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ERIC Number: ED381134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May-1
Pages: 25
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Connecticut Proposes New Legislation Designed To Enhance and Increase Interactive Distance Learning for Telephone and CATV Technologies.
Pietras, Jesse John
Connecticut has proposed legislation to augment the remote education infrastructure which includes public libraries, public schools, and institutions of higher learning. The purpose of one bill is to explore the possibilities of transmitting interactive distance education to all schools intrastate and to classify public libraries at a cheaper government rate for telephone and online computer services. A second bill seeks to establish a joint standing committee to implement a program that would give grants to public libraries in towns where per capita income is below the state average. Connecticut's distance education protocols are being driven by the state's various technological initiatives, such as the I-SNET (Southern New England Telephone Company), a fiber-optic infrastructure for the transmission of voice, video, data, and for interactive television; approximately half of Connecticut's cable operators have functioning remote education protocols. The proposed legislation intends to supply Internet on-ramps in many small Connecticut towns and to effectuate the use of satellite and cable television technology. Pending legislation called the "School Construction Grant Program" seeks to reimburse schools from 40 to 100 percent of technology construction costs, based on the district's wealth. Senior learning, advanced foreign language programs, and cultural awareness can all benefit from interactive distance learning. Most of the state's public schools are not equipped to accommodate new technologies, many computers are archaic, and the majority of teachers have not been adequately trained in the use of educational technology. Opponents of electronic classrooms cite the lack of a human element and high installation and access costs. Tables and figures provide information on Connecticut cable franchise areas; SNET links to learning; cable classroom equipment costs; two-way interactive classroom set-up; and Connecticut's proposed educational technology infrastructure. (Contains 48 notes, all containing references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut