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Theme 10 Abstracts

Presenter / Title / Theme / Institution Abstract
R. Theresia Litvay-Sardou
Theme 10
LaGuardia Community College; USA
'Managing Technology in the Computer Classroom'
In the presentation I will explain how the creation of a new division, the division of Information Technology, contributed to the entire remodeling of computer technology at LaGuardia Community College. I would like to demonstrate how technology is being used to enhance the quality of teaching. I will show how some equipment is used in the computer laboratory and how it benefits students and faculty. Accomplishments: established a Faculty Network to provide e-mail and Internet access to all faculty and staff; established a Student Network which uses a Digital Alpha server to provide e-mail and Internet access to all registered students; created a Media Distribution and Presentation room; centralized student software applications; implemented a leasing system to upgrade computers for faculty members and computer laboratory classrooms; created a system to continuously offer softare application training workshops for faculty and staff; in some classrooms, installed a link system to allow the instructors to share his/her computer monitor with students and have students sharing between themselves. With all the acquisition of new equipment, upgrades, and training being offered to faculty and staff, LaGuardia is motivating faculty members to become computer literate. The computer laboratories are becoming more popular and many courses that did not meet in the computer room a year ago, are now utilizing the computer facilities at least for some hours during the program.
Ellen Cohn
Theme 10
School of Health and Rehabilitation Science; USA
'Is School Really Open? A "Report Card" of Web Based Accessibility in High Education'
Educational institutions are increasingly web dependent. Course management software, e-mail, library systems, applications, registration, grade reports and advising require computer access. Inaccessible web pages deny users with visual and/or learning disabilities full access to the benefits of high education. Higher education web sites were analyzed via the CAST Bobby 3.1.1 validation tool. A majority of sites were inaccessible. A 4/2/99 analysis of 25 major universities revealed 19 inaccessible web sites. A 6/21/99 analysis of 76 pharmacy schools indicated 54 inaccessible sites. We will present a comprehensive "accessibility report card" for 1999 US News and World Reports College Rankings, by geographic region, tiers, and type of institution, as well as an audit of health related colleges expected to function as models of accessibility. Finally, the impact of the "diffusion" of accessibility ratings and remediation strategies will be presented for University of Pittsburg and AACP colleges of pharmacy web sites.
Sheila K. Barnes
Theme 10
Northwestern Oklahoma State University; USA
'P.A.S.S. Port to Writing: Co-Teaching Students with Disabilities Using Technology'
At the end of this session, which will explore promising practices, methods, and assistive technology for assessment and programming, participants will be able to: (1) outline curriculum based assessment and programming for instruction in writing; (2) integrate technology directly into interactive instruction in writing; (3) ensure full participation of targeted students with disabilities in state-mandated general curriculum and assessment in written expression; (4) adapt and modify instruction and assessment using assistive technology and include these adaptations on Individual Education Programs (IEPs) of targeted students with disabilities; (5) identify methods of collaboratively teaching writing in general education settings. Ask any special educator to identify the one area students with disabilities have the most difficulty with and they will most likely respond "written expression". This is supported by research. Written expression is the achievement area that has qualified a large number of students for the IDEA category of "learning disabilities" - sometimes when no other discrepancies in achievement are evident. Difficulty in writing causes problems in all other academic subjects because writing is required in virtually every content area. This project focused on confronting this problem by responding to the challenge of training teachers to adopt promising practices, materials, and technology for assessment of written expression using educational and Assistive technology. The need to train teachers to adopt promising practices for assessment and programming in written expression based on current knowledge and research in evaluation and programming is two-fold. First, teachers need training in adopting curriculum based assessment and programming practices. Second, teachers need training in collaborative/cooperative teaching.
Marisol Gonzalez Lozano
Theme 10
Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico; Mexido
'Computer Assisted Education: An Internet Model'
Nowadays, most of the institutions using education systems over the Internet, are doing so without the establishment of technological architectures. Current development is based on pages and static files, which do not take into account any pedagogical considerations. This makes difficult the updating, managing and creation of virtual learning on the Internet. The purpose of this paper is to show the research and establishment of a dynamic technological architecture based on data bases, dynamic pages, pedagogical and structural considerations, which allow for the implementation of Educational Websites in different institutions in a quick, effective and low cost manner. This architecture shows an open and dynamic homogeneous technological platform based on technologies such as JAVA, ODBC, PERL, PL/SQL, CGI's and Dynamic HTML. The implementation of such architecture at ITAM has allowed having a dynamic management and development of education material on the Web like: on-line courseware and class guidelines.
Quentin T. Wells
Theme 10
Salt Lake Community College; USA
'Internet Math for the Trades'
Knowledge of math through basic trigonometry is fundamental for vocational trades such as electricians, carpenters, machinists, plumbers, etc. Salt Lake Community College has introduced an Internet-based Math for the Trades course designed specifically for trades apprentices. This course is delivered statewide and provides access to high quality math instruction in both urban and rural areas. The instruction course is delivered and administered by WebAcademics software and features an extremely rich learning environment including on-line concept explanations, electronically graded exercises, forums, chat rooms, textbook, and more than 10 running hours of video instruction by a developmental math professor and a journeyman trades professional. This course represents a new level of quality in delivering essential math curriculum to non-traditional learners.
Boris Peltsverger
Theme 10
Georgia Southwestern State University; USA
'Planning Components of Advisor Support System'
In this paper a planning component of a web based Advisor Support System is presented. This planning component pulls in all the resources needed for a successful sesson with a student during the advisement and allows creating an optimal sequence of courses for earlier graduation. Based upon that module, the second step of planning - an optimal resource allocation on a university level can be done. The paper discusses various distinct features of the system such as friendly user interface, dynamic data access, presentation of information like curriculum, mapping of grade report, course selection, pre-requisite checking, minimum grade requirement, preparing registration plan, checking graduation requirements, etc.
Marty Bray
Theme 10
University of North Carolina at Charlotte; USA
'Web Accessibility of Special Education Program's Web Pages'
The purposes of this study were to evaluate the accessibility of university special education programs' home pages and discuss accessibility recommendations. Eighty-nine special education Web sites are evaluated for accessibility errors. Most (73%) special education home pages had accessibility problems, and the majority of these errors (71%) severely limited access for individuals with disabilities. The good news is that the majority (83%) of the erros can easily be corrected. Recommendations and methods for improving accessibility to the WWW for individuals with disabilities are discussed.
Linda O'Karma
Theme 10
Region V Area Center for Educational Enhancement; USA
'Florida's Curriculum Planning Tool'
The State of Florida has taken a bold step in initiating the development of a lesson planning software tool designed to assist K-12 classroom teachers in the construction of lesson plans that are aligned to Florida's Curriculum Frameworks. The Curriculum Frameworks contain state mandated achievement benchmarks for all students in the State of Florida, K-12. The lesson planning software houses the database of benchmarks for each grade level, sample lesson plans and a lesson planning template. The Curriculum Planning Tool (CPT), can be accessed by teachers on Florida's Department of Education homepage, and serves as a model for adoption by other states looking for new initiatives to help teachers in the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Ton Oudshoorn
Theme 10
KPC Groep; Holland
'Study Planning and Registration Software'

Joe Parks
Theme 10
California State University, Fresno; USA
'Community Technology and the Internet'
As we approach the new 21st Century, it is evident that the public school system has not fully utilized the concept of technology, the Internet, and community partnerships. The focus across America has been primarily directed at students with limited English speaking and writing abilities. However, one very important element concerning school reform efforts has received very little attention is community involvement in the K-12 system. One program might improve the learning process for K-12 students and communities, that are located in economically depressed rural areas, is the concept of a "Community Technology Center" that would provide technological knowledge and Internet access. Many of these parents have low academic abilities themselves, which prevents them from actively participating in the education of their children. A community technology center could provide educational opportunities for a general population of adults who have low academic achievement levels. In addition, the center could provide workshops that would assist community individuals in obtaining their GED diplomas, improve their English literacy skills, and learn how to use computer technology and the Internet for acquiring other services and benefits. In summary, a "Community Technology Center" would extend the formal educational process for adults in rural areas beyond the public school system, and enable parents to help their children in their academic endeavors. A community technology center enables the concrete establishment of a cohesive relationship between public school education and community pro-activism.

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