Mars "Virtual" Teacher Training Conference

The Sights & Impressions of those in Attendance

Friday, July 19

We Hear from our Teachers and Enjoy Dinner Together

The morning began with an address by Geoff Haines-Stiles giving a quick overview of Passport to Knowledge past and future and shared a short video digest of past projects as teachers looked on.

Teachers with experience using electronic field trips shared their experiences and "tips":
Marilyn Wall from Virginia (far left) spoke first about adapting "middle school" science materials to the younger grades and non-science classes
followed by Tim McCollum from Illinois (far right) on integrating new technologies
Rob Theriaque from New Hampshire spoke about using PTK with high school studentsBonnie Bracey, from Washington D.C. (the only teacher member of the National Telecommunications Infrastructure Advisory board) added a national context to the PTK projects.

Our next perspective was from leading government research agencies as Malcolm Phelps (NASA Education) spoke on NASA's interest, space-age technologies and science education followed by a question and answer period.

Marc Siegel NASA K-12 Internet Initiative visited with teachers before moderating a panel discussion on the online component with teachers:
Dave Eggebrecht of Wisoncon spoke of collaborative activities
Roger Stryker of Texas spoke on students as "web-masters"
Dave Grott of New York spoke of using project components offline when resources are limited
Ruth Wahl of New York spoke of how a teacher can participate with only one computer and minimal Internet access

Our next panel, moderated by Geoff Haines-Stiles on the subject of the video component, included (from left to right):
Sharon Spence from Kansas who talked about using district resources to compensate for school-site difficulties accessing the video online
C.J. Rodke from Pennsylvania spoke of participating at a live uplink
Charlotte Stevens from Georgia spoke about time-shifting the live programs and involving parents
Ginny Dexter from California spoke about the advantages of viewing the videos live

The final teacher panel was led by Pat Haddon, New Jersey and covered the hands-on component. The panel included:

Jake Chaput from New York
Rhonda Toon from Georgia
JoLynne Roberts from Washington and
Rob Matlock of California

Jan Wee then closed the morning's activities by acknowledging the efforts of many including the NASA TV camera crew and behind-the-scenes workers.
After a quick lunch teachers adjourned to the National Academy of Science to participate in the NAS Mars agenda.A summary of the panel discussion is available thanks to Teacher Advocate Patricia D.Cook

A high point for many was the reception/dinner at Old Ebbitt Grill where time was devoted to getting acquainted and relaxed visiting.

[ Mars Conference Home | Agenda | Technical Overview | Live Conference Area ]

| Passport Home | Search Passport | | Contact Us! | Live from Mars Home |

This NASA K-12 Internet Initiative Web page was last updated on August 6, 1996.