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Page 10 School Report November 18, 1982 Classrooms use compu nsio Computers are finding their i I a Ite rn at ires made | way into the classroom at a verYnowrapidmakingrate. Theit possiblecSt andforSizethemare    i  i,:i!: .......  Secondary students with be- havior problems will benefit from a new project in the Cheney Public Schools. Funded by a special grant awarded to the district by the state, the Second- ary Student Intervention Project, seeks to enhance appropriate conduct of students with be- havioral disorders. Recently, John Kackley of St. Petersburg, Fla., will provide an inservice to secondary special education teachers, counselors, principals and support staff. The inservice involved an overview of a Florida baed project, PASS (Positive Alternatives to Student Suspension). Project PASS is a nationally recognized program developed to "provide a sequence of intervention strategies de- signed to prevent and/or mini- mize the frequency of non-pro- ductive social behavioral acts of secondary students." Kackley's presentation includ- ed specific activities utilized by his district in Florida as well as a description of three major com- ponents of the program: a school survival course, the Time-Out- Room -- an alternative and temporary educational environ- ment, and building-level study teams. Kackley emphasized the importance of the multidisciplin- ary team approach to implement- ing all aspects of the project. As a result of the workshop, stategies recommended have been added to those currently available in the district and should prove effective in pre- venting or reducing serious prob- lems in the junior and senior high school environment. to find their way into some elementary classrooms. The enthusiasm and excite- ment for computer literacy is now in evidence at Salnave Ele- mentary School with the school's new TRS-80 computer. The study of computers and computing is viewed as a means of stimulating intellectual curiosity. The computer lends itself to a variety of educational applica- tions. The computer can: 1) Serve as a tool permitting a student to perform calcula- tions, analyze data, or store information as part of the problem-solving process. 2) Provide drill and practice The TRS-80 computers have found their way into nave Elementary School. in skill areas, has been 3) Expand student's abilities VanKuren beyond their present skill High and levels, hill from the Special-assistance and advice Program. Inservice program devel John Kackley of St. Petersburg, Fla., recently conducted a training pro. 9ram for secondary special education teachers, counselors, principals and support staff on the new program, Positive Alternatives to Student Suspension. During the coming school year, the CEA Instructional and Pro- fessional Development Commit- tee (Mariann Donley, Chair- person; also including Altamae Whitehill, Donna Wiley, Steve Larson, Susan Chamberlin, Lois Thomason and Mary Higel) and the district administration have been working together to develop district-wide inservice pro- grams. The first such program was held Oct. 27, at the Junior High. The Oct. 27 meeting was planned around grade level meet- ings for elementary teachers along with the option of hearing Terry Kelly discuss the problems of hearing impairments. At the secondary level, meet- ings were designed to have all the junior and senior high teachers meet together by program areas. At these, discussions centered around what teacher expecta- tions are, content-wise, for those students who enter their classes as well as the transition from junior high During the 1 ber, meetingS each concerns the Oct. 27 plans are for held during quarter. This topics for grading and for the learning styl sidered. Students enjoy shop Sunset Elementary School sixth graders have enjoyed a meaningful learning experience during the past three years in the Industrial Arts complex located in the school basement. Students have been invol'ed in a "Hands On" shop activity with tools and materials that has enriched the basic curriculum. The Industrial Arts activity was initiated during the 1979-80 school year with the approval of a $1,200 state grant. Fortunately, the school basement, formerly the cafeteria, was renovated as a Community Arts Center and has proven an ideal shop facility. Student projects include candle making, benches, chairs, salad trays, bread warmers and spring planters. Both students and school have gained positive results from the program. Student benefits are improved self-concept, attitude and motivation. Sunset School takes pride in achieving a 100 percent providing curricular Audio.visual Schools use video recorders For the past 25 years, audio- visuals have played an ever- increasing role in schools as essential tools in the learning process. Video is now used everyday in the classroom-quality has im- proved, operation has simplified and costs have come down to fit every budget. The uses of video are varied and interesting: 1) Student speeches and demonstrations can be video- taped and replayed on a tele- vision moniter in the same manner as a cassette tape. 2) More and more film manu- -facturers and distributers are changing their formats from the conventional 16mm films to video cassette tapes, making this one of the most available sources of information. This medium is easier to handle, store and use. Our local, heavily-used media library at the Educational Serv- ice District in Spokane is slowly converting their film collection to video cassette tapes. 3) Public television regularly broadcasts educational series and specials which can add tremendously to planned units, such as science and health. 4) Timely events, such as the hnding of the Space Shuttle Columbia, can be seen at the moment they occur. 5) Aquiring and using new technologies prepares the learner for the "real world". Our society as a whole is geared to immediate and concise informa- tion, information found at the push of a button. The most effective and popular forms of communications are those mat stress immediacy of information, ease of use, cost- effectiveness and availability of materials. Certainly, video is now a good representation of these characteristics and, as technology advances, video will contribute even more to high quality education. Sunset Elementary School students ere given an industrial arts. Video taping is becoming a popular teaching system.