ERIC Number: ED272144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Some of the Critical Issues in Introducing Computer Technology into Schools.
Heuston, Dustin H.
This paper discusses some of the significant issues that school districts, superintendents, principals, board members, and faculty will have to face in the acquisition and implementation of educational hardware and software. Strengths and weaknesses of various computer configurations are presented and it is suggested that the use of professional systems is probably the best choice for school districts if they wish computers to have a serious instructional impact. It is also suggested that if school districts are not careful in their planning, purchasing, and implementation strategies, there may be a backlash against computers before their real advantages and strengths are understood. It is pointed out that behind the choice of the hardware systems and vendors is a deeper issue that educators must understand, i.e., the advent of computer technology will allow for extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education since computers will help improve the educational delivery system. A large portion of the discussion focuses on the concept of delivery systems and examples from the experience of the WICAT Education Institute's research school--the Waterford School--illustrate the use of a professional system. Current research is also discussed, particularly research on testing, which will allow new kinds of contributions to be made to the learning and testing processes. The paper concludes with short discussions of several important issues regarding instructional computing that school districts should consider. (JB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Networks, Instructional Innovation, Microcomputers, Program Implementation, Purchasing, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: WICAT, Inc., Orem, UT.