ERIC Number: ED241245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Together: Micro-Computers in Crosby, Texas, Schools.
McNeil, Linda M.
The Crosby Independent School District near Houston, Texas, planned to introduce microcomputer instruction to its nearly 3,000 students in slow stages that had teachers and students learning at the same time. The initial impetus for computers came from an administrator who found useful information at a Regional Service Center of the State Education Department. The Center, known for its emphasis on technology, offers training, purchase assistance, software information and exchanges, library materials, trade shows, time-sharing, and workshops to help introduce computers to area schools. Using federal and grant funding, the district purchased 12 Radio Shack microcomputers. The vendor assisted in staff training and software choice. By the spring of 1983, seven microcomputers were used in the high school to teach computers as a tool. Courses in computer literacy and basic programming were available. Student interest was high but teacher interest was low. In the elementary school, five microcomputers were used to augment remedial math with practice drills and to augment the gifted and talented program with BASIC programming. The district planned to add 20 microcomputers during 1983-1984. Crosby's plan to purchase hardware and introduce it slowly had both advantages and disadvantages. The most important variables in shaping the plan were district size, finances, and location. (SB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Computer Literacy, Computer Programs, Curriculum Development, Education Service Centers, Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Instruction, Microcomputers, Program Implementation, Programing, Remedial Instruction, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Districts, Staff Development, State Departments of Education, Student Attitudes, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rice Univ., Houston, TX.