ERIC Number: ED365286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Technology and Collaborative Learning Experiences of Teachers, Parents, and Students in a Middle School through Teacher Training, Parent Involvement, and a Mentorship Program.
Byers, Patricia Longwell
This practicum was designed to increase middle school students' use of their school's existing technology. The project was implemented in four phases. First, teachers participated in 10 in-service training workshops on the use of technology and collaborative learning as an instructional strategy. During the second and third phases a support/mentor system to help teachers use the technology at the school was offered. A weekly series of technology support meetings was held for teachers, incorporating training with discussion and shared practices. Twenty-five student mentors/aides were trained to assist teachers and students as they used technology in the classroom or the computer lab. Finally, parent workshops were held to share ideas on the use of home technology for educational purposes. Most of the practicum objectives were met or exceeded, including increased student use of technology, increased teacher implementation of technology and collaborative learning, and increased parental understanding of the use of technology. The success of the practicum suggests that the design of the four-phase program is an effective strategy to increase the use of technology in a school. Recommendations and a detailed implementation plan are included. (Contains 48 references.) (Author/KRN)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Cooperative Learning, Educational Technology, Inservice Teacher Education, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mentors, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Staff Development, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Assistants
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.