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Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip Scholarships Available for Oklahoma 5th, 8th-Grade Teachers

September 13, 2005
OKLAHOMA CITY
-- Applications are still available for fifth and eighth-grade Oklahoma public school teachers interested in receiving Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. The foundation has extended its application deadline to Sept. 21.

The Electronic Field Trips, produced by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, bring early American history to life through a series of live television broadcasts and interactive web site activities. In addition, students have the opportunity to call toll-free and speak directly to historians and character interpreters during the live television programs.

The scholarships are administered by the Foundation for Excellence and made possible through a grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Education and generous support from Oklahoma City businessman Edward C. Joullian III, a longtime supporter of the foundation’s Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Scholarship Program. Additional support is provided by Chase Bank. Each subscription to the Electronic Field Trip series normally costs $500.

The broadcasts, which focus on different aspects of colonial life, are presented monthly on OETA between October and April. The schedule is posted on the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence web site.

While the broadcasts are available to all Oklahoma schools with OETA access, the Electronic Field Trip subscription provides educators with additional resources, including a teacher’s guide, web site access, toll-free telephone and e-mail access to Williamsburg historians, and technical support.

Electronic Field Trip subscriptions are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to teachers who have attended the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. Only one scholarship will be awarded per school, but the subscription may be shared among all the school’s American history teachers and students.

This marks the fourth year that the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has provided the scholarships to Oklahoma teachers. During 2004-05, 159 Oklahoma teachers received electronic field trip subscriptions through the program.

Ponca City teacher Becky Krueger said her students eagerly anticipate phoning in questions to Williamsburg historians during the live broadcasts and enjoy the on-line history activities, which connect them with other students across the country.

“My students get so excited about Electronic Field Trip day,” Krueger said. “In this age of hand-held video games and the Internet, so many kids are visual learners. Electronic Field Trips are presented in a medium that really makes an impact on their memory.”

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is a statewide, non-profit organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools. Among its many activities, the foundation coordinates a scholarship program to send teachers to the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute for a full week each summer.

For more information, contact the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at (405) 236-0006 or e-mail bwheelock@ofe.org.