ERIC Number: ED115244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of a Materials Distribution Service for a Satellite-Based Educational Telecommunications Experiment. Satellite Technology Demonstration, Technical Report No. 0501.
Lonsdale, Helen C.
Because 16mm film programs for classroom use are expensive and distribution is unpredictable, the Satellite Technology Demonstration (STD) established a Materials Distribution Service (MDS) to transmit material via satellite to rural sites in the Rocky Mountains. The STD leased 300 programs from Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation and 100 programs from Great Plains National Instructional Television. These films were then videotaped and used by STD schools at their convenience during the 1974-75 school year. A catalog of titles was made available to classroom teachers for selection and scheduling of films. Participating schools were required to purchase a video tape recorder (VTR) and monitor in order to use the service. The MDS was rated positive regardless of minor inconvenience such as equipment malfunction, copyright restrictions, and budgeting limitation. The project demonstrated that mass distribution of materials on an individualized, personalized basis is a viable potential for satellite delivery systems. A table showing the MDS audience attendance is included. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Federation of Rocky Mountain States, Inc., Denver, CO.