A New School/Academy

A Proposal to Create A New School/Academy

On Becoming a Cybrarian
Creating the Community

This curriculum outline which follows might be used to create a new school called A New School/Academy. It will adhere to the State Standards. The essence of this new academy is to augment an existing curriculum of any high schools and to provide the students of any high school with a unique opportunity to invigorate their own education through the use of a technology rich curriculum. They will do most of their work with computers. This is a school which will be providing an opportunity to maintain the strengths of the traditional educational environment while partaking in the promise of the emerging constructivist educational environment. It is the best of both educational models. Ideally the students would have their own desks and the teachers would move around from student space to student space.

The staffing would be crucial for the success of this project. A commitment must be made, the parties involved should be cognizant of the workload involved before committing to this project. The year's project will be to create the curriculum for this school, with these teachers as the teachers teaching the courses which will begin the following September. They will be learning some basic software like Office, WordPerfect, etc; Computer Assisted Instruction CAI Software; and Internet software. This core of teachers will in turn begin the process of training more teachers in their respective schools as computers become more common in all schools. Matters of greatest import will be to determine the actual teaching units and the time to be devoted to these tasks. The individual members will determine the material to be covered at the Academy and also determine the smoothest methods of transition back to their home schools for their afternoon sessions. Finally, the team will have to determine methods of assessment such as portfolio and state tests. Much of the work to be done now must be locally especially by the new team.

I have given each class an Internet user related name to help identify where we expect our scholars to be at each stage of their development and will help to define them through their work. Freshmen will be Newbies, Sophomores will be Hacker-Geeks, Juniors will be Websters, and Seniors will be Cybrarians. Time needed to teach students technology may steal time from academics, but once technology skills are realized and employed the academic tasks will be achieved with better results. See Technology Projects, Student Proficiency, and the Time Factor and Technology Proof to begin reading relevant articles and research to support this project. The expectations of the students will be stated at the end of each curriculum outline.

A crucial element which will be dealt with ease because of the technology foundation will be community involvement and communications. Perhaps one of the great benefits to having an online class is its total exposure to the community of the scholars work. By community, I mean the global one and the local one which includes state officials, local school boards, school superintendents, parents, and community leaders. I have written a research paper, Education and the Community which points out the need to bring the community into the business of education without having to clog the school corridors. It can be done virtually. Parents can see exactly what their children are doing, school officials can verify that the curriculum and standards are in fact being met, school boards can oversee the projects and justify spending, and the global community can be tapped for their expertise as they serve as telementors. This use of technology makes education interactive. The community can interact with the students just as the students can interact with the community. Education becomes a two-way street in this environment. Thus the stigma of communicating with the community is eliminated since everything is exposed on the Internet and everyone has a stake and a voice in the process. It makes for healthier, honest, easy communication between school and the community. In addition the students in this academy can begin a project which aids the community, especially in their own homes, in coming online and being connected to the Internet. Making the surrounding communities a wired community can be a long range goal of the school. There are models of this happening across the nation. Total community involvement is a crucial element in successful learning as stated in the idiom: "It takes a village to educate a child." This is a major point in my own essay titled: My Personal Vision: The Cybrarian which discusses many of these points.

Mission Statement

We expect our students to use their academic and social skills to seek and generate information that enables them to be contributing members of and problem solvers in our democratic society.
We believe students learn to be such citizens when they 1) are active in their own learning both as individuals and in groups, 2) seek meeaning and understanding beyond simple facts, 3) connect their learning across content areas, and 4) apply what they know and are to do in our community.
To inform and continuously improve our efforts, we will create ways for students to publicly demonstrate their level of mastery of our expectations.


The following annotated outline shall provide the direction into which each teacher may begin an individual journey as online resources and links are searched and reviewed for the teacher's use in creating the customized courses.

