Union were among the original partners of the WEB Project.
Each of these districts worked with their broader communities to
establish local standards, linked to their curriculum and assessment
systems. While the curriculum pieces were being put together, lead
teachers from each of these districts explored the possible uses
of multimedia in the curriculum and as a student performance assessment
tool. Nine additional schools were added over the next four years:
North Country Union Junior High, Whitingham School, Edmunds Middle
School, Brattleboro Union High School, Cabot School, Lamoille Union
High School, BFA Fairfax, Walden School and North Country Union
Several state and community organizations joined the WEB
Project to form statewide networks of teachers whose work in the
arts and humanities could be strengthened by online communication.
Early organizations included: the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education,
the Vermont Center for the Book, and the Vermont Historical Society.
The result is a growing collaboration of online activity that focuses
on discussions of student work, literature, and information exchange.
From these networks, two new organizations have formed: the Vermont
MIDI Project and Art
Responding Through Technology. Other statewide support has come
from the Vermont Department of Education and the Vermont Institute
of Science, Math, and Technology.
Higher education also joined to strengthen ties and share
expertise. St. Michael's College offered faculty support for the
first two years. The University of Vermont gave office space and
covered the phone, provided graduate/undergraduate courses, and
linked WEB Project processes with some of the university's activities
through Academic Computing and the College of Education and Social
Services. Castleton State and Johnson State College have offered
courses as well. In response to a high demand for music composition,
Johnson State now has a MIDI lab. Finally, Champlain College in
Burlington, VT offers an inspiration to us all. Eager to co-sponsor
a celebratory conference entitled "Dynamic Landscapes"
in Spring of 2000, their efforts brought together the worlds of
creative expression and educational technology. Champlain College
serves as an incubator for new technology businesses in Vermont
and their facilities are the best our state has to offer. We are
thankful that they are so willing to share them with us.
Many thanks go to the large and small funders of the WEB
Project. Most of our $5 million in match to the $2.5 million in
federal innovation funds for our first 5 years of operations (1995-2000)
came from donated labor and local support of our educational innovations.
In addition, funds have been provided through our partners by Bell
Atlantic, AOL Foundation, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul
Foundation, IBM, and AAUW. Fred Bay, especially, took a large risk
by funding the prototype that led to what is now The WEB Project.
Small business owners in Vermont supported our start-up with
call of duty" programming, design, training, and moral support.
Hoviss and Albert Bupp of Dosolutions
in Putney, VT along with Beth Hughes of Blue
Heron Design designed and programmed our original site. Its
subsequent iterations were completed under the loving care of Lia
Roozendaal and Kato Jaworski of Jagwiredesign
Knapp of Green River. Michael
DeMarle, Tom Pollak, Kathy Migliozzi, and Matthew Winston gave
professional technology guidance at a time when folks in Vermont
had barely heard of Photoshop or multimedia production. SoVerNet
provided our connectivity and hosts our current server.The original
staff of the WEB Project: Creating a WEB of Evidence included co-directors
Fern Tavalin and David Gibson, project manager Penny Nolte, technology
specialist Michelle Smyth, and MIDI coordinator Sandi MacLeod. Conceivers
and writers of the original grant included: Fern Tavalin, David
Gibson, Marilyn Grunewald, Sandra Vaillancourt, and Dana Jewett.