Getting the Most from On-Line
The on-line components of Live From Antarctica 2 (LFA 2) not only provide extensive information but also-perhaps more importantly-help the project come alive by connecting people together...
The Passport to Knowledge philosophy is ease of use and equity of access. We want teachers with a wide range of network skills and technologies-from simple e-mail up to full T-1 connectivity-to find success. LFA 2 will work for those just getting started in cyberspace, even if their access is not from the classroom but at home or at the workplace of an involved parent. For schools with a little more technology and training, inexpensive cameras and free software can bring moving images and audio into classrooms, via CU-SeeMe, RealAudio and other similar technologies.
How to start
All participants in Live From Antarctica 2 should sign up for the updates-lfa mail-list. This service won't overwhelm your mailbox (we plan no more than two e-mail messages per week). updates-lfa will keep you informed about the latest opportunities and also bring you lively behind-the-scenes accounts (Field Journals) from the men and women exploring Antarctica. Field Journals can be used as reading exercises, discussion starters, or for information about careers.
To join the updates-lfa mail-list, send an e-mail message to:
In the body of the message, write only these words:
You'll soon receive a reply showing you're subscribed, and full information about Live From Antarctica 2.
Other mail-lists available via e-mail include:
To join any of these groups, send an e-mail message to:
In the message body, write only these words:
Getting On-line for the First Time
If you want to get on-line, but aren't, follow these suggestions:
If you can get on-line only temporarily, visit "Getting U.S. Teachers On-line."
As noted above, teachers using all three components of PTK projects report they and their students get more from the experience. We really encourage you to go on-line, participate, and -- as pne of our most eloquent PTK Advocates puts it -- "Don't just surf the 'Net, make waves!"
LFA 2's Web Site provides three complementary kinds of on-line materials and experiences, some designed for teachers, and some for students:
Informational opportunities include:
Collaborative and Sharing
During the first Live From Antarctica Module, classes across North America, from Alaska to Florida, shared data on hours of daylight, as winter turned to spring and summer. This online activity-like Topsy-"just grew", but proved very popular. For LFA 2, we suggest that classes consider a similar activity, perhaps keyed to the experiments with plants and UV-B (Activity 3.2) Teachers, let us know-on-line, via discuss-lfa-if this seems interesting to your students. And comparative plant growth data from Activity 3.2 should also prove instructive, so that students can see if there's a clear and direct effect of geography and climate on their seedlings. Or go on-line and suggest something related to the content of the project that might work even better! Watch updates-lfa for news about this exciting opportunity.
As a Closing Activity, this Guide suggests a formal debate on the societal value of Palmer Station and research in Antarctica: consider sharing your students' comments and conclusions on-line. debate-lfa will provide an on-line forum for their voices to be heard across the nation, not just within the walls of your own classroom.
On the Web, LFA 2's Student Gallery also provides an on-line venue for student work of all kinds, whether journal entries, photos documenting class projects, art work, databases, HyperCard stacks, even student-generated html pages. You'll find directions about how to submit on-line.
Lastly, many of the LFA 2 World Wide Web materials are also available to "e-mail only" users through a special service. For more details, send a message to
And if you want to sample the on-line materials, but have no easy on-line access, there's even a way to do that! Call 1-908-273-4108 and follow the menu options to "Please Copy This Disk", which provides low-cost Mac or Windows/DOS diskettes containing the words and pictures of the Web site.
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