Finkelstein Lecture to explore links between technology, literacy, April 4

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KINGSTON, R.I. – March 21, 2007 – This year’s University of Rhode Island Robert and Augusta Finkelstein Memorial Lecture will explore links between computer-based learning and literacy with Bridget Dalton, the chief officer of Literacy and Technology at the Center for Applied Special Technology.

Her lecture, “Digital Strategic Readers and Multimedia Composers: A Complementary Fit,” will be presented on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, the talk will be held in the Barry Marks Auditorium in the Chafee Social Science Center on URI’s Kingston Campus.

Dalton, the co-principal investigator of an Institute of Education Sciences-funded study of urban fourth grade students, focuses her research on teaching struggling readers in multicultural settings. Her earlier work explored the role of computers in supporting elementary schoolchildren’s writing and on inquiry-based instruction for diverse learners.

Prior to joining the Center for Applied Technology in 2000, Dalton was an associate professor at the University of Guam, where she chaired the graduate program in education. She also directed its college of education’s Literacy Center and was editor of the journal Micronesian Educator. Dalton earned her doctorate in reading, language, and learning disabilities at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Center for Applied Special Technology in Wakefield, Mass. is a non-profit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.

In 1973, the University established the Robert Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Series in honor of the late Robert Finkelstein, a noted Rhode Island industrialist and staunch believer in state and federal support of elementary and secondary education. The lecture series, founded by the generosity of Augusta Finkelstein in memory of her husband, was renamed in her honor following her death in 1997.

Co-sponsors of this year’s lecture are URI’s College of Human Science and Services, the URI School of Education, and the URI teacher education faculty. For more information please contact the URI School of Education at 401-874-2564.