Subject:Article:You, Too, Can Create a Quality Web Site Even with Outdated Equipment
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 02:07:50 EDT
Dear Mr. Feld
First of all, Thank you. I truly mean Mr. Feld as my teacher Mr. Feld. Thanks for all your help back in the days! It was approximately ten years ago when I too used those Tandy 1000 computers your students used to put up the web site. I remember I took an animation class with you. I was not too good at computers so I did not pay too much attention to the work in them. I am good in fine art and drawing and that was the reason for me electing the class. I will never forget that experience. My best friend, Ramon Gonzales he truly loved your class. He would skip breakfast at 7:30 am and go without lunch to simply work on his jet cockpit computer animation design. We attended JFK 1987-1991 and you were part of it.
I teach eighth grade science at IS 218 M in District Six. I am part of the district's laptop computer program (one year now). I 've been taching for four years. It really amazed me to know that stone age computers could actually be put in use after practically everything out there is pentium speed or higher. What happened with the computers? Where they finally replaced? Let me guess, did we have a strange phenomena of survival of the fittest that mutated those motherboards into Y2K compliant systems? I hope not. I also hope that someone out there has seen the wonderful job students under your guidance have put together as proof of their potential and willingness to succeed an have thus given a generous contribution to that cause to at least upgrade your technology lab.
I am taking a web-based online course and one of the websites for my studies involved The Well Connected Educator where I found your two articles. It was very exciting reading about what my old teacher is doing to motivate his students. In a very near future I hope to embark myself in a journey with my middle schoolies, push the envelop and see what kind of harvest it brings.
Please let me know if you got this e-mail. Also, are you still at JFK? Once more, thank you for everything.
School of the Month Nomination
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 08:20:17 -0700
From: Learning, Disney
Dear Mr. Feld,
Many thanks for your message. The Edu-Station School of the Month program is actually coordinated by Disney Educational Productions (part of Disney's educational publishing group) rather than by Disney Learning Partnership, which is the Company's corporate philanthropy. I have forwarded your message to the folks who run Edu-Station and I am sure that they will be happy to consider John F. Kennedy High School for their recognition program.
Many thanks for contacting us.
Executive Producer, DisneyLearning.org
From: Steve Feld [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2000 9:33 PM
To: Learning, Disney
Subject: School of the Month Nomination
Dear Web Manager:
I am writing to you at the invitation of Beth Eaton of the Disney Online Guest Services.
I would like to nominate John F. Kennedy High School for the Disney Edu-Station School of the Month. Our inner city Bronx High School students created two web sites which demonstrate our achievements in Internet and multidisciplinary teachng and learning in the face of challenging equipment and environmental conditions.
I came to the Disney Learning Web Site from the Teacher's Corner Award Winners where our Leonardo About Leonardo Site is also listed. http://www.theteacherscorner.net/awards/teachersites.htm
Learning About Leonardo is a multidisciplinary science driven web-based ThinkQuest project and web site developed by computer graphics students at high schools in the Bronx and Sweden, exploring the mystery of the Mona Lisa through scientific inquiry and presenting original music composed by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo's Portrait of an unknown Musician has also been identified! This site was created with 15 year old Tandy computers.
There is an interactive quiz, multilingual musical postcards in 23 languages and a dozen da Vinci diversions to explore.
This project compares the work of Dr. Lillian Schwartz and Rina de Firenze, author of Mystery of the Mona Lisa. There are current articles online about the celebration of Leonardo's Bronze Horse in Milan as well as a view of the Mona Lisa Bridge in Oslo. There is also a multicultural dialogue with students in Japan about the Miho Museum.
The address is /13681/data/davin2.shtml
The students of John F. Kennedy High School take pleasure in announcing the launch of their new project and research resource focused on a K-12 accessible interactive review of art history past and forecasts of Art trends 2100.
The launch of ArtiFAQ 2100 represents an expansion to our original ThinkQuest project and begins to dissolve digital "Divides" of Geography and Language.
