ERIC Number: ED218703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The First Step in Utilizing Computers in Education: Preparing Computer Literate Teachers.
Wells, Malcolm; Bitter, Gary
As a result of a survey concerning computer assisted instruction in Arizona schools, Arizona State University developed a program to assist districts in computer instructional program development. In the initial planning phase of the program, a list was drawn up of preparatory functions essential for districts making a transition to computer assisted instruction. This list included inservice programs, curricular modifications, and selection of courseware and hardware. The program was funded for 1981-82. Phase I provided orientation for administrators. Phase II was a 4-week summer institute to train 30 Arizona teachers as resource people able to introduce their districts to computer assisted instruction. The institute covered 10 topics, including: computer systems and logic; introduction to programming techniques; introduction to computer languages; authoring techniques; software selection and review; hardware selection; preparation for computer assisted instruction; computer literacy; and preparation of an inservice program on computer assisted instruction. Ten teams prepared inservice programs such as the one briefly summarized in this report. The summer institutes were evaluated by an attitudinal survey indicating that most participants had positive attitudes toward computers and instruction by peers but experienced frustration when attempting programming. Future recommendations were for more time to be spent on user skills and less on programming and authoring. The program was enthusiastically received. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: For a related document, see EA 014 627.