SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 49
March 5, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Virginia Department of Education and Prince William County public schools announce WorldNet: Virginia, on- line resources for students and teachers supporting the Standards of Learning through study seminars in selected foreign countries. WorldNet:Virginia can be accessed at: http://www.pwnet.org. The website will allow study seminar participants to share their experiences with all teachers and students in Virginia through the Internet. The 10-day seminars abroad let teachers and administrators benefit from lectures about the culture, politics, religion, geography, and history of the nations they are visiting. Although the current seminars are designed for teachers of history and the social sciences, they also provide experiences in other fields such as mathematics, science, foreign languages, music, literature, and art. The 1999 seminars are scheduled for Israel, Turkey, and Germany. In addition, the Department of Education continues a teacher exchange program involving Virginia and Russia. Seminar participants in each country will provide daily logs of their experiences. These logs, which will include pictures, quick-time movies, and personal experiences will build an on-line instructional resource for teachers and students based on Virginia Standards of Learning. Other resources housed on this website include SOL correlations, background information, and links to additional related sites. Access to WorldNet: Virginia is simple. A computer with an internet connection is needed. Individuals must register to participate in the website. Once registration is completed, all information on WorldNet: Virginia is available. Thank you for your support of WorldNet: Virginia. If you have questions regarding this website, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, Specialist for History, Social Sciences, and International Education at (804) 225-2893. You are also encouraged to use the First Lady's Commonwealth of Knowledge website to assist teachers in implementing the Virginia Standards of Learning. PDS/BT Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.