Use of eCUIP is
open to all Chicago Public Schools and to the general public, but development is guided primarily
by selected "pilot" schools. The number of pilot schools will be
expanded to nine for the 1999/2000 school year, up from three in
As most content in eCUIP is based primarily on recommendations from pilot
schools, it is critical that participating schools work closely with project
staff in identifying and selecting useful resources. The pilot schools
also advise project staff on designing the user interface and planning
training workshops. They provide informal feedback and more formal
evaluations, and they are expected to devise models for using Digital
Library resources as part of classroom instruction. For the project to
be a success, firm commitment and extensive participation from
administration, teachers and library staff in the pilot schools is
Participation in the CUIP Digital Library Project pilot phase will have
the following benefits for the schools:
- Priority enrollment in the Web Institute for Teachers, a Graham School
summer seminar for teachers and librarians (note that all participants
from CUIP schools get the $1000 tuition paid by CUIP).
- One day of training for one pilot team member in spring 1999 (free
training and funds for substitute teacher provided).
- In-school five-week web training class, one hour per week, open to
10-15 educators (taught by CUIP TA in 1999/2000 school year).
- Opportunity to influence the design and content of the digital
Additional benefits will be made available to the pilots as they become
available. Benefits offered in prior years include interns from
Dominican University to help the school librarian support Internet use
and matching funds for library print acquisitions.
To participate in the Digital Library pilot phase, a school should agree
to meet the following commitments:
- Establish a digital library project team consisting of the librarian,
a technologist, and at least two teachers,
- Ensure full participation of the project team in periodic meetings and
- Ensure that at least one computer lab or classroom is wired
sufficiently to allow classroom use of eCUIP, and
- Participate in project evaluations as specified in grant proposals.
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