ERIC Number: ED314027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-21
TUNE UP (Technology Utilization Needs Enhancement--Understanding Progress).
Rodgers, Robert J.
This paper provides a framework for a plan for the utilization of technology in a school district. An example of a set of proficiencies for the use of computers by students at various grade levels is offered as a model for the computer literacy component of a district master plan. Other components discussed are the supervision and management of technology and staffing, training, and support for instructional, administrative, and support staff. It is argued that the school library media center is the natural place for implementing technology in the school and the objectives of the school library media program, as stated in the American Library Association's guidelines, "Information Power," are listed in support of this position. Various technologies appropriate for use in the school library media center are also described: computerized inventory and circulation; electronic card catalogs; external databases; encyclopedias on compact disk; laser disk collections; camcorders and videocassette reorders; library networking; facsimile machines; large screen projection units; and minicomputer laboratories. The paper concludes by presenting three strategies important to a commitment to technology in education: (1) bring more technology into the schools; (2) place personnel responsible for managing technology in positions within the organization where they can be effective; and (3) develop media centers to provide a foundation and continuity in mastering the processing of information. (23 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (New Orleans, LA, November 21-24, 1988).