ERIC Number: ED340349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow: Philosophy and Structure [and] What's Happening Where.
Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA.
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) is a long-term research project sponsored by Apple Computer, Inc., to explore how learning and teaching change when teachers and students have access to interactive computer technologies. ACOT adheres to a philosophy that instruction should be learner controlled; i.e., students take responsibility for their own learning and the teacher's role changes to that of being a mentor or coach who guides them in their construction of knowledge. This approach, which is called constructivism, places the emphasis on students learning how to build their own knowledge of subjects. Six years of research reveals that microcomputers and other interactive educational technologies are most powerfully used in learning activities where children are engaged in tasks with real purpose. ACOT research shows there are differences in self-confidence levels, problem solving skills, and positive attitudes, between students who have high-access to technology and those who have no or limited access to computers for learning. A sample of current projects includes: (1) StoryShow, an electronic composing environment for very young children; (2) Software for Quantitative Competence (Function Probe), a software tool that helps students learn about the concept of function; (3) SimBase, a simulation environment; (4) Science for Living: The Circulatory System, an interactive multimedia resource; (5) Teaching Science through Digital Image Processing; (6) Intelligent Physics Tutor, interactive software that helps students develop problem solving skills; and (7) Computer-Supported Intentional Learning Environments, a knowledge processing environment that promotes collaborative learning. Noting that ACOT schools are designated either Experimental Learning Centers or Longitudinal Research Centers, an addendum entitled "What's Happening Where" provides a detailed list of Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow projects and participants in 14 states, the District of Columbia, and Toronto, Canada. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA.