ERIC Number: ED366638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov-15
Reference Count: N/A
Project Homeroom, Second Year Experiences: A Final Report on the Project in the Maine East High School, New Trier High School, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School.
Hecht, Jeffrey B.; And Others
Project Homeroom is an innovative attempt by several Chicago-area schools, International Business Machines, and Ameritech to introduce state-of-the-art computing and telecommunications resources into the educational environment. This report details the second and final year's efforts in three high schools. An evaluation team from the Technological Innovations in Educational Research Laboratory has studied Project Homeroom since 1991, using direct classroom observation, written surveys, personal and group interviews, and the examination of records to develop an understanding of the project. Several key issues were identified, the first being that innovation of this sort takes time to accomplish, time for teachers to learn about technology, and time for teachers and students to accept change. It is apparent that Project Homeroom improved student and parent access to teachers, and that interdisciplinary instruction and cooperative learning are an important part of Project Homeroom's success. Three dominant uses of the technology were recognized: (1) word processing; (2) telecommunications for electronic mail communication and information retrieval; and (3) the preparation and presentation of nontext materials. It also appears that teachers involved in the project interacted with each other more than they had before. Project Homeroom is recognized as a successful combination of technology and people. Twenty-four graphs and five tables present evaluation findings. Four appendices contain the parent surveys. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Educational Change, Educational Technology, High Schools, Information Retrieval, Instructional Materials, Interaction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interviews, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Surveys, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Word Processing
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Technological Innovations in Educational Research Lab.
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago Metropolitan Area); Project Homeroom IL