ERIC Number: ED365500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Learning Technology Programs in an Isolated Region: Classroom Applications of Technology.
This paper describes computer and distance-education technologies in the South Western Educational Region of Queensland (Australia). The South Western Region is characterized by isolation, small schools, high teacher and principal turnover, teacher and principal inexperience, student mobility, pockets of social and economic deprivation, and many students of aboriginal origin. For the past 2 years, advancements in the region's educational technology has been dominated by the Queensland Department of Education Learning Systems Project. The project encompasses: (1) establishment of business education centers in secondary schools, focusing on use of computers and other modern business technologies; (2) implementation of electronic learning centers in primary and secondary schools; (3) introduction of a practical computer methods course into years 11 and 12; (4) installation and establishment of telelearning sites in remote areas, thereby greatly expanding curriculum options; and (5) extensive professional development for classroom teachers and school communities. Regional initiatives have provided equipment and training related to electronic communication since 1987, supplied facsimile machines to all of the smallest and most isolated schools, and created an integrated program for the repair and maintenance of all computer hardware and accessories. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Australia (Queensland)
Note: In: Rural Education Issues: An Australian Perspective. Key Papers Number 3; see RC 019 452.