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Chapter 41 Conference Summary Malcolm J. Norwood //T> ack to Media: How to Use Better What B MALCOLM J. NORWOOD is Chief of Captioned Films and Telecommunications Branch of the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, U.S. Office of Education. He received his Doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in Educational Technology and his Master's degree from the University of Hartford, Connecticut. His Bachelor's degree was obtained from Gallaudet College. In May 1972, he was presented the Degree of Doctors of Law, Honoris Causa from GaUaudet College. Before becoming Chief, Dr. Norwood served as Assistant Chief of Media Services and Captioned Films Branch from 1970-75 and Educational Officer from 1965-70. Prior to working for the Office of Education, he was a teacher at the Texas School for the Deaf and the American School for the Deaf in Connecticut, and supervising teacher at the West Virginia School for the Deaf. He has written and delivered several publications on media technology both here and abroad. You Already Have" was a most appropriate theme for this 13th Symposium. The overaU goal was to step back so we could get a better view of ourselves in a fuU length mirror and take stock of how we look. I guess you could also say we need to find out where we are. The view in that fuU length mirror is quite good. I can't help but look back on the past 20 years when the fledgUng Captioned Films Program for the Deaf started out with a gift of 29 films from the American School for the Deaf and a budget of $78,000. To see what has been accomp üshed through the efforts of many people both within and outside the field of education of the deaf is reaUy amazing. This Symposium brought it aU into focus. There are microcomputers playing vital roles, closed drcuit television systems being used creatively , methods for captioning your own filmstrips, innovative uses of films both captioned and nonverbal, multi-media approaches applied to a variety of learning problems, the use of videotape to enhance actual learning experiences of children, and also to train parents, exploratory experiments with videodisc technology, and even captioned network television . This view in the full length mirror tends to boggle the mind. Obviously the resources on hand go far beyond the traditional school years making Ufe-long learning a reaUty for the deaf and hearing impaired. Dr. Meierhenry did an exceUent and thorough review of learning theory and the devel866 A.A.D. I September 1980 Conference Summary opment of instructional media over the years. The close relationship of theory and practice in media was brought home. Instructional media can teach, can evaluate, and can bring about positive change. Dr. Wyman brought us back to basics. His demonstration of the various uses of the overhead projedor made us reaUze that we have not fuUy exploited equipment and materials that have been around for some time. While it is important to look down the road for ways to utiUze and apply new technology, let's not forget the old. Many of the presentations over the 3 days further emphasized this point. As usual, Dr. Stepp and his staff did an excellent job. The organization of the sessions, the selection of the presenters, the fadUties, and the interpreters were aU beyond reproach. Let me say, too, that the dedication of the people who make this field of education of the deaf so great is also beyond reproach. Hie attendance at the evening concurrent sessions on Tuesday proved once again that you are the greatest. You are the ones who make this field so enjoyable and exdting. You are the ones who make these symposia so worthwhUe and effective. Our deaf and hearing-impaired kids are very fortunate. As one who came through the system , let me say thank you for aU of them for your continued love and dedication. As Dr. Joekel said at the end of his story—U you put the man together, the world comes out right. I think you are aU put together just right; consequently , there's no way our kids can lose. A.A...


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