ERIC Number: ED366295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Providing Elementary Students Equitable Access to Notebook Computers by Empowering Three School Communities in Shared Decision Making.
Despot, Paula C.
This practicum was designed to provide elementary students from low-socioeconomic school communities equitable opportunities to use notebook computer technology in the communication process. A multi-dimensional staff development program was designed and conducted to integrate computer technology in the classroom. Students and their families were provided access to notebook computers through take-home workshops. A major component was developing collaboration and facilitating shared decision making through the establishment of site councils at each school. Ten solution strategies were developed that focused on empowering school communities to share decisions for computer use, thereby increasing student use of computer technology for the purpose of communication. Analysis revealed that involving the home, school, and community in the decision-making process for computer learning and providing schools with the tools, training, and support resulted in equitable opportunities for students to use the notebook computer as a tool for communication. Teacher and student surveys, an organizational scheme, agendas, several forms, and examples are appended. (Contains 48 references.) (TMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Equity; Empowerment; Notebook Computers
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.