Vol. VIII, No. 1

May, 1995

Archaeological Institute of America Outreach to School Children

The Lecture Program Committee of the Archaeological Institute of America wishes to encourage national lecturers to speak to school children as well as AIA local societies. Therefore, the lecturers and local societies have been urged to set up presentations to school groups in conjunction with regular lectures. One such presentation was set up for CSA Director Harrison Eiteljorg, II, in Houston on his April AIA tour.

Mr. Eiteljorg spoke not to a single classroom, but to three classes simultaneously - through the OwlLink Internet connection at the Rice School in Houston. (The Rice School is a brand-new elementary school with enthusiastic teachers and students - and a great deal of computing power.) In addition to the children with Mr. Eiteljorg at the Rice School, students from another school in Houston and one in Corpus Christi "attended" the lecture. The sophisticated equipment permitted Mr. Eiteljorg to select what the students would see at the other locations - a slide, a computer image, the Rice classroom, or the speaker.

The technology worked very well (though a fourth class never quite made the connection), and Mr. Eiteljorg was suitably impressed.

The husband-and-wife team of J. Wilson and Eleanor Myers also spoke to young children on a recent lecture tour to Michigan. They and the children greatly enjoyed the experience.

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