Live From Mars was active July 1996-December 1997.
The on-line components of Live From Mars (LFM) not only provide extensive
information but also--perhaps more importantly--help the project come
alive by connecting people together...|
The Passport to Knowledge philosophy is ease of use and equity of access. We want teachers with a wide range of network skills and technologies--from simple e-mail up to full T-1 connectivity--to find success. LFM will work for those just getting started in cyberspace, even if their access is not from the classroom but at home or at the workplace of an involved parent. For schools with a little more technology and training, inexpensive cameras and free software can bring moving images and audio into classrooms, via CU-SeeMe, RealAudio and other similar technologies
How to startAll participants in Live From Mars should sign up for the updates-lfm mail-list. This service won't overwhelm your mailbox (we plan no more than two e-mail messages per week). updates-lfm will keep you informed about the latest opportunities and also bring you lively behind-the-scenes accounts (Field Journals) from the men and women on the front lines of exploring Mars. Field Journals can be used as reading exercises, discussion starters, or for information about careers.
To join the updates-lfm mail-list, send an e-mail message to:
In the body of the message, write only these words:
You'll soon receive a reply showing you're subscribed, and full information about Live From Mars.
Getting On-line for the First TimeIf you want to get on-line, but aren't, follow these suggestions:
1) Watch out for Net Day in your state or city... and make sure you're included!
2) Ask your colleagues. It's easy to forget those closest at hand! It's likely there are teachers, administrators, or resource personnel who know what's available locally.
3) Don't forget your students. Today's youth is often leading the charge in this exciting arena.
4) Don't forget your students' parents: there's probably a relative with an Internet connection.
5) Check with a local University, most have some type of connectivity available, and some provide it to fellow educators.
6) Call your School Administrators, School District, County Office, and/or State Board of Education. Inquire about special deals on hardware, phone rates or Internet subscriptions--some are there for the asking.
|mail-list name||who posts||function||frequency||dates|
|updates-lfm||PTK Team||LFM info & Field Journals||1 or 2 per week||throughout project|
|discuss-lfm||educators||teachers share ideas||varies, perhaps 15-30/week||throughout|
|discuss-digest-lfm||educators||teachers share ideas||once daily only||throughout|
|debate-lfm||student teams||students plan Planet Explorer Toolkit||varies||10-11/96|
|answers-lfm||PTK Team||stream of Question/Answer pairs||varies||10/96-12/97/TBA|
To join any of these groups, send an e-mail message to:|
In the message body, write only these words: subscribe
To participate via the World Wide Web ("the Web", or WWW)
Temporary AcessIf you can get online only temporarily, visit "Getting U.S. Teachers On-line", a Web document found at:
As noted above, teachers using all three components of PTK projects report they and their students get more from the experience. We really encourage you to go on-line, participate, and--as one of our most eloquent PTK Advocates puts it--"Don't just surf the 'Net, make waves!"
LFM's Web Site provides three complementary kinds of on-line materials and
experiences, some designed for teachers, and some for students:|
Informational opportunities include:|
Collaborative and Sharing|
As an Opening Activity, students brainstorm what instruments might be needed to document a landscape in their neighborhood, then go on-line to arrive at a consensus decision about how to design an Instrument Package. Then they record their sites, share the data on-line, analyze their results --and use them to figure out where five Mystery Sites are located, based on patterns of temperature, geology, flora and fauna, and other indicators determined by the students themselves. Winners will be announced on-line and on-camera. (updates-lfm and the Web Site will have full details.)
If you want the World Wide Web, but only have e-mail...
Many of the LFM WWW materials are also available to "e-mail only" users through a special service; for more details, send a message to: