ERIC Number: ED277353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Yes, Computers in the Classroom.
The task of properly integrating computers into an elementary curriculum which is being taught in a classroom is difficult because it requires changes in school organization, teacher training, curriculum objectives, and teaching methods. Since teacher training is the most crucial part, some of these obstacles can be overcome by hiring a computer coordinator to show the use of the computer and its software, and to aid teachers in finding opportunities to practice and to incorporate computer use in the various subject areas. If teachers are to use the computer as an innovative tool to teach writing, science, math, history, and social studies, and not to be used solely for drill and practice and programming, then ample opportunity must be provided for teachers to practice the concepts of computer usage. This can be accomplished through regulated planning periods, lunch review sessions, or allowing the teachers to take the computer home over weekends. The advantages of overcoming the obstacles mentioned above can be seen in increased scores on math and spelling tests and longer and more original student research papers. Once the computer is integrated into the curriculum of a classroom, the sky is the limit. The computer will be there to assist teachers as they demonstrate their own creative style of teaching. (DJR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual computer Fair (5th, Columbus, OH, February 25, 1986).