ERIC Number: ED368326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Elementary Technology Demonstration Schools: The Third Year 1992-93. Publication Number 92.31.
The 1992-93 school year was the third year of the Elementary Technology Demonstration Schools program of the Austin (Texas) schools; the project is funded by International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and Apple Computer Inc. Grants from these corporations were used to equip three elementary schools with IBM equipment and one with Apple equipment. The IBM schools pursued a mixed instructional approach with computers in the classroom as well as computer laboratories. The Apple program used computer laboratories, one dedicated to writing and two for basic skills acquisition. The program is nearing full implementation. Problems inhibiting full participation include difficulties with the class reporting option, inconsistent implementation of the computer take-home policy, difficulties in teacher use of telephone technology, and the lack of parent and community involvement. Recommendations are made to improve program implementation and availability for students. The percentage of students passing the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills in writing did increase in the IBM schools. Thirty-one figures present study findings. Eight attachments, with an additional 10 tables and 4 figures, provide supplemental information about the program. (Contains four references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Community Involvement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Centers, Demonstration Programs, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Grants, Microcomputers, Parent Participation, Problems, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Technological Advancement, Writing Laboratories
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Apple Computer Inc; Austin Independent School District TX; IBM Corporation; Project A Plus Elemen Techn Demonstration Schools; Texas Assessment of Academic Skills