Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE LETHaFllDGE HERALD friday, Auguil TO, Educational television ends successful year Liist year Uic I.cthbridge sep- arate .school district purchased edu- cational television equipment for every school in Us syslcin, at a cost'of about That meant n television camera, a videotape recorder and at least one television set for every school, plus several videotapes. As well as having access to a central videotape library of pre- recorded material, eacb school was given hours of empty tape at per half-hour. "I've seen some very interesting 'things done with it all, says Maurice Landry, the district's di- rector ol elementary education. 'It's been used quite effectively by our teachers." The district's education centre has about 150 tapes with a variety of programs acquired from the Al- Mary's, an old fashioned perform- ance starring the school's younger students. Teachers have been asked to evaluate use of television as an educational aid, and "have general- ly found it a valuable Mr. Landry said. And parents, ho said, "are as- tounded at what the kids are capable of doing and have been favorably impressed with the uses being made of our equipment." Mr. Landry said the next goal may be sharing of programs pro- duced at one school with other schools which isn't always done now. The district won't be purchasing any new equipment for a few years. "We'd like to though particular- ly color equipment would be inter- esting. But there's no money for it right now." Some co-operative ventures may be organized in the next year or so with the public school district, the university and the college, Leth- bridgc Cablcvision Ltd. and other groups. Cablevision must by law (and is quite willing to) provide time on ap educational television channel berta department of education's dubbing service in Edmonton. Teachers have a catalogue of all the local tapes available, and can quickly yet them from the district. And the dubbing service has tapes available to which the teachers also have access. The teachers regularly evaluate the dislriet's tapes as to quality and educational value, and if the consensus is that they're poor, they're rent to Kdmonlon to have a different program dubbed onto them. "Our teachers use our own li- brary stuff, and make pro- grams of their own tailored to the individual needs of the Mr. Landry said. What the students and teachers learn is making their own tapes, both in terms of television produc- tion and in terms of the subject area, are also important Mr. Lan- dry said. "It's becoming a bit old that now for the students and they've re- acted really well. At first they spont a lot of their time hamming it up. Now they have fun, but they're also pretly business-like. "We often find the kids spending weekends producing shows for use in class projects it mates learn- ing a lot of fun." Because it is necessary to or- ganize material accurately and knowlcdgeably before turning it into a videotape show, the students must spend a good deal of time thoroughly learning their subject. fixamnlc Mr. Lwylry was highly-impic rl by pirduc- tion b. tntlr its it C thrill" Cen- tra! .School, turned out in 10 t f 111 (i i cc! nd It dealt with States and its viewers about many of the rewards and trials of international relations. Another w a s a dramatic video- tape produced by students at St. for schools' use, but one hour of production for on-air use takes a bout Hi hours of and the district lacks both the man- power and the time to undertake such a job alone. Cablevision has offered to run its lines to all city schools, and pro- vide its services rent free. But the schools would have to do their own internal wiring. S o m e examples of instructional use of television last year: At St. Mary's, it was used to view pre-recorded tapes, to film a dra- matic performance by the school's own students, to record various stu- dent activities, to illustrate the ef- fectiveness of tirade 7 script writ- ing, filming of puppet shows, tap- ing of student teachers for their own evaluation, dissection demon- strations for biology and a basket- ball game viewed later by partici- pants for self-evaluation. At St. Paul's, television equip- ment was used to tape Ihe school's Halloween play, to show pictures from a hook to the class while the story was read, for pre-recorded tapes from the education centre, to lape the Christmas concert, so sing- went very With a in educational tele- vision equipment, the Lotlibridgc public school district firmly plans to give its teachers and student.1; every opportunity to make effective use of the facility. "It went very well last year many teachers exhibited a tremen- dous amount of interest in said Dr. Gerry Probe, the district's di- rector of personnel and material re- sources. "T h e various activities the schools and teachers undertook re- ceived enthusiastic participation and response; and we expect things to be even better tins year." Each school in the system lias a complete setup, including television camera, videotape recorder and television set or sets. Each school also has five hours of tape, and the central media centre has an addi- tional 75 hours. "We've tried to concentrate on using the equipment for our own Dr. Probe said. "This has meant we placed only a small em- phasis on using pre-recorded tapes dubbed by the provincial dubbing centre from its library. "It was well-used in terms of time, but whether it was used as effectively in terms of value, we don't yet know." Partly in order to acquire an eval- uation of JiTV's use, and partly to organize the district's equipment including KTV facilities, the districl has appointed Jake T.ocwen as its educational me- dia co-ordinator. Mr. Loewcn takes over from I'ommen, wiil rclum t'> teaching and n librarian. "We're hoping Mr. fin our older in-.vlia its or- Die library Mr. I'rdbn said, One of the firs! lhii'-'> do r; to look at what lias bwi dori'j with the KTV equipment nnrl Iry start sriine programs which will allow it to be used even more. Some of the uses by public schools have included students de- veloping book reports, which they ing and performances could later be analyzed, for student teacher evaluations, physical education evaluation and various dramatiza- tions. it was also used for student role playing: the students taped enact- ments of various activities they were studying so they could better understand them and their own re- actions. At. St. Patrick's, students were taped in various activities for self- evaluation later, especially in the language arts. 'Hie equipment was also used to assist in rehearsal of dramatic productions, as culmina- tion of units of study, for teacher self-evaluation, for micro-teaching and self-evaluation by student teachers and to inform parents about how the school was progress- ing. Assumption used its television equipment for instructional pur- poses including planned lesson as- sistance, for showing educational materials acquired from the edu- cation centre and elsewhere and for recording of school activities for presentation to school board and oilier interested people. ist year arc taped while reading for pre- sentation to the class later; Science laboratory work in senior high school, role playing by stu- dents in and other courses, including such things as aclcd-out job interviews, with one student playing the interviewer and the other the prospective employee; Taping of and student teachers at work, so that they and others can view them later for evaluation and improvement. "I'd like to sec even more tele- vision used in role Dr. Probe said. "It's a very effective educational tool." Most schools have purchased additional videotapes from their own budgets to supplement what the district provided, and they're also on their own if they want to purchase additional equipment. Dr. Piobe said if they want addi- tional equipment they can save money from their in-sctiool budgets for several years, until they can af- ford it and already some schools are doing just that. The equipment has stood up "quite Dr. Probe said, al- though several specific problems have become apparent and Mr. Loewcn will develop a specific dern- DR. GERRY PROBE onstration to assist teachers in avoiding these difficulties. In addition, the company which sold the district 'the equipment is preparing an extensive report on the equipment which will he used to point out to the teachers some of the things to watch for. Dr. Probe said the district may periodically collect all of the equip- ment and have it cleaned and ser- viced by a technician.