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ERIC Number: ED369595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 8
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Reaching Out to the World: Training Teachers To Integrate Telecommunications into Special Education Classrooms.
Werner, Judy
Rural special education teachers frequently are distant from information resources found in large urban libraries and universities, and do not have easy access to professional support or consultants' expertise. Telecommunications offers new sources of support to these teachers by permitting them to send and receive electronic mail messages, take part in electronic conferencing, access special interest groups and bulletin boards, and retrieve information from on-line databases. However, few teachers, particularly those in smaller school systems, have the skills necessary to use this new technology. In addition, teachers in isolated settings have difficulty accessing traditional training sources. This paper describes a structured teacher training module that can be used by rural teachers, individually or in staff development workshops. Rather than teaching computer and telecommunications skills as an isolated subject, this module focuses on integrating all skills into the curriculum and relating their uses to the special education classroom. Its step-by-step structure allows each trainee to interact independently with the technology. Module sections cover telecommunications hardware, software, barriers to implementation in the school, and integration in content areas. Sample activities illustrate the use of E-mail, Internet resources, on-line library services, and bulletin boards. (Contains 21 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia