Math & Computer Science
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Because I was given free access to an account on the Internet (on pilot.njin.net through Rutgers), I was able to do the following:
Find a program, cc4, (Now called x(plore)) that our math department now uses regularly. We also use a bunch of other programs that were downloaded from SIMTEL-20 or its mirrors. Now we get a quarterly CDROM which is a copy of SIMTEL-20 so that we don’t have to ftp & download anymore. Without access to newsgroups I would not have learned of this valuable resource.
Satellite images will be used in earth science classes in a couple weeks. He may use those images & maps for kids to predict the weather instead of a traditional test. The process of dialing up, perusing the services list, ftping to several sites, & wading through directories at cryptic file names was still a bit much for this teacher. I’ll download the images & give them to the teacher to use in class. If we had a realtime connection, I think that I could start to teach people how to use it.
Other software we’ve gotten includes Waffle, a bbs that we use for e- mail. We get a free uucp e-mail feed through Rutgers as well. I would not have been able to learn to administer e-mail & news without first having access to it. Now all teachers & students at school have access to Internet e-mail. All through software that is cheap or free and inexpensive hardware. We also located a news-feed that is a local call away; again, I’d never have found him without access to the maps.
We haven’t yet participated in any e-mail exchanges that directly support our curricula, but kids have enjoyed exchanging letters with pen-pals in the USA and Europe.