ERIC Number: ED366800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-5
Reference Count: 0
Competency Gauged Writing Activities for Middle Grade Students Prompted by Needs of Technology Education.
Adams, Jan; And Others
A cooperative program conducted by the Logan (Utah) City School District and IBM Corporation used computers in the classroom to develop new teaching and career guidance approaches while enhancing students' process writing skills. The program included units designed for student and teacher awareness of the impacts of technology, the need for a new work order, and possible solutions to regaining national industrial competitive leadership. Students improved their writing skills while developing an understanding of productivity, entrepreneurship, and the need for self-discipline in one's own academic upgrading. Project activities included: visiting other schools and ordering computers; staff development activities that encouraged hands-on practice; and the development of technology-based classroom activities having to do with newspaper technology, technologically advanced toys, recent scientific technological advancements, and technology and the environment. Evaluation of the project showed that it had been successful in introducing students to technology education, computers, and the writing process. The study concluded that such programs should be put in place for most students throughout the country. (The guide includes the six activities developed during the project: models of technology, TechniToy Program with its own brochure of sample letters, a newspaper unit, writing with a technological twist, a technology broadcast unit, and professional staff credit.) (KC)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary School Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Microcomputers, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, School Business Relationship, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Technological Advancement, Technology Education, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Processes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Logan City School District, UT.
Identifiers: IBM Corporation
Note: A presentation based on this report was made at the Annual Conference of the American Vocational Association (Nashville, TN, December 3-7, 1993)