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Andreea Iordache

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What type of programs should contain an online television channel with closed circuit focused on education for kids under 12?

The idea here would be to use this channel exclusively for educational purposes inside kindergartens and have a very powerful coponent focused on personal development of each kid.

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    May 6 2014: why a TV when you already have live teacher?
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      May 6 2014: Hello Greg,

      Thank you for your question. It's a very good approach.
      The TV has two purposes: on one hand, to supplement the didactic activity because it's easier for kids to learn when they see an animated or interactive video and, on the other hand, to be the necessary quality TV dosage for one day under strict supervision and increase kids curiosity for specific topics.
      • May 6 2014: no offense, Andreea, but your comment slightly seems like North Korean way- altho they have strict restrictions over just watching it - and I don't think it would be realistic.
        I mean, how are you going to set the necessary quality TV dosage in the first hand, and the supervision, how can it be restricted, and by whom?
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          May 6 2014: Hello Lucille,

          Thank you for your feedback and for your questions.

          My idea with this project is to have an educational, engaging, unboring content to be delivered to the children by their teachers. And, in my opinion, because we are speaking about kids under 12, part of the content should be used for tranfering general knowledge to childs, and the second part would focus on some of the skills of a group.

          In regard to the quality and TV dosage under strict supervision I was speaking about the well known fact that there has to be somebody to supervise the kids and to see if they actually have understood correctly what was everything about and go home and share with their parents what they have just learned. Also, this channel aims to focus on certain programs to help kids to be able to identify certain things while going in camping or while they are fishing with their grandparents. Or maybe just when they receive a new game and recognize specific items they have heard/saw while wathcing this online TV station. Or when they hear a new title for a new cartoon series.

          In regard to quality of the content.. I believe that most of us have seen both high quality movies and mediocre productions. The idea here is to deliver high standards and help each kid to become a critical viewer. Experts recommend that kids should watch programs not television. Starting from here, if the kids would have a daily-basis programs lasting about 4 hours, at home they would probably be overwhelmed wish to go out and play with other kids or to spend time with their parents rather than continuing to watch TV.

          Some studies I have read about said that children with moderate access to television who watched with a parent a program become scored significantly higher academically than did the other kids who had unlimited access or than those children with moderate access who watched without a parent. And if a group of kids watch together, their chances to learn right and fast already grows.
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        May 6 2014: well, I suppose you could teach a lot of subjects on TV, Andrea? So what are you asking, which subjects lend themselves to TV? Well, maybe ones where you're giving information as opposed to teaching a skill? For example, here is an interesting video about animals's sense of taste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqKdNfJzC-g But I don't know if your idea will work because doesn't the teacher need to discuss with the student what they learned on TV? But when is she going to do that?
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          May 7 2014: Thank you for the video. It's a great material.

          In regard to the timeframe for obtaining the right information about what the kids know, I believe that the teacher should ask first if there is somebody who knows something about the topic that is to be presented and afterwards to watch together and discuss after about what they already knew and what they have learned.

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