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You are cordially invited to participate in the creation of what
preliminary research suggests may be a new educational concept,
*Global Tutoring*.  The project name is International Tutors --
*IT*.  Your comments about IT and the IT Web Site currently under
construction are welcome.
 
IT will offer global non-profit tutoring for pre-school, primary,
secondary, post-secondary, and continuing education students
worldwide.  IT was created as an alternative approach to learning
using information technology.  More information on IT can be
obtained from our temporary Web Site by using your Web Browser
and the following URL:  <http://www.inforamp.net/~it1>.
 
IT will be incorporated as a charitable organization for the
development and operation of a global tutoring service.  ITs
mandate will be to use a multimedia interactive Web Site, e-mail,
and licensed or qualified international teachers and instructors
serving as *global tutors* to:
 
1) Supplement the teaching received by the student in his/her
mainstream or alternative school.
 
2) Provide students, their parents and guardians with low-cost
access to professional tutors from around the world who are
certified teachers or qualified instructors, either teaching or
retired.
 
3) Provide students, whose families pass a needs test, with
partial or full bursaries for payment of evaluation and tutoring
fees, and with information about area libraries, institutions and
schools offering free access to the Internet for IT students.
 
4) Disseminate information concerning IT and other approaches to
teaching which can enhance student learning, motivate the student
and engender student interest in learning and, for the primary-
or secondary-level IT student, encourage the student to complete
his or her high school education.
 
5) Establish ancillary IT volunteer adult, cross-age and peer
tutoring programs, advisory services, and community and school
liaison groups.
 
6) Introduce an applied research program at IT into alternative
educational uses of information technology.
 
My apologies for any cross-posting.  Please distribute or post
this message to anyone who may be interested in IT.  Please
direct all inquiries and comments to M. Berns by snail mail or
e-mail:
 
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Thank you for your participation in the *global tutoring* project.  IT is
scheduled to begin operations on September 1, 1995.
 
Michael Berns, Ed.D. Candidate
History & Philosophy of Education Department
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, 8th Floor
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 1V6  Canada