I. Ninth Grade - Newbie

     A.   Computing Basics  - sample
          1.   Office I
               a.   Keyboarding
                         sample 1
                         sample 2
                         sample 3
                    (1)  dictation DDC
                    (2)  transcription DDC
                    (3)  computer simulations                         
               b.   Word
                    (1)  letters, memos, 
                    (2)  reports
                    (3)  resume
               c.   PowerPoint
                    (1)  oral presentation
                    (2)  directions
                    (3)  persuassion
          2.   HTML 
               a.   code
               b.   programs
                    (1)  email
                    (2)  ftp
          3.   Computer Science  Skills
               a.   DOS/MAC
                    (1)  edit
                    (2)  DOS commands
                         (a)  format, etc for basic troubleshooting and autonomy
                         (b)  batch files
               b.   minor repair skills/troubleshooting
                    (1)  installation of hardware/software
                    (2)  maintenance of hardware/software
                    (3)  learning basic Utilities
     B.   Academics
          1.   English
               a.   lit genres 
                    (1)  poetry
                         (a)  read
                         (b)  create
                    (2)  short story
                         (a)  read
                         (b)  create
                    (3)  novel
                         The Rationale of Novel Courses
                         Teaching the Novel
                         (a)  read
                         (b)  create
                    (4)  essay
                         (a)  read
                         (b)  create
                    (5)  drama
                         (a)  read
                         (b)  create
                    (6)  literary terms
                         (a)  read
                         (b)  create
               b.   Roots
               c.   Peer Review
          2.   Social Studies
               a.   Geography, cartography
               b.   HISTORY
          3.   Science
               a.   Earth Sciences
                    Earth and Moon Viewer
                    (1)  Weather station, pollution, acid rain 
                    (2)  River Project
                b. Health 
                    (1) @Yahoo
                    (2) @Excite
                    (3) @Lycos
                    (4) @Infoseek
          4.   Math
                a.   Swarthmore
          5.   Foreign Language
                a.   Sanskrit? 
               Sanskrit Graphics Software
               Sanskrit Religions Institute
               Sanskrit is the classical language of the Indian subcontinent
               Sanskrit Teacher: Dr Satyanarayana Sastry
                b.   Greek/Latin Tap UMASS 
               On-line Courses and Course Materials
               Teaching Greek: There's got to be a Better Way
               This is Catiline's Home Page
               ANCIENT GREECE
               Princeton Classics Web Project
               Classics is Ancient Greek and Roman Civilisation
               Department of Classics of the University of North Carolina
               Preparation and Training for Teachers of Latin
               Why Use Latin Grammar to Describe English?
               Classics at Virginia
               Department of Classics
               Latin Textbook: STUDY GUIDE TO WHEELOCK LATIN
               Professor of Classical Studies
               Classical Latin Course
          6.   Assessment
                a.   Webfolio
                b.   Presentations - PowerPoint
          7.   College

II. Tenth Grade - Hacker-Geek
     A.   Computing Basics 
          A How-to Guide for Web Junkies
          Make Your Own Home
          1.   OFFICE II
                a.   Access
                b.   Excel
          2.   Advanced
                a.   Frontpage or here
                b.   Pagemill
                c.   Homesite 
                d.   Netscape
          3.   Computer Science Skills
                a.   Windows
                b.   troubleshooting
     B.   Academics
          1.   English
                a.   Bible - 
               BIBLE AS LITERATURE
               Bible As Literature 2
               Bible as Literature 3
                b.   Mythologies
                c.   Classical
          2.   Social Studies
                a.   Ancient History
               Mr Donn's  Ancient History
               Index of biographies
               Ancient History
               Who Needs Ancient History Anyway?
               How to Teach Ancient History: A Multicultural Model
               JENNIFER A. SHERIDAN
          3.   Science
                a.   Greek to  present
                b.   Biology/health/parenting
          4.   Math
                a.   Geometry
          5.   For Lang
                a.   Greek/Latin 
               On-line Courses and Course Materials
               Teaching Greek: There's got to be a Better Way
               This is Catiline's Home Page
               ANCIENT GREECE
               Princeton Classics Web Project
               Classics is Ancient Greek and Roman Civilisation
               Department of Classics of the University of North Carolina
               Preparation and Training for Teachers of Latin
               Why Use Latin Grammar to Describe English?
               Classics at Virginia
               Department of Classics
               Latin Textbook: STUDY GUIDE TO WHEELOCK LATIN
               Professor of Classical Studies
               Classical Latin Course
          6.   Assessment
                a.   Webfolio
                b.   Presentations - PowerPoint
          7.   Start College admissions thinking, which colleges?
III. Eleventh Grade - Webster
     A.   Computing Basics 
          1.   Advanced HTML
               a.   CGI/Perl
          2.   Computer Science Skills
               a.   UNIX
               b.   NT
               c.   Webshare
               d.   Build Computer
          3. Webmaster
               a.   WebMaster School a high school club in Michigan.
               b.   World Organization of Webmasters
     B.   Academics 
          1.   collaboration
          2.   team work
          3.   LINKS:
          Research practices begin by integrating each of the disciplines around a common theme.  
          Learning with the World
          4.   English
          5.   Social Studies
          6.   Science
          7.   Math
          8.   Foreign Language
          9.   Assessment
               a.   Projects
               b.   Contests
          10.  Serious college admissions work
               a.   College applicatiosn should be started
               b.   College visitations should have been begun or at least scheduled
IV. Twelfth Grade - Cybrarian
     This year will be an intensive year of production.  Each student will be producing a
     personal, group, and class portfolio.  Research projects will have the students creating
     web based projects which will in turn become resources for other students.  Topics would
     be cross curricula and would have a holistic hypertext design while maintaining details of
     each discipline.  This would join the resources of the Academy Cyber Library.  

