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Fall 2004 Technical Uplink Information - Teaching NOW! 109-112 - December 15, 2004

Teaching NOW! looks at the relationship between education and technology.  The series explores the issues, ideas, and strategies of technology integration by presenting K-12 and postsecondary case studies from across the nation. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.  We invite you to record and broadcast this series.

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TEACHING NOW block feed of four programs #109-112
(Titles and Descriptions listed below)

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Test: 11:45 - 12:00 ET
Programs: 12:00 - 14:00 ET

Satellite: Galaxy 11/K12

Orbital Slot:
91 degrees West

36 MHz

Downlink Freq.:
11942 (Vertical)

Trouble number: 800-489-3773

Teaching NOW! #109-112

Teaching NOW! #109
Technology In Deaf Education
In this program we visit two schools in Pennsylvania that serve children who are hearing impaired. At DePaul Institute the focus is on oral education. Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) uses American Sign Language to communicate. Technology is used extensively at both schools. We see common software and hardware such as Power Point, web browsers, smart boards and wireless laptops, as well as software and technologies designed specifically for the hard of hearing. At WPSD we get a chance to see students in action as they create their news cast for the school.

Teaching NOW! #110
English Language Learners
In this program we visit southern California to see how schools use technology to help English language learners. We return to Central Elementary School after three years to visit Socorro Sanchez's classroom. Ms. Sanchez uses digital cameras and Kid Pix to help her first grade students have a meaningful lesson on sequencing following their Transportation Field Trip. At Potter Junior High we visit several classrooms to see how they used grant funds to infuse technology into their language arts curriculum. We visit the Newcomers self contained classroom, the Read 180 class for students reading before grade level, a regular language arts classroom and a required technology class. We hear how technology along with student mentors and professional development for teachers is making a difference.

Teaching NOW! #111
Florida Virtual School, Part 1: Developing An Online School
In the first of two programs on Florida Virtual School we hear how this initiative has grown from a small grant serving 200 students to a major statewide service serving tens of thousands of Florida students as well as many other students throughout the United States. We hear their lessons learned on developing curriculum and what they feel is critical in their staff training. The administrators also provide advice to others looking into offering online courses for students.

Teaching NOW! #112
Florida Virtual School, Part 2: Building Relationships
In the second program on Florida Virtual Schools, we go into the homes of students and teachers to see this school in action. The Tanish, the Major and the Williams families open their doors and give their perspectives on this way of teaching and learning. As we talk with these teachers, students and parents we find out why Florida Virtual was a good option for each of them. We see first hand how building relationships has been one of the most important aspects to the success of this endeavor.