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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 miles away.

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