ERIC Number: ED294568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Creating a Computer-Using Secondary School Faculty through Staff Development.
Baer, Vicki E. H.
A small team of teachers and administrators at Boonsboro Middle School (Maryland) planned staff development activities for the implementation of a networked laboratory of 32 computers. Primary concerns were educating faculty members to develop computer awareness, select and evaluate appropriate software applications, and use computers as tools to support instruction. For the first year the project focused on using word processing to encourage writing activity in content areas. A core group of 10 teachers representing all curricular areas met in a 4-day workshop to establish goals for computer use, learn how the system operated, examine software, and develop word processing activities. This group became teacher-trainers for other faculty. Staff development activities were planned when new software became available for preview, when faculty needed time to plan curriculum using newly installed software, or when faculty were introduced to methods for integrating computer use into their content area curricula. By the end of the second year of the project, over half the faculty (17 teachers) were regular computer users with some of their classes and over three-quarters of the faculty (25 teachers) were occasional users. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
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