ArtiFAQ 21OO is designed to predict how art will influence our lives in the next hundred years. Through probing past Art inspirations and scientific methods students can use available data to make reasonable forecasts for the future.
This new project addresses standards in Language Arts, Art and Social Studies and demonstrates multicultural diversity. Through our partnership with FluidArts, my students have successfully translated the Miksike Estonian eWorksheets into Spanish and the Virtual Africa River Festival into Spanish and Russian.
This experience enabled and empowered my Bronx High School students, connected through technology, to gain a better understanding and appreciation of world cultures and art history.
ArtiFAQ 2100 was created to meet the Microsoft Challenge and achieved First Place distinction.
The address is /13681/data/nyc
I would like to recommmend John F. Kennedy High School for Edu-Station School of the Month given its diversity of web based resource developments and excellence in Internet Learning style.
Thank you for your consideration and support. I look forward to hearing from you.
Computer Graphics Instructor
John F. Kennedy High School
99 Terrace View Avenue
Bronx, New York
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 11:43:01 -0700
From: Lana Sperling firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization: Columbia Education Center Science & Math Consortium for NW Schools
Congratulations on your first place project!
I have added the project to our Kids Science listing on our web site www.col-ed.org/smcnws/msres/sciencelinks.html
Thank you for letting us know about it!
Lana Sperling, Secretary
Columbia Education Center Science & Math Consortium for NW Schools
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 09:46:43 EDT
Hello and congratulations!
Your Web site, "Microsoft NYC Project 2000 ArtiFAQ21OO Starcraft Time Portal," is being recognized with the Dr. Matrix Award for Science Excellence from "Dr. Matrix' Web World of Science" - science exploration site of The Scientium (scientium.com). "Microsoft NYC Project 2000 ArtiFAQ21OO Starcraft Time Portal" is also being honored with prominent display as a select site at drmatrix.scientium.com/award.htm with the categories: Creative Minds, Culture & Philosophy, Human Studies, Exploration and Reference.
Sites receiving this award are distinguished by the quality of their content alone. A flashy Web site will not receive this award if its content lacks interest and integrity. A simple Web site will receive this award if it serves the interests of discovery, mental enrichment and thoughtful enjoyment. This award doesn't go to "cool" sites. It goes to the great sites. It's not a daily or weekly award, but an award based on presence, here and now. It is given in gratitude, with no other request but that you keep doing what you're doing.
As a recipient of the Dr. Matrix Award for Science Excellence on the World-Wide Web, there are several award images which are freely available for display at your site if you choose to use them. The award images are of varying sizes and are in both the GIF and JPG format. Award images are located at drmatrix.scientium.com/dmaward.htm
You're under no obligation to do so, but it would be gratifying for you to include a link back to the Web World of Science from the award image. The URL to use for this link is: http://scientium.com/drmatrix
A heartfelt thank you for enriching the time we spend on the World-Wide Web.
- Dr. Matrix -
(AKA Bruce Bowden, email@example.com)
drmatrix.scientium.com: Dr. Matrix' Web World of Science
European Council of International Schools
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000 11:19:38 +0100
From: Jane Meredith JaneMeredith@ECIS.org
To: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Thanks - I have changed the link.
IT Services Manager
ECIS, 21 Lavant Street, Petersfield, Hants, GU32 3EL
Tel: +44 (0)1730 268244; Fax: +44 (0)1730 267914
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Internet: www.ecis.org
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 16:19:41 -0500
From: Hugo Dubovoy email@example.com
Your prompt reply is a reflection of the abundant effort you put into your great website. Given that your guestbook is monitored, we will be glad to improve the quality of our search engine by including your site.
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2000 15:22:11 -0400 (EDT)
From: John Charles Harriman firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Steve Feld email@example.com
Your project sounds wonderful but is outside the scope of the Clements holdings which are primary sources in Americana. To get a good idea of our holdings I suggest you visit our WEB site www.clements.umich.edu/
However I also suggest that you go to the U-M WEB site: www.umich.edu where you will find direct links to the Music Library and school. I have passed along your e-mail so that our curators will have the opportunity if visiting your site, and we wish you the best of luck in your endeavor.
