ERIC Number: ED240980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Computers in Schools. The Report of the Minister's Task Force on Computers in Schools.
Romaniuk, E. W.; And Others
Focusing on the use of computers in Alberta's schools, this report reviews educational computing issues and makes recommendations to assist in the formation of policies and programs for the Canadian provinces. A summary of the study and discussions of computers and society and computers and schools are followed by a brief review of the current status of educational computing in Alberta and the other Canadian provinces. Results of a survey of all school principals in Alberta for each year from 1981 to 1983 to determine the use of microcomputers are reported, as well as observations of task force members who visited Texas, California, and Minnesota. The purposes and characteristics of the education provided by Alberta's school system are briefly described, and ways that computers can serve education are outlined. Issues identified by the task force are then examined and 48 specific recommendations are offered that relate to students and curriculum, teacher training (preservice, graduate training, inservice, and continuing education); courseware (standards/evaluation, clearinghouse/distribution, and development/production); hardware (evaluation and acquisition, distribution and placement, networks, and peripherals); planning; organization; and funding. Suggestions for further research are included as well as a discussion of implications, a summary, and conclusions. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Identifiers: Alberta; Canada; Computer Uses in Education; Software Evaluation