     The students will be involved with Distance Learning.  They will be collaborating with
     students in colleges and other high schools, both domestically and internationally.  The
     projects will be student generated with specific schools, derived from contests, or as part
     of larger participatory projects.  
     A.   Computer Basics 
          1.   Advanced HTML
               a.   Director from Macromedia
               b.   own manuals
          2.   Computer Science Skills
               a.   Build Networks
                    (1)  wiring
                    (2)  software integration
               b.   Build Server
     B.   Academics (seemless, integrated, inter-disciplinary)
           Distant Learning:
          Virtual University Gazette an electronic newsletter for distance learning professionals.
          Distant Education Clearinghouse
          Distant Learning Links
          Training Tools and Technologies links from Geo Geller.
          Learning on the Web
          Global SchoolHouse network
          AT&T Virtual Classroom
          Build a Cyber Library
          1.   English
          2.   Social Studies
               a.   participation in govt
          3.   Science
          4.   Math
          5.   Foreign Language
          6.   Assessment
          7.   Complete college admissions process



Amazon would be a good place to read a synopsis of a book.
     Philip Agre: Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape
     William Allman: Apprentices of Wonder
     Thomas Armstrong, Awakening Genius
     Thomas Armstrong, Multiples Intelligences in the Classroom
     J Bellanca, C Chapman, & E Swartz, Multiple Assessments for Multiple Intelligences
     Michael Benedikt, Ed: Cyberspace, First Steps
     Sven Birkerts: Gutenberg Elegies
     B Bloom, Developing Talent in Young People
     Jay David Bolter: Writing Space
     H. Eric Branscomb: Casting Your Net
     C Brod, TechnoStress: The Human Cost of the Computer Revolution
     James Brook & Iain Boal: Resisting the Virtual Life, The Culture and Politics of Information
     L Campbell, B Cambell, & D Dickinson, Teaching and Learning Through Multiple Intelligences
     Robert Coles, Children in Crisis
     Robert Coles, The Moral Life of Children
     Robert Coles, The Political Life of Children
     Robert Coles, The Spiritual Life of Children
     M Csikszentmihalyi, K Rathunde, & S Whalen, Talented Teenagers
     Jim Cummins & Dennis Sayers: Brave New Schools
     Michael Dertouzos: Technology Pundits Are Gazing Into the Future -- and a Few Need Glasses
     Michael L. Dertouzos: What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives
     Mark Dery: Culture Jamming
     R Dunn & K Dunn, Teaching Students Through Their Individual Learning Styles
     Dushkin Publishers: Computers In Society
     Ermann, Williams, Gutierrez: Computers, Ethics & Society
     Grant Fjermedal: The Tomorrow Makers
     R Fogarty & J Stoehr, Integrating Curricula and Multiple Intelligences
     Forester & Morrison: Computer Ethics
     Howard Gardner, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
     Howard Gardner, Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice
     David Gelernter: Mirror Worlds
     Mike Godwin, Cyber Rights
     Danny Goodman: Living at Light Speed
     JC Gowan, GD Demos, & EP Torrance, Creativity: Its Educational Implications
     R Grenier: Going Virtual
     Lawrence K Grossman: Electronic Republic
     B Haggerty, Nurturing Intelligences: A Guide to Multiple Intelligences Theory and Teaching
     Andrew Harnack: Online!
     Jane Healy: Endangered Minds
     Jane M. Healy & Jane A. Healy,  Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children's
          Minds--for Better and Worse
     John Holt, How Children Fail
     Steve Jones: Cyber Society
     Deborah G. Johnson: Computer Ethics
     Kallman & Grillo: Ethical Decisions Making and Information Technology
     Kevin Kelly: Out of Control
     Tracy Kidder: The Soul of a New Machine
     P Kline, The Everyday Genius:Restoring Children's Natural Joy of Learning
     Jonathan Kozol, Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
     Jonathan Kozol Amazing Grace
     Arthur Kroker & Michale Weinstein: Data Trash: the theory of the virtual class
     D Lazear, Seven Ways of Teaching
     James G Leyburn: Frontiers Folkways
     Robert W Lucky: Silicon Dreams
     Steven Miller: Civilizing Cyberspace
     William Mitchell: City of Bits
     Bill McKibben: The Age of Missing Information
     Dinty W Moore: Emperor's Virtual Clothes
     Janet H. Murray: Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace
     Nicholas Negroponte: Being Digital
     Ted Nelson: Literary Machines
     Ted Nelson: Computer Lib/Dream Machines
     Donald A Norman: Things That Make Us Smart
     J Oakes & M Lipton, Making the Best of Schools
     Seymour Papert: The Children's Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer
     Penley, Constance, and Andrew Ross: Technoculture
     Neil Postman: Technopoly
     Neil Postman: Amusing Ourselves to Death
     Gregory Rawlins: Moths to the Flame
     Howard Rheingold: Tools for Thought
     Howard Rheingold: Virtual Community
     Kathryn Schellenberg: Computers in Society
     Douglas Schuler: New Community Networks: Wired for Change
     B Shearer, The MIDAS (Multiple Intelligences Development Assessment Scales)
     Davis Shenk: Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut.
     Joel Shurkin: Engines of the Mind
     Frank Smith, Insult to Intelligence
     Cliff Stoll: Silicon Snake Oil
     Stephen L Talbott: The Future Does Not Compute: Transcending the Machines in Our Midst.
     Don Tapscott: Growing Up Digital
     Alvin Toffler: Future Shock
     Alvin Toffler: The Third Wave
     Selfe & Hilligose: Literacy and Computers
     Sherry Turkle: Life on the Screen
     Sherry Turkle: The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit
     Victor Vitanza: CyberReader

Prepared by Ted Nellen 10/98