ERIC Number: ED238644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Unique Delivery System to Rural Schools: The NMSU-Space Center Microcomputer Van Program.
Amodeo, Luiza B.; And Others
Collaboration between New Mexico State University's College of Education and three other entities has led to the computer experience microvan program, implemented in 1983, a unique system for bringing microcomputers into rural New Mexico K-12 classrooms. The International Space Hall of Fame Foundation provides the van, International Space Center staff provide administrative coordination and support for scheduling, Texas Instruments Corporation (TI) supplies the microcomputers and software (including the TI LOGO Curriculum Guide, based on Piaget's theory of intellectual development), and the College provides two instructors who travel with the van, plus various support and maintenance functions. Participating school districts pay $150 per day per visit in program cost so they will feel a commitment to effective utilization of the program. Primary project objectives are computer awareness, computer literacy, and hands-on machine time for students and teachers. Students receive instruction during the school day, after which teachers are provided with more detailed instruction and review of available software. First-year evaluations are positive. Rural teachers, many of whom experienced anxiety about computers, are reassured to learn that the van personnel are professional educators, not computer scientists. Rural students benefit from exposure to microcomputers. Participants want the van to return so they can have more hands-on computer time. (MH)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Computer Literacy, Computer Programs, Cooperative Programs, Educational Cooperation, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Itinerant Teachers, Microcomputers, Mobile Educational Services, Program Costs, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Anxiety; International Space Center; International Space Hall of Fame Foundation NM; New Mexico; New Mexico State University; Texas Instruments
Note: Paper presented at the National Rural Education Association Conference (Manhattan, KS, October 15-18, 1983).