ERIC Number: ED316202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Software Development through ACOT Teachers' Eyes. ACOT Report #4.
Eight Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) teachers met with software developers at the Florida Instructional Computing Conference in January 1989. During the session, the panel of ACOT teachers expressed their wants and wishes for educational software and developers responded with their own concerns. The face-to-face communication provided a successful strategy for discussing future software development for education. Teachers expressed their need for: (1) a network management system for curriculum software that will identify students' needs as well as record their progress; (2) curriculum software that combines practice with meaningful applications of the skills being taught (e.g., adding word processing capabilities to language arts software so that students can use newly-acquired spelling and vocabulary skills to compose sentences or paragraphs); (3) software that complements a literature-based language arts curriculum; (4) software that supports the process approach to writing; (5) curriculum software for the Macintosh; and (6) interdisciplinary software. While teachers noted that many ACOT students do better on standardized tests because they are more highly motivated to learn with computers, several sites reported that test score averages have stayed the same since the introduction of ACOT programs. According to the teachers, students have become more active, independent learners as the result of computer use. Teachers saw their role changing from that of disseminator of information to facilitator of learning. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA.