ERIC Number: ED337148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Technology as Support for School Structure and School Restructuring. Technical Report No. 14.
Technologies can play a role in restructuring schools, but they can also effectively support existing school structures depending on how they are designed and used. This paper contrasts the organizational impact of two technology systems in terms of the physical location in the school, the curriculum, how time is scheduled, and the opportunities afforded students to engage in long-term, open-ended projects. Considered first are integrated learning systems, a class of computer systems designed to fit in well with existing school organizations. In contrast, an environment called Earth Lab is described, and its application in the restructuring of a school is illustrated. The Earth Lab project has been designing, implementing, and observing the effects of a local area network (LAN) system intended to facilitate collaborative work in elementary school earth science instruction. It is noted that the flexibility of location and time, the collaboratively constructed interdisciplinary curriculum, and the provision for student access to the tools, are critical components of this environment. A discussion of the complex relationship between school restructuring and the implementation of technology for schools concludes the report. (14 references) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Technology in Education, New York, NY.