ERIC Number: ED277170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Optimal Approaches to Microcomputer Implementation in the Schools. [CREATS Monograph Series.]
Bakke, Thomas W.
Fifth in a series of six monographs on the use of new technologies in the instruction of learning disabled students, the paper describes how schools can plan for the acquisition of computer hardware and software, and how they can provide district-level staff training in its use. Discussion focuses on the development of a technology implementation plan and on a critical analysis of the three major components of a school-based computer approach: hardware, software, and training. Topics addressed include current approaches to technology implementation, components of the planning process (Board of Education, district planning committee, and key persons at the local level), and key issues and decisions (e.g., centralized or decentralized decision-making, short- or long-term plans). Issues related to training and staff development are also discussed; these include encouraging teacher participation, content of inservice programs, and designing effective training. Aspects of hardware selection (stand-alone and network systems) are addressed next. The monograph concludes with a discussion of issues associated with software selection (acquisition of courseware libraries, delivery systems, and local courseware production). (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Note: For other monographs in this series, see EC 191 371-376.