more info at wnet.org. You can find us at Bootcamp.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.