Bringing Technology to Rural/Remote Areas: 21st Century Teacher Education
Thursday, October 20 1:30-1:50 PM Location: Lana'i
Presider: Hana Omar, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Saudi Arabia
Abstract: In response to the need for special education teachers in rural areas with high numbers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional (CLDE) students, four innovative programs (PRISE, LEAD, BRIDGE, and CREST) and a Bilingual Multicultural Special Education Website have been developed to serve rural areas of Arizona. Through technology, we have overcome the barriers involved with pursuing university study for rural students. In these programs, distance education technology (Grant Website, Web-based courses, Email feedback to and from instructors, and Video Conferencing/Polycom) maximize the utilization of the resources of the university's main campus while allowing the students in these rural or remote reservation areas to remain in their local communities to complete their coursework.