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ERIC Number: ED290441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Distance Learning and Public School Finance.
Monahan, Brian; Wimber, Charles
This discussion of the application of computers and telecommunications technology to distance learning begins by describing a workstation equipped to produce "lessonware" in such formats as audiocassettes, videocassettes, diskettes, and voice messages. Such workstations would be located in classrooms equipped with two-way reverse passes to a cable operator's head-in which would be used to upstream lessonware to a PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) station for prerecording. The prerecorded materials would then be broadcast after midnight by the PBS station to be captured by programmable VCRs. Opportunities for interaction with the lessonware could be provided by telephone or a telephone answering device, or by electronic mail using a dedicated bulletin board system. The relationship between distance learning as it is described above and public school finance is then discussed, with emphasis on the issues of equal educational opportunity and taxing equality. It is suggested that the proposed system would work toward geographic equity, and that an inter-public school voucher system financed by a recapture school finance act could help to meet the costs for a technology-based program. It is also suggested that educators must take the initiative in this area or they will be preempted by private and home schooling organizations. A diagram of a self-contained Messageware Workstation is included. (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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