Graphical Standards for BASIC Because there are no standards for writing graphical programs, it has always been difficult for people and institutions to exchange written programs. However, the development of a standard syntax for graphical operations in the BASIC language is now underway at Dartmouth College. The study has been made possible by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Bureau of Standards, California Computer Products, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, UNIVAC, and Tektronix. The project began in October, 1974 when a panel met at Dartmouth to discuss extending BASIC for graphical purposes. If the resulting syntax is approved by the X3J2 Committee on Standard BASIC, graphical commands could be incorporated in the published standard. However, the X3J2 has been holding sessions for over a year without resolving all the differences of the committee members; so, it appears that the graphical syntax project will not enjoy the benefit of even a preliminary language standard before it is scheduled to terminate in January, 1976. *** Indian Students Use Computers Educationally delayed teen-aged American Indian students from four states are being given a chance to further their education with the help of a timesharing computer system. Chemawa Indian School of Salem, Oregon has purchased extensive computer time from the Oregon Total Information System (OTIS), an educational computer consortium in Eugene. The school, founded in 1883, is the oldest continuously operated Indian boarding school in America, providing dormitory living during the school year to high school aged children from tribes in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The computer time will provide each student who is more than three years below his grade level with a system of learning laboratories focused around terminals and computer assisted instruction. The minicomputer directing this instruction will be a Hewlett-Packard 2000F, the third in OTIS' inventory. According to Dr. Y.T. Witherspoon, special projects coordinator for the School, 16 terminals will be divided among three separate learning labs for reading, language arts and mathematics. "Students will use the lab that answers their own particular need. We will be able to give each youngster 10 minutes per day on a terminal and still meet the educational demands of the entire student body." "It is our hope," continued Dr. Witherspoon, "that by using the Computer Assisted Instruction, we will be able to compress at least seven years of education into the usual four - thereby giving educationally delayed students a chance to catch-up with their contemporaries."