From: Steve Feld [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 1998 6:35 AM
To: K-12 Connection
Subject: Nomination for Feature School for your newsletter
Dear Microsoft K-12 News Team: Please consider our site for your Featured School in the Microsoft Newsletter. We deserve this consideration for the following reasons:
1. We are the August Cool School of the Month of Newsday in Education.
2.We are part of the Encarta Lesson Plan Collection, the Getty Museum and the Exploratorium.
3 We will be featured as MicrosoftNetwork UK Helpful Site of the Week on their new Homework Helper page being launched mid September.
4. The Well Connected Educator has published an article about our site, and The Global SchoolNet Foundation has selected us as their Teacher's Choice. We are also listed on the ISTE Web site.
This noteworthy site was created by my high school students. As head coach of a ThinkQuest team I can say that there are many interactive learning opportunities for students to discover da Vinci and listen to his music, create multi lingual musical post cards in one of sixteen languages, take an online quiz or create one.
Our site is accessible to the hearing impaired and is viewable with any browser.
Our resource rich collaboration includes links to web-building resources deaf links and curriculum resources contributed by teachers.
Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling Internet inquiry explores the mystery behind the smile. The url is /13681
Please sign our guestbook. Your comments would be meaningful to the multi ethnic team members who created the site using 15 year old computers.
Thank you for taking the time to explore our site. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for considering our School project for the Microsoft K-12 Newsletter.
You will be able to view this site tomorrow afternoon, after the ThinkQuest judging.
On behalf of my students, thank you for taking the time to review our site.
John F. Kennedy High School
-----Original Message----- Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 1998 2:15 AM
K-12 Connection wrote:
Thanks for writing. We're always interested in hearing about technology programs schools are involved in. Unfortunately, I was unable to see the Web site you provided below. If you'd like to be considered as one of our feature schools, please write us a story or article using the format of the other school stories found at http://www.microsoft.com/education/k12/schools/ and we'll definitely consider your entry. The earlier you can get back your story the better, we are now in the process of planning the October newsletter. Thanks again and we hope to hear more from you!
The Microsoft K-12 Connection Team
Thank you for your quick reply. The ThinkQuest server for our project was temporarily down for the TQ judging, yesterday and today, but I am delighted to report that it is now back on.
Our school success story begins when Gino Silvestri, Principal of John F. Kennedy asked me to set up a web site for our school and get our students involved in the ThinkQuest Project. At this time, December 1996, we had 15 year old computers, no hard drives, no network, not even a mouse. We saved our work on 5 1/4" floppies.
Using these machines we partnered with Borlange Sweden to produce a web site resource which explores the mystery behind the Mona Lisa smile and provides a dozen da Vinci diversions including an interactive quiz, digital post cards and the opportunity to listen to Leonardo's original music and many curriculum links donated by teachers enrolled in my Internaet Training Workshop. This workshop which I taught, was funded by the Bronx Superintendency through a highly competitive RFP.
To date Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling? was awarded semifinalist status in ThinkQuest and GII US Awards. It is the featured as Cool School of the Month on Newsday in Education. http://www.newsday.com/nie/schools/month.htm We are also part of the Getty Museum's Digital Experience and the Exploratorium. The Lesson Plan for our project is featured part of
the Encarta Collection.
Please read the article published by the Well Connected Educator.
The John F. Kennedy High School Web Site has been place in the School Discovery Spotlight. Our Town Project was selected as the New York State Winner by the Computer Learning Foundation and CCCNet has presented our site with their School of the Future Award. The URL for the Kennedy web site is http://www.edu-net/~jfkhs
Seventeen teachers in our school, with a student population of nearly 5000, were able to create their own web pages and links which identify appropriate resources for their classes.
Kennedy students have presented our project at the School Tech Expo and at the Make It Work Technology Conference in New York City.
Over the summer, four new computer rooms were installed using Microsoft Windows NT Network Servers. With the addition of this state of the art technology and servers we should be able to continue our evolving technology success stories well into the millennium.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for considering our success story for inclusion as the Featured School in the Microsoft K-12 Newsletter for October.
We received your story and I've submitted it to the editor. We'll notify you if we're interested in featuring your story. Thanks for your submission!
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 1998 9:39 AM To: K-12 Feedback and Registration Alias Subject: Re: FW: Nomination for Feature School for your newsletter
K-12 Feedback and Registration Alias wrote:
Thanks for sending us your story. We may be considering it for our featured school or K-12 Connection spotlight.
We'd like you to write us back with a 250-500 word (max) story that focuses on how your school used technology to enhance student learning and how your teachers are learning to integrate that technology into their classroom.
We hope to hear back from you. Thanks for writing!
The Microsoft in K-12 Education Group