Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Broadly Speaking

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Broadly Speaking

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In this month's Broadly Speaking, we talk with Hall Davidson, the Director of Educational Services at KOCE-TV, PBS in Orange County, California. He serves as executive director of telecommunications of Orange County, a media consortium of school districts, private schools, and home schoolers with more than 200,000 students.

T.H.E.: How can cable and television programming be better integrated into curriculum?

Davidson: There are two factors for effective use of television and cable programming that are critical now, and will become more critical as we move into the new millennium. First, teachers, or their media specialists/librarians, need to establish a system to identify appropriate programming and access it on VCRs. Some schools have mastered this and some simply have not. If you think of the Internet as a model, it is a matter of bookmarking and downloading these powerful full-motion video and sound resources.

Second, in the near future, cable and program providers need to work with teachers to re-purpose their program material in discrete pieces that match the time and attention factors of the classroom, rather than the templates of broadcasting. New formats will also allow students to integrate these fabulous resources more easily into their media and multimedia projects. Media resources should be a major part of technology-rich, project-based learning.

T.H.E.: How do you perceive PBS's role in education in the future?

Davidson: PBS has a way to go in order to return to its position of educational leadership. …

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