Kurzweil-Powered Curriculum Helps Both ESL Students and Students with DisabilitiesBy Williams, John M.; National Organization on Disability E-Newsletter,
Publication Date: June 2002
Article describes the Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (PAC) from Kurzweil Educational Systems, Incorporated, which is used in school curricula in Dublin, Texas as an educational tool for students with disabilities and who are learning English as a second language. The PAC uses an audio-optical format through which students simultaneously see textbook material on a screen, and hear it through headphones. The PAC guides students through 180 lessons, 36 unit quizzes, 12 chapter tests, and 2 semester exams with little oversight needed by a teacher. Since ninth grade has been identified as a critical year for instances of high school dropout, a ninth-grade curriculum using PAC was created to help teachers rescue failing students before they dropped out, and to assist students who had returned to school. The curriculum includes basic integrated physics, chemistry, United States history, and reading enhancement.
Published by: National Organization on Disability (Website:http://www.nod.org)
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