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'COLUMBUS: ENCOUNTER, DISCOVERY AND BEYOND' (AN INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE ON CD-ROM) WILL BE PRESENTED BY CREATOR/PRODUCER ROBERT ABEL

'COLUMBUS: ENCOUNTER, DISCOVERY AND BEYOND' (AN INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA EXPERIENCE ON CD-ROM) WILL BE PRESENTED BY CREATOR/PRODUCER ROBERT ABEL
 Event to Take Place April 28
 WHAT: "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond" (an interactive multimedia experience) will be screened and demonstrated by creator/producer, Robert Abel. The "Columbus" educational software program (on CD-ROM) utilizes interactive multimedia, a presentation knowledge system which combines text, photographs, music, sound, film and video into an innovative and exciting learning experience which will revolutionize American education. The "Columbus" program allows the user to "navigate" with on-screen tools on a Journey of Discovery from the time of the voyage of Columbus in 1492 to present day from a multicultural, multiethnic point of view. The two-hour screening/presentation will encourage audience participation, allowing them to take the journey just as a student would in the classroom.
 WHEN: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., April 28
 WHERE: Television Academy Plaza Theater
 5320 Lankershim Blvd.
 North Hollywood (corner of Magnolia and Lankershim)
 SCHEDULE: Identical screenings/demonstrations will begin at 6:30 and 8:30


p.m., followed by lobby reception with "hands-on" equipment demonstration stations available and video tape stations running James Earl Jones overview of the "Columbus" project.
 BACKGROUND: "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond" educational software was developed for IBM by film and television computer animation pioneer Robert Abel and Synapse Technologies Inc. for classroom use by seventh through 12th graders. James Earl Jones is the primary storyteller and guide, setting the stage on which 180 hours of classroom interaction unfolds. Students are encouraged to look at each encounter from many points of view, just as there were many points of view at the time Columbus arrived to meet a civilization he never knew existed. The user is given "... the special tools that allow you to travel at the speed of thought and where you can create a line of thought or interest and follow any path you want." The storyteller continues, "Learning and knowledge, discovery and self-discovery is a journey ... a process, not a destination. Here the secret is not coming up with better answers but better questions. We give you all the tools to discover your own answers and its challenges you to use your head to get ahead." This project will challenge the student. "You won't be able to sit back and watch it like a TV set. You've got to take action, just like you do in real life. The rewards are there, just decide where you want your exploration to start ... then go for it." "Columbus" is on the cutting edge of the multimedia explosion.
 CONTACT: Joyce Brooks, 310-433-5941, or Reva Solomon, 213-386-9995, both of Joyce Brooks, for Synapse Technologies/
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