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For Immediate Release 21 January 2000

Regents Host Legislative Reception Featuring Governor Janklow's Teaching with Technology Grant Winners

On January 24th the Board of Regents will host a social hour and reception for the 75th Legislature at the Ramkota River Centre. The event is coordinated with the winners of Governor Janklow's faculty awards in an effort to display to legislators and other special guests the newest technology in teaching.

"Governor Janklow must be commended for his foresight in creating the teaching with technology program in 1998. This competitive program, now in its second year, supports faculty members of South Dakota's public universities with grants that provide summer compensation and funds for equipment, software, and training. The grants are used to incorporate technology into an array of disciplines. Projects have included courses redesigned to expand the use of the software and equipment that students will see in the workplace and future teachers will see in the classroom," said Regents President Harvey C. Jewett, IV.

Through the award Dr. Betsy Silva of Black Hills State University incorporated new technology into the field of physical education. "The goal of my grant project was to provide diverse learning opportunities for students that translate into future effective teachers. My project involved using and developing technology to assess lesson effectiveness. Technology was used to access not only the teacher's behaviors, but also the students' behaviors in response to the instruction. Our preservice physical educators will utilize this technology to assess lessons taught to public school students, evaluate the findings, then improve the lesson and reteach. The assessment practice enables the preservice teachers to improve continually their capabilities in the classroom," said Silva.

"The awards are an excellent opportunity for our universities. Faculty members receiving the awards integrate technology into their own classrooms and serve as mentors to other faculty. I commend Governor Janklow in designing the awards and our faculty in executing their projects. The regents asked the faculty award winners to display their projects to show others the advanced use of technology on our campuses. It is the use and integration of new technology that gives our students a tremendous advantage," said Regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry.

Faculty and representatives from the six universities and the two special schools will showcase their technology projects and field questions from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Displays will be set up so guests can actually see and experience the created works.

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