ERIC Number: ED240707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Parent's Guide to Computers in Education.
Addressed to the parents of children taking computer courses in school, this booklet outlines the rationales for computer use in schools and explains for a lay audience the features and functions of computers. A look at the school of the future shows computers aiding the study of reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, and history. The features of computers are then covered in two chapters: the first on the history and distinctive functions of computer systems, and the second on the properties of computer hardware and software, including the general problem solving strategies used by programmers. The three main instructional uses of computers--in computer-assisted learning, problem solving, and literacy--are then explained, with discussions of the realistic goals for computers in education and the esential elements of a successful programming curriculum. The author also points out what parents can do to help their children learn about computers, including using computers in the public library or science museum, or placing computers in scout troops and summer camps. To facilitate computer education at home, the final section discusses the major considerations in buying and using a home computer. An article by Merle Marsh, entitled "Comes the Dawn (If Only I Can Find the Switch)," about a mother's experiences in becoming computer literate is also included. (JW)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Extension Education, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Teaching Machines
Publications, International Council for Computers in Education, 1787 Agate Street, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 ($3.50 prepaid; quantity discounts; on non-prepaid orders, add $2.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Council for Computers in Education, Eugene, OR.