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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbtidge Herald Fourth section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, October 16, 1974 Pages 33 to 40 Lethbridge schools 'plug in9 to data centre Using UofL computer improves students9 math "Good morning, Rosalie. I hope you enjoy today's math problems." This greeting isn't from a teacher; it's coming from a computer, printed out at the beginning of a mathematics drill for Grade 3 students. Rosalie is one of many Lethbridge elementary school children using the University of Lethbridge computer to im- prove their mathematical skills. Students at Fleetwood Bawden and Lakeview elementary schools are using the computer regularly. There are usually two Teletype terminals in each school connected by telephone lines to the main computer at the. University. The computer is programmed with a math drill and practice system and prints out questions to which the students type back a solution. Students usually get ten minutes each day on tike com- puter and results' of the drill are stored in the machine's memory banks. In this way, the computer keeps a record of a student's progress and can make the next lesson easier or more difficult. Each student also has an identifying number and when he punches this on the ter- minal keyboard, back come the math problems and a per- sonalized greeting. THREE YEARS AGO The computer drill program started three years ago when U of L programmer, Glenn Allan, interested teachers and principals in the idea of using the University computer as a teaching aid. Since that time, four elementary and several high schools have "plugged in" to the campus computer. Mr. Allan believes that although the computer cannot teach mathematics, it can do a more effective job of drill- ing students on concepts already taught. "Each student works on a different problem at his own level when he uses the com- puter, something a human teacher doesn't have time to do." The U of L provides schools with computer time on a cost basis and according to Com- puter Centre coordinator, Or. Phil Daykin, will continue to do so as long as the program proves beneficial. And Dr. Daykin says all indications he has received indicate the com- puter drill is helping students. COMPUTER DRILLS "The computer provides drill and practice with im- mediate feedback and positive reinforcement for the child. You could say it gives every student a private tutor." Miss Elma Groves, prin- cipal of Lakeview School, agrees that the computer gives teachers more time to teach. "One of the purposes of us- ing the computer is to allow children to drill and practice, things that can be a time- consuming chore for the teacher." The principal of Fleetwood Bawden, Lloyd Flaig, con- ducted a series of com- parative tests earlier this year to discover just how much the computer drilling was helping his students. Grade 4 students who had not worked with the computer were tested and compared with Grade 3's who had been doing computer drills for several months. The result the Grade 3 pupils scored as well or better than the Grade 4's. A total of 62 per cent of students using the computer scored above 80 per cent com-- pared to 26 per cent of non- computer drilled students. STUDENTS IMPROVE Mr. Flaig said the test results confirmed his own observations that the com- puter was helping students. "We find that children who were taking a lot of time and getting half the questions wrong are now doing their work in less time with a higher number of he explained. Dr. Daykin is pleased but not surprised with the success of the computer program. "Computers are widely used in the United States as teaching aids with good he observed. Unfortunately, said Dr. Daykin, computers have not yet gained wide acceptance in Canadian schools. "Alberta is number one in Canada in research in this field, but both Alberta and Canada are far behind other countries when it comes to practical application." He feels that properly used, computers can enable children to learn much more during their twelve years at school. Both Miss Groves and Mr. Flaig are convinced the com- puter program is helping students with their mathematics. And as for the youngsters that use the computer? Derek, a Grade 3 student at Fleetwood Bawden school sums it up best. "Using the computer is a lot better than using a pencil." Herald Family Inflation whams the occult trade in U.S. Hikers will bitch despite dangers STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The Age of Aquarius, in which peace and love predominate, is feeling the pinch at the cash register. According to a palmist, a phrenologist and an astrology businessman, the trade in the occult is slipping. "When it comes down to the bucks, everybody's the said Steve Johnson whose wife, Mary, is known professionally as Sister Hope. She reads palms and playing cards. Even at a price for basic reading, customers are as thin as they have ever been during her five years in Stamford, said Sister Hope. But, like many of her colleagues, she doesn't depend on palm reading for her support. Right now, her husband said, the in- come from palm reading amounts to "a dozen eggs every now and then." Besides the economic pic- ture, the general outlook is not good for her trade, said Sister Hope. CLOSE UP SHOP Several other readers and advisers in Stamford have closed up shop during the past few months. Betty Johnson, known as Sister Betty, said the phrenology business is at VICTORIA (CP) Young people who lined the roads leading into and out of Vic- toria this summer trying to hitch a ride up-island or into the city, won't give up their "cheap, easy and interesting" way of travel despite war- nings it may be dangerous even murderous. Hitch-hikers interviewed on the road agree that a warning of the dangers of thumb-tripp- ing by British Columbia At- torney-General Alex Macdo- nald is something to consider, but not a deterrent to hitch- hiking. The warning came after po- lice pleas for help in solving the sex killings of young women whose bodies were found in various parts of the' province during the last few years. Some had been picked up as they hitch-hiked on B.C. highways. "I think it's kind of like looking up everything you said Lisa McMinning, 18, of Regina. "If you're always going to be paranoid about things like this, then you're really not go- ing