ERIC Number: ED309746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Transforming Curriculum and Instruction with Technology.
The incorporation of new technologies into elementary and secondary education must be initiated through reconceptualization of curriculum and instruction; expecting the technology alone to catalyze the transformation is unreasonable and not substantiated by experience. The traditional curriculum improvement process is the best vehicle for bringing computers and related devices--videodiscs, CD-ROM, telecommunications--into the schools. Alliances between curriculum improvement teams and technology resource specialists can best accomplish this desired integration, using a curriculum-driven rather than a technology-driven approach. In nearly every area curriculum improvement follows similar patterns: (1) content/process curriculum balance; (2) integration of learning/study skills; (3) increased attention to thinking in problem-solving skills; and (4) an extended range of instructional strategies. The instructional unit plan is the device for supporting this integrated curriculum. Teachers develop integrated unit plans by blending six ingredients: (1) information and concepts; (2) process skills related to the discipline or subject; (3) thinking and reasoning skills; (4) learning and study skills; (5) technology application skills; and (6) communication skills. A form for an instructional unit plan outline is attached. (11 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper 2 of the Symposium, Working in a New Paradigm: Technology Applications for Restructuring Schooling. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 25-30, 1989).