50 years agoMarch 12, 1964
By means of group-use telephonic equipment, teachers of the nine schools of the Third Supervisory District are “attending” lectures given at Columbia University and Harvard University without leaving their own schools.
Schools involved in the project include Andes, Fleischmanns, Gilboa, Grand Gorge, Jefferson, Margaretville, Roxbury, South Kortright and Stamford.
Coordination and operational procedures are the responsibility of Freeman Van Wickler, coordinator of telelearning and programmed instruction for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of the Third Supervisory District.
The series entitled “Current Issues and Trends in Education,” consists of eight lectures, each by a professor prominent in his own field. Using the telephone equipment installed in the schools, the teachers not only listen to the lecture but participate in the discussion period.
The class period lasts an hour and a half with the professor determining how the time is allocated between lecture and discussion. Each of the lectures is being taped and kept for future reference.Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.