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Fiber optics, school choice, the ethical training of children, and a proposal to launch a satellite dedicated to educational use are among the topics that will appear in the second volume of Technos, a quarterly magazine published by the not-for-profit Agency for Instructional Technology.

The magazine, which made its debut last year, is intended to be a forum for both technologists and educators with an interest in technology to debate how electronic tools may change teaching and school administration.

The color publication is written in a lively, readable style easily understood by the technology novice.

One upcoming issue, for example, will include an interview with Nancy Hechinger, the technology specialist for Whittle Communication's Edison Project, in which she will discuss the proposed chain of for-profit schools' technology "wish list.''

A one-year subscription to Technos, which costs $20, can be obtained by calling the Bloomington, Ind.-based á.é.ô. at (812) 333-4218.

A discussion of the fate of federal legislation to build a fiber-optic network to serve educators and to launch a satellite dedicated to education also will top the agenda of the International Distance Learning Conference, which will be held April 1-3 in Falls Church, Va.

The third annual meeting, which is open to the 879 member organizations of the United States Distance Learning Association, will be the centerpiece of National Distance Learning Week, which begins March 28.

The California-based Foundation for Advancements in Science Education has enlisted the celebrated calculus teacher Jaime Escalante to help create a multimedia program that will help mathematics teachers develop lessons based on everyday experiences.

Mr. Escalante collaborated with FASE most recently on the Peabody Award-winning television program "Futures,'' which was carried by the Public Broadcasting Service.

The new computer-based product, underwritten by the Atlantic Richfield Company and the National Science Foundation, will provide teachers with extensive video footage of real-world applications of math concepts, together with suggested class and homework projects.

To prepare the product, FASE camera crews filmed at 265 locations nationwide where math is used daily, compiling some 700 hours of interviews with almost 500 people, with a special emphasis on women and minorities.

The new product is expected to be ready for distribution early next year.-P.W.

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