ERIC Number: ED249596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputer Applications in Education: Now to Next Decade.
This paper provides an overview of the implications of microcomputer technology for education and of general strategies for integrating computers into schools. Allocation of 1 or 2 percent of a district's annual budget could bring computers within the reach of every student in a few years, and this will result in significant, far-reaching changes in education. Commercial applications of computer technology that are already causing fundamental changes in our society include robots, calculators, information storage and retrieval, "intelligent" wristwatches, cameras, and copy machines, and a proliferation of other applications. To make the best educational use of computers, teacher education is essential. Free evening courses and computer books and magazines in teachers' lounges are cheap ways to upgrade teachers' awareness of computers. A 3-level inservice model for teacher education in computers is proposed. Level 1 consists of workshops to provide teachers with basic hands-on experience; level 2 provides teachers with enough knowledge to bring students to the level of computer literacy aimed for in level 1; and level 3 consists of providing teachers with the broad knowledge of computer capabilities that they will need to fully integrate computers into the curriculum in a creative and useful manner. (TE)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Inservice Teacher Education, Long Range Planning, Microcomputers, Relevance (Education), Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: "Making Our Schools More Effective: Proceedings of Three State Conferences." See EA 017 101.