Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1998

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Linda Beath

Second Committee Member

William Schmidt

Third Committee Member

Bruce Palmquist


Educators and administrators have begun to place a high priority on connecting classrooms to the Internet. However, classroom computer use remains at least one step removed from teachers and is used to sustain existing curricula rather than serving as a catalyst for educational improvement. Professional communication is a major instrument for initiating and implementing educational reform; the Internet represents a primary computer-based forum for professional development. The purpose of the project was to develop a sample in-service curriculum focusing on the use of e-mail, newsgroups, and listservs as tools for professional development and communication among secondary educators.