ERIC Number: ED350983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Improved Computer Technology Skills for a Middle School Faculty through Inservice Training.
Byers, Patricia Longwell
This practicum was designed to assist the personnel of a middle school in becoming aware of the potential educational benefits of computers and computer networks (specifically, local area networks, or LANs). An introductory presentation concerning the importance of technology in education was followed by 10 inservice training sessions. The classes met weekly, on-site, with cooperative learning used as a teaching strategy. The curriculum was developed with consideration given to state mandates regarding objectives; pre- and post-assessment was administered; and training materials for participants and a grant to a local foundation for teaching stipends was prepared. All practicum objectives were met. Each participant scored 80% or better on the post-assessment, all hands-on computer activities were completed, and frequency of computer lab usage exceeded expectations. The success of the practicum suggests that the design of the inservice training is an effective strategy. Recommendations and a detailed implementation plan are included. Eight appendices include copies of the questionnaires used for a teacher survey, the test used for the pre/post assessment, a courseware evaluation form, and the Teacher Education Center evaluation form. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/ALF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Software Evaluation, Cooperative Learning, Course Evaluation, Courseware, Inservice Teacher Education, Junior High Schools, Local Area Networks, Microcomputers, Middle Schools, Pretests Posttests, School Surveys, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.