Partnership links home with library
Bob Cox sent in a A Story on partnerships from the Detroit News.
Project PULSE -- Partnerships Uniting Libraries and Schools Electronically -- is a federal education project that provides money to participating libraries. Teachers start off by designing a personalized Web site. The second phase of the program will allow youngsters to talk to each other with their computers about assignments.
Canton library Director Jean Tabor said Project PULSE \"raises the awareness of our library system.
\"We think this is the next phase of technology,\" she said.
About 18 volunteer teachers from Flossie Tonda, Walker-Winter Elementary and Tyler Elementary were picked to participate in the initial program. Walker-Winter is part of Wayne-Westland Schools: Tyler is part of Van Buren Schools. All three enroll youngsters from Canton. Each teacher who is enrolled gets a laptop.
Teachers start off by designing a personalized Web site. Canton library researchers then add links to the Web site as lesson plans evolve.
For example, if a Tonda teacher is teaching a block on dinosaurs, the library researchers scour the Internet for related Web sites that broaden the topic base. Those additional Web sites are added to the teacher\'s homepage, which students may access whenever they like. Teachers can also beam the information onto a classroom screen.
The second phase of the program will allow youngsters to talk to each other with their computers about assignments. The Book Talk phase -- closely monitored by teachers and librarians -- also would allow students to communicate with students around the world, who are studying the same assignments. That starts in January 2001.