Microsoft, Outdoor Online Host Technology Camp for Educators to Design Innovative K-12 Internet Curriculum

Microsoft PressPass – MICROSOFT, OUTDOOR ONLINE HOST TECHNOLOGY CAMP FOR EDUCATORS TO DESIGN INNOVATIVE K-12 INTERNET CURRICULUM

REDMOND, Wash. – Aug. 6, 1996 – Forty educators from across the U.S. and Canada are going to camp this summer to tackle not only the hiking trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains but also the educational and ethical issues of teaching students essential skills for using the Internet. Microsoft Corporation and Outdoor Online, Inc., an Internet training and architecture company in Rancho Cordova, Calif., are bringing together teachers and school administrators for the
“Summer Internet Symposium”
to help establish guidelines for Internet education in K-12 schools.

Educators from 26 U.S. states and British Columbia, Canada, are attending the first-of-its-kind camp Aug. 4 to 9 at California’s Kirkwood Ski and Summer Resort near Lake Tahoe. The symposium’s goal is to provide the teachers and school administrators with in-depth training on the Internet; to establish an ongoing forum to identify the skills, tools and resources teachers and students need to effectively use the Internet in the classroom today; and to develop curriculum that provides students with technology-based workforce skills.

The participants, representing a diverse cross-section of schools based on location, size, and technology resources, will become a team of advisors to help develop Internet training resources for schools in the U.S. and Canada. The National School Board Association and the California Technology Advancement Project helped recruit the participants who are using the Internet in their schools or districts.

“As more and more schools get connected to the Internet, it is essential that students and teachers have the skills and tools they need to best access, evaluate, use and create information online,”
said Nancy Lewis, director of Microsoft Channel Programs, Education and Certification.
“We are committed to helping schools and teachers develop Internet training so students can become skilled and responsible users of information technology.”

The symposium is patterned after Outdoor Online’s unique, 2-year-old summer camp program for students 10 to 16, which introduces campers to the newest communications and Internet technology while teaching them to apply this learning to real-life situations. In addition to Microsoft’s sponsorship of the symposium, Digital Equipment is providing the computers, and MCI Telecommunications is supplying the Internet connection.

During the symposium educators will do more than just surf the Net. Daily workshops include:

  • using the Internet as a tool and resource for teachers and students to achieve educational goals and build technology skills

  • managing Web sites and developing Web pages using the Microsoft®
    FrontPage
    ™
    web authoring and management tool, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Internet Assistant

  • discussing Internet deployment in schools, including, connectivity, security, commerce, and responsible and ethical use of the Internet by students

“The Internet has the potential to provide equitable resources to all students and to help teachers and administrators achieve educational goals,”
said Outdoor Online President Mindi Roberts.
“We are thrilled to work with Microsoft in a setting that addresses the diverse needs of educators whose districts represent a broad range of geographic regions and socio-economic backgrounds.”

The Summer Internet Symposium is part of Microsoft’s continuing initiative to help create a global
“Connected Learning Community”
in which all students and educators have access to technology and the tools and skills to use information effectively today and for a lifetime. Microsoft is committed to providing educators and students with the high-quality software and services needed to help them make the best use of technology.

Outdoor Online, Inc., is a full service Internet training and architecture company with consultants who train schools and businesses in all areas of Internet architecture and technology business solutions.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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SUMMER INTERNET SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS

Decatur, Ala. — Mark Williams, Supervisor of Technology, Decatur City Schools

Vancouver, British Columbia — Jose Dino, Technology Resource Director, West Vancouver District #45

East Palo Alto, Calif. — Michael Hooper, Computer Teacher, Costano School

Fremont, Calif. — Chris Gialdini, Computer Instructor/Mentor Teacher, Fremont Unified School District

Pleasanton, Calif. — Chris Bourg, Teacher, Pleasanton Unified

Poway, Calif. — Keith Nuthall, Teacher/Technology Mentor, Poway Unified

Redondo Beach, Calif. — Pat Francis, Librarian/Media Specialist, Redondo Beach Unified

San Bernadino, Calif. — Bob Watson, Technology Learning Coordinator, San Bernadino County Schools

Walnut Creek, Calif. — Jerry Jerarden, Director of Technology, Seven Hills School

Center Colo. — Terrilee Day, Science Teacher, Center Consolidated

Cheshire, Conn. — Sean Kavanaugh, Technology Coordinator, Cheshire Public Schools

Miami, Fla. — Becky Maguire, Educational Specialist, Dade County

Frankfort, Ill. — Cheryl Kay, Technology Resource Specialist, Lincoln Way District # 210,

Washington, Iowa — Alan Olson, Media Specialist, Washington Community,

Ellsworth, Kan. — Betty Schlechta, Computer Coordinator, Unified School District 327

Overland, Kan. — Ken Stewart, Library Media Specialist, Blue Valley Unified School District 229

Oberlin, La. — David Hooper, Supervisor, Allen Parish,

Rockville, Md. — Nancy Carey, Technology Instructional Specialist, Montgomery County

Farmington, Mich. — Jean Warner, Art Teacher, Farmington Public Schools

Lillydale, Minn. — Sarah Smith, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Tech Projects, St. Cloud School District

St. Ann, Mo. — Jayne Kasten, Director of School/Business Partnerships, Pattonville

Missoula, Mont. — Chris Delster, Technology Director, Heligate Elementary School

Las Vegas, Nev. — Cynthia Ochoa, Computer Teacher, Las Vegas Day School

Las Vegas, Nev. — Ralph Ochoa, Principal/Technology Mentor, Clark School District

Flemington, N.J. — Will Richardson, Internet Instructor, Hunterdon Central Regional

Tarboro, N.C. — Rhea Resnik, Director of Media and Technology, Edgecombe County

Fargo, N.D. — Julie Costello, Teacher, Fargo Public Schools

Barker, N.Y. — Robert Gilsinian, Teacher, Baker Central Schools

Syracuse, N.Y. — Tony Anello, Computer Specialist, Liverpool School District

Canton, Ohio — Jay Moody, Technology Consultant, Stark County Educational Service Center

Tulsa, Okla. — Michelle Lasker, Computer Education Teacher, Tulsa Public Schools Ind. #1

Salem, Ore. — Aaron Munter, Technology Development Coordinator, Salem-Keizer

Allen, Tex. — Ted Moore, Director, Secondary Instruction & Staff Development, Allen Independent

El Paso, Tex. — Juan Orrantia, Instructional Technology Specialist

Virginia Beach, Va. — Patricia Terry, Middle School Coordinator, Virginia Beach City

Jackson, Wyo. — Jim Meacham, Director of Technology, Jackson Hole High School

Jackson, Wyo — Sandee Oehring, Teacher/Technology Mentor, Jackson Hole High School.

Contact:

Joelle McGinnis/joellem@MSN.com

Jim Sarlo/jsarlo@MSN.com

Marcy Monyek and Associates 312-263-2135

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