Four R.I. teachers to bring technology skills to Brazil
Students in R.I. will be able to follow their
adventures on the web
KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 1, 2000 -- Four Rhode Island public school teachers
will leave the state Saturday for a three-week trip to Brazil as part of
an exchange program to provide teachers and students there with training
in the use of technology and its integration into the curriculum.
The four teacher-trainers, all trained through the Rhode Island Teachers
& Technology Initiative, will travel throughout the country until May
26. They will work with their Brazilian counterparts on a number of activities
in which schools can participate by clicking on http://www.ri.net/Travel/Brazil/index.htm.
The teacher-trainers are: Diane Morris, technology facilitator of the
Bristol-Warren School Department; Linda Poulton of Thompson Middle
School's Science Department in Newport; Luis Oliveira of Middletown
High School's Foreign Language Department in Middletown; and
Vin Doyle of Toll Gate High School's English Department in Warwick.
Their visit to Brazil is the second part of the exchange. Last summer,
three guests from Brazil's ProInfo program, Renata de Carvalho, Helenice
Barcello, and Joas dos Santos, worked with trainers and teachers in Rhode
The Teachers & Technology Initiative, now in its fourth year, is
funded through a $5.7 million grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, with
major support from the University of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Department
"We're returning to help build learning connections between teachers
and students in the U.S. and teachers and students in Brazil," said
Ted Kellogg, the URI professor who has spearheaded the training program.
Kellogg said Poulton and Morris both spent a sabbatical year at URI learning
about technology applications in the classroom.
The governments of Brazil and the U.S are supporting the trip starting
"The underlying purpose is to extend communication to the fifth
largest country in the world. We in some small way want to build better
bonds," Kellogg said.
"We're maintaining an e-mail list and web site, and the teachers
will be posting daily activities to the web site, so schoolchildren all
over the world can be involved. There is an automatic translator on the
web site so students and teachers can talk with each other."
Brazil's primary language is Portuguese. "Our teachers will be traveling
with their computers and digital cameras, so students will be able to track
their journeys and see images of where they've been."
For further Information: Ted Kellogg 401-874-4191
Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116