ERIC Number: ED343553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Project A+ Elementary Technology Demonstration Schools 1990-91. The First Year.
Marable, Paula; Frazer, Linda
Project A+ Elementary Technology Demonstration Schools is a program made possible through grants from IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) and Apple, Inc. The primary purpose of the program is to demonstrate the educational effectiveness of technology in accelerating the learning of low achieving at-risk students and enhancing the education of high achieving students. Four elementary schools in Austin, Texas, were selected to participate in this project: Andrews, Galindo, Langford, and Patton. The overall goal of Project A+ is to have all students function successfully at or beyond age appropriate grade level. Other goals include reduction of the number of students who are not in age appropriate grade levels, development of teacher education programs to ensure effective implementation of technology, and demonstration to the community of the educational benefits of technology. It is noted that project findings cannot be evaluated in terms of success or failure because of the delayed implementation of the program. The first year of the project resulted in many changes to the original timelines because of the reality of delivery dates for equipment. Students in the four schools began to use the computers as early as January and as late as April. The Evaluation Associate for the project visited the four schools frequently to observe computer use, and information gathered during those visits is included in this report. This report is primarily a description of the process of implementation and a resource of baseline achievement data. (4 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Dropouts, Elementary Education, High Achievement, High Risk Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Low Achievement, Microcomputers, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, School Districts
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Independent School District TX; Project A Plus Elemen Tech Demonstration Schools
Note: For related reports, see IR 015 333-334.