Congratulations -- sounds like your presentation was a great success! And
no, your technology problems are not local to presentations in Kentucky --
I spent 5 years doing Internet training workshops at schools and
conferences around New York (and elsewhere) and I would venture to say that
the majority of times I thought I was arriving somewhere with all the props
necessary for an Internet connection, invariably something went wrong!!
Your anticipation that you would need a back-up was right on target and a
great lesson for all us doing presentations in the future!
> Just a note to tell you how Laura and I "wowed" them at the state
>KYLMS/KLA convention. Actually, I think we surprised ourselves more
>than anybody else.
> We were originally scheduled (back in May) to talk about
>"Integrating the Internet into the Core Content," which is obviously
>not a very clever title, but under time constraints (do you see a
>pattern, here) that was the best I could come up with. Anyway, of
>course we wanted to talk about the AM "experience," so we entitled the
>presentation "Internet Research Guide for (obviously) Extremely
>Intelligent but (maybe) Just a Little Gun-Shy Educators."
>But told the audience that we really weren't going to cover that either,
>although we did briefly review the benefits of using the Internet for
>students, teachers and media specialists, and some simple guidelines for
>Internet research. Then we discussed AM and the wonderful experience we
>had with all of you, and then we gave them a copy of our "draft" lesson
>plan, discussing the field test, and then we let them briefly see the
>collections as they related to the lesson plan. Of course, they were
>thrilled with the site, and the evaluations reflected how they would
>"turn on" other teachers to the AM web site.
> The "behind the scenes" view is another story. When we applied to
>present, naturally I asked for a computer with Internet access--I mean,
>after all, we WERE doing a presentation on the Internet. But when we
>arrived at the convention, of course they didn't have a computer, never
>mind the Internet access. All the room had was a screen available, and
>about 20 chairs, But they DID have a telephone.
> Being the good girl scout that I am (you know, growing up in West
>[by God] Virginia, and all) I was prepared for everything except a
>power outage. We took a lap top computer with a brand new Sony video
>projector, with the Power Point presentation and bookmarked items AND an
>overhead projector WITH extra bulbs. (We couldn't fit the AV cart into
>the car.) They did track down an AV cart for us.
> So here we were, fully prepared, setting up (an hour and 15 minutes
>BEFORE the presentation time) when we couldn't get the telephone line to
>connect to an outside line. We kept trying, and trying and..... So, here
>we were, 10 minutes before we were to begin, in this tiny room with 20
>chairs and (we counted) 55 people, with more standing outside the door,
>and still trying to get on-line. Well, I just happened to make
>transparencies of the Power Point presentation, so we started with that
>while our "technical assistant" (whom we also took with us) kept working
>to get us on-line. About 30 seconds before we began the AM section of
>the presentation, we got hooked up. Whew! Talk about time crunches!
>However, IF we hadn't gotten "on-line," we were still prepared with
>transparencies of each web page.
> The presentation was a success, be it a stressful success, but I
>just thought I would share these little "inconveniences" with you all to
>perhaps better prepare you for your turn. It's hard to believe that
>there is so much "disorganization" out there, and I seriously doubt if
>it's only in the state of Kentucky, so readers beware!
> The best part of the presentation was the excitement the Media
>Specialists shared about the site. The worst part was the realization
>that the Media Specialists didn't view themselves as teachers utilizing
>the site for teaching research skills, or designing a unit to teach on
>their own, perhaps in collaboration with other teachers. They acted
>surprised when I told them I was teaching the Humanities class. So,
>when we do our dissemination this spring, we will call it "Integrating
>the Internet Into the Core Content (and we mean it this time)" and we
>are going to discuss the Am website in more detail, demonstrating all
>the possible connections you can make with the core curriculum. All of
>your lesson plans and field tests will be a part of that presentation.
>Of course, we'll take our own computer, video projector, overhead
>> From: Judith K. Graves[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
>> Reply To: American Memory Fellows
>> Sent: Friday, October 23, 1998 8:29 AM
>> To: Multiple recipients of list AMFELLOWS
>> Subject: maps
>> Hi Y'all,
>> The Geography and Maps division is working on a collection of maps
>> four parks. The first one to go up is Acadia National Park. The G
>> and M
>> person writing the framing information for the maps is interested in
>> learning types of facts and contextualizing information that would
>> make the
>> maps useful for teachers and students.
>> Have you or your students used any of the maps? Have you planned any
>> lessons with maps - even in a very small way? Would anyone like to
>> - bountious praise, brickbats, or anything in between?
>> Judith K. Graves
>> Education Resources Specialist
>> National Digital Library Program
>> Library of Congress
>> Washington, D.C. 20540-1320
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