TAM

TAM - Technology and Media Division

Our Mission:

1. To promote collaboration among educators and others interested in using technology and media to assist individuals with exceptional needs.
2. To encourage the development of new appliances, technologies, and media that can benefit individuals with exceptionalities.
3. To monitor and disseminate relevant and timely information through professional meetings, training programs, and publications.
4. To coordinate the activities of educational and governmental agencies, business, and industry; develop and advance appropriate technical standards, and; provide technical assistance, in-service, and pre-service education on the uses of technology.
5. To advocate for funds and policies that support the availability and effective use of technology in the field of special education.

Officers:

  • President - Mary Gozza-Cohen, Widener University
  • President-Elect -
  • Vice President -
  • Secretary -
  • Treasurer -

What is TAM?

The Technology and Media Division (TAM) is the official division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) that works to promote the availability and effective use of technology and media for individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted.

Membership in TAM has numerous benefits. 
Publications TAM members receive include:

  • Journal of Special Education Technology - This journal provides professionals in the field with information on new technologies, current research, exemplary practices, relevant issues, legislative events, and more.
  • TAM Newsletter - Includes information about upcoming events, current trends and practices, state and national legislation, recently published materials, and practical information.

Other membership benefits include an annual conference on special education and technology and support of state subdivisions. PA-TAM sponsors a strand at the PACEC Convention in November, as well.

What's News

Anchored Instruction - What is It?

Anchored Instruction is instruction that takes place in a videodisc-based problem solving environment. One goal of Anchored Instruction is to, as Dewey noted, "help students to learn new information in the context of meaningful activities"--to perceive new information as a useful tool rather than facts to be memorized. Context may be primarily visual, rather than textual formats, a particularly important format for at-risk students and/or students with low interest in the subject matter. With Anchored Instruction, students work through complex searches and data gathering to come to a conclusion in any subject area or topic. Students develop rich mental models of what is being taught, and are better able to remember relevant facts, concepts, etc. Anchored Instruction is completely child-centered in that students are to begin at their own place to experience and notice the changes of their new understandings.

Research has shown that this type of technology has been successful with learners of all ages and abilities. At West Chester University, Dr. Kevin Koury has been doing research on interactive hypermedia software entitled, Linking the Manipulation of Materials to the Modeling of Whole Number Algorithms.

As part of his presentation at the annual convention, Dr. Koury presented this software. This software is designed to help pre-service teachers develop skills to model solving whole number algorithms. The presentation gave the audience an understanding of the technology used in anchored instruction and an explanation as to how it applies to both K-12 and higher education settings.

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Contacting your officers:

Please contact Mary Gozza-Cohen if you are interested in PA-TAM

mccohen@widener.edu