|by James L.
[Note: This is a re-formatted manuscript that was originally published in
On the Horizon, 1996, 4(6), 2-3. It is posted here with permission
from Jossey Bass
Microsoft Corporation became
a sponsor of Horizon Home Page for the 199697 academic year, thus joining
Jossey-Bass Publishers in helping us develop the Web site as a major Internet resource for
James Ptazynski, strategic relations
manager of Microsoft's Higher Education Group, said that their sponsorship was
"congruent with Microsoft's purpose to assist educational organizations and
educational leaders in integrating technology in curricula, instruction, and in
administration. Horizon Home Page is a valuable resource on the Internet; we feel that we
can achieve these objectives through helping you continue what you are doing."
And what are we doing on Horizon Home
Page? First, we are developing two on-line monographs on integrating technology in
instruction, one for college and university teaching and one for K12 instruction.
The college and university monograph was published by Microsoft in CD-ROM form late this
fall; we will keep the chapters on our Web site and add to them as wellwe are
continuing to solicit manuscripts on this topic. (There is a good possibility that this
will be a continuing project, with Microsoft publishing new chapters in an annual CD. BTW
(Internet speak for "by the way"), the period of time from initial
conceptualization of the project to publication was less than six months.
The K12 monograph will be published
in CD-ROM form in the spring of 1997. Microsoft will send a copy of either CD free of
charge to any U.S. teacher or administrator at the appropriate level, and for postage only
to those outside the country.
In addition, we have developed an
electronic newsletter on how educators are integrating technology in their organizations.
You can contribute to this newsletter. Send me examples, success stories, tactics, issues
faced, and lessons learned in your effort to use productivity tools in improving
organizational efficiency or in improving student learning. For example, UNC-CH School of
Education (SOE) is now using the latest Microsoft NT server software to connect Macs and
IBM-compatibles, which has allowed us to establish an intranet for internal communication
as well as to have our own Internet server (all courtesy of Microsoft sponsorship of
Horizon Home Page). For a glimpse of our new look, see Figure 1.
Within the next six months, we will write
an article for the electronic newsletter describing SOE's Internet information server
included in NT, how we have used it to address the issues of faculty and student
interaction and work, and how Microsoft NT, Office, and Exchange Server have enabled SOE
faculty to work more effectively with the public schools we are partnered with in the
professional development school program.
These activities are described in the
special projects section of Horizon Home Page. Other projects in this section include a
special issue of the High School Journal on the future of secondary education that
we developed on-line and that was published at the beginning of this year, the proceedings
of various workshops and seminars on using tools that help us anticipate and plan for the
future, a page that I use to teach courses in educational leadership and technology at
UNC, and a page on instructional resources for teachers who teach via the Internet (for
example, links to style books on how to reference electronic publications, how to make
effective presentations, how to use Internet search engines). Finally, we have a section
on issues challenging education where a number of people have contributed analysis papers
on such matters as charter schools, distance learning, changing contexts of higher
education, and a national curriculum.
We have other useful sections. For
example, on one page we archive past issues of On the Horizon; on another we
archive the draft articles submitted for publication consideration and the discussion that
occurs on Horizon List vis-a-vis these articles; on another page we have a futures
planning database organized in the STEEP sectors of articles previously published in or
submitted for publication consideration for On the Horizon. Our conference section
contains notices of major conferences that focus on some aspect of the future that can
affect educational organizations.
Our last section, "Educational
On-Ramp," has a number of valuable links to information sources in the STEEP sectors
(for example, the Library of Congress, the Bureau of the Census), to media sources (for
example, the New York Times, CNN), and to educational associations.
We promise to continue to build Horizon Home Pageand, thanks to the generous support
of Microsoft and Jossey-Bass, we have the resources to do so. We can use your help as
well. Please send me notices of conferences that we should have in our conference section,
or send me Web sites that we need in our On-Ramp section (STEEP sector resources, news
organization sites, or relevant association sites). We want to make Horizon Home Page your
home page. Help us do so.