The Potomac Highlands School of Water Resources

Environmental Forum Teacher Updates


Current eForum: Oh Deer!  Monday, October 22 to Friday, November 16, 2006

Last Updated September 20, 2007

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Our Challenge

Why we ask for Control Codes on forms

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Teachers and schools participating in Oh Deer! as of October 8, 2007

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Our challenge.  Cacapon Institute's challenge in conducting Environmental Forums and other Potomac Highlands Watershed School activities is to provide a setting where the content is highly relevant to the required curriculum, where everything a teacher needs can be readily found, and where everything works.  Making everything work can be more difficult than it appears, because every school system installs filters on their computer networks to both prevent students from accessing inappropriate material, and to prevent harm to their computer system from accidental downloading of malicious software (viruses, spyware,  malware, etc.).  Because every school system, possibly even every school, does this differently, it is our challenge to develop content and processes that work everywhere.  For example, we do not have a "user name/password" system (the flash activities have a "visitor's" bypass), we do not post streaming video (although we would love to), and we take care that eForum activities do not "feel" like a chat room to school filters that would then kick them off.


How subtle can the problems be?  Pretty subtle.  For example, the original file names for our Flash activities (like Stream Cleaner) included the word "game."  Some systems (one in a Missouri library, one in a WV school system) had filters that automatically kicked a user who tried to access these activities off  the web because of the word "game."  We learned of the problem because people told us about it.


If you need something that you can't find, or if something doesn't work for you, we won't know unless you tell us.  So, please, let us know – and we will do everything in our power to fix it. 


Why we ask for the "Control Code" on forms?   We do this to prevent mischief by students and by "unauthorized" users.  The potential for mischief is vast, and one of our jobs is to make sure that none of it makes its way to your school computer screens.  For example, the control code should "help deter any temptation students might have to toy with the survey (for example sign on as a different school and answer all the questions “wrong”). "  We also read every submittal before manually posting it on the website.  With numerous classes participating, that will keep us plenty busy during the Thoughtful Questions period. 


When the eForums conclude, we'll ask participating teachers to fill out a short survey to help us know what went right, what could use improvement, and how the experience impacted your view of the use of computers in the classroom.  We'll also schedule a time for a conference call where we can all just informally talk about it.   For example, a conference call following our 2006 Oh Deer! eForum led to a number of significant changes to the time frame and to the POV page format.   


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Teachers and Schools participating in the Oh Deer! 2007 as of October 8, 2007





Course Taught

William Moore


Hampshire High School

Environmental Science

Denise Gipson


Jefferson High School

9th Grade General Science

Laura O'Leary


North Harford High School

Environmental Science
Gene Lescallette MD Eckhart Alternative Environmental Science
Susan  Lowery MD Clear Spring Vocational Agriculture
Susan Settle VA Rappahannock High School Environmental Science
Sharon Harman WV Petersburg High School Biology
Arthur Halterman WV East Hardy High School Other






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