ERIC Number: ED184518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding Educational Opportunity Through Telecommunications. Public Project Report.
Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Planning and Research.
This progress report describes the first year of a 4-year project to design and develop an educational telecommunications system for Alaska. Called "Educational Telecommunications for Alaska" (ETA), the project centers around a statewide computer network, linking every school district and regional resource center to each other and to the Department of Education via satellite. Following successful pilot tests, the programming was improved and preparation went ahead on all three parts of the project: an electronic "mail" system (EMS), computerized access to educational resources, and computer-assisted instruction. The schedule calls for installation of complete terminal equipment by June 1979 in the five regional resources centers and almost all of the 52 school districts, both urban and rural, with trainers traveling to each site to teach staff to use EMS as equipment is installed. Electronic mail is in use by Alaskan teachers to request information from SPAN (Systematic Planning Around Needs), and Individualized Study by Telecommunications (IST) brings together local supervising teachers, master teachers in other locations, audio instruction, and computer-assisted instruction into a total instructional system. This overview of the project also reviews problems caused by the Alaskan climate and distances and some financial considerations. (Author/BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Planning and Research.