August 11th our speaker was Emma Le Dû redux and our hardiest perennial, TINFA. (Technology and Information for all).
Her presentation encompassed Project Update and much more, to wit:
- Connection with a Santa Cruz school (henceforth SCM)
- The Inherent worth and dignity of every human being
- Do no harm –Technology is a tool that serves the people who use it.
- While we don’t know all the answers, technology will never replace teachers.
By way of illustration:
- It is basic to evaluate teachers’ skills and students’ attitudes.
- At the end of the process, a teacher is given a career-enhancing certificate.
- A good connection has been made with SCM. Teachers come for skill training.
- Photos and VCRs show students in action, specifically in art.
- The use of equipment was shown.
- The school director gave an oration of thanks for our support.
- The transition from old methods to technology is well along in progress.
- One-on-one training for students; one-on-two for teachers.
- Teachers perform in front of other teachers; back and forth feedback
- Model classes occur in front of children.
- Teachers invited to go to different schools to show techniques
The TINFA Three Year Program:
- Equipment usage and practice training
- Advanced training and increased participation in curriculum building
- To continue being a resource for other schools.
- 100% teacher participation.
- 184% improvement
- 24% increase in children’s attitude toward education
Comment: As can be seen before our eyes, Rotary changes lives. In this case, it will extend unto generations.