to have much of a life." She and a friend, Janice Or- ley, 17, also from the Sas- katchewan capital, stood thumbs out at the entrance to the Trans-Canada Highway on the edge of Victoria, in hot sunshine, trying to cadge a ride to Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver 150 miles up- island. Both had heard of the mur- ders and Mr. Macdonald's warning. "We heard a lot of people talking about it in a hostel we stayed at in Vancouver, but it didn't seem to really bother said Lisa. Both girls had had occa- sional invitations out for din- ner or a drink from men who gave them rides, "but most people are really friendly and they stop for you because they probably hitched themselves said Janice. "I guess I hitch because it's cheap and you get to know an area better and meet more people. A bus or a train is bor- ing and always the same, but hitching is always different." Mary Stanley, 22, of Ver- non, a student at the Univer- sity of B.C. in Vancouver, hadn't heard of the warning or the murders, but said she wouldn't give up hitch-hiking. She said it's easier to get rides when she hitch-hiked alone or with another girl, but added that nothing "really bad" had ever happened to her while hitch-hiking. "Sure, I've had some guys say some stupid things to me, but if you're not expecting that to happen at least once, then you shouldn't be hitch- ing. My parents will be really worried when they hear about these murders, but sure, I'll keep on hitching, it's the only way to go." Her main reason for trav- elling by thumb is simple: "I get bus sick." Another famous name at Camm's.. For those dressy Occasions choose from our selection of lovely TOs lovely dressy sSng is available now at CamnTs in Black Call with Black Patent trim with the now sron- mer heeL Cloud Soft Originals" This lovely pump available 3n Blacfc, or Brown CrtnMe Patent, leather cushioned frwGfte and srcff) support. and Caff. Opan Ttam. mt tn. mom aun. Camm's Shoes Consumers beware by LYNNE GORDON Use small claims court Do you hate going to court, even if you have a legitimate gripe? Most consumers don't think of suing, even if they get an in- correct bill, or receive damaged merchandise, or have a dispute with their landlord, car dealer, or insurance man, because they don't know how to use the small claims court, commonly called the "court for the In fact, many people don't even know such a court exists. Part of the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of the government for the poor job they do of publicizing the court and how to use it. It's called the small claims court because the amount of money involved is usually small. Depending on the province, it may run from to except in B.C. where the limit has been raised to Because of inflation, consumer advocates are pushing for all courts to raise their limit to at least Filing costs are also low, running anywhere from to depending on the amount of money involved in the dispute. Supposedly, the advantage of a small claims court is that it's less formal and less technical than the senior courts. It's the place where a consumer should be able to get justice without a lawyer. Rules of evidence are relaxed so that a common-sense argument by an amateur should carry as much weight with the judge as a sophisticated case presented by a hot-shot lawyer. Both sides simply tell their story to the judge who is often the judge and the advocate for both the claimant and the defendant. An attempt is made to dispense justice with impartiality and fairness. If the judge is particularly sympathetic to the con- sumer, he will try to avoid delays by not harping on small details. Your case can be held up if you don't remember to bring all the relevant documents necessary to the case; receipts, sales slips, service call records, repair bills, warranties or anything else that applies to your case. If you need witnesses, they must come with you. The court works very fast Sometimes a decision will be an- nounced immediately after the testimony, or it can take up to two months. Part of the problem is that most courts only sit in the daytime which means you have to take time off from work. In an attempt to give the consumer a better break, Quebec and Manitoba sometimes sit at night and on weekends. They also have barred lawyers from toe-court, so the consumer is not faced with a frightening opponent But it's not just the lawyer an inexperienced consumer has to fear. It can be a law student an experienced businessman or a collection agent who is more familiar with the law. Lately, there has been increasing criticism levelled at the small claims courts. Some studies reveal that it's become more of a tool for the businessman and the collection agent to harass the consumer over an overdue or unpaid ML And while the courts are suppos- ed to be held in an utfonnalatirrasphere, some of the courts are dreary and noisy and some of the trappings of more formal courts still exist Only a small percentage of consumers actual- ly use the courts. If you have a dispute of any kind that yon think falls under the jurisdiction of the small claims court the clerk will show yon how to file, and will answer such questions as: Does the court have jurisdiction over your claim? Does the court have jurisdic- tion over the defendant involved? Does the amount of money in- volved in your daim fall within the limits of the damages the court is permitted to award. The clerk CANNOT tell yon whether to sue or not, or bow much you can expect to collect Clerks are not lawyers. Even if yon fed confident enough to plead your own case, it might be worthwhile to go to a lawyer and pay for an hours worth of advice and get some coaching. Or yon may qualify for legal aid. Reformers would like to have free legal assistance on hand at the time of filing a daim. This would encourage the con- sumer to use the court more effectively and with less anxiety. Copyright Sn Syndicate its lowest ebb in her 20 years of practising. Thought to be the only person in the western part of the state with a telephone listing for study of the formation of the skull as an indicator of Betty said she can't read the business downturn any better than anyone else. "I guess my customers feel the pinch like she said. Also in the business in New Haven is Thomas Sherwood, who runs an occult shop near the Yale University campus. 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