ERIC Number: ED337310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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High Tech in the Heartland: Teachers Designing Computer Activities for Rural Classrooms.
Thurston, Linda P.; Stone, Darla
Rural teachers have few opportunities to learn specific strategies for developing computer literacy among boys and girls in their classrooms. This paper describes an inservice program for rural Kansas teachers that taught skills such as programming, software evaluation, word processing, building a database, and creating lesson plans that involve software. The training was delivered via a statewide audio teleconferencing system and a "traveling" classroom. After basic computer skills training, the teachers designed and implemented gender-equitable computer strategies in their upper elementary and middle school classrooms. During the semester, most teachers improved their students' access to computers, and many became the primary resource person for computers in their schools. Class activities and projects included: (1) an inter-school game of Trivial Pursuit over the electronic bulletin board; (2) cooperation in story writing between learning disabled classes in two schools; (3) computer literacy students teaching older math students to create geometric figures using Logowriter; (4) computer literacy students creating a dinosaur database and teaching younger students to use it; (5) a mother-daughter breakfast and computer session; and (6) a parents' night, with students teaching parents computer skills. Included are examples from a teacher journal on computer uses, and results from a survey of student computer attitudes. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990). Poor quality type.