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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

GEOSET

Science, Engineering and Technology: A Summary

Global Educational Outreach GEOSET

GEOSET is a revolutionary approach to educational outreach. Using relatively inexpensive and simple technology, specialist educators can create a wide range of educational material eg teaching modules, lecture presentations, workshops, practical demonstrations etc and, almost instantaneously, make them available on the Internet.

The approach is ideally suited to universities and related academic organizations which are committed to educational outreach. Teachers and students all over the world can have instant access, free of charge, to a permanent Internet library of outstanding educational material. GEOSET aims to establish a collaborating network of educators worldwide which will provide classroom teachers with the best available presentations on specialist subjects. A quintessential advantage of GEOSET is the way it promises to synergistically harness the ingenuity of all creative individuals in the global educational community by allowing them to focus on their own particular areas of expertise. Even a modest-sized network of participating accredited academic institutions should quickly be able to cover most educational bases, allow the best material to become available and contain significant information reliability safeguards.

The accompanying document describes how the GEOSET approach can provide teachers with a wide range of modular, downloadable, educational material ready for direct use, together with audio-visual guides to the best way to use the material in the classroom. In addition it is a simple and cost effective approach to publishing archival lectures and interviews with world-renowned scientists as well as presentations by students on their research projects. The approach also enables educators to explore a wide range of creative avenues when producing material with the new state-of-the-art communications technologies.

The document lists several institutions already involved (Section F); details the experiences of the team at Florida State University, which initiated the project (Section H); and provides much of the basic technical and financial information that is needed to set up a participating GEOSET program (Section I).

The FSU GEOSET team invites you to collaborate with us in this excitingly humanitarian project by setting up a similar initiative within your university or organization and so help to create an ever-growing cache of permanently accessible outstanding educational material.

For more information about GEOSET, please email Harry Kroto or Colin Byfleet at: krotochemfsuedu or cbyfleetchemfsuedu or visit the website: www.kroto.info