John C. Harriman
Reading Room Supervisor
Wright State University Libraries & Technology
Date: Sun, 06 Aug 2000 18:56:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: WSU Web Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for the information. I am forwarding it to our library staff.
Wright State University
Computing & Telecommunications Services
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-001
TeachPD Law Research World
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2000 11:15:52 EDT
Thank you for your recommendation for my web site. I will give it a look to see if it can be added to my page. I hope you found my page informative.
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2000 23:23:28 EDT
Dear Mr. Feld (Steve),
Thank you for taking the time to recommend your site for ARTKids. I will be more than happy to add a link to your site. I would also like to invite your students to submit their digital art to our website for exhibition. Their work would be a valuable asset to ARTKids. Mentioning your project along with any other bio-info you would like to submit along with the images, could only serve to benefit both of our projects.
Your site is instructive as well as fun. Congrats on a job well done!
Director of ARTKids
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 11:06:28 -0500
Thanks for the suggestions, since our site is geared for younger students, pre-k and early readers, both these sites are too advanced for our age group and are geared for fluent readers 9 and up. Although we plan to extend the age limit in time and will keep your suggestions in mind
Subject: Re: Site Recommendations for Alfy.com
Date:Tue, 08 Aug 2000 11:03:32 -0700
From: Steve Feld email@example.com
Organization: Learning About Leonardo /13681/data/davin2.shtml
To: Shane firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course our site is not appropriate for emergent readers to experience on their own, although the evocative visions of ArtiFAQ 2100 could serve as spatial entries for emergent discussion, talking, sharing stories and describing literacy skills (New Performance Primary Language Arts Standards) and for young children who have no cultural and historic, contextual knowledge of Mona Lisa. Our Learning About Leonardo project would offer a rich narrative generating audience for the key site prompt Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling?
Indeed, the site has been visited and utilized by teacher educators on the Pre K-2 grade level to serve as a visual prompt for students' drawings, storyboards, reinactments, re-tellings, wall charts, story mapping etc.
Children can also dictate their creative ideas as to why Mona is smiling.
This early emersion in Art History represents Jerome Bruner's philosophy, that everyone can derive something from major art works on their own level. It also resonates in the literacy philosophies of J. David Cooper.
Furthermore, our site has valuable teaching resources and curriculum materials contributed by teachers in all subject areas, which can be used by early childhood educators.
Our lesson plan Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling? is part of the Encarta Collection, and ArtiFAQ 2100 contains a lesson plan which is aligned to National Standards.
In light of the above I am certain you will consider us for Alfy's Teach, Learn and Communicate Center. I look forward to hearing from you.
Subject: Re: Site Recommendations for Alfy.com
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 12:06:28 -0500
From: "Shane" email@example.com
I read your e mail and sent it to our TLC Dept. to look over. Thanks for the input.
Sales Force Coordinator
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 16:03:24 -0500
From: "Shane" firstname.lastname@example.org
I sent the info to our TLC Dept.. They have reviewed the site and agree that it can be included in the Thematic Units section of the TLC. We at 1st were looking at it from the Cool Sites point, they are two separate sections with different criteria. We will get it into TLC as soon as we develop an Art Appreciation Theme.
Once again thanks for your interest and input.
Sales Force Coordinator
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2000 14:43:24 -0400
From: Shawn Threadgill email@example.com
Thanks you for writing and adding the bigchalk banner to your site. Please contact me at any time if you are in need of further assistance.
Customer Support www.bigchalk.com
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 11:21:17 -0400 (EDT)
Thank you for promoting ArtiFAQ 2100. We have linked to the project from our Windows to the Universe page.
It appears as the first link on our student projects page: http://www.windows.umich.edu/kids_space/navigate.html
Thanks again for your work and for your students' work!
