ERIC Number: ED233685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Computers, Schools, and Society: American Education in an Information Age.
Uhlig, George E.
The microcomputer is only the very visible tip of a technological iceberg which demands a national technological literacy. Other important new technologies include the laser or optical videodisc and satellite-ground information transfer and telecommunications. National technological literacy requires changes in curriculum development beginning within the teacher education program. Changes have been slow due to a lack of funds, a perceived lack of relevant instructional software on the part of practitioners, resistance to new technology, and a lack of leadership at the local level. The University of South Alabama College of Education, however, has pursued four strategies to equip teachers with understanding and hands-on experience of new technologies, including: (1) the creation of new courses; (2) the incorporation of computer uses into existing methods courses; (3) the development of a program for producing or evaluating instructional computer software; and (4) the introduction of inservice training in computer appplications for local school districts. It is essential that every graduate of American teacher education programs have both the awareness and the technical training to capitalize on new information technologies and that schools find ways to introduce students to the technologies at as early an age as possible. A list of nine suggested readings accompanies this paper. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Information Technology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Council on Computer Education (Mobile, AL, January 28-29, 1983).