ERIC Number: ED245835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Don't Get Trampled in the Computer Stampede.
Yarbro, Richard C.
Regardless of favorable advertising and publicity, it is not presently clear that schools should rush to purchase microcomputers for instructional use in classrooms. In regard to instructional questions, much research is needed to determine the effectiveness of the computer under varying classroom conditions. Additional questions needing resolution before computers are purchased include the following: (1) Can the school offer enough computers to insure that each child has adequate time with the machine? (2) Can the school purchase enough software to provide adequate variety so teachers may select learning experiences to meet the needs of each child? (3) Should all teachers become computer literate? (4) Should students become computer literate? Schools should be sure they can afford a microcomputer system and its accompanying software without draining already-strained budget items. Purchases that sacrifice other areas, thereby lowering the quality of instruction, are not acceptable. Clear objectives must be established in the integration of the microcomputer and its accompanying technology. Proper teacher training in use of the equipment and preview of software is imperative. Rational planning in the initial stages can help prevent irreversible decisions that can waste resources and reduce the quality of the teaching/learning environment. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education