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Adult Computer Classes for Thetford Area Residents
The mission of the ThetNet Consortium is to promote responsible, competent use of appropriate technology by the entire Thetford learning community, supporting advancement of all stakeholders and the system itself through progressively higher developmental levels.

ThetNet is a partnership for educational technology in the Thetford learning community. It represents both a physical "infrastructure"--hardware, software, and linking electronic networks--and a commitment to collaboration among the town's educational institutions--its schools and libraries.

The ThetNet Consortium is our term for the institutional components of ThetNet: the two Thetford Schools--Thetford Elementary School (grades K-6) and Thetford Academy (grades 7-12) and the Thetford Library Federation, which includes both school libraries, the Historical Society, and two public library branches--Latham and Peabody.

The ThetNet Team is a group of school, library, and community representatives which organized in December, 1997, to draft and support a comprehensive technology plan.

The 1998 ThetNet Technology Plan provides a design for educational technology in the Thetford learning community. It offers a portrait of current technology in the schools and libraries, and provides a map for further development during the next two years, through April, 2000.

This plan was formulated over a four-month period by the ThetNet Team. The plan's format reflects requirements of the Vermont State Department of Education for technology planning in 1998-99. The plan draws on several previous models, developed locally and regionally to guide technology planning in the schools. This is the first design, however, to combine the interests of all partners in the town's learning community.

The 1998 ThetNet Technology Plan is addressed to members of this learning community: to the general public and to those who work and learn in Thetford schools, libraries, and adult education programs. It will guide governing boards and administrators of the member institutions as they make decisions about technology funding. It will guide teachers, librarians, and technology coordinators as they work with students and adult learners to meet educational goals. It will support requests for outside grant funding and regulatory approval, including application for federal E-rate eligibility, which provides discounts on new purchases. Finally, this plan will provide a concrete basis for evaluating progress, so that assessment can lead to new planning for the years after 2000.

Some of the projects detailed in the plan include adult education workshops, automating all branches of the Thetford Library Federation, developing a technology skills curriculum, and providing wider access to the ThetNet system. Copies of the Technology Plan are available for review at all branches of the Thetford Library Federation. Selections from the plan are published via the World Wide Web at our newly created site at http://www.thet.net/.

The ThetNet Consortium believes that technology is a tool for all learners. We need to encourage ourselves--students, educators, librarians, community members--to move beyond the question: "What can I do with this computer?" We need to say: "This is what I want to achieve; how can this technology help me accomplish my goals?" Technology can help people develop their abilities to think, search, create, solve problems, and present their ideas. Technology can aid educators in creating, organizing, and synthesizing curricula, and managing their classrooms as they support their students' quest for information. Technology can bring the schools together to prepare students for success upon graduation from high school by determining the needs of the community, business, and industry and adjusting the curricula to meet those needs. Technology can help the community by facilitating communication, by providing access to information, and by creating a medium for public forums. In rural areas, this can provide a connection where one might not otherwise exist. For these reasons, the ThetNet Consortium expects to put technology to work as a tool for higher quality learning throughout the community.

 

For more information or to volunteer or make donations contact:

  • David Kelman - 785-4128
  • Bob Crossett - 785 - 2618
  • Bill Weyrick - 333-9430

Last Modified4/5/98 by Bill Weyrick