ERIC Number: ED246870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Computers in the Schools: State/Provincial Implications.
Thiessen, S. J.
The Alberta goverment has attempted to systematically address educational computing issues through programs of the provincial (K-12) education department (Alberta Education), which have included the development of computer literacy curricula for elementary, junior, and senior high schools; the Computer Technology Project (CTP); evaluation studies; and the Minister's Task Force on Computers in Schools. These efforts were designed to address major computing issues of availability and quality of educational software; provision of teacher inservice opportunities; computer literacy for students; and short- and long-range planning for educational computing activities. All courseware evaluation activities and seminars have been standardized on the Apple II microcomputer. Emphasis has been on evaluating existing programs before developing new courseware. The CTP focuses on teacher inservice and courseware evaluation, including: (1) development of computer-related inservice seminars; and (2) systematic evaluation of Apple II instructional courseware by subject area through a three-stage evaluation process. Other departmental activities have included provincial governmental assistance for school districts purchasing microcomputers for business education programs, and a small grant to each school system for professional development. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta; Software Evaluation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).