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Telecommunications can provide students with disabilities access to a broad range of authentic learning opportunities through communication with others outside their immediate environments. As special educators begin to explore the information superhighway, they quite frequently do so together with their students.

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The following print profile is an overview of this topic developed by NCIP:

 NCIP Profile

"Merging onto the Information Superhighway"

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The following resources contained in NCIP's Telecommunications Collection were compiled by NCIP.  They are grouped into the categories: Publications, and Practice.


Classroom Connect

A description of a  service that offers books, newsletters, and an extensive web site about using the Internet in the classroom.

Telecommunications in the Classroom, Second Edition

Published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), this is an excellent resource for educators who want to integrate telecommunications activities into their curriculum.

Way of the Ferret: Finding and Using Educational Resources on the Internet, Second Edition

Describes the book based on Judi Harris' column, "Mining the Internet," published in Learning and Leading with Technology (formerly The Computing Teacher) with links to additional resources by this author.

[NCIP Profile | Publications | Practice]



Describes the DO-IT Project, where high school students with disabilities--who have interest and aptitude in science, engineering, or math--are supported to use a variety of adaptive technologies and telecommunications. Resources and materials from the project are attached.

Global Lab

Provides an overview of Global Lab, a widely used environmental curriculum in which classrooms collaborate in gathering data, sharing research, and distributing knowledge through the use of telecommunications.

Graduate School Keypals

Provides information about a project in which fourth grade at-risk students became better writers by having on-line graduate student pen-pals.

National Geographic Kids Network

Describes the National Geographic Kids Network, through which classrooms engage in inquiry-oriented science projects, collaborating via telecommunications with others around the world.

Online with Senior Citizens

Describes the Electronic Generation Connection, a project in which third graders interviewed senior citizen partners via e-mail, wrote their biographies, and produced books incorporating photographs, graphics, and maps.

[NCIP Profile | Publications | Practice]

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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts.  NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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