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COMMUNET  January 1997, Week 4

COMMUNET January 1997, Week 4

Subject:

Re: Association for Community Networking (ACN) Update

From:

[log in to unmask] (Curtiss Priest)

Date:

Tue, 21 Jan 1997 09:52:16 PST

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As many of you know, I am a co-founder of the LINCT
Coalition (Learning and Information Networks for Community
Telecomputing) and its associate director.

We have cooperated with CTC and I made a presentation at
their last conference in Boston.

There are 3 components of the LINCT model that complement
the CTC model.

First, LINCT's emphasis is in placing computers in homes while
CTC's emphasis is a "community center placement" model.

As Ken Komoski has said in an Education Week article, "home is
where the time is."  One of our goals is to displace passive
TV use with active computer use.  We saw a 40% reduction in
TV viewing time in the Indian River County when a local BBS was
established (amongst those kids that particpated).

A second component of the LINCT model is the school-home connection.
In the MacArthur funded project we provide many examples of how
these connections are made and can be strengthed (www.cosn.org --
"Creating Learning Communities -- Practical, Universal Networking
for Learning in Schools and Home.")

This part of the LINCT model is being expanded, further, with a
recent CPB award to LINCT.  See:

EPIE-CPB Proposal                                                        
  
     Developing Sustainable Civic Networking Services Via Co-production
	http://ready.cpb.org/civnet/linct.proposal.html

A third component of LINCT is coalition building with other organizations
that are helping build or re-build community.  Over a dozen such
organizations have joined including the Alliance for Public Technology,
The National Urban League, the Hispanic Federation of New York, The
National Trust for the Advancement of African American Men, Libraries
for the Future, Computers 4 Kids, etc.

These organizations do not join just to "endorse" LINCT, but to work
toward common goals on joint projects.  One such project involves the
Chicago Public Schools.  In that project older students in a
predominantly
African American section of Chicago provide "cross-peer tutoring" of
younger students.  As their reward, 300 of these students got to bring
home their own recycled computer.  Part of this home-based activity
is to extend the peer tutoring from home to home in the evening.

The project was so sucessful that the Chicago schools have renewed
funding, and have turned away from another project involving a well
known commercial learning company (which was funded at 10 times the
level of our project.)

The cross-age tutoring project was performed in cooperation with
the "Time Dollar Institute" (another LINCT member) and spearheaded
by Dr. Edgar Cahn, a pioneer in providing reward systems for
volunteer activities.

And, in my own town, the concept of "computer shop" has become
a reality with donations from a few local companies including
Intermetrics and BBN.  Building on the experience of Barry Kort,
we are letting kids build networks with recycled machines, learn
how to manage them, take them apart, and to refurbish computers
to be "earned" under the LINCT model by other kids so they can
take them home and participate in a local Melrose-based network.

More information about LINCT is at my web address, below.

Regards,

Curtiss Priest

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|        W. Curtiss Priest, Ph.D., Director       ***********************
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