COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 63
March 22, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Calculator Based Laboratory Course Via Satellite

 
  The Department of Education, through the Virginia Satellite
  Educational Network (VSEN), will offer a four part course on
  the use of scientific probes with graphing calculators in
  the science curriculum. This in-service course is designed
  for teachers in all disciplines of science.
  
  The use of technology in science instruction, including
  graphing calculators, is part of the newly adopted Standards
  of Learning for Virginia Public Schools. Part one of this
  course will cover basic operations of the graphing
  calculator. Part two will introduce probeware, science
  applications of the graphing calculator and lessons on
  motion. Part three will concentrate on activities associated
  with light and part four will cover sound, heat and cold.
   
  Instructors are Dan Yates from the Electronic Classroom at
  Varina High School and Gloria Clark from the Mathematics and
  Science Center. 
  
  Broadcast dates are May 1, 3, 8 and 10 from 11:25 am - 12:25
  pm on satellite Galaxy 6 channel 21. A workbook is also
  included and can be obtained by calling (800) 246-8736. The
  course and workbook are offered to Virginia teachers at no
  charge.
  
  Schools may record the programs and retain a copy for future
  training. A copy will also be made available for checkout in
  the Department of Education's video library.     
  
  Questions concerning this information should be directed to
  Ida J. Hill, Division Chief for Technology, at (804) 225-2757.  
  Questions concerning broadcast and scheduling should
  be directed to Greg Weisiger at (804) 692-0335.  Questions
  concerning content should be directed to Dr. Yates at (804)
  226-8725.
  
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