ERIC Number: ED218706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers Go to School.
Bitter, Gary G.
Interface, v8 n9 p2-9 Fall 1981
Beginning with a brief discussion of the importance of microcomputers in the school, this article explains their most common educational and administrative applications and summarizes the major activities of the College of Education at Arizona State University regarding microcomputers in education. The author outlines how microcomputers can be used for computer assisted instruction in the areas of drill and practice, tutorial programs, simulation activities, problem-solving, and games. Administrative applications of microcomputers discussed include computer management of instruction, such as preparation of Individualized Education Programs and student progress charts. Also mentioned is student record-keeping, such as the computerized gradebook and attendance records. Several activities undertaken by the College of Education are described, including a needs assessment study sent to Arizona school districts concerning their needs regarding computer assisted instruction. In response to the survey, the college initiated several computer-related activities. One is a laboratory containing six computers available to college students, faculty, and the general community. Another is the Computer Literacy Project, a summer workshop designed to teach teachers and administrators about computers. Another activity is a microcomputer conference to introduce elementary and secondary teachers and administrators to microcomputers. Finally, the College of Education offers classes on the use of computers. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Academic Computing Services.