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Since I am completely unfamiliar with using the "web," it was great to have
someone "tutor" me in how to access Our Place In the World. How easy it
turned out to be!! I have been thinking of five million ways to use this
in Ohio. First, schools in Columbus (and I believe in Ohio) have received
a grant to wire every school to the internet. Classrooms in every school
will have computers. The number per classroom varies depending upon
special outside funding. Teachers however have no idea how to use these
computers or how to access the Internet. Once they find out how easy it
is, there will be no stopping them!!! As a former "veteran" art teacher
myself, I am completely impressed with the supplementary activities! No
matter what curricular direction a teacher may take, there is a way to find
lesson plans and activities through the themes of Our Place in the World!
I also work with pre-service teachers. They student teach for a whole
year. This leads to much pressure about how to come up with ideas for
lesson-planning. The Our Place In The World Web-Site will be a wonderful
gift!! They can adapt the information found there to whatever curriculum
they must follow in their placements. I truely believe that using Mary's
Our Place In The World as a curricular resource will take the pressure off
of these soon-to-be-teachers. I can hardly wait to get back to Ohio to
tell them what I have learned!!