Telementoring: Cyber Big Brother/Big Sister
Submitted by Elizabeth Colbert and Ted Nellen

Abstract:
     Mentoring is an age old method in the learning process. 
Mentors have something they can pass down to a mentee.  Mentoring
follows the recent volunteer initiative of President Clinton.
Traditionally it linked one person with another person in a face
to face situation.  This arrangement demanded that the parties be
in the same place at the same time.  A major obstacle in
successful mentoring has always been time.  Mentors, who are
usually volunteers, and mentees have little time to spare and as
a result have had to postpone mentoring sessions, never to be
made up; or not to volunteer at all.    
     Technology has evolved to the point that everyone can
communicate with everyone else, anytime, anywhere using a desktop
computer.  The evolution of the Internet and its applications has
made telecommunications an important tool in linking people to
people.  Technology is everywhere in business, in education, in
homes, and in public places.   
     We propose to create a telementoring program which will link
mentors and mentess using the Internet.  Students in schools in
North Carolina and New York City will be adopted by mentors from
the virtual community.  The students in the schools will create
web pages which display their published work for the virtual
mentors to review and critique.     
     The function of the mentors is to visit the student web
pages and use email to comment on what they read.  This
telementoring program will eliminate the constraints of time and
space that have hindered traditional mentoring programs. 
     Telementoring will put students in authentic learning
situations. It will prepare students for work by fostering
teamwork and provide situations of consensus building as mentor
and mentee work together of common projects.   This telementoring
can happen with anything, anytime, anywhere.

Significance/feasibility

     The telementoring project will create a clearinghouse of
mentors to marry education and business/community.  This learning
community will include two Title I schools: Wake Forest
Elementary School, a gifted and talented magnet school in rural
North Carolina and Murry Bergtraum High School for Business
Careers in New York City.  Corporations such as Hewlett Packard,
which already has a corporate telementoring program; IBM, which
is in both North Carolina and New York City; AT&T's Learning
Center which has teacher mentors for teachers; SAS, which is
already involved in North Carolina public schools; and
prospective corporations from the Internet which will join. 
Corporations will receive tax incentives and publicity about
their telementoring involvement.    
     The students will come from the existing classes: Cyber
English, Cyber History, Business communications, and the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing OnLine, at MBHS and the fifth grade students of
Wake Forest Elementary. Initially we will begin with one teacher
per school for the first two years and then add teachers and
schools in subsequent years.   
     We have a two year mentoring project in place at MBHS.  This
is the model for the new project.  The HP and AT&T projects will
serve as corporate models.  Professional development will provide
technology training by students and from business trainers.  It
will further include travel to conferences and to each schools. 
     Beginning in the first year, two teachers will devote two
periods a day.  In the second year we will add two more teachers
in each school.  In the third, fourth, and fifth years we will be
adding schools, teachers, and hardware.  Travel expenses will
include professional conferences and school intervistations.

Budget:    Requested        LEA      Total
TOTAL:     2,122,000  2,290,000  5,412,000

year one:    
salaries:     40,000     60,000    100,000 Teachers
travel:         3000                  3000 Conferences
Equipment:              200,000    200,000 Computer hardware
Materials:    10,000     50,000     60,000 Software & repairs
Other:        24,000                24,000 T-1 Internet
connection
Total:        77,000    310,000    387,000 
                                                    
year two:                                                  
salaries:     80,000     120,000    200,000 Teachers
travel:         6000                   6000 Conferences
Equipment:   100,000     100,000    200,000 Computer hardware
Materials:    20,000      50,000     70,000 Software & repairs
Other:        24,000                 24,000 T-1 Internet
connection
Total:       230,000     270,000    500,000
                                                     
year three:                                           
salaries:    240,000     160,000    400,000 Teachers
travel:       15,000                 15,000 Conferences
Equipment:   200,000     200,000    400,000 Computer hardware
Materials:    40,000     100,000    140,000 Software & repairs
Other:        48,000                 48,000 T-1 Internet
connection
Total:       543,000     460,000    895,000
                                                                
year four:                                                
salaries:    400,000     200,000    600,000 Teachers
travel:       30,000                 30,000 Conferences
Equipment:   200,000     200,000    400,000 Computer hardware
Materials:    60,000     150,000    210,000 Software & repairs
Other:        60,000                 60,000 T-1 Internet
connection
Total:       750,000     550,000  1,300,000
                                                       
year five:                                                   
salaries:    800,000     400,000  1,200,000 Teachers
travel:       50,000                 50,000 Conferences
Equipment:   200,000     200,000    400,000 Computer hardware
Materials:    75,000     200,000    275,000 Software & repairs
Other:        72,000                 72,000 T-1 Internet
connection
Total:     1,197,000     800,000  1,997,000