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Sun, 31 May 1998

It gives us great pride to share the news that the Igalaaq Community Access Centre story is now being shared in Educational Leadership magazine, "Engaging Parents and the Community in Schools" (May 1998 pages 68-70 ASCD - The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Press).

William Belsey

Thu, 13 Nov 1997

The case of William Belsey (see below) is now added to the portfolio.

See the Index of Cases.

Tue, 7 Oct 1997

Ullakut (oo-la-koot / hello)!

Thank you so very much for sending me a copy of UNESCO's "Education for All -Change in Action" publications re. Technology and Learning. It was very thoughtful and VERY much appreciated. I am thinking very strongly about making this world view my mission in the next phase of my teaching career. Already I have been able to facilitate help for communities in Uganda and El Salvador who are trying to create Community Access Centres in their developing nations. A humbling experience for someone who teaches and lives in the Arctic on the shores of Hudson Bay!

Taima (ta-ee-ma / take care),

William Belsey
Coordinator, Leo Ussak Elementary School Computer Program and Igalaaq, the Rankin Inlet Community Access Centre, Canada

Thu, 2 Oct 1997

Thanks SO much for sending me your materials. They look great. And they came at a very good time because I am writing a paper on on-line projects in which I am trying to sort out what makes a project work well. As as start, I am trying to develop a typology of project characteristics. There are so many of these projects around now that I think teachers need a way to figure out why they should do one rather than another. I want to use one of your examples, because I think that creating a community is one important characteristic that is consciously built into some projects and not others. Another is fostering activism. Another is creating an awareness of likenesses and differences with other societies/cultures. I'm open to any ideas you might have about others...

Susan Loews
Institute for Learning Technologies

Tue, 30 Sep 1997

Have you thought any more about using the power of technology to make greater use of addressing learning styles beyond print. There are so many cultures that are oral, visual and manipulitive in their basic cultural transfer of knowledge.

Chuck Hopkins

Mon, 11 Aug 1997

Given the limited number of Latin American cases, and the overbearing bureaucracy of the EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT, I'm wondering if you and others at UNESCO are planning some kind of certification process for kindred IT based LWF systems that could benefit from the UNESCO label while struggling to get off the ground in spite of local and national impediments??

Scott Robinson
Univ Metropolitana
Mexico DF

Wed, 6 Aug 1997

My initial reaction is that it would be very useful for Learning Without Frontiers to encourage experts to take an analytical look at these early attempts to utilize information technologies in the classroom (and outside it). Without rigorous attempts to analyse the success and promise of the various case studies, for example, there is a danger of a lot of misplaced replication.

Richard Phinney
Knowledge in Action
Ottawa, Ont. Canada

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