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MICROMENTOR WAS ASKED BY THE EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA CABLE COOPERATIVE, A CONSORTIUM OF SEVEN RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, FOR HELP IN DEVELOPING FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS USING MICROCOMPUTER-VIDEODISC TECHNOLOGY, WITH CABLE TV AS A DISTRIBUTION MEDIUM.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 1276
Amount: $15,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1984
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
4949 Morgan Ave S., Minneapolis, MN, 55409
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 MR. THOMAS J. DONAHUE PH.
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Business Contact
Phone: (612) 337-6345
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
MICROMENTOR WAS ASKED BY THE EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA CABLE COOPERATIVE, A CONSORTIUM OF SEVEN RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, FOR HELP IN DEVELOPING FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS USING MICROCOMPUTER-VIDEODISC TECHNOLOGY, WITH CABLE TV AS A DISTRIBUTION MEDIUM. THEIR PURPOSE WAS TO TUTOR AND DRILL LARGE NUMBERS OF STUDENTS INDIVIDUALLY WITHOUT OCCUPYING A TEACHER'S TIME. MICROMENTOR'S INTERACTIVE VIDEO COMPUTER LITERACY PROGRAM WILL BE USED AS A PILOT PROGRAM TO TEST A SYSTEM THAT WOULD SATISFY THEIR NEEDS. STUDENTS WILL ACCESS A VIDEODISC PLAYER AND INTERFACE AT THE "HEAD" END OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM'S CABLE TV NETWORK USING A MICROCOMPUTER IN THE LIBRARY OR COMPUTER LABORATORY, USING ONE OF SEVERAL POSSIBLE CONFIGURATIONS. THE PROGRAM WILL ALSO BE ACCESSED FROM THE HOME ON A COMMERCIAL CABLE TV CHANNEL. THE DELIVERY OF INTERACTIVE VIDEO EDUCATION VIA CABLE WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT APPLICATION BREAKTHROUGH. IT WOULD ENABLE ANYONE ON A CABLE NETWORK WITH A PERSONAL COMPUTER TO ACCESS INTERACTIVE VIDEO PROGRAMS 24 HOURS A DAY. THIS SYSTEM WOULD ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, MAXIMUM USE OF EQUIPMENT AND WOULD REQUIRE LESS HARDWARE AND COURSEWARE TO SERVE THE SAME NUMBER OF STUDENTS.

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