ERIC Number: ED266772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct-11
Reference Count: 0
What Classroom Teachers Would Love to Tell Administrators about Computers or How to Successfully Introduce Computers into Your School District's Curriculum.
Meyer, John H.
Principals and superintendents often make decisions about the purchase and allocation of computer hardware and software without consulting individual teachers; however, teacher participation is necessary for successful implementation of all phases of computer programs. Initially, computer literacy training should be made available to both administrators and staff; then a computer committee representative of all interested factions should be established to ensure that implementation is thoughtfully considered, thoroughly planned, and well communicated to those affected. The committee should develop a philosophy which details how computers will affect the existing curriculum, and a plan which will decide on the distribution and location of hardware within the school. Before any substantive changes can be made in the curriculum, however, funds need to be allocated and budgeted for hardware, software, supplies, maintenance, inservice training for the teaching staff, and an ongoing support mechanism. It will prove beneficial to prepare both short-range (1 year) and long-range (5 year) budgets; in this way, plans can be made for a gradual phase-in of the materials needed to establish and maintain the computer-supplemented curriculum. If a unified effort is made by all groups within the school district, the planned, orderly integration of computers into the curriculum will provide maximum benefits to all concerned. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Adoption (Ideas), Change Strategies, Computer Literacy, Computer Software, Curriculum Development, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Innovation, Microcomputers, Participative Decision Making, Program Implementation, School Districts, Teacher Participation
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Educational Computing Consortium of Ohio (Columbus, OH, October 11, 1985).