Windows to the Universe
The Dream Machine
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 11:24:09 -0500
From: Willy firstname.lastname@example.org
I have installed a link on our master home page at URL: http://www.dreamagic.com/index.html
...tell me what you think and we can proceed...
Children of the Moon
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 13:08:14 -0600
From: mizkennedy email@example.com
Hey, thanks so much for the great site recommendations. Personally, I am a Leonardo fiend. . .*grin* so I was/am totally delighted with the Leonardo site, and the ArtiFAQ2100 is just super too!
Am just now finishing the updates on Children Of The Moon and both sites are our Cool Sites Of The Week. At some point in the very near future, I will be creating a Cool Site Of The Night graphic for us, and will be forwarding one for each of your sites on to you.
Jane Rock Kennedy
Children Of The Moon
Infrequently Asked Questions
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 21:37:30 +1000
From: "Tad" firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry I have been so tardy replying. Yes, I will put a link to your site onto mine within the next three days. I would appreciate if you did the same.
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 11:59:03 -0400
From: "Guy Dobson, BCCLS"
To: SJFELD@EROLS.COMFrom: BERGEN::GUY "Guy Dobson, BCCLS" 11-AUG-2000 11:06:15.06 To: ALL,USEFUL-URLS@LISTSERV.BCCLS.ORG CC: GUY Subj: Recommendations from Readers
From Steve Feld (a teacher who wrote in via BCCLS' Feedback form):
ArtiFAQ 21OO @ /13681/data/nyc/
"ArtiFAQ 21OO is designed to predict how art will influence our lives in the next hundred years. Through probing past Art inspirations and scientific methods students can use available data to make reasonable forecasts for the future. Solving our challenging quizzes will give you the key to the Future Art Gallery." Art--History / 709 / N5300
Learning About Leonardo @ /13681/data/davin2.shtml
"Learning About Leonardo is a multidisciplinary science driven web-based ThinkQuest project developed by computer graphics students at high schools in the Bronx and Sweden, exploring the mystery of the Mona Lisa through scientific inquiry and presenting original music composed by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo's Portrait of an unknown Musician has also been identified! There is an interactive quiz, multilingual musical postcards in 23 languages and a dozen da Vinci diversions to explore. This project compares the work of Dr. Lillian Schwartz and Rina de Firenze, author of Mystery of the Mona Lisa. There are current articles online about the celebration of Leonardo's Bronze Horse in Milan as well as a view of the Mona Lisa Bridge in Oslo." Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519 / 709.2 / N6923.L33
Thank you all,
Keep those cards and letters coming in,
For this and previous issues of This Week's Useful-URLs go to http://www.bccls.org/reference/Useful-URLs.shtml -----------------------------------------------------------------
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 23:12:34 -0400
From: Danna Rubel email@example.com
Dear Mr. Feld,
Great news, after looking at your site we would like to link to it from our Homework Help Arts section. I really like the amount of information found on it. I apologize for the amount of time for a response. Congratulations on winning the award.
OH!Kids Contributing Editor
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 08:11:58 -0500
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joe Reed)
Organization: Region 18 Education Service Center
You are welcome. And I welcome the update on your students. In fact, I will be using your letter in my next Online Educator.
Steve Feld wrote:
Thank you for featuring Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling? last September in the Region 18 Education Service Center Online Educator. We appreciate your support!
The students at John F. Kennedy High School are proud to announce their new project which was created in response to the Microsoft Beyond 2000 Challenge. The project achieved First Place distinction.
If our Mona Lisa project demonstrates what we were able to do using 15 year old computers in three months, our new site showcases what we could do with our new Microsoft Networked Lab in half the time.
ArtiFAQ 21OO is designed to predict how art will influence our lives in the next hundred years. Through probing past Art inspirations and scientific methods students can use available data to make reasonable forecasts for a preferrable future. Solving our challenging quizzes will give you the key to the Future Art Gallery.
Please visit /13681/data/nyc
We would be delighted if our new site were considered for inclusion in the Online Educator. We look forward to your response. Thank you for your consideration and support.
John F. Kennedy High School
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