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ERIC Number: ED248573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-2
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
How We Use Computers for (Much) Better Education.
Kemppainen, Rick
Despite severe budget limitations, the Bellflower Unified School District in southern California has instituted an outstanding computer education program. This transcript of a panel presentation by school board and staff representatives of the Bellflower Unified School District, describes the district's computer program, its history, its impact on the educational program as a whole, and its future prospects. The district has purchased 356 microcomputers, distributed at a ratio of 1 computer per 25 students. These are employed in computer labs, rotated among classrooms, and assigned to individual teachers for 1 year at a time, based on competitive proposals. The program provides all students, K-12, with opportunities to use computers as an instructional tool, become computer literate, develop problem-solving skills, and engage in higher level thinking processes. The computer curriculum includes the following programs: computer-assisted instruction in reading, math, language, science, and social studies; computer literacy for students, parents, and community; and keyboarding skills and programming classes for all ages. The program is administered by four committees, formed by the instructional services division to perform the following functions: (1) curriculum design for computers, (2) software evaluation and selection, (3) school site support, and (4) staff development. Subsequent evaluation has revealed an overall 15 percent gain in student achievement scores since the program was implemented. (TE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bellflower Unified School District CA
Note: Panel presentation to the National School Boards Association Convention (Houston, TX, March 31-April 3, 1984).