The Internet shows promise of providing students with exposure to a wealth of new multimedia materials, especially through the extensive, encyclopedic materials available on the World-Wide Web. However, before such materials can be used in the classroom, they first must be tailored. Educators know best how to perform this type of tailoring: they have their own curricular goals, teaching styles, and understanding of community standards, and may best judge their students' reading level and range of interests. We are developing tools to enable and facilitate tailoring.
The visible products of this research efforts will be the PathAuthor, PathServer, and Path Manager. The PathAuthor provides a tool enabling teachers to create, modify, validate, and reuse paths over the World-Wide Web and over paths that have been developed previously. The PathServer is the means through which teachers may publish their paths, and students use the paths. The Path Manager allows path authors to respond to changes in the web pages comprising the path. Design and refinement of the tools will be based on interactions with focus groups of primary and secondary school teacher in our area.
The Walden's Path Project currently is funded by the National Science Foundation. The project was initiated in the fall of 1995 as part of the ARPA CAETI project, to provide technology to DoDEA schools.
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