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Caught in The Web

Highland Park Elementary School

This month, we've caught Highland Park Elementary School, Austin, Texas in the Web. Their first claim to fame was the Scottie CyberNews, an online newsletter created by the 3rd-5th grade "computer campers," an after-school computer club. While the newsletter continues, their Kids Gallery has overshadowed the newsletter. Wow. Check out Cotton Fields, the collaborative work of the first grade. Learn all about Owl Stories, thanks to the second grade. Visit any of the Art classes and you'll find that Highland Park students are doing great work!

Students at Highland Park aren't the only ones involved in exciting projects. The faculty and administration get to have some fun, too! T-Squared, which stands for Technology Transfer, is an innovative program designed to "help teachers become more comfortable with technology," and to "bridge the technology gap between the education and industry by bringing industry personnel and educators together for the common goal of teaching our kids." What a great idea!

The T-Squared resources are categorized as "teacher mentoring, volunteer field trips, and teacher training." If you're an educator who is just beginning to embrace technology in your classroom, these resources will be quite valuable.

While Highland Park seems to have a fantastic staff of innovative teachers, some measure of credit must be due to their technology coordinator, Steve Banks. Today, if a school wants to tackle the technology challenge, a strong, guiding force is needed. The technology coordinator gets to blaze the trail through the high-tech jungle. Highland Park's web presence is testimony to the pioneering work of Steve Banks.

Take a trip to Highland Park Elementary School. They've put out their welcome mat on the web.


Who will be "Caught in The Web" next month? Feel free to send us suggestions.


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