ERIC Number: ED337130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Tools for Teachers: A Report.
Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Instructional Design Section.
This report is based on the premise that giving teachers computer tools will enhance instructional effectiveness, encourage teacher collaboration, and maximize staff efficiency. The purpose of the report is to heighten awareness of the importance of providing teachers computer tools to work with and to describe the critical components needed to implement a computers for teachers program. The information presented was compiled for the Minnesota Department of Education using four approaches: (1) a literature review was performed to identify available teacher computer productivity programs; (2) school buildings were surveyed as to the microcomputer hardware, software, and inservice teacher education available to their teachers; (3) teachers were surveyed as to their access to computers and their level of interest in learning about word processing, grade book software, access to databases, instructional management tools, authoring systems, computer graphics, basic computer skills, desktop publishing, and online communications; and (4) schools that have implemented computer workstations for teachers were asked to report their experiences. The first of four chapters discusses the expectations for such a program and a list of expected outcomes. The second chapter addresses implementation strategies, including the critical components of computer and software access, inservice training, and on-site support. Criteria for selection of hardware, software, inservice training, and support are provided in the third chapter together with descriptions of exemplary school programs. Chapter 4 provides a summary of the survey findings followed by analyses of responses to individual questions on the Computer Usage Building Survey and the Computer Usage Teacher Survey; the questions are included. A 23-item bibliography concludes the report. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Computer Graphics, Computer Software, Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Desktop Publishing, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Productivity, School Surveys, Student Records, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Use Studies, Word Processing
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Instructional Design Section.