ERIC Number: ED219862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
ComputerTown: A Do-It-Yourself Community Computer Project. [Computer Town, USA and Other Microcomputer Based Alternatives to Traditional Learning Environments].
Zamora, Ramon M.
Alternative learning environments offering computer-related instruction are developing around the world. Storefront learning centers, museum-based computer facilities, and special theme parks are some of the new concepts. ComputerTown, USA! is a public access computer literacy project begun in 1979 to serve both adults and children in Menlo Park (California). Using a grant from the National Science Foundation, the People's Computer Company, originators of the ComputerTown concept, have developed an implementation package to assist other locales in developing ComputerTowns. By the end of 1982, 100 sites are expected to have been established in the United States and over 30 in the United Kingdom. ComputerTowns can be organized formally or informally and can offer a wide range of activities including classes, workshops, "playdays," hands-on access to computers, computer rentals, club sponsorships, computer facility tours, and video game contests. This paper briefly describes the range of possibilities for ComputerTown projects and discusses future plans of the parent facility. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Computer Literacy, Computer Oriented Programs, Microcomputers, Nonschool Educational Programs, Nontraditional Education, Science Programs
Not available separately; see EA 014 910.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Computer: Extension of the Human Mind. Proceedings, Annual Summer Conference, College of Education, University of Oregon (3rd, Eugene, OR, July 21-23, 1982). For related documents, see EA 014 910-932.