GUILDERLAND — As the debate rages across the country and around the world over whether digital learning should supersede traditional teaching, Natalia LeMoyne is unperturbed.
Executives in Silicon Valley pay hefty tuition fees to send their children to a Waldorf school that banishes computers. Every student at a poor public school was given an iPad, yet test scores remained low. In a recent debate at Columbia University “More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall is Obsolete,” a professor who believed online courses could not replace the intimate interaction between students and their teacher argued against a professor who taught online and said he could reach more students in an online course than in 40 years on campus; the audience voted — electronically — to declare the clicks the winners of the debate.
Library Director Timothy Wiles says Guilderland's 22-year-old building "still looks fresh and new," but is in need of repairs so a $90,000 capital reserve fund is planned as part of next year's budget.
GUILDERLAND — A half-dozen music teachers objected to the cut of three-tenths of a post in their department, part of a $92 million budget proposal the school board adopted at its last meeting, which would eliminate roughly 35 jobs next year.
Last week, funds totaling $1.4 million were announced from a press conference at Indian Ladder Farms. Sixty-eight different grants were given to land trusts across the state, with two local organizations receiving funds.