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Teachers Head to Tech School; AOL Heads to TV

Posted June 18, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— America Online is moving into living rooms around the country, while teachers from six North Carolina counties are headed to "Summer School."

More than 100 elementary through high school teachers are spending their summer in front of computer screens, learning how to author Web pages.Cary Academyoffers the course free, with help fromCP&LandNortel.

During the nine-session course, teachers will learn the language of the Web, how to put images on Web pages and how to publish their work.

The goal is for the 105 teachers to take what they learn over the next two weeks back to their classrooms.

"They can put them on the servers at their counties, their school districts and can hopefully get something that will be functional and help them in their profession," says Cary Academy's Gray Rushin.

Teachers get three hours of credit for the summer technology course. AOLTV Debuts:AOL has launched its version of television.AOLTVputs the Internet on a TV set, much like WebTV, which has not been a huge success.

AOL's version will begin in selected markets only.

AOLTV offers e-mail, chats and instant messaging, as well as Web surfing. It requires a $250 set-top box, and there is a monthly fee ranging from $15 to $25.

Some analysts predict a bright future for interactive TV; others predict slow growth for AOLTV.