ERIC Number: ED328208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Introducing New Technology: Chasing a Dream.
McKeown, Edward N.
This report on the implementation of computer technology in Toronto elementary and secondary schools was based on an analysis of current implementation compared to what had been envisioned for the system in 1985. The following impediments to implementation were noted: (1) financial constraints due to a lack of provincial operating funds; (2) hardware demands and the need to update and/or replace computers as they become obsolete in the changing technological market; (3) software--finding and selecting quality programs from the vast quantity available, and then integrating their use into the classroom; (4) a need for inservice teacher education and continuing teacher education to facilitate the use of computers and other innovative technologies; (5) a need for technical support staff who will set up the technology and ensure its continued operation; (6) a need for curriculum support staff who are familiar with new technology and can assist teachers with curriculum development; and (7) political realities, particularly as they pertain to the allocation of resources and equality of opportunity. It is concluded that new materials, new practices, and new beliefs must also be addressed in order to effect educational change. (DB)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Local Area Networks, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, Professional Continuing Education, Program Implementation
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ontario (Toronto)
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Technology and Education (7th, Brussels, Belgium, March 20-22, 1990).