|For immediate release
August 28, 2000
|Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR
NPR News Reports: How On-Line Learning and Teaching Have Transformed Three American Classrooms
Washington, DC - As part of the NPR News
series The Changing Face of America, Morning Edition® with Bob Edwards
will explore how computers and the Internet are changing the rules in three
of America's classrooms.
In part one, which airs on Monday, August
28th, 2000, Guy Raz visits the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to
examine how professors are integrating computers and the Internet into a
traditional university curriculum. These days, lectures feature multimedia
presentations, course materials and class notes are distributed online, and
office hours are extended to accommodate daily email messages from students.
Raz will explore what kind of online teaching is working -- and what isn't
-- for these college professors in the 21st century.
On Tuesday, August 29, 2000, Ina Jaffe takes
listeners to Cal State-Dominguez Hill to examine one of the country's first
online degree programs. The offering has been a hit with adult learners
trying to balance busy personal lives while pursuing advanced degrees. Jaffe
will zero in on two of them.
In the third segment, to air Wednesday,
August 30, 2000, Claudio Sanchez looks at how laptops are keeping children
of migrant families in school. For six months each year, 500 students at
Eagle Pass High School leave the state with their families to harvest fruits
and vegetables around the country. The extended separation from school made
it difficult for many of them to keep up with the Texas curriculum, and
prevented most from graduating. Sanchez reports on an innovative laptop
program that helps them to stay in school, even when they are thousands of
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