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Robert Jason Hancock and Becky Sue Parton

Southeastern faculty recognized as Technology Educators of the Year

Contact: Rene Abadie


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Robert Jason Hancock and Becky Sue Parton, faculty members with the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Education and Human Development, display the Educator of the Year awards they received from the Louisiana Technology Council. The award recognizes their work in deaf education.

     HAMMOND – Two faculty members with Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Education and Human Development have been recognized as the Technology Educators of the Year by the Louisiana Technology Council.
     Becky Sue Parton and Robert J. Hancock, both assistant professors in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology, received the award for the development of a technology-based system to improve instruction in sign language for young deaf children. Their 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.
     Their early work with LAMBERT earned the two researchers 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.
     The Louisiana Technology Council was created in 1994 with a goal of encouraging the advancement of technology applications in the state’s economy.

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