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ERIC Number: ED406087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
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ATM: Restructing Learning for Deaf Students.
Keefe, Barbara; Stockford, David
Governor Baxter School for the Deaf is one of six Maine pilot sites chosen by NYNEX to showcase asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) technology. ATM is a network connection that allows high bandwidth transmission of data, voice, and video. Its high speed capability allows for high quality two-way full-motion video, which is especially beneficial to a hearing impaired population whose language is primarily visual. Using ATM, the Maine Department of Education is developing a distance education system that offers full-motion multimedia conferencing between schools, a high speed electronic whiteboard, local and remote control of video cameras, and an integrated scheduling system. The six pilot sites are testing the technological reliability of the network and equipment while they are also programming for its use. Programming plans include the delivery of American Sign Language classes by Governor Baxter School to other high schools; development of curriculum units in Maine studies, to be delivered over the network; and collaborative work between deaf students and other public school students. Major concerns for network implementation include a high flat-rate monthly service charge and the necessary product adjustments for the educational environment. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Maine