Panelists participating in the afternoon program:
William Beldham, Coordinator of Computer Services for Allegheny Intermediate Unit . Bill oversees an internal staff of computer service specialists, contracted technology support specialists serving groups of districts, and most importantly, Project InterLACE (Internetwork Linking Allegheny County Education) which has successfully connected 36 of the 42 districts to the Internet with reliable, fast packet services.
Nancy Bunt has been Managing Director of SW PA's Regional Math/Science Collaborative since its establishment at the Carnegie Science Center. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Dept. of Administrative and Policy Studies of Pitt's School of Education. She has taught pre-school through high school in the US and Europe. She is excited about the potential of Internet for educational reform and wants to help the region make the best use of lessons learned.
Bob Carlitz has been active in school and community networking for many years. Currently he is the project director for Common Knowledge: Pittsburgh and the executive director of Information Renaissance.
Roger Damon, Program Coordinator for the Arin Intermediate Unit #28. He oversees some 70 workstations, assists in the maintenance of the IU's Internet node, assists schools and libraries need of technical information and support. Roger has had 9 computer games published and is currently the Editor of the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) newsletter *Tech Times*, published quarterly.
Carl Redwood, Jr. is a community organizer who lives and works in the Hill District Community of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Carl is the Assistant Director of the Hill House Association and is working closely with Information Renaissance to help develop mechanisms that will provide access to new Internet technologies for all communities.
Barbara Rudiak, has been principal at Phillips Elementary School in the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 5 years. Teachers and students in Phillips have been using the Internet for three years. Barbara encourages them to integrate the Internet as a research tool at all levels.
Gaye Wunsch, Houston ISD, Director of Project STAR, an NSF grant-in progress with the goal of engaging all 800+ Houston ISD secondary math and science teachers in the process of reforming their teaching practice through the use of technology. An experienced high school teacher and teacher trainer with the Coalition Essential Schools, a CES Math/Science Fellow.