ERIC Number: ED219881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Elementary Classroom Computing.
The installation of microcomputers in the elementary school classroom affects more than the instructional activities occurring in the room. This paper points out that the presence of the microcomputer affects (or is affected by) the relationships between and among adults and students, the use of room space, the circulation of information, the sound level in the room, and the structuring of class time and the availability of responsible equipment supervisors. The paper also comments on (1) the tendency for computer "specialists" to emerge among classroom teachers, resulting in the reinforcement of technological folklore about the "mysterious" nature of computers; (2) the pressure to standardize computer purchasing in each school district; and (3) the effect of our views of the future on our responses to the microcomputer phenomenon. The paper closes with a list of suggestions for computer use that were generated in discussions with elementary students. (PGD)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Microcomputers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Not available separately; see EA 014 910.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Computer: Extension of the Human Mind. Proceedings, Annual Summer Conference, College of Education, University of Oregon (3rd, Eugene, OR, July 21-23, 1982). For related documents, see EA 014 910-931.