Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Magnet High School's Lab Gives Foreign Language Students an Edge

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Magnet High School's Lab Gives Foreign Language Students an Edge

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William Fleming High School, a magnet school in Roanoke, Va., that is part of the Fleming/Ruffner magnet campus, takes its foundation from a successful program that includes aeronautics and fine arts in its curriculum.

The campus applied for and won a magnet grant, which provided $3 million for both Fleming and Ruffner. A portion of these funds were used to purchase equipment for two foreign language centers, one located at each site.

* Acoustic Integrity

The foreign language equipment of choice was the IS-10 series from Brewster, N.Y.-based Tandberg Educational, Inc. According to Sheila Balderson, the curriculum specialist for foreign language, the Fleming/Ruffner Magnet Center located on the Fleming campus is more elaborate. Up and running as of last October, the center hosts approximately 25 foreign language classes, which utilize the facility throughout the day.

Thirty Synsor student study carrel stations house Tandberg IS-10 multimedia-equipped student systems and are arranged in a horseshoe with the teacher placed in the middle. Students are guaranteed a certain amount of privacy and acoustic integrity via the furniture's carpeted side walls and see-through front panel.

The teacher station boasts a Tandberg IS-10MM audio-video-computer learning system console, a Pioneer videodisc player and a Canon video visualizer. This set up assists up to two instructors with oral and visual communication on an individual-student level.

A special station with a higher and wider worksurface allows wheelchair-bound students to utilize the technology center. Also, two Apple Quadra computers, a 610 and 660, are located at the back of the center, along with four Panasonic VCRs. Students use the Quadras for individualized instruction.

* Many Materials

The Tandberg equipment supports audiotapes and videodiscs as well as multi-standard videotapes from around the world. Closed-captioned materials and computer software can also be utilized. …

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