Carroll Co. officials studying best use of Internet in schools

July 10, 1996|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

As technicians work to hook up all Carroll County schools to the Internet by the first day of school, academic supervisors are looking at how best to use the wealth of information students and teachers will have at their fingertips.

A proposal to write a policy on using computer networks and other kinds of telecommunications will be among the issues at the Board of Education meeting at 9 a.m. today.

Also on the agenda are a pilot program to change first- and second-grade report cards to better reflect the curriculum and a report on renovations planned at Francis Scott Key High School.

Previously, a handful of the county's 34 schools were connected to the Internet, usually at the initiative of a staff member who happened to be motivated and interested in computers.

Now, it will be a systemwide effort and will have a profound effect, said Gary Dunkleberger, assistant superintendent.

For example, he said, eighth-graders who study weather could call up East Coast radar images on the Internet and track a storm.

In writing a policy and list of procedures for using technology, he said, the staff is trying to write in flexibility in anticipation of changes. The policy will address diverting students from access to inappropriate material, such as pornography, but giving them use of most of the information available.

Pub Date: 7/10/96

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