ERIC Number: ED351996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Large-Scale Campus Computer Technology Implementation: Lessons from the First Year.
Nichols, Todd; Frazer, Linda H.
The purpose of the Elementary Technology Demonstration Schools (ETDS) Project, funded by IBM and Apple, Inc., was to demonstrate the effectiveness of technology in accelerating the learning of low achieving at-risk students and enhancing the education of high achieving students. The paper begins by giving background information on the district, the schools involved in the project, and the ETDS project. It is noted that the four participating elementary schools received microcomputers for teachers, students, and laboratories from IBM (three schools) and Apple, Inc. (1 school); the laboratories at all four schools were networked through a file server into an integrated learning system; and all schools had both instructional and tools software. The paper then presents the lessons learned during the first year of implementation of the project as identified in interviews with the school principals. The lessons are presented as issues schools need to consider when implementing a computer technology program: (1) training of teachers should occur when equipment is installed and operable; (2) time goals for computer use should be set by each school for individual grade levels and subjects to conform to specific needs and goals; (3) establishing a computer continuum that delineates specific computer skills students should acquire in each grade facilitates meeting specific school needs; (4) computers can be used to help meet specific school objectives more effectively; and (5) the shift in instructional methods demands considerable time and effort from teachers and staff. Four tables provide additional details of the project, and two attachments contain data on the ETDS schools membership and ethnicity and a copy of the Galindo Elementary School Computer Continuum. (Contains 43 references.) (ALF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX; Integrated Learning Systems; Project A Plus Elemen Techn Demonstration Schools
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Houston, TX, January 1992).