ERIC Number: ED320532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Using Computer Technology To Enhance Middle School Science.
This practicum was designed to encourage middle school science teachers to utilize computer technology as an enhancement in order to provide students with an additional means of addressing their basic skills areas. The primary goals were to provide information on the ease of utilization of appropriate computer-managed software through networking and to formulate a guide to using this type of software with students. In addition, inservice workshops were provided on the use of laser disc technology. A networking environment was established with a schedule providing access for a large number of students in a computer-assisted instruction (CAI) laboratory situation. Teachers were able to inform a laboratory manager of the skills that students would use. The computer-managed instruction (CMI) system kept track of students' scores, and printouts were provided to teachers. A guide on how best to utilize this resource was developed. The results of the practicum were positive, with students, teachers, and parents indicating the success of the use of networked CAI through surveys, increased test scores, and completion of student projects. Laser discs proved more difficult to learn, and use of this technology was limited. Appendixes include survey instruments, project data, a sample printout of student scores as recorded in the computer laboratory, and a handbook for teachers on using CAI/CMI laboratories. (11 references) (GL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.