Parton wins computer users' award
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Becky Sue Parton, assistant professor in the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Education and Human Development, has received the Post-Secondary Educator of the Year Award for Region 2 from the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.
LaCUE is a professional nonprofit organization which promotes the use of computer technology in education.
Parton, a member of the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, received the award in part for the development of a system designed to improve instruction in sign language for young deaf children. The system, called LAMBERT (Language Acquisition Manipulatives Blending Early-childhood Research and Technology) links radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to common objects in a goal to help deaf children learn American Sign Language more efficiently.
Based on her pilot work with Lambert, Parton and Assistant Professor Robert J. Hancock received a two-year $390,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand their pilot project and evaluate the results. The system is being used with the Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge and at several other locations around the state.
Parton has been on the faculty at Southeastern since 2007.