November 30, 1998
The MasterSearch contest from ED's Oasis (www.edsoasis.org), is an ongoing effort to celebrate excellence in instructional use of the Internet, and to find exemplary lesson plans which incorporate World Wide Web-based material.
Contest entries streamed in from all over the world and were judged by a team of experienced teachers drawn from across the U.S and Canada. The Knowledge Adventure Company (www.knowledgeadventure.com), an educational software company, sponsored the contest and awarded teacher editions and school computer lab packs of KidWorks, The Cruncher, and Print Artist software to the winners. Online Class (www.onlineclass.com) also provided free subscriptions to telecommunications-based curriculum activities.
Funded by AT&T Learning Network, ED's Oasis has gained international recognition for supporting teachers working to integrate Internet resources into curriculum, and into all aspects of the learning process.
"ED's Oasis is more than a website: it's 'Home Base,'" said ED's Oasis Director Terrie Gray. "Teachers trust us to provide links to the best Internet resources--to websites that are worth using and that are safe for students--to materials that help them use the Internet effectively.''
All 22 MasterSearch contest winners become mentors to other teachers via ED's Oasis "Teachers' Guild," a professional, non-political Web-based community established to foster professional development for telecommuting teachers.
"The lesson plans from MasterSearch winners will serve as the foundation of a resource library that will be available to teachers everywhere," said Gray.