Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Thursday, August 19, 1971 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 ETV is in full operation this fall Lctlibridge public ar.d separate school districts have spent more than between them on edu- cational television equipment, so that every school in the city is ETV-equipped. Each school will have a televi- sion camera, videotape recorder and several television monitor sets. The public school; have pur- chased television units worth al- most and the separate schools have invested In addition, further funds have been committed for videotapes. The move to become ETV- equipped started several years ago with the formation of the Southern Alberta Educational Television As- sociation, comprising 17 co-operat- ing school districts. The districts studied closely the various TV developments, and eventually recommended ways and means of television acquisition. SAETVA operated with a provin- cial government grant, one of sev- eral projects with government funds trying out different means o[ using ETV. The SAETVA project. initialeJ largely by public school trustee Doug Card, was designed to let the classroom teacher use television in whatever way he or she thought best for individual lessons. The idea was that teachers should "film" displays and special demonstrations using a television camera and videotape, so that lire individually-tailored classroom vi- sual aid could be replayed to a classroom of students. Equipment for the project was leased from Alberta Government Telephones, but when the Leth- bridge school districts decided to enter the ETV field in earnest, they opted to purchase their own equip- ment. The two districts will be able to draw on a videotape library devel- oped by the Alberta department of education which now contains close to tapes on almost every ele- mentary or high school subject. The schools simply send a blank half-hour or hour tape to Edmon- ton and the program is dubbed on- to it for permanent Lethbridge use. Teachers can also use the cam- eras in their schools to make their own videotapes, and perhaps most useful to bring demonstra- tions as close to their students as the nearest television monitor screen. In this way crowds around chem- istry experiment demonstration tables can be avoided and students can see much more accurately what is happening. The public school district plans to buy some mobile camera units next year, and separate schools hope to as well. The units are somewhat expensive, but can be carried from place to place easily and have their own built-in power supply. Field trips and other out- of-doors activities could be taped In the public school district, the videotape library will be operated through Gladys Bossen in the cen- tral media centre, located in the district's administration centre. Local teachers will be making many of their own tapes, and the more permanently-useful ones will be sent to the library for further and future distribution. In the future, both school dis tricts expect to acquire more equip- ment, so long as what they have so far purchased finds widespread use. In order lo better-equip teachers in ETV use, the suppliers of the equipment will be holding several workshops on ETY in the class- room. There are also a number of Uni- versity of Lethbridge and Leth- bridge Community College ETV courses under development, which city teachers will be able to attend. There is a possibility that city schools, the university and college and several nearby school dis- tricts will co-operate in future to establish a local videotape dubbing centre and library, which would work with the department of edu- cation library to provide a compre- hensive southern Alberta service. Driver education The annual death toll on Alberta highways is spiralling ever-up- ward, and many driving safety ex- perts say the only way to improve the statistics is to be certain that all drivers are as expert as possi- ble This year the Alberta deparl- mcnl of education, has authorized a two-credit course in driver edu- cation lor all liigh school students. In the past many high schools, including those in Lethbridge have offered driver education programs on a non-credit basis with varying degrees oE success. Students taking them received the benefit of qualified driving in- structors, but people being peo- ple not all students should have benefited, did. With the addition of credit to- ward high school diplomas for tak- ing the course, it is hoped that many more students take ail- vantage of the opportunity. The course wilt he nvaiiahU1 in Lethbridge high schools. sUrlnv: in January. It involves 30 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of in-car practical instruction. including eight hours behind the wheel. It is expected that classroom instruction will be provided by qualified staff members in the high schools, while the actual road training will be given by profes- sional driving instructors. The instructors arc all required to complete a safedriving course, which is the reason for delaying introduction of the program in city schools until the spring semester. Granting of credits for the course will depend on the success- ful completion of both phases of the course and the obtaining of an Alberta driver's license by the stu- dent. The now course is expected to be extremely popular with stu- dents, who will in some instances he eligible for decreased auto in- surance premiums. The school boards will continue to subsidize the heavy costs of in- car instruction, although students in the public schools will be re- quired to contribute toward ex- penses. The separate school dislricl has not yet completed ils arrange- ments, so it is not yet known students must pay. Superior Motors of Tuber anil King Chrysler Dodge of Lclhbriclge have donaled automobiles for use as training vehicles in thr pro- gram. The Lelhbridge Collegiale Insti- tute may offer the non-credit ver- sion of the driver education pro- gram, which it has offered in past years, during the fall semester. Blackbourne retires after 32 years LORNE BLACKBOUTiXE Lome Blackbourne. deputy su- perintendent of public schools in Lethbridge. retired thi.; summer after 32 years with city public schools. When he started with the district in 1939 as a teacher, he says "the total staff of the- district consisted of one combined snpcrinlcndenl- secrclary treasurer, one book- keeper stenographer. 7.') princi- pals and teachers, five caretakers, one part time assistant caretaker and one handyman." Today the Lelhbridge Collegiate Institute, where Mr. Blackbourne started his teaching career, has al- most, that many staff members by ilself. Born n Kamloops. B.C.. Mr. Blackbourne has lived in Leth- bridge since 1916, except for four years of service in the armed forces during the Second War. He enrolled in the Calgary Nor- mal School in 1928. then taught in several Lethbridge district schools. In 1932 he moved to the Universi- ty of Alberta for two years, obtain- ing a bachelor of science Soon after, he also obtained a bachelor of education degree. lie started teaching in Leth bridge in 1939. but was soon inter- niplecl by the war. After several years of active duly overseas he returned to the Lethbridge school district with the rank of captain, and has been with the reserve army here ever since. In 1947 he became vice-principal of LCI. and became assistant su- perintendent of schools in 195G. Later, lie became deputy superin- tendent of schools. Mr. Blackbourne is married, has one son and one daughter.