Plymouth State College Chooses Classroom Connect's Connected University as Its Professional Development Partner

Connected University Chosen as an Integral Part of a Three-Year Grant Program

To Train Tomorrow's Teacher for Using Technology

Oct 18, 2000, 01:00 ET from Classroom Connect, Inc.

    BRISBANE, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- When Plymouth State College in
 New Hampshire received part of a three-year, $2 million grant to prepare
 teachers for using technology, they looked to Classroom Connect to provide
 products and services to help them in their mission.  Classroom Connect, Inc.
 (, is the leading provider of Web-based curriculum content
 and professional development programs for K-12 education.
     By partnering with Classroom Connect, Plymouth State College is allowing
 first-time educators to enroll in graduate online courses and use in-class
 online curriculum to prepare for using technology as an integral part of their
     Educators who become part of the project are connected to virtual
 classmates and a faculty person from the college who monitors their course
 work via Connected University(TM), Classroom Connect's online professional
 development community.  Educators can use Classroom Connect curriculum
 programs, such as Classroom Today and The Quest Channel, to write an action
 research paper, which will be shared with other educators.
     According to Dennise Bartelo, Director of Graduate Studies in Education
 for Plymouth State College, "Teachers are using this program to conduct
 research on the impact of technology on teaching and learning.  We know that
 the movement for using technology in the classroom is growing, especially with
 those educators just coming into the classroom.  This research should provide
 us with good practices for integrating technology as a tool for learning."
     Plymouth State/Classroom Connect Partnership
     Educators can take graduate semester hours as part of a masters program,
 or they can take the courses as continuing education credits.  Courses are
 designed to run on average six weeks and require 40 hours of "seat" work.
 Cost for three units of graduate semester hours is $320.
     Approximately 25 to 35 educators were enrolled in the online courses this
 past summer.  "We had one educator who was working on a novel unit and was
 able to integrate relevant Web sites into the unit, as well as connect
 students with the author of the novel," said Bartelo.  "It was very exciting
 to see educators embracing technology and determining the proper practices to
 ignite learning."
     About Plymouth State College
     Plymouth State College is part of the University System of New Hampshire
 and is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
 Education), NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), and the
 New Hampshire Department of Education.
     About Connected University
     Connected University is Classroom Connect's online learning community for
 professional educators.  The service provides a wide variety of
 instructor-led, project-centered courses and other resources designed to help
 teachers improve their classroom application of technology skills and
 administrators understand the latest technologies.
     Each course includes seminar content, links to sites pre-researched for
 educational value, video elements, interactive discussion boards, and
 enrichment resources.  For more information, visit the Connected University
 Web site at
     About Classroom Connect
     Classroom Connect, Inc. is a privately held Internet company that develops
 and markets original, Web-based curriculum products and teacher professional
 development programs for the K-12 education community.  Its partners include
 some of the nation's most respected organizations, including the
 American Museum of Natural History, the Library of Congress and NASA.  Since
 the company was founded in 1994, Classroom Connect has grown to more than
 150 employees in five offices nationwide, with headquarters in Brisbane, CA.
 For more information, visit Classroom Connect's Web site at
 or call 800-638-1639.

SOURCE Classroom Connect, Inc.