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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE IEIHBRIDSE HERALD Friday, November 13, 1978 Count costs carefully Choice of equipment hazard of ETV plans By JIM WILSON Herald Education Writer (SECOND OF T1IUEE) There is a fantastic prolifera- tion of educational television equipment on the market to- day, ranging from !oo-cheup to out-of-the-queslion. The problem of building up ETV capacity in a school or school district is becoming more and more difficult, and mistakes can be costly in terms of both money and lack of effectiveness. It is likely that a television consultant's assistance would be needed by most school boards planning to acquire ETV facilities, particularly it they are extensive. And equip- ment salesmen are probably not very good consultants. Most equipment available to- day at reasonable prices is black and white. In five years or less, however, most students will be watching television at home in color, because most new sets sold today are color. The result will be an impres- sion of dra'joess students watch in biack and while the many p o t e n tially interesting and "colorful ETV programs in their school telelessons. This would be particularly true at the elementary and kindergar- ten levels. Some black and white ETV facilities can be modified for color, but the most important equipment the television sets and hundreds of videotape rec ordings collected in local VTE libraries cannot be up- graded. A fast-developing fallacy in ETV equipment, however, is accusations of obsolescence: salesmen and leasing agents claim ETV equipment is chang- ing so rapidly that hardware bought today will be useless tomorrow. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 The more accurate observa- tion would be that ETV equip- ment bought today will be re- placed when it wears out by better equipment; but if it works well today, it will con- tinue to work well until il wears out. And there is almost no likelihood of non-compatible ETV systems taking over the market within any five to 10 year period the practical life ot most ETV equipment. Depart ment of education I ETV consultants offer the fol- i lowing average figures lor I equipment purchase cost. Most (hardware listed would last at i least five to seven years. Camera: Hack and j white, color; videotape recorder black and white, color; channel modulators (one need- ed for each channel in use for VTB black and white, color (although models have become available for black and Television sets (one per 10 to 15 black and white, color; wiring a school with coaxial cable for transmission to the classroom of both regular antenna broad- cast programs and VTB centre playback: per room (all rooms sSiould be video- tapes (same tapes used for black and white or about per hour for inch tape; cassettes will probably cost about the same. Based on average figures and the most extensive facilities (practical, ETV for Lethbridge [public schools would cost a maximum of for black and white or for color; for the separate schools, ,000 and These figures include television sets in each classroom, and one or two ca- meras and VTRs in each school. Annual replacement fund [and maintenance costs would run at about 15 per cent of the initial capital Outlay. Alberta Government Tele-' phones will lease all of the re- quired equipment on three- or five-year contracts. AGT's black and white annual tee for a five-year contact would be about: camera, %-inch VTH, 23-inch television sets, each AGT picks up the tab on most liioialeaaoce work and there is no loss to the renter I in terms of replacement of ob- Isolele equipment. I In addition to equipment, however, there will be a fur- ther cost associated with ETV: teacher retraining. Traditional teachers who al- low little or no student-and- teachcr dialogue are often ac- cused of being "talking books" because they spend _all of their classroom time talking at their I students; ETV can easily be turned into an electronic talk- ing book if it simply substitutes a television box for the teach- er at the front of a room. ETV cannot now and never will be able to substitute for the wide range of roles the class room teacher performs. A teacher is a must: the televi- sion system is just a sophis- ticated learning resource. However, most teachers are not accustomed to using a tele- vision set as a ing tool, and waste their rime and their students' time in try- ing. Teachers may learn but more than likely they'll give it up as a lost cause, trfteu blam- ing ETV and riot them- selves. Innovations cost money, and they're all a waste of time if teachers are not first taught how to use them effectively. What is really needed is spe- cial training in ETV use and use of other educational innova- tions; The University Leth- bridge faculty of education could be of immeasureable val- ue in retraining teachers, and in initially training them, if it would establish a department of educational innovations in- struction offering both eve- ning classes and summer ses- siou classes for teachers who need to learn how to use new- technology education methods. Tomorrow: Special uses of ETV. Simpsons-Sears in Lethbridge has removed a Christmas toy from its shelves because of re- ports it could suffocate chil- dren. The toy, called Traffic Jam, consists of an eight-fool-long vinyl plastic tube about three feet in diameter. Two children start at either end and carry balls through the tube to the opposite end. The first child to reacti the opposite end is the winner. Manitoba's Consumer Affairs Minister Ben Hanuschak said Thursday his department felt the toy could be hazardous to children because the vinyl has a tendency to cling to the face even though it did have small holes for ventilation along the sides of the tube. The toy would be especially dangerous if a particularly leriibridge Handicap Society ANNUAL CHOCOLATE DRIVE MON.-TUES.-WED. Nov. 16-17-18 Chocolate Drive Headquarters SEAR OF SIMPSONS-SEARS STORE CENTRE VllLAGE MAll Opened after 6 p.m. eoch day Chocolates box Ws urgently need drivers and helpers to assist us Phone 327-2773 or 327-8738 Come to ths drive Centre Vill A s headquarters in llage Mall J Youtli gets suspended sentence An 18 year old Leihbridge youth received an 18 month suspended sentence when he pleaded quilty in magistrate's court to two charges of break and enter, one of theft and two attempted thefts. There were two charges of breaking and entering into a dwelling hpuse ia Lethbridge, one of stealing two 45 gallon barrels of gas and one gas pump and two charges at- tempting to steal gas. Four other Lethbridge youths were involved in some of the charges and will appear in court at a later date to plead to the charges. Aberta on the ikes it ght side Three Feathers Rye Whisky is blended for today's trend to lightness. Enough four year old to keep it lively enough eight year old to make it smooth. More and more Albertans are joining the light brigade, Whafe lighter than a feather? THREE FEATHERS WHATMAN PARK TILFORD DISTIUBMS ita NEW DRIVE-IN lethbridge's newest drive-in is a bank. Teller Debbie Buryan accepts a deposit from Dick Rittenhouse, contractor for the bank of Montreal on 13th St. N. There is also space inside the ultra-modern structure, designed by local ar- chitect Hans Bohnert,