Parents, Educators Will Discuss Youths Access to Technology
Following Screening of PBS Film On Oct. 23
Oct. 20, 1999 -- The University of Virginias
Curry School of Education and the Virginia Film Festival will present
a screening and panel discussion of "Virtual Equality"
on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Vinegar Hill Theatre, 220
PBS film to be released in spring 2000, "Virtual Equality"
focuses on children, ages 11 to 16, who are struggling to gain access
to the "information superhighway." The film deals with
the issue of people in low-income, rural and urban communities gaining
access to technology and the Internet. Through interviews with children,
parents, teachers, community leaders and technology experts, filmmaker
Lorna Thomas suggests that unless significant changes are made,
many communities will fail to provide their residents with access
to the rapid changes in technology.
the films screening, a panel composed of parents, educators,
community leaders, and technology experts will hold a forum addressing
access to technology at the local level. Participants will include:
Bransford, executive director, the National Urban Technology Center;
King, assistant principal, Walker Upper Elementary School;
Palmer, parent and community activist;
Lugo, former Charlottesville City School Board chair;
Lathan, U.Va. student;
Bennett, associate professor, U.Va. Curry School; and
Camp Yeakey, professor, U.Va. Curry School
by the Curry School of Education Forum on Media Literacy, the Curry
School of Education Center for Technology in Teacher Education,
the Education Council, and the Curry Community Committee, the screening
and panel discussion are free and open to the public.
more information, contact Stephen Plaskon, Curry Film Forum coordinator,
at (804) 924-0748 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857