ERIC Number: ED373719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Technology in Education: Making a Change in Arkansas, "The Comeback State."
Holman, Frank A.; And Others
Arkansas is a rural state with diverse educational needs. To help meet these needs, the Arkansas Academy for Leadership Training and School-Based Management Technology Committee made a decision to survey all public school library media specialists (LMSs) in Arkansas about technology presently in use in Arkansas schools and to locate educators with special expertise in technology and define priorities for LMSs. Six months after the survey mailing, 845 (87%) of Arkansas LMSs had responded. Nearly two-thirds of schools did not have a district technology planning committee and 71% did not have a technology coordinator. Planning for technology was not being implemented in 69% of schools, and 68% of school library media centers were not automated. Of automated centers, 45% used Follett's automation system. While 54% of schools have satellite systems, only about a third are being used. In more than half of the schools, no more than 10% of classrooms are equipped with computers, and almost none are networked. Sixty-one percent of schools use educational television. The analysis of statewide data will be complemented by an analysis by geographic region to help Arkansas meet its needs for educational planning. (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Librarians, Library Automation, Media Specialists, Needs Assessment, Public Schools, Rural Areas, School Libraries, State Surveys, Technological Advancement, Technology Planning, Television
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.