1999-2000 CUOS K-12 Education Outreach Program Progress Report
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IV. Technology

A. Technology Implementation

We use technology primarily in the form of computerized databases to track our efforts and a comprehensive Web site to communicate resources, share ideas, and document progress and accomplishments. We maintain dozens of separate databases for our own programs and for close partners, such as the Ann Arbor Neutral Zone teen center. Our examination of feedback from coordinators, volunteers, and "customers" for the creation of reports, such as this one and individual ones to partners, allows us to continually refine our methods.
chart of Web-site 
        respondents by category
Our Web-site resource base continues to grow and to be used heavily for instructional purposes, career exploration, personal planning, and learning community development. Overall usage went from about 60,000 hits in the first four years to 30,000 last year alone. The site offers access to 312 science lessons, 402 quick science activities, 111 career presenters, 90 tours, and 45 job shadowing opportunities. The on-line assortment of personal discovery and career exploration tools has been especially useful and forms the backbone of our career mentoring programs and workshops.

B. Usage Statistics

During the past year (August 1999 through July 2000), about 170 users among approximately 30,000 hits have contacted us by guestbook (24%) or e-mail (76%), from at least 12 countries (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Jamaica, Pakistan, Panama, Syria, Trinidad-West Indies, United Arab Emirates, USA), and 30 identifiable states. The largest percentage (nearly half) wanted help of some kind—most often with a science fair project or in finding a particular kind of curricular element. The site's manager can almost always provide that help, along with advice on how the user might more easily find such things without help in the future.
chart of Web-site
         respondents by purpose

C. Anecdotal Feedback

Nothing but a collection of excerpts will do to convey the flavor and variety of our electronic communications:
Praise/Thanks
  Hi. I have to do a career presentation at my son's school! I certainly know what I do, but I was a bit confused on how to present it. Thanks to your website's insightful tips, I feel a lot better about my "presentation" now. Thanks!     - parent, Michigan
  I visit your site regularly for ideas for the science lessons I take into my elementary school.     -teacher, Australia
  My daughter loves to do at home science experiments and your web page was the best that we found—keep up the great work—the next thing you need is an e-mail list to mail new experiments to children/parents and teachers.     -parent, Alaska
  I have never seen such a complete lesson plan on using the Internet before. Thank you, you have helped me a great deal.     -teacher, Wisconsin
  I'm twelve years old and have a science experiment to do. I heard about your website and went to it. I've been looking for a week and this [experiment] is the coolest thing I've seen yet! Thanks a lot!     - K-12 student, unknown locale
  I really think it is great that kids and teachers can get useful information right out of their own home, without having to visit a library or other such. When I was browsing the Web I came across this site and found exactly what I was looking for. So thank you for having such a useful and entertaining site.     - K-12 student, unknown locale
  I am currently in the middle of my four-week practicum for my Diploma of Education, at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Your site has lessons in the format I need. Cheers!     -student teacher, Australia
  A great helpful, intuitive site into the often confusing and bewildering state of college help for the LD student.     - parent, Ohio
Cross-listing of our Site
  Congratulations! Your site, "Alphabetical List of Lessons," has been awarded a Five Star rating by Schoolzone's panel of over 400 expert teachers. This is in recognition of the fact that it is an outstanding educational site: useful for teaching and learning and easy to navigate. Schoolzone (www.schoolzone.co.uk) currently attracts up to 16,000 users per day and hard copy mails to every school in the UK every week.     -Great Britain
  We have reviewed your site and decided to include "Science Lessons" on OpenHere, one of the 10 largest index and search sites on the Internet and is specifically focused on creating resources for the family.     - www.OpenHere.com
  Hello. We've added the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition to Michigan Teacher Network. When we move to the database version of our site, we will be providing more information on your site and linking to it in more ways. Be sure to check back in a month or so, as you'll like the new version of our site even better.     - MTN Clearinghouse Librarian, Michigan
Asking for Help
  I have been looking for some guidelines to give me an idea of what my nephew, who is being home schooled, should know by the end of seventh grade. I would like to be able to give him a test in the next few weeks to determine how far we have come and or how far we have to go. Can you give me a direction or the name of a website that would provide me with some specifics?     -home school tutor, unknown locale
  I am wondering if you provide whether or not this lesson plan addresses one of the National Scientific Education Standards or Benchmarks for Science Literacy. I found that it was highly detailed, but did not give me this information. Thanks.     - teacher, unknown locale
  I compliment your website on its plethora of materials. However, due to the volume of lessons, I am experiencing difficulty finding what I am looking for. Do you have a lesson for 3rd grade concerning states of matter?     [As a direct result of this request, we updated the "searching this site" directions on our home page.]
Suggestions/Collaboration/Complaint
  I would like to commend you and others for your efforts. And I will soon submit lessons of my own so that others can possibly benefit.     -secondary teacher, Canada
  I'm enjoying your science project site and my son has found useful information for his 4th grade science project. I was, however, surprised to not find "geologist" as a career possibility at the lesson dealing with safe/unsafe drinking water. For more info, please feel free to visit: http://www.pcpg.org.     -parent, unknown locale


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  Introduction        
  A. Mission, Goals, Strategies   D. 1999-2000 Program Summaries
  B. Structure and Funding III. Academic and Career Mentoring Programs
  C. Summary of Outcomes   A. Program Description and Goals
  D. Five-Year Program Summaries   B. Program Implementation and Plans
I. Learning Communities: Overview     1. Pioneer High School
  A. Pontiac: Accomplishments and Plans     2. Slauson Middle School
  B. Ypsilanti: Accomplishments and Plans     3. The Neutral Zone
    1. Community Church of God     4. Owen Elementary School
    2. George Elementary School     5. Camp Discovery
    3. Grant Explorations   C. Anecdotal Evaluations
  C. Ann Arbor: Accomplishments and Plans   D. 1999-2000 Program Summaries
    1. Science Clubs IV. Technology
    2. Career Mentoring   A. Technology Implementation
    3. Academic Mentoring   B. Usage Statistics
    4. Possible New Church Involvement   C. Anecdotal Feedback
    5. Evidence of Systemic Change V. Research Experiences for Teachers
II. Science Clubs   A. Program Description and Goals
  A. Program Description and Goals   B. Program Implementation for RET 2000
  B. Program Implementation at Sites   C. Continuation of RET 1999
    1. Community Centers VI. Appendices
    2. Community Church of God   A. Organizational Chart
    3. George Elementary School   B. Scope and Sequence of Goals
    4. Owen Elementary School   C. Web-Site Home Page
  C. Anecdotal Evaluations   D. Partners List


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