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Recently, the National Council on Teacher Quality, an independent advocacy group, conducted a study by looking at over 600 institutions around the United States. In this study, they found that in their opinion around 70 percent of all programs are not providing elementary teachers candidates with enough current reading training.
Some people believe that teachers do not have the proper training to teach kids with technology in the classroom. Many people believe that technology is becoming a very important role in the atmosphere of education in the classroom.
A study by Dell concluded that only 29 percent of American students have technology integrated throughout their curriculums compared to China which has 53 percent of students using technology in their studies.
One reason for this may be because of the lack of training given to teachers for student behavior and technology. One student from John F. Kennedy High School has strong feelings about this issue.
“I feel like some teachers find it hard to be able to teach students of this time period,” says Giovanni Barajas, “The world is moving a lot faster than it did before especially with technology. Our world and our way of life is much different than theirs was. I feel like teachers need more proper training to be able to effectively train students, especially in terms of technology.”
In the study done by Dell, about 90 percent of students believe that technology is beneficial to their education and needed to prepare them for future jobs.
“I like to think that knowing more about tech will help me in the future,” said Diego Santana, a recent graduate of Kennedy High School. “Maybe tech is not for me, but I know that there are many different fields that need you to know at least basic online skills. So yeah, I think teachers should be able to integrate it better into our classes.”
All of this leaves many people with the question, are teachers really well trained for the students of today?
The Summer Transportation Institute just wrapped up a three week program which invited San Jose high school students to the campus of San Jose State University. While there, students learned about careers in transportation by taking classes which allowed them to earn transferable college credits.
Four slots were open to students from Sacramento, three of which were taken by Access Local News Correspondent team members, and one of which was taken by a young woman from a YMCA youth program.
“I expected to see lots of lectures on how the transportation system works,” said Miranda Villarreal, a Sacramento student who attended the program. “I also expected to meet more people and that can wake up our eyes and see what kind of changes we can accomplish.”
Students from Sacramento stayed at the program for three days. They toured the tech museum, learned about some of the history about San Jose State University, sat in on a lecture about energy usage, toured city hall and spoke with San Jose transit workers, explored the boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Looked around the PG&E center, and lastly, toured the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, in less than 72 hours.
This program has been going on for 15 years for San Jose Students but the 2017 trip was the first time they opened the program to students from Sacramento. The group from Sacramento had less contact with the San Jose group, and were on a slightly different schedule.
“It was a great experience overall, “Villarreal explained. “I was excited and (overwhelmed) by all the new faces I got to see. I learned many new things (such as) the types of reusable energy (and) ways to save our planet.”
The Neighborhood News Correspondents of AccessLocal.tv got the amazing opportunity to participate in the 2017 National Summer Transportation Institute. Very few of the correspondents have actually travel out of Sacramento often so this was an eye-opening experience from every single one of them.
Girls on the Rise works towards giving young women a voice in their community. The youth find issues they wish to tackle, and bring their knowledge and discoveries to their annual conferences, in order to educate others about them.
2017’s National Summer Transportation Institute provided an opportunity for AccessLocal.tv reporters to experience a taste of a college education and learn a little bit about careers in the transportation and energy efficiency industries.
This event was hosted by Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose. This program is sponsored and funded by a grant from the US Federal Highway Administration. It extends beyond just San Jose and it includes various college campuses around the country.
While AccessLocal.tv reporters only got to experience three days of this program, students from San Jose High School Independence High got to experience a 2-week camp. By the end of it all, participating students received 3 units of college credit.
“It was a great experience overall,” said Miranda Villarreal, a YMCA Youth in Government program participant. “I was excited and overwhelmed by the new faces I got to see. I got to meet really out going people and my roommate was such an amazing person. What was interested me most about the event is when we took a trip to San Francisco.”
AccessLocal.tv reporters traveled went by train early on a Monday morning to San Jose, California. They checked in to San Jose State University to check out the dorms. Soon after, the reporters went to the Tech Museum of Innovation to watch a film that covered engineering and the history of technology.
Moving forward, the team had time to experience many of the museum’s many great attractions, including Virtual Reality booths, an earthquake simulator and more. One of these attractions had the team wear a brain data analyzer and participate in some activities. By the end of the end of the day, the device told each wearer how they were feeling throughout their experiences in the museum.
On Tuesday morning, the woke up early and ate breakfast before going on to participate in lectures from professors about energy and transportation in the United States. After that, the crew rode a bus to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. AccessLocal.tv reporters had lots of fun while exploring the beach and getting on the attractions. The day ended with a dinner at one of the restaurants in Santa Cruz.
On Wednesday, the last day of the trip, the team again had breakfast and quickly went on a bus to San Francisco for a tour at PG&E. The team learned about energy motives and how people can change it. Immediately after, the tram took a bus to the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge for a guided tour The view from the bridge gave the team an amazing view of the city of San Francisco.
Researchers claim that the consumption of certain fast-food menu items releases dopamine “good feeling” hormones and that overeating of these foods are found to be “just as addictive as street drugs”.
Paul Kenny, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Therapeutics at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., said, “Most people who are overweight would say, ‘I would like to control my weight and my eating,’ but they find it very hard to control their feeding behavior,” in an article in Scientific American titled Addicted to Fat: Overeating May Alter the Brain as Much as Hard Drugs.
Some in the field now believe that this could possibly be the making of a food addiction. “(D)opamine must be felt,” author Katherine Harmon says in her article, “and for that, the brain must have ample dopamine receptors. In many substance abusers a low level of dopamine receptors, either from the outset or caused by the behavior, means they increasingly have to seek more dopamine-inducing substances to reach a level of neurochemical reward they can enjoy.”
According to an article in ScienceDaily in a survey of 2,366 children between the ages of 2 and 12 years, 25% were overweight and obese and 19% said that they frequently felt feel unhappy. In a Taiwanese study from 2001, researchers found that children who ate fast food and drank soda were less likely to report being unhappy.
“Our findings suggest that consumption of fast food and soft drinks can result in a trade-off between children’s objective (i.e. obesity) and subjective (i.e. unhappiness) well-being,” the study concluded.
Researchers in the study suggest that policy makers “aim to improve children’s overall health should take these effects on children’s objective and subjective well-being into account to facilitate the reduction in childhood obesity without sacrificing children’s degree of happiness”.
Girls On The Rise is holding their 4th annual conference on Thursday, June 29th from 9:30 am to 3 pm at the Sierra Health Foundation. Girls On The Rise is a youth empowerment program for young women in South Sacramento which teaches girls how they can make an influential change in their communities through advocacy.
Organizers of the event intend to highlight all of the activities Girls On the Rise members take part in year-round, so girls who participate in the event should anticipate an active day of workshops and group activities, and listen to guest speakers and mentors who will teach the participants about Girls On the Rise’s mission.
“What [Girls on the Rise] has done for me is that it’s shown me that there are sophisticated women out there who are definitely a presence in business…and it’s just shown me that you can be active in the community and make a change your community just by doing the smallest things,” said attendee Vanessa Tuttle in an interview with AccessLocal in 2014.
To learn more about the Girls On the Rise Conference and about the organization itself you can visit their website and Facebook page here:
Green Technical Education and Employment employs youth over the summer to increase local access to healthy foods through use of an aquaponics system.