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ERIC Number: ED316866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-8
Pages: 15
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Making Informed Decisions: Management Issues Influencing Computers in the Classroom.
Strickland, James
A number of noninstructional factors appear to determine the extent to which computers make a difference in writing instruction. Once computers have been purchased and installed, it is generally school administrators who make management decisions, often from an uninformed pedagogical orientation. Issues such as what hardware and software to buy, where to locate the computer lab, the scheduling priority for use of the computer facility, and even the replacement of teachers by computers are determined by administrative considerations rather than by teacher input. Practical implications for the writing classroom include poorly conceived computer lab design which impedes collaborative learning, frequent equipment failure, inappropriate software programs dressed up as "process" or"whole language" material, inadequate user orientation, and insufficient time for many writing activities. Moreover, school management decisions are often influenced by software suppliers and corporate sales persons. Eventually teachers must become involved in informed decision-making and insist on theoretically sound application of technology. (A handout containing a list of 12 books to assist teachers in making informed decisions about computers is attached.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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