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ERIC Number: ED238878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Schools and Computers: What to Do and What to Expect.
Saif, Philip; Mackall, Philip
The Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES), a national demonstration school for the deaf in the District of Columbia and part of the Gallaudet College system, continuously updates its curriculum. In 1981, a needs assessment confirmed the need for computers in three areas: (1) administrative functions such as attendance, scheduling, and data analysis; (2) educational functions, such as maintaining a student database, monitoring student achievement, and generating individualized education plans; and (3) special support functions such as referral tracking, electronic mail, and word processing. Using these areas as a foundation, the school developed specifications which served as a guide for writing a request for a proposal that was submitted to various hardware and software developers and vendors for bids. KDES placed initial emphasis on the data management aspect of computers. The structure that KDES chose allowed the school to organize its curriculum into a miniumum of three levels and a maximum of six. KDES preparation of student data for entry into a computerized system required organization of information into a hierarchical structure. Once both data bases (curriculum data and student data) were entered into the computer, they were ready to serve as a tool for teachers, resource personnel, and administrators in their daily tasks. Instruction on how to use the system was specific to personnel needs. This paper also includes eight tables and more detailed information on computer implementation at KDES. (JMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A