ERIC Number: ED231722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Computing in the Andover Public Schools.
Mitsakos, Charles L.
A rationale for computers in education in the Andover (Massachusetts) public schools, a curricular scope and sequence, a computer acquisitions plan, and a staff development summary are presented. The report is a result of an 18-month study of computers in education; pilot programs in the schools; and input from specialists in business, education, and industry. The rationale suggests that students must be provided opportunities to use properly simple computer equipment, retrieve information from data banks, learn programming languages, appreciate the impact of computers on society, design information systems, use computers as a decision-making tool, and learn via computer aided instruction. The scope and sequence focuses on the educational use of computers from five viewpoints: as a teaching tool, technological device, social force, personal tool, and career tool. Recommendations are that elementary schools have one microcomputer per 15 teachers and secondary schools, one per department; the number of student computers is determined on the basis of 30 minutes per student weekly. Staff development will include an introduction to the microcomputer, introduction to programming, instructional software evaluation, and instructional software implementation. Appendices include a history of the program (1981-1983) and proposals for 1983-1984, a log of student use of existing computers, a history of hardware acquisitions, and phase 1 of the Andover Educational Computing Program. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Andover Public Schools, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts