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ERIC Number: ED234737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar-1
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
State Strategic Planning for Technology. Issuegram 38.
McCune, Shirley
This brief publication provides general background on issues related to using microcomputers for instruction and suggests ways in which computer technologies can be included in state education improvement plans. Specific computer assisted instruction (CAI) uses mentioned are individual drill and practice and developing higher order skills. Three primary problems which emerge when school districts acquire new technology are identified and discussed: (1) postponing any action with the rationale that hardware can be purchased at lower cost in the future; (2) purchasing hardware without goals or plans for expansion; and (3) lack of knowledge about the full range of costs. In addition, the following five state concerns are outlined: integrating computer technology into state plans for improving and restructuring education; acquiring enough hardware to do the job; buying or developing quality computer software; training education personnel in computer instruction; and making computer technology accessible to all. Specific suggestions are made for action by state leaders in each of these five areas. A four-item reading list and contact information for two software evaluation centers